|Maryland Coach Gary Williams|
Maryland Scouting Report
|Ilian Evtimov against Maryland (AP)|
Head Coach Gary Williams: Since returning to the College Park campus in 1989, Gary Williams (Maryland '68) has led his alma mater's basketball program from a period of troubled times to an era of national prominence. With ten straight NCAA tournament berths, seven Sweet Sixteen appearances, a pair of consecutive Final Four showings, and the 2002 national championship – the first of its kind in Maryland basketball history – Williams and his staff have literally forged a decade of dominance. In 26 seasons, Williams owns a career record of 516-292 overall (.639), making him the 16th-leading active coach in America in terms of victories. He is 309-164 (.653) in 15 seasons as the head coach at Maryland
February 1st Contest: Julius Hodge scored 28 points, and North Carolina State pulled away in the second half to earn its first win at Maryland since 1989, 81-69. Freshman Engin Atsur had a career-high 16 points and Marcus Melvin scored 15 for the Wolfpack. Scooter Sherrill scored all 10 of his points in the second half. The Wolfpack was 10 of 19 from three-point range and sank 23 of 25 free throws. Maryland went 2 of 14 from the arc and was 9 of 18 at the line. Jamar Smith led Maryland with 21 points.
Probable Starting 5: G – #11 John Gilchrist (So 6-3 199), 14.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 5.0 apg... F – #22 Nik Caner-medley (So 6-8 233), 13.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg... F/C – #1 Jamar Smith (Sr 6-9 239), 12.1 ppg, 8.9 rpg... G – #13 Chris McCay (So 6-5 180), 10.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg... F – #4 Travis Garrison (So 6-8 236), 7.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg.
Hoping the Streak Continues:The 2003-04 Terrapins look to continue a school record this season by earning a berth in the 2004 NCAA Tournament. Williams returned to his alma mater in 1989 and has guided the Terrapins to 10 straight NCAA Tournament berths since 1994 - a run that includes seven Sweet Sixteen appearances, Final Four showings in 2001 and 2002, and the 2002 NCAA Championship. Maryland is currently one of only six schools in the nation riding a streak of 10-straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
Playing the Best: Maryland has faced 11 ranked opponents during the 2003-04 season to date, posting three victories against Top 25 foes. In addition to No. 9/11 North Carolina (Jan. 14), the Terps defeated a pair of ranked opponents during non-conference play in No. 15/13 Wisconsin (Dec. 2) and No. 1/1 Florida (Dec. 10). The win over UNC in January was Maryland's 53rd victory vs. the Top 25 since Williams took over the program in the 1989-90 season. Wednesday's matchup with No. 14/19 NC State marks Maryland's ACC-leading 12th Top 25 opponent of the season. Florida State and Clemson have faced 11 foes in the Top 25, followed by North Carolina (9), Georgia Tech (9), Wake (8), Duke (8), Virginia (8) and NC State (7). Five ACC teams are in this week's Top 25 and the conference boasts the nation's top RPI with each school ranked No. 73 or better.
Key Match-Up: NC State's Experience vs. Maryland's Youth… Its senior night in Raleigh and the Pack's Marcus Melvin will be looking to go out of the RBC on a winning note. His teammates will be motivated to cover for the probable loss of Senior Scooter Sherrill as they will work to send Marcus out in style. Maryland is in the middle of a youth movement and the combination of Senior Night, NC State's experience, and a raucous RBC crowd should prove too much for the younger Terps. Look for the Pack to clinch second place in the ACC against Maryland tonight.
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The Wolfpack downed Maryland in College Park, 81-69. Junior Julius Hodge, who was coming off two sub par performances, had 28 points, while freshman guard Engin Atsur scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half as the Pack.
|No||Name||Pos||Ht||Wt||Yr||City (High School)|
|1||Jamar Smith||F||6-9||239||SR||Sicklerville, N.J. (Allegany CC)|
|4||Travis Garrison||F||6-8||236||SO||Suitland, Md. (DeMatha)|
|5||DJ Strawberry||F||6-5||183||FR||Corona, Calif. (Mater Dei)|
|11||John Gilchrist||G||6-3||199||SO||Virginia Beach, Va. (Salem)|
|13||Chris McCray||G||6-5||180||SO||Capital Heights, Md. (Fairmont Heights)|
|20||Darien Henry||F||6-6||204||JR||Roxbury, N.J. (Seton Hall Prep)|
|21||Jawad Williams||F||6-6||211||JR||Huntington, N.Y. (St. Dominic)|
|22||Nik Carnermedley||F||6-8||233||SO||Portland, Maine (Deering)|
|23||Mike Jones||G||6-5||195||FR||Dorchester, Mass. (Thayer Academy)|
|25||Ekene Ibekne||F||6-9||211||FR||Carson, Calif. (Carson)|
|31||Will Bowers||C||7-1||245||FR||Hanover, Md. (Archbishop Spalding)|
|44||Hassan Fofana||G/F||6-10||290||FR||Weston, Mass. (Hargrave Military (Va.)|
*Thanks to Maryland Athletics for much of the information in this preview.