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It's pretty easy to figure that Gary Williams isn't going to bring up Maryland's lack of success against Miami during any of his pre-game talks leading up to tip-off at BankUnited Center Wednesday night.

Facts are facts: Maryland has yet to beat Miami at home and has only one win against the Hurricanes since they joined the ACC four years ago.

If anything, Williams might point out that the Terps have won against better teams at more difficult places to play -- such as Cameron Indoor Stadium and the Dean Dome -- so a win over the Hurricanes wouldn't be such a big deal.

Maryland could benefit from the fact that it won't be a full house, and might be half-empty, considering that the students are still on break. The Terps have a lot of alums down here and could have a few fans rooting for them.

This two-game Florida swing -- Maryland plays at Florida State on Saturday -- is important since both the 'Canes and the 'Noles are as inconsistent as the Terps. But Maryland will have to play a lot better than it did against Georgia Tech last Saturday at home to have any chance.

A note to Terps fans: I will be subbing for Jeff Barker while he's taking a much-deserved vacation after football season.

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