Friday, November 9, 2001

Seen and heard last night at Madison Square Garden in New York:
COLE NORTH The Terrapins were clearly the home team as thousands of red-clad fans cheered them on. As the Wildcats were being introduced, several hundred Maryland students high up in the Garden held newspapers in front of their faces to mock the players. The place erupted when Chris Wilcox scored the game’s first points with a high-flying dunk.
EARLY ENTRY ‘CATS Early last spring, it looked as if Arizona would lose its entire starting lineup as four underclassmen declared for the NBA. Before the draft, point guard Jason Gardner withdrew his name and went back to school and is the only returning starter. The three who left prematurely were Gilbert Arenas, now with Golden State; Richard Jefferson, who plays for New Jersey; and Michael Wright, who was recently cut by New York. Center Loren Woods was the only senior starter and now plays for Minnesota.
ORANGE ON WHITE Florida freshman James White made quite a fashion statement while helping the Gators defeat Temple. The McDonald’s All-American from Kensington wore shiny orange shoes to complement the blue-and-orange stripes running down his white uniform. The 6-foot-6 reserve forward also wore an orange headband and black socks to complete the retro/futuristic look. And, oh by the way, White had five points and two assists in his college debut.
JUMP BALL The tournament is experimenting by using the jump ball on tie-ups as opposed to a possession arrow.
PLAYBOY COACH Gary Williams was named Playboy magazine’s preseason Coach of the Year in its December issue.
Jon Siegel

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