Granted, UCLA is 6-0, ranked No. 3 in the nation. Granted, the Bruins dusted his Terrapins, 90-57, out west last year. And granted, this year his Terrapins (4-2) have seemed like common folk.
Now consider Lefty Driesell, the Maryland coach who takes nothing for granted. UCLA will play Maryland at Cole Field House at 8 o'clock Thursday night.
Driesell sees it this way: "I think UCLA is the No. 1 team in the nation. I voted them that way in the polls. But if they beat us, they will have to leave some blood on the floor.
"I personally have been looking forward to this game since last December. That game was one of the worst defeats in my coaching career. All week I have emphasized revenge to the players."
At his weekly press conference, Driesell also said Adrian Branch will move his 22-points-per-game scoring average from forward to guard. Branch will take the spot normally manned by Jeff Adkins, whose broken left index finger has kept him from practicing this week.
"Dr. (Stan) Lavine said Jeff might be able to play Thursday, but not to count on him," Driesell said.
Driesell also said Ed Farmer likely will make his first start of the season, joining Len Bias at forward; Steve Rivers will start at the other guard spot. Ben Coleman will play center.