- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 15, 2002


Seen and heard yesterday at Comcast Center:
GILCHRIST STEPS IT UP: Maryland's most productive lineup seemingly was the three-guard scheme when freshman John Gilchrist played the point.
Gilchrist sparked an early 8-0 run with three assists under the basket and later scored twice midway through the second half. Gilchrist finished with a season-high 22 minutes while scoring 10 points with four assists and four rebounds.
"I just walk on the floor and want to be an impact [player]," Gilchrist said. "I just want to go hard. It's nothing but basketball. When you step on the court, you can't think about being a freshman. You just lose yourself in the moment, and everything goes well."
GETTING AIR TIME: Nothing like a nationally televised game to crank up the crowd. CBS analyst Billy Packer had to endure Terps fans who wore their profane Duke-hating T-shirts trying to sneak a message behind him during closeups. There was even one sign-holding fan stating, "Gator Hater Born and Bred."
SHUE ALWAYS IN STYLE: Gene Shue still has a head of hair, only now it's shocking gray. The former Maryland player and Washington Bullets coach was an honorary team captain, but his long hairstyle was more in keeping with the 1970s than his 1954 Terps senior season.
NOT TOO FAMILIAR: This was the first Maryland-Florida game in 60 years. The Gators won 39-24 in the Southern Conference tournament on Feb.26, 1932, in Atlanta. However, it was the 14th time Florida had faced a defending national champion. Coach Billy Donovan is 2-4 against champions, also beating Kentucky in 1999.
Rick Snider

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