- The Washington Times - Monday, March 8, 2004

Seen and heard last night at Comcast Center:

NO. 4 TERPS — Maryland was ranked fourth among college basketball programs in a recent study based on fan interest, loyalty and behavior relevant to “brands” of Division I basketball. Three ACC teams were ranked in the top five: No. 1 Duke, No. 2 North Carolina and Maryland, which was tied for fourth with UCLA. Kentucky was No. 3. The study was done by Leisure Intelligence Group and commissioned by Raycom Sports/Jefferson Pilot Television, which broadcasts ACC games, to develop marketing strategies.

BIRTHDAY COACH — Coach Gary Williams, in his 15th season at Maryland, celebrated his 59th birthday on Thursday. After beating Virginia, Williams has a career record of 518-282 after stops at American, Boston College and Ohio State.

JAMAR’S SENIOR MOMENT — Maryland’s Jamar Smith played his final home game. The senior center entered the game averaging 12.9 points and 8.9 rebounds. Smith played his first two college seasons at Allegany (Md.) Community College, where he was a junior college All-American and helped the Trojans advance to the 2001 title game.

TITLE TEAM REUNITES — The Washington Wizards’ Juan Dixon, Steve Blake and Lonny Baxter were all at the game after playing against the New York Knicks in the afternoon. The trio formed the nucleus of Maryland’s 2002 national champions.

— Jon Siegel

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