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It sure didn't feel like a farewell.
"Time Waits for No One," the Rolling Stones sang in 1974, but lately it's seemed like that grizzled quartet does indeed have some sort of exemption from the ravages of time.
With few exceptions, professional sports rarely contain the emotion and fervor normally associated with the college game. Aside from storied matchups like Lakers-Celtics, Cowboys-Redskins and Yankees-Red Sox, passion runs a lot cooler at the pay-for-play level.
Most of the pregame attention was given to a UCLA freshman who had yet to appear in a college game. It should have been directed at a sophomore from Georgetown who was returning after being injured in the season opener.
Again flying under the national radar, Georgetown is hoping to add to the buzz building in Brooklyn.
Once again, it's time to check off some items on my "TIDU List" -- Things I Don't Understand:
The Maryland Terrapins came up short against the No. 3 Kentucky Wildcats, 72-69, but it was nearly beside the point. The Terps erased a 15-point deficit in the second half, traded the lead with Kentucky and very much looked like they belonged in an important game for the first time under coach Mark Turgeon.
Nick Faust looks around the Maryland locker room, and there isn't much familiar from his freshman season.
Last year, in the first game of Mark Turgeon's first season at Maryland, he shook hands with counterpart Buzz Peterson of UNC Wilmington.