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Former Maryland star Steve Francis joined SportsTalk Live on Tuesday night to talk about a range of topics, including the No. 2 Terrapins and their thrilling 75-71 victory over Georgetown last week in College Park.
Francis, a player who grew up in Maryland, knows about both side of the rivalry, having grown up on one side of it while ultimately playing college basketball for the other.
“I always wanted to be a Hoya. I thought I would be. I can honestly say that,” Francis told CSN’s Brian Mitchell and Rob Carlin.
“But Maryland is Maryland and going to Maryland basketball camps when I’m 9, seeing Walt Williams, seeing Gary Williams, seeing those guys build that program from not being able to go to the tournament and all the guys, Walt Williams playing, averaging 30 points but nobody seeing him.
“So, always been an underdog myself and chose Maryland and Coach Williams definitely helped me out a lot.”
Francis played one season at Maryland and was named a second-team All-American before entering the 1999 NBA Draft. He was taken with the No. 2 overall pick and began his career with the Houston Rockets.
Being a local, he applauded the decision between the two schools to make Maryland-Georgetown happen.
“Just for that Georgetown and Maryland game to happen here, like Coach Turgeon said, he thinks we could probably fit 50-to-60,000 people somewhere just to watch that Beltway rival for years and hopefully one day it will get done,” he said on STL. “But it’s great seeing the Terps get back up and down the court, be aggressive and now we’re ranked No. 2 now and continues as the season goes on we’ll get better.”
SportsTalk Live with Brian Mitchell, featuring lively local sports debate and featured guest interviews, airs every weeknight at 10 p.m. on CSN.