- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 28, 2002

Seen and heard last night at Comcast Center:
BIG MAN IN ATTENDANCE: A familiar 7-footer was back, one-time Terp Matt Slaninka. The 7-foot-4 Slaninka attended DeMatha and went on to Maryland, redshirting for 2000-01, when the Terps made the Final Four. He then transferred after the season to Shepherd College in West Virginia, where he said he's enjoying playing and is just coming back from a knee injury. Slaninka still keeps in touch with some Terps, including Tahj Holden and Mike Grinnon.
"I enjoyed my time [at Maryland], it was great," Slaninka said. "I always loved Maryland as a kid, and I still do."
WEBBER WHO?: Major college basketball teams often schedule cupcakes early in the season to stockpile some wins, and though The Citadel is a lower-echelon Division I team, the Bulldogs are no different. For their season opener, they played Webber International, a business school in Babson Park, Fla., with an enrollment of about 400 undergraduates. Webber International is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and plays schools such as Florida Christian and Edward Waters University. By the way, The Citadel beat Webber 83-60.
OLD RIVALS: Maryland and The Citadel used to be regular opponents when both were charter members of the old Southern Conference, formed in 1921. When the ACC was formed in 1953, Maryland jumped with Clemson, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, N.C. State and Virginia to the newly formed conference.
Duff Durkin



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