TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —- An interesting (and quiet) subplot of the trip to Florida State is the amount of court time Maryland got to have at the Donald L. Tucker Center (nee Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center) for shootarounds and walkthroughs.
That is to say, close to none.
The civic center was in use for much of yesterday, so Maryland practiced in Miami before making the trip up. As for a walkthrough this morning … would you want to schedule a 7 a.m. walkthrough? Not likely.
So Maryland is out taking some shots now (along with some Florida State players at the other end of the floor). And since only four players on Maryland’s roster were with the team the last time the Terps were in Tallahassee, it’ll be interesting to see if the relative unfamiliarity has an impact.
This is no fault of Florida State, which doesn’t own and operate the civic center. But there should probably be some coordination between the ACC (which does the scheduling) and the civic center management to avoid such conflicts down the road.
—- Patrick Stevens