- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 19, 2003


Seen and heard yesterday at Comcast Center:
WHAT PRESSURE? Several Maryland freshmen admitted being a little intimidated in their first ACC road game at Wake Forest on Wednesday. So what was it like to see broadcaster Dick Vitale at courtside, the stands filled with a raucous crowd and renowned Duke on the floor yesterday?
Oh, no big deal. (Wink, wink.)
"It surprised me that I felt really relaxed," forward Nik Caner-Medley. "You don't think the whole country's watching."
Said guard John Gilchrist: "As soon as I hit my first shot, I thought 'This is a lot of hype. It's just basketball.'"
COMCAST CRAZIES The student section overflowed more than one hour before the game, though the general sections didn't fill until nearly tipoff. The students mostly wore the profane anti-Duke shirts donned for every home game.
There were turtle helmets worn by older fans, several rows of bare-chested male students wearing body paint spelling "Maryland" and the Testudo mascot looking like a ninja turtle.
SIGNS FROM ABOVE Students brought plenty of handmade signs for the first time this season, though most messages can't be repeated. They often centered on Duke forward Shelden Williams' love life and ABC announcer Dick Vitale's mostly missing hair. The best called Caner-Medley, who is from Portland, the "Maine Attraction."
Rick Snider


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