- The Washington Times - Friday, March 30, 2001

Here's what we know aboard the hype train to Minneapolis:
We know Maryland forward Lonny Baxter is barely a 6-footer, although he is listed at 6-8 and comes down with a rash whenever someone mentions the name George Evans in his presence.
We know Terence Morris hit a 3-pointer to open the game against Stanford, and coach Gary Williams thought this was an extremely important development, virtually a sign from above, if only because Morris is sometimes a conscientious objector.
We know the Terps and Blue Devils already have played three times this season and that this is an advantage for either the Terps or the Blue Devils, depending on which side is doing the talking going into the fourth meeting tomorrow night.
We know this is as good as it gets for Shane Battier, because in three years, you will need a search party to find wherever he is in the NBA. Elton Brand, the last flavor of the moment at Duke, has spent the last two NBA seasons in the Witness Protection Program in Chicago, and Christian Laettner, another glorious Dukie from the past, has played with almost as many NBA teams as Chucky Brown.
We know the Metrodome is one of those vast, sterile playpens, with an awful shooting background, which does not bode well for the outside marksmen with Duke.
We know all the media outlets in town will have teams of reporters stationed at various watering holes tomorrow night to record the mood of the faithful. Most of the fans will dispense the following insight, "Go, Terps. Yeah, yeah. And yeah."
We know Juan Dixon and Kevin Braswell are close friends from their schoolboy days in Baltimore.
Boy, do we know that.
We know Jess Atkinson was a kicker at Maryland and then with the local NFL team, which puts him a leg up on all the other seekers of truth in town.
We know G. Williams is not related to Jason Williams, who is not to be confused with the foolish J. Williams in Sacramento, Calif., which is not to overlook the contribution of Walt Williams.
We know Maryland assistant Jimmy Patsos and Catholic coach Mike Lonergan were teammates in Brookland under the late Jack Bruen in the '80s and that Jon Voight played basketball at Catholic in the late '50s before he was crushed to death by an incredibly large snake in the ever-memorable flick "Anaconda."
We know the stars are properly aligned above Washington after Catholic won the Division III national championship, Georgetown advanced to the Sweet 16 and Maryland is making its first appearance in the Final Four after slipping past George Mason.
We know G. Williams has become kinder, gentler, almost sweet to a fault, as he adopts the cause of world hunger.
We know G. Williams seems a whole lot smarter this week than after losing at home to Florida State last month.
We know when they call for snow in the Twin Cities, they leave Bob Ryan out of it.
We know Towson, if it is serious, could right its men's and women's programs by landing Lonergan and Marymount's Bill Finney.
We know Tommy Amaker does not have to sit out a year after leaving Seton Hall to take the coaching job at Michigan.
We know Steve Blake's parents are driving to Minnesota instead of flying after the father gave up air travel following an unsettling emergency landing 10 years ago.
We know Coach K has become the holy man of the Final Four, this being his ninth appearance on the grand stage.
We know Mike Dunleavy is the son of the NBA coach who is in charge of Rasheed Wallace's medication.
We know the bench has been essential to the Terps in the tournament, and that includes Mike Mardesich, who still moves at glacier speed after five years in College Park.
We know Renee Boozer, mother of one of the Duke players, has recovered from her Cole Field House-induced mild concussion.
Finally, we know none of the aforementioned elements necessarily means a lot going into Maryland-Duke IV, which is why, you silly person you, they call it hype.


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