Tuesday night, the 14th, ranked the University of Maryland Terrapins took on the 5th ranked University of Wisconsin Badgers in Maryland’s biggest game of the season since joining the Big 10. The Badgers entered the game with a chance to clinch a share of the Big 10 title with a victory.
Friday afternoon, I was contacted by a friend and fellow photographer about shooting the game for Wisconsin. He was unavailable that day and, as I had been trying to break in to college basketball, I jumped at the chance to shoot. After working things out with the communications director for Wisconsin I headed up 95 for the game.
Unfortunately, with this being such an important game, traffic getting to the area was beyond what I had expected. Two hours after leaving for the game I had my credentials in hand and made it inside the Xfinity Center with a few moments to spare before tip-off.
I was seated on the far end of the court, across from the Wisconsin bench, which was perfect as I knew at some point in the game Coach Ryan would get fired up and give me some great shots. True to form, towards the end of the game a call went Maryland’s way and after spending much of the game fairly reserved he broke out and become as animated as I’ve ever seen a coach.
I was also fortunate enough to be a few feet away from former Maryland Coach, Gary Williams, who came out to enjoy the game.