- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 13, 2004

Seen and heard last night at the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C.

CHEMISTRY COACH — Wake Forest has the talent to make the Final Four, but the 15th-ranked Demon Deacons also have the ability to lose to weaker opponents — like last week at Virginia. Coach Skip Prosser has a scientific view of his squad.

“Water at 211 degrees is really, really hot, but it is producing absolutely no energy,” Prosser said. “When it is 212 degrees, now it becomes steam and can move a locomotive. And I have seen us play at 212 degrees, and we are boiling. I have also seen us play at 211 degrees. I think we are one degree away from being a very, very good basketball team.”

GARY’S SHINING MOMENT — Maryland coach Gary Williams’ fondest ACC tournament moment as a player came in his first game. “When I was a sophomore, we beat Clemson to get to the semifinals,” said Williams, who played point guard for the Terrapins from 1964 to 1967. “I threw a lob pass to Rick Wise for a dunk. I will never forget that.” Williams scored two points that day in Maryland’s 61-50 win. N.C. State beat the Terps 76-67 in the semifinals.

LOOKING FOR NO. 1 — Williams has won three regular-season conference championships, two NCAA regional titles and a national championship but has never won a conference tournament in 25 seasons as a coach.

KILLING TIME — Maryland players spent the long day laying around at their hotel at a posh resort that features two golf courses. Several players stayed loose by hitting balls on the driving range.

Jon Siegel

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