- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 14, 2007

A little secret about the press conferences the NCAA sets up in the early rounds: They’re usually pretty useless, especially if there’s a team that merits full attention. Such was the case in the early session in Buffalo, when Maryland was worth watching much more than its three pod counterparts.

At least that was more pleasant to look at than what is unfolding outdoors. The press room has a good look at an overpass, the local rail system and a glimpse into the foggy Buffalo River. Bleak, thy name is Buffalo.

Anyway, Maryland seemed pretty relaxed during its open practice session. Coach Gary Williams had the Terps at HSBC Arena nearly a half-hour early just to soak in the atmosphere of the program’s first NCAA appearance since 2004.

The Terps are staying at the same hotel as Duke, though that probably isn’t the most special thing in the world.

The second round of pressers are coming up around 3:45. Should be a bit more interesting, especially with one Duke fan sporting a “Gerald, let us kiss that right elbow” in reference to Gerald Henderson’s collision with Tyler Hansbrough earlier this month.

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