Back when it was announced that the floor at the Comcast Center would be renamed Gary Williams Court, we were one of the many scratching our heads at the timing of the naming-ceremony: it was scheduled for Friday, December 9, on which there wasn't even a game.
That little issue has been rectified, though, and the dedication has been moved back to January 25th ... right in time for the Duke game in College Park. In addition to making the ceremony significantly more awesome (and lively), the change "will allow the ceremony to be part of ESPN's national broadcast." Good pub for the school and the team.
Admittedly, the school may've missed an opportunity to boost attendance at a game like, say, Illinois or Georgia Tech, compared to a Duke game that will almost certainly be a sell-out anyway, as all Duke games in CP are. With the struggles the team is likely to face next season, they'll need every attendance boost they can get.
But, eh, whatever, this is just too cool. Comcast will be going insane, without a doubt, and there's no better opponent for Gary to be honored against than the Blue Devils. Well done move, and again: awesome.
And, of course, there's the hope that this'll give Maryland's players a much-needed boost against a team likely to be in the top 10 nationally at that point. Emotion will be riding high. A big upset would be icing on the cake.