- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 6, 2004

Seen and heard last night at Comcast Center:

WHO’S NO. 323? — Maryland-Eastern Shore was only four slots from being ranked last among 327 Division I-A teams after losing its first seven games. However, it was a rare “cupcake” for the Terrapins in their final non-conference game. Maryland beat two ranked teams — including No. 1 Florida — and lost to one ranked opponent in finishing 8-3 against non-ACC teams. Terps coach Gary Williams said the tougher schedule should be considered more heavily than wins when the NCAA tournament selections are made in March.

“You should be rewarded for playing a tough schedule, and you shouldn’t be rewarded if you don’t,” Williams said. “Do you have enough wins to get to the NCAA tournament? There’s probably seven teams in the ACC that think they’re going to have a chance to go to the NCAA. There’s no way.”

TURF TOE? — Maryland guard D.J. Strawberry suffered a sprained left big toe in practice Monday when he collided with forward Nik Caner-Medley. The freshman was an emergency player against UMES. The team’s eight-day break before playing North Carolina on Jan. 15 should allow Strawberry time to recover.

SPLIT ALLEGIANCE? — The Fighting Hawks’ burgundy uniforms said “Maryland” in very large letters across their chests and “Eastern Shore” so small that fans probably couldn’t read it.

Rick Snider

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