Yes, it was Florida International. Yes, this is a rebuilding year for the Terps. Yes, the start of the season hasn’t always been thrilling. Yes, students had finals going on Wednesday night.
Still, this is a pretty shocking sight for a non-snow non-break game. I always used to say if I could have season tickets to any one area pro or college team, I’d choose Maryland basketball. Looks like not a lot of people agree with me.
Some reaction from prominent Maryland observers:
Eric Bickel: I know it’s going to be a long year. I know it’s FIU in the middle of exam week. But you gotta be kidding me. I can’t remember anything like this in the last 20 years. MD drew better when Bob Wade was the coach.
Steve Czaban: Top 10 job in CBB....or so some said.
Jakob Engelke: Comcast Center is absolutely deserted -- not going to look good for a national audience on ESPN.
Scott Van Pelt: If I said anything about MD attendance tonight it would only get me into trouble. We had exams, too. C’mon y’all. Honestly.
Patrick Stevens: There’s MAYBE 2,000 people in the arena seating area at Comcast Center more than 10 minutes before tip. Good heavens is this place deserted. In the four sections making up the student wall, there are 16 people. Want a recount? OK. There’s 17, including a guy dressed as Bender.
(Images via Stevens and EB’s World.)