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Gary Williams says Kentucky could beat the Wizards at Rupp Arena

If Kentucky doesn’t win the 2012 NCAA men’s basketball championship, they’re going to leave a lot of people disappointed and confused. The Wildcats are loaded with NBA talent. That doesn’t always translate into a championship, but Kentucky looked to be in a class of its in through its first four tournament games. Considering there are many people who believe they could take down an NBA team or two, John Calipari’s boys should have no problem winning their next two games.

“I think one game — Kentucky couldn’t play in the NBA or anything like that — but one game at Rupp Arena, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Kentucky win one game,” former Maryland coach Gary Williams said during an interview with ESPN 980 on Tuesday. “Because you’re gonna have five players off that team playing in the NBA, and probably playing significant roles in the NBA. And that’s why I say that, for one game.”

That makes three NBA teams that Kentucky could beat now. Over the weekend, Charles Barkley said he believes the Wildcats could beat the Raptors and maybe the Bobcats. Williams at least justified his comment by saying he could see it happening one time at Rupp Arena, but even then I don’t know.

There are some terrible NBA teams in the league right now, but they’re still NBA teams. The players on the worst NBA rosters were the best players at their colleges. Yes, plenty of them are flops and draft busts, but it would be tough to imagine a bunch of 18, 19, and 20-year-olds taking down an NBA team. Then again, maybe I haven’t seen enough of the NBA teams in question.

H/T D.C. Sports Bog via Game On!
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Former Maryland Coach Lefty Driesell Upset Court Named After Gary Williams

Over the past several years, naming college basketball courts after legendary coaches has become increasingly popular. The honor has been given to Coach K, Dickie V., Eddie Sutton and many others. As expected, the gesture is often met with jealousy and opposition from other former coaches or influential figures within the programs. Now that Maryland has decided to name their court after Gary Williams, former Terps coach Lefty Driesell is not pleased.

“It’s not fair to my players that they would put Gary Williams’ name on the court,” Driesell said in an email to the school Tuesday according to the Baltimore Sun. “It’s a disservice to players such as Tom McMillen, John Lucas, Len Elmore, Brad Davis, Greg Manning, Adrian Branch and Steve Sheppard.”

With a record of 461-252 after his 22 years as Maryland’s head coach, Williams is the winningest coach in school history. Driesell’s 348 wins in 17 seasons place him second behind Williams. Some have wondered whether or not a significant gift is coming from Williams and if that factored into the decision to name the court after him. Of course, the school insists it was the “enduring legacy” Gary brought the the program that inspired them to honor him.

The bottom line is you can’t please everyone. Driesell says giving the name “Gary Williams Court” is not fair to those who didn’t play for Williams, but we all know what he means: it’s not fair to him.

NC State A.D. Debbie Yow Calls Out Gary Williams

The fact that Gary Williams and Debbie Yow do not get along is no mystery. Yow, who is now the athletic director at N.C. State, spent 16 seasons in the same capacity at Maryland. She was once Williams’ boss, but there is no love lost between the two. That became fully evident on Tuesday, when Yow accused Williams of trying to interfere with N.C. State’s search for its next men’s basketball coach.

“I don’t have a reputation across all men’s basketball of being difficult to work with,” Yow said Tuesday when asked about her reputation of being difficult to work with. “I have a reputation of not getting along with Gary Williams, who has tried to sabotage the search. Come on, we all know that. OK, so whatever.

“It’s not a reputation. It’s Gary Williams out there doing his thing. Whatever”

Talk of tension between the two began in 2008, when Maryland lost two high-profile recruits at the last second.  However, neither has ever been this candid about disliking the other.  Here’s what Williams said in response.

“I don’t have any interest in the N.C. State search, since I’m coaching at Maryland and working hard to run our program. Anyone who says I’ve had contact with a prospective coach or athletic director regarding this search isn’t being truthful.”

The question now becomes whether or not the NCAA has to look into this.  Is this just a case of sour grapes from Yow, or does she actually have evidence to support her claim that Williams tried to sabotage her head coaching search?  The NCAA supposedly looks into all allegations, so it will be interesting to see if anything is done about it.