- The Washington Times - Monday, March 3, 2003


Seen and heard last night at RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C.
MR. HANDS? Maryland guard John Gilchrist sticks out his tongue during games, sometimes intentionally. From scowls to smiles, there isn't a more expressive player among the Terrapins.
"We joke about him a little bit," guard Steve Blake said. "It's funny just to watch him, but it works for him. He's very emotional. He's got antics."
Like talking to his hands after turnovers or his body after taking a blow.
"When John loses the ball, he looks at his hands like 'What?' … like they did something to him," Blake said. "If someone hits him, he'll stare at his shoulder. You get a lot of moments out of him."
But Blake wasn't ready to give Gilchrist a nickname like "Mr. Hands." Instead, sign-waving fans have labeled Gilchrist "Dubz" after a hip-hop term relating to 22-inch wheel rims. Beats his childhood moniker, "Bubba."
YOU CALL THIS HOSTILE? N.C. State fans are known for rabid behavior, though they're certainly no worse than the fans at Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium or Maryland's Comcast Center. Gilchrist said they're nothing compared to the taunts heard at his Virginia Beach playgrounds.
"People threaten you from the sidelines," he said. "Somebody is going to bring harm to you. A hostile crowd is nothing new to me."
SPORTS FOR $100, ALEX Coach Gary Williams may seem tense during games, but he loves to tease freshmen in the locker room. Forward Travis Garrison has become the favorite target for trivia by seniors and Williams.
"I try to quiz Travis on other sports, and he knows absolutely nothing," forward Calvin McCall said. "[Williams] watches all types of sports, too, so we find out anything someone else doesn't know and get them."
Rick Snider

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