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Monday Wednesday night was the sort of game Terps fans have grown accustomed to this season: too many missed free throws, too many wasted possessions in the second half, too little experience.
But all the rest of the night was a rousing success. Observers raved about the crowd noise, the school announced the first sellout of this season, the Gary Williams stuff was pitch-perfect, and the student section acted like Maryland student sections are supposed to act.
Thus, some of my favorite images. And yes, it starts with the above photo, by The Diamondback’s Charlie DeBoyace. Sure, the phrase is nothing new, but dang if it doesn’t still rouse the masses. More Diamondback photos from the night are here.
The fans, who had been lining up since the early morning, continued to line up into the late evening. Comcast SportsNet’s Chick Hernandez tweeted this picture four and a half hours before tipoff.
And Maryland student Andrew Kim sent out this image two hours later.
The Diamondback’s sports department showed us this close-up of the gold shirts students wore to the game. Nothing particularly Gary about these, I guess.
But here was some real Gary stuff. Maryland Athletics put out a six-minute video of the Wednesday night tribute video and Williams speech, from where this fist pump screenshot is taken.
“That was the last one,” Williams said soon thereafter, via Inside Maryland Sports’s Jakob Engelke.
This old-school Gary headshot also came from the tribute video.
Then there was his speech itself, captured here by Patrick Semansky of the AP.
After talking about the Williams national championship, ESPN cut away to this shot. Of a national championship banner. Won by the Maryland women’s basketball team. Kudos to @xmasape for noticing.
Finally, if you watched the actual game, and you root for Maryland, you probably got irritated at Bobby Knight at least once. Knight did not seem to be hiding his allegiance to Coach K. But at least here, toward the end of the game, mascot Testudo — having shed his headband that paid tribute to Gary — photobombed Knight while sporting a “Hell in a Shell” head band.