It was uncommonly quiet at Cole Field House yesterday, what with the Maryland Terrapins moping, and no formal film session because Coach Charles G. Driesell didn't want to discuss Sunday's 70-49 loss to Virginia.
In short, that defeat still was weighing heavily on the Terrapins. Driesell told the team to watch the replay by themselves, which they did, and then they followed his advice and threw it away. Frankly, there was something more important to worry about, with North Carolina State visiting Cole Thursday at 9 p.m. and an unrelenting schedule coming up.
"It was just one game," Driesell said yesterday at his weekly news conference. "One game doesn't make a season. It doesn't mean we're not any good. We're a good team and we've got to prove it. Unfortunately, the schedule is murderous."
With an 0-4 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference, now would seem to be the time for the Terrapins to turn into the team Driesell is talking about.
This is Maryland's agenda: N.C. State Thursday, followed by a trip Saturday to always unpleasant Duke, ranked No. 2. Home for Wake Forest, then back on the road for 16th-ranked Notre Dame and dangerous Villanova, which gave Georgetown a tough game Monday.
"Likewise, it gives us a chance to gain back some respect and beat some clubs," Driesell said. " . . . In a way, it's positive. We get some of them out of the way and we only play them once more. I don't want us playing like it's a life and death situation. I just want them to play hard and have some fun. Maybe we played too hard against Virginia. If we play that way again maybe we'll be 0-5."
Driesell was asked yesterday if he ever had contacted Tito Horford, the 7-foot-1 Dominican who signed to attend the University of Miami after his controversial recruitment by other schools.
Driesell said no one from Maryland had contacted Horford, but that he had been puzzled by Horford's trouble in finding a school.
"There's something fishy about that," Driesell said. "If he called me, and if he wanted to come here, and if his grades were good enough to meet our admissions policies, I'd take him in a second."