I think it's great for local basketball fans that Maryland is playing Georgetown tomorrow.
I just wish the game would have been played at the Comcast Center or Verizon Center rather than some place called the Milk House. (Is that 2 percent or fat free?)
It's been nearly eight years since the two local basketball programs have met, and 15 years since they actually scheduled a game. That was the one at the old USAir Arena where Joe Smith introduced himself to the country as a freshman by dominating Othella Harrington.
Somehow, I doubt that Steve Goins will do that tomorrow in Orlando. (There's a better chance that Georgetown's Greg Monroe will have a monster game, but there's nobody wearing a Maryland uniform right now with the status that Harrington had at the time of the 1993 meeting.)
That the Terps and Hoyas don't play unless forced to goes back to an old feud between former coaches Lefty Driesell and John Thompson, and later some bad feelings between Thompson and Gary Williams when the Maryland coach was in the Big East at Boston College. It had to do with who had more to lose by playing the other, and those roles have switched a few times over the years.
Now that Thompson is a member of the media, he's had both of his former rivals on his radio show. I think it's time that the Terps and Hoyas play every year, just as Cincinnati and Xavier do, just as Louisville and Kentucky have done for awhile. Tomorrow's game would be the perfect time to start such a dialogue.
One reader suggested on my post yesterday that the game might expose Maryland's lack of recruiting success in recent years if the Hoyas win. Personally, I think this game should be a selling point in recruiting for both Williams and John Thompson III. When Steve Spurrier was at Florida, he used to recruit local kids as much with the annual game against Florida State as with the SEC.
Too bad tomorrow's game is going to be overshadowed by the Redskins-Giants at FedEx Field, not to mention the Ravens playing in Cincinnati. At least we will be able to watch it. Can you imagine if this had been one of the earlier games shown only on ESPNU? Next year, and for years to come, maybe they will play at Comcast Center and Verizon Center.