- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 13, 2001

Coming off his team's third-place finish at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, Maryland coach Gary Williams said yesterday this is a "big week" of practice for his team, particularly for deciding who will start at power forward.
Williams said he hasn't decided on a starter at that position for tonight's exhibition against Nike Elite at Cole Field House. In the Terps' first exhibition Nov. 2, sophomore Chris Wilcox and junior Tahj Holden each started a half.
Wilcox and Holden each started a game at the tournament in New York for the Terps (1-1), who fell from No. 3 to No. 6 in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll. Williams started Holden against Temple because he wanted to match the Owls' huge frontcourt of Kevin Lyde and Ron Rollerson. Wilcox had seven points and nine rebounds in 24 minutes against Temple, while Holden had five points and four rebounds in 27 minutes, though Williams noted some intangibles Holden brings don't show up in a box score, like the two charging fouls he drew.
"Tahj did a really solid defensive job on those guys," said Williams, who added Holden is up to 265 pounds from his listed 247. "It's nice having a Chris Wilcox with that type of ability off the bench. Very few teams can match their first inside sub with a guy like Chris Wilcox."
The Terps will also continue to look at their main rotation, which included junior forward Ryan Randle and junior guard Calvin McCall against the Owls. Though both players did not play against Arizona, when just seven players saw action, Williams insisted he is committed to a nine-man rotation including McCall and Randle.
Williams reiterated the Terps played "too quick" in their loss to Arizona ranked 12th in the coaches' poll after beating Florida to win the Coaches vs. Classic title leading to rushed shots and inconsistent offense. Maryland struggled to dent the Wildcats' zone, but had little trouble with a historically stingy defense in Temple's 2-3 matchup zone, shooting 59 percent.
Maryland returns to regular-season play Saturday at 1 p.m. when it plays host to American.
Notes
Williams said Juan Dixon sprained his ankle Friday against Temple and did not practice Sunday, but practiced yesterday and will play tonight. … Nike Elite's roster includes former Temple guard Quincy Wadley, Wayland White (New Mexico) and Darren Kelly (Texas). The team is coached by former Arizona State and Michigan coach Bill Frieder, who opposed Gary Williams when he was at Ohio State. In the past week, Nike Elite lost to North Carolina by 11 but beat Georgia Tech by nine.


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