- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 9, 2003

Seen and heard last night at Comcast Center:

GOTTA BE THE SHOES: Maryland center Ryan Randle has filled the shoes of predecessor Lonny Baxter literally.

Randle's size 16s are not the only thing he has in common with Baxter. Both big men produced nearly the same stats in their first 10 starts. Randle averaged 15 points and 7.5 rebounds with 18 blocks while averaging 27.9 minutes. Baxter's numbers were 14.8 points and 8.9 rebounds with 16 blocks in 29.4 minutes. Both committed 27 fouls. Randle gained the edge in steals (21-6) and fewer turnovers (27-13).

WHO'S THE BOSS?: Terrapins forward Jamar Smith has a backup plan should an NBA career never come. The giveaway poster to fans revealed Smith's nickname is "Sweetness" and his favorite TV show is "Martin" reruns while the future has him becoming a boss.

"I want to manage a business and have Ryan Randle working for me," Smith noted.

Randle chuckled at the notion. His poster profile in coming weeks should bring a payback instead of a paycheck.

WHO LAUGHS LAST: Forward Tahj Holden's move to the bench is partly so he'll still be around at the end of games. Coach Gary Williams said Holden's inbounding ability makes him more valuable than freshman forward Travis Garrison.

"By not starting, you buy four or five [more] minutes," Williams said of Holden avoiding foul troubles. "Tahj knows he's going to play more minutes than when he was starting."

YOUTH MOVEMENT: Forwards Nik Caner-Medley and Garrison started their fourth straight game, the longest streak by two Terps freshmen since Joe Smith and Keith Booth both opened 30 games in 1993-94.

Rick Snider

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