COLLEGE PARK -- A lot has changed since 1973, which was the last time the Georgetown Hoyas came to College Park to face Maryland. Since the announcement earlier this year that Terrapins-Hoyas would indeed happen, hype and history have followed.
The two most prominent teams in the Washington, D.C. area face off on Tuesday night and, in advance of it, Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon recalled a conversation he had had earlier in the week that summed up the circumstances of the game between the two teams.
“This is great for the fans, it’s great for the area, it’s great for college basketball, it’s great for the players,” Turgeon recounted, jokingly, “but it’s not great for the head coaches -- and that’s probably why they haven’t played.”
One would think it’s difficult for the head coaches because of the level of opponent, the proximity, and the implications within the region of losing a game like that, but the newly established Gavitt Games, which pit Big Ten teams against Big East teams, have presented that opportunity.
For the players on this team, though, it’s a little bit different. Many were barely in high school, if not younger the last time these two teams played and the last time these two teams came together in the D.C. area in 1993, most were not even born.
“For us now, we just look at it as a big game of course because they’re close to us and, like I said, it’s just another game,” sophomore guard Melo Trimble said. “But as far as like the history and stuff like that, we don’t look at it like that.”
Senior Jake Layman, as most others said, has not looked back at old highlights or news stories about games of the past. But he still understands the importance of the matchup.
“Just how much it means to the people in this area,” he said. “And I’ve heard how intense the games were back then.”
The next chapter is written on Tuesday night at 9 p.m.