A mid-afternoon leftover from last night's event in Baltimore ...
There were a handful of active coaches in attendance at Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams' Hall of Legends induction Thursday.
Tubby Smith has a national title to his name. Bobby Cremins went to a Final Four at Georgia Tech.
For someone who nearly reached the top in recent years, the headline visitor was certainly Villanova's Jay Wright, who led the Wildcats to a Final Four in 2009.
Early last season, the coaches met for the second time (Maryland toppled a Wright-led Hofstra team in 1998), with Villanova earning a 95-86 victory at Verizon Center. It was then Wright was reminded just how those sorts of encounters begin.
"We played them last year at [the BB&T Classic], and like I said, I don't really like to play against friends," Wright said. "We had a dinner the night before, which was nice to go to, but we come out to shake hands. He gives you a wise-ass comment right away, which loosens things up. It was cool."
Maryland returns that game Jan. 15, meeting at the Wells Fargo Center (nee Wachovia Center, nee First Union Center, nee CoreStates Center) in what will be Maryland's first remotely high-profile nonconference game dropped into the middle of league play since visiting Temple in 2006.
One thing Wright knows he can't count on is his team shooting 11-for-22 from 3-point range in the first half, a burst that ensured Villanova didn't trail after the first 80 seconds.
"We actually shot the ball out of our minds," Wright said. "It was ridiculous. We didn't shoot the ball like that any other night. They played good defense. We just made every shot, and it was still a good game. So I know we're not going to shoot the ball like that this year."