The Washington Times - December 30, 2008, 11:15AM

BOISE, Idaho – Obviously, there’s quite a bit of distance from here to College Park.

And as such, you can be sure any sort of basketball items I have at this point aren’t really updated with any in-person contact at Comcast Center.

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But it’s still reasonable to expect something quirky heading into Maryland’s game against Elon.

Fortunately, I’ve got something completely off-the-wall.

Tonight marks the first time Maryland has met Elon in basketball. And as such, it seemed like a decent time to look up the Terps’ record in first meetings under coach Gary Williams.

Can you glean much from this 49-5 record? Probably not, because there’s a lot of smaller schools on the list. But it’s an interesting list nonetheless (NCAA tournament games – which add up to a 7-2 record – in bold):

WIN

Alcorn State (1989), AU-Puerto Rico (1998), Augusta College (1989), Bryant (2008), California (1996), Chicago State (1996), Coastal Carolina (2000), Colgate (1994), Delaware State (1989), Detroit (2001);

Florida A&M (2006), Florida International (1997), Gonzaga (1995), Hampton (2003), High Point (2006), Howard (1993), Iona (2000), Jackson State (2004), Liberty (2004), Massachusetts (1990);

Mercer (2004), Missouri-Kansas City (2006), Nicholls State (2005), Norfolk State (2000), North Florida (2007), North Texas (1998), Oklahoma (1993), Oral Roberts (2005), Rider (1991), Sacramento State (1989);

Saint Louis (1994), Savannah State (2008), Siena (2002), South Carolina State (1998), South Florida (1990), Stony Brook (2000), Texas (1995), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (2006), Tulane (1999), UC Irvine (1990);

UNC Asheville (1997), UNC Greensboro (1992), UNC Wilmington (1997), Utah (1994), Utah State (1998), Valparaiso (1999), Vermont (2006), Western Carolina (1998), Youngstown State (2008)

LOSS

Butler (2007), College of Charleston (1997), Coppin State (1989), Florida State (1992), Virginia Commonwealth (2007).

Patrick Stevens