- The Washington Times - Monday, December 9, 2002


Seen and heard yesterday at MCI Center:
LOTS OF EMPTY SEATS: There were thousands of empty seats, many in the coveted lower bowl, for both games. Maybe it was the fact that Maryland lost in the first round on Saturday or that the Washington Redskins had a home game. One woman was giving away tickets to any takers coming out of the Metro.
The limited crowd listed as 13,209 made it easy to hear catcalls from upstairs toward former Maryland player Dan Miller, who transferred and now plays for Notre Dame. One heckler kept yelling "Show us your ring finger." Miller left the Terrapins the summer before his ex-team won the national title.
MILLER'S TIME:Dan Miller, the former Terp, was named to the all-tournament team after totaling 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the championship game victory over Texas. The Notre Dame senior made four of eight 3s, and eight of 15 in the tournament.
"I heard the boos," said Miller, who had 17 points against the Terrapins. "But I know there are people at Maryland that support me. Team-wise and personal-wise, this weekend couldn't have gone much better for me."
Miller got an ovation from several hundred Notre Dame fans when he was announced to the all-tournament team.
PLAYING THE HEAVY HITTERS: George Washington played two top-10 teams in as many days, losing to No. 2 Texas 100-92 Saturday before falling to No. 9 Maryland yesterday. The Colonials were down by two to the Longhorns with less than six minutes left in that game and led Maryland by 12 in the first half.
"We found out about ourselves as a basketball team," GW coach Karl Hobbs said. "We have an opportunity to be a pretty good team if we execute when we need to, if we make the plays when we have to."
GW visits Boston University on Wednesday.
'ZAGS IN '03: Next season's BB&T; field is still being finalized. But Gonzaga will join Maryland and George Washington, and the fourth team could be in place later this week. Kansas has been secured for the 2004 field.
Jon Siegel

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