- The Washington Times - Monday, March 24, 2003


Seen and heard yesterday at Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tenn:
NO SECRET SIGNS Xavier didn't even attempt to hide some of its set plays. An assistant coach simply wrote on an erasable white chalkboard different plays like "No thumbs inside," "43 Gap" and "Q cross."
Mostly, the game's pace is too quick for Maryland to gain much advantage by knowing the plays, though they do look for repeated references.
"I looked at it a couple times," Steve Blake said. "But they have a lot of different plays and it's all kind of the same type of set so you just have to play good defense against anything. I like to concentrate on just my guy and not read into plays because you can get caught if they change up on it."
Said Tahj Holden: "A lot of stuff is run through David West so the cards don't really help unless they run the same play over and over again. It doesn't matter if a team knows your plays as long as you execute it."
NEXT GENERATION Maryland coach Gary Williams crossed the court after the game to greet his favorite fan grandson David. The 3-year-old now yells "Go, Terps."
"He didn't see me," Williams said. "He was looking at the cheerleaders. He likes the band and the dancing girls in that order, but he knows when to cheer. He knows a little bit going on. He's undefeated [watching Maryland]."
Rick Snider

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