When the Maryland men’s basketball team takes the floor against Oregon State on Sunday evening, there will be a few special guests at the Comcast Center.
President Barack Obama and his family will be attending the game. Did Obama recently decide to become a diehard Terrapins fan? The answer would be no.
First Lady Michelle Obama’s brother Craig Robinson is the coach of Oregon State. This certainly isn’t the first time that the Beavers have made their way to the Washington D.C. area. Oregon State has played against the likes of Howard (2008 & 2010), George Washington (2009), and Towson (2011).
The University of Maryland is asking fans to arrive early to the game on Sunday. Doors will open at 4 p.m. and tip-off is at 6 p.m. When the Beavers faced Towson in 2011, fans were asked to be in their seats 75 minutes prior to the opening tip. Upon arrival, all vehicles are subject to search and fans are being to arrive “as early as possible.”
This is a great event for both the school and the basketball team. Not many athletes can say that they’ve played in front of the President. You can bet that ESPNU knew that this was a very strong possibility when they arranged to televise Sunday’s game.