Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Williams Will Be Watching UNC-Wake

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Williams Will Be Watching UNC-Wake

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Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union

Saturday's basketball showdown between No. 3 North Carolina and No. 4 Wake Forest at Joel Coliseum is compelling enough to even have Maryland coach Gary Williams' attention.

"I am looking forward to watching that game," Williams said. "Both teams will play good defense and yet both will probably score 100 points."

Williams should know after the beating his Terrapins took in consecutive road losses to the Tar Heels and Deacons, by a combined score of 190-141. At least on Saturday, he can always turn off the TV.

The Demon Deacons are off to their best 15-game start (14-1) since the 1996-97 season, when Tim Duncan was patrolling the post.

"This game has been circled for us for a long time now since we only play [UNC] once," Wake Forest guard Justin Gray said.

"They're playing selflessly, pushing the ball as quickly as anybody in the country," Deacs' coach Skip Prosser said of the Tar Heels. "It'll be a great challenge for us; one that we're looking forward to."


In a symbol of appreciation, University of Miami officials presented the N.C. State basketball team with commemorative coins prior to the Hurricanes' first home ACC game on Sunday.

The pregame ceremony caught first-year Miami coach Frank Haith by surprise.

"You know when I knew about it? When we started the game," Haith said. "My director of basketball operations said, 'I forgot to tell you.' "

Someone forget to tell the Hurricanes about being gracious hosts, beyond the ceremony. Miami picked up its first ACC victory, 67-66, in front of the first sellout crowd at the Convocation Center since the arena's inaugural game two years ago against North Carolina.


Maryland's lack of a dominant post presence wouldn't nearly be as obvious if the Terrapins could make more outside shots. …

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