- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 17, 2002

N.C. State point guard Archie Miller calls his older brother, Sean, a "freak of nature."
Archie was a toddler (2 years old) when Sean appeared on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show" at the ripe old age of 12 and performed a ballhandling routine. Sean could dribble and spin up to six basketballs at once.
"He could spin two balls on top of each other," Archie said. "When Michael Jordan was playing in those McDonald's All-Star Games, Sean was the little kid in the back of the bus doing the halftime show."
Archie said he started down the same path as his brother but got away from the ball tricks as he got older. He said he can dribble four balls at one time but can't control five or six.
"After four balls, it doesn't make any difference," Archie said. "My dad and him traveled all over doing halftime shows all over the country, Europe and Asia."
For four of Archie's five years at N.C. State, Sean was a Wolfpack assistant coach, but he left last year to join Thad Matta's staff at Xavier.
As a player, Sean had a distinguished career at Pittsburgh he was the Big East's 1988 Freshman of the Year and still ranks among Pitt's all-time leaders in several categories.

I love New York
Julius Hodge calls himself "Da Jules of Harlem on his way to stardom." Hodge, N.C. State's gifted 6-6 freshman guard, gets a chance today to go against two other guys from the Big Apple when seventh-seeded N.C. State (23-10) tangles with No.2 seed Connecticut (25-6).
UConn sophomore point guard Taliek Brown and freshman guard Ben Gordon are familiar with Hodge. Brown played pickup ball against him in New York, and Gordon met the Wolfpack's second-leading scorer during summer AAU ball.
"I went against him in a playground league. He was talking a lot of trash, pointing at people and scoring," Brown said.
Added Hodge: "I'm going to tell him to have a good game, and hopefully I'm on the winning side."

Iron man on Fun Street
When fifth-year Wisconsin senior Charlie Wills steps on the floor today against top-seeded Maryland, the Badgers' 6-foot-8 forward will establish a school record for career games. Wills, who averages 9.9 points, has never missed a game while appearing in 128. Wills is currently tied with Mike Kelley, Andy Kowske and Mark Vershaw on the games played list.

Taking in the sights
Other than Maryland, the three teams that won their first-round games earned an extra two days' stay in the District for today's second round, and an opportunity to indulge in some of what the city has to offer.
This is the UConn players' third trip to MCI Center this season following an early December visit for the BB&T; Classic and a mid-February trip to play Georgetown. They knocked out several visits to landmarks then, such as the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial and Washington Monument, or as Huskies junior forward Mike Hayes said, "where Martin Luther King made his speech."
With real national championship aspirations, this is a business trip for the Huskies, who are focused on making it to Syracuse for next weekend's regional semifinals. Still, they made time to see the sculpture "The Awakening" in East Potomac Park.
"It's a real good experience," said Hayes of coming to the District. "Anything to get out of Hartford."
N.C. State players have seen little of the city save for busing to their hotel, but coach Herb Sendek said he was reluctant to do any sightseeing because of the tight schedule his team had to adhere to this weekend.


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