- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 23, 2003

Seen and heard last night at Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.:
INHALE, EXHALE Managing the day is nearly as important as managing the clock. The Maryland Terrapins arrive the night before games and have to avoid wearing themselves out or getting too bored before leaving for the arena about three hours before tipoff.
"If you don't keep yourself going and go outside and get some fresh air, you get [groggy] where you're just not ready to go when the game starts," coach Gary Williams said.
QUARTERBACK? Forward Tahj Holden has become as important as point guard Steve Blake is to ball flow. Holden is so adept at kicking out passes underneath that it extends his worth beyond his averages of 7.7 points and 3.7 rebounds, plus a team-best 25 blocks.
"Tahj is the quarterback for inside players," Williams said. "He's not afraid to let them know where they should be or play this guy. That helps us because you can't call time out every time they change their offense. Tahj gets us through that a lot."
THE GREATEST Former Maryland stars Len Bias, John Lucas and Juan Dixon were among the ACC's 50th anniversary top 50 male athletes. Defensive tackle Randy White and hurdler Renaldo Nehemiah also were named.
Rick Snider


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