A ripple effect

I couldn't help thinking how a game like Saturday's has a positive ripple effect for Maryland.

Consider recruiting. This was a game to showcase Maryland and Comcast Center -- there were plenty of recruits in the house -- and what happens?

The atmosphere is electric, the Terps win an overtime thriller, the fans rush the floor.

In short, it was the ideal game to give recruits a dose of what Maryland and the ACC can be like. Too bad for Maryland that Lance Stephenson wasn't there on Saturday.

I recently asked power forward Jordan Williams, who signed with Maryland in November, what attracted him to College Park. He said it was fan enthusiasm.

Of course, it's no accident that Maryland invites recruits such as Williams to come to high-profile games (Carolina, Duke). But who could have predicted it would have turned out so well for the home team?

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