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One of my favorite things about Maryland Madness - I still can't believe it's no longer Midnight Madness - is seeing the old Terps.

Having covered the team from the mid-80s until the late 90s, and then being around the program since then, seeing guys like Evers Burns and Vince Broadnax and Cedric Lewis brought back a lot of memories to Gary Williams' early years.

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One of those I hadn't seen in a few years was Rodney Elliott, who followed Keith Booth from Baltimore and turned out to be a pretty productive player, particularly his last two years. Elliott has played internationally since he left Maryland in 1998, most recently in Paris.

"At the end of the day, being in different cultures has been remarkable," said Elliott, 34, who except for a beard looks pretty much like he did when he played for Maryland. I got to see the world, learn how to communicate in several languages though I don't speak any fluently. I wouldn't trade it for anything."

It was bittersweet to see Juan Dixon on the floor with all the former players. His NBA career ended a couple of years ago in Washington and his career in Europe got short-circuited by a positive drug test that he is still trying to fight.

I couldn't help to think how Steve Blake is getting ready for his first season with the world champion Los Angeles Lakers after signing a $16 million contract this summer, while Dixon is playing in an alumni game. I give him credit for showing up.

I'll check in later as this year's team gets ready. Got to go see if Maryland assistant coach Keith Booth can make it up and down the floor....Just kidding.

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