- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 25, 2001

Seen and heard yesterday at Cole Field House:
FASHION STATEMENT Lefty Driesell once said he would make Maryland the UCLA of the East, but it was Delaware State that came out looking Bruin-esque in the uniform department. The Hornets' road uniform includes a shiny Columbia blue jersey and shorts with red numerals and lettering and Columbia blue and white square trim just like UCLA, but without the gold lettering and the 11 national championships. The uniforms will get plenty of use in the coming weeks because the team is in the midst of 10 straight road games. A Delaware State official said the baseball team has even brighter blue jerseys, and players call them "Smurf shirts."
SEATS AVAILABLE The announced crowd of 13,146 fell far short of the actual attendance, with several pockets of empty seats visible, particularly in the student section. For most of the game, one could hear the squeaks of sneakers on the court. Things will change for Tuesday's showdown with No. 2 Illinois, already sold out. The Illini are the highest-ranked non-conference team to visit Cole Field House since No. 1 Notre Dame on Jan. 27, 1979, a 67-66 Maryland victory.
Duff Durkin


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