Tonight the Terps square off against the Catamounts of Vermont. I didn’t know you could make up an animal for your team mascot, but apparently you can.
The big headline on the Vermont Web site? Men’s Basketball To Appear on Television Friday. Ahhh, the simple pleasures of mid-majordom. Would that being on the TV were enough to satisfy the Maryland fanbase. However, the fanbase may be interested to know that the Catamarans have a big Terps connection — former Terps assistant (and championship-winning coach at Catholic U in D.C.) Mike Lonergan now leads the program. And who else is on staff but former Terp and Terrell Stokes backup Matt Hahn. So for today, the Gary Williams coaching tree is a maple tree. Spectacular.
True story: I went to this house party in College Park once, showed up at like midnight, and there were Matt and Matt’s dad, then-assistant-coach Billy Hahn, running around hammered and hugging each other and everybody else. Billy Hahn, who was like 55, kept calling everybody “dog.” I was Billy Hahn’s dog. That was a great night. Not Gary Williams great, but great nonetheless.
I was talking about something. Right, so best of luck to coach Hahn and coach Lonergan, on every game of the season except tonight’s. The game itself will be interesting for Maryland. Vermont’s program has been on the up and up since the halcyon days of Taylor Coppenrath. Hey, that’s the new Vermont for you. Maple syrup, ice cream, hippies, and straight ballin’, son! The Catamounts are good shooters, they’re led by defending America East Conference player of the year Marqus Blakely, and they will obviously know what Maryland wants to do. No offense to Bucknell or Youngstown State, but it will be interesting to see how this group reacts to a real team. Goterps.