Maryland Madness is Here: Open Thread

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Doors open at 6:00. Event starts at 7:00. Women's intros begin at 7:30, men's at 7:45, with scrimmages presumably following. And maybe an actual, real, not-student dunk contest, too.

It'll be broadcast on CSN+ for the locals - check your channel guide to figure out what channel it is, because there's usually not a standard CSN+ channel - and will be featured on ESPNU's whip-around coverage (though obviously no idea when it'll be covered). Non-locals ... you're kinda out of luck, because it's not being streamed online like it normally is. So people who are there or can at least watch it on TV, tweet and update liberally, please.

The good news: Maryland has a fairly substantial subset of recruits in the building tonight, including their biggest priority in Roddy Peters.

The bad: yeah, it's probably going to be terrible again. The uniforms will be unveiled - which is cool - but past that there's been no talk of a musical cameo, which almost certainly means there will be no musical cameo, which probably means it's going to be more or less the same as last season. And to make matters worse, this is taking the place at the same time as the O's, Yanks, and Nats all play elimination games, which will draw plenty of sports die-hards away. Plus there's a comedy show on campus at the same time, too, which will take away the casual folk just looking for something to do on a Friday evening. So it's probably going to be a little empty and not exactly rowdy.

And can you really blame the students/fans? That's a rhetorical question, for the seven of you who will, in fact, blame the students/fans. Because no, you can't really blame them. The A.D.'s done nothing to incentivize attendance; it's a boring event, has been for years. Unless you're a super-mega-ultra fan, like me and (possibly) you, why go? It's mostly a waste of a Friday night. Hell, it's actually a waste of a Friday night for me, too. There's absolutely nothing can't-miss about MM, and so when there are events considered can't-miss elsewhere, fans will choose not to miss them, even if it means skipping on MM.

Whatever. The debut of Dez Wells, Shaq Cleare, Jake Layman and the rest of 'em is enough for me. And the return of Nick Faust. Awesome, awesome Nick Faust.

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