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Gary Williams: give Maine some respect

Maryland coach Gary Williams and his staff probably savored the Terps' 89-59 blowout of Maine Sunday for all of, oh, 15 minutes. And today they're probably engrossed in film study and practice as the Terps get ready for Thursday's big game against No. 5 Pittsburgh at New York's Madison Square Garden.

But Williams took pains to point out that beating Maine was not exactly like beating some poor juco team.

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This wasn't a bunch of donkeys facing the Terps.

"They had some physical players inside," Williams said, referring to 6-foot-9 center Mike Allison, and 6-7 forwards Troy Barnies and Murphy Burnatowski. "This wasn't a skinny team inside by any stretch of the imagination."

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OK, the Black Bears play in the America East Conference, not exactly a hoops powerhouse.

But they were a very experienced team, with 11 returning players, including four starters, on the court yesterday.

And this was a team that finished 19-11 last year and knocked off Boston College.

But now the Terps are totally focused on Pitt, a deep, talented team that crushed North Florida, 95-49 Saturday night. Brad Wanamaker had 17 points as Pitt ran its record to 3-0.

"They're good," Williams said of the Panthers. "There's a reason why they're picked first in the Big East. . . . They have inside players that are good and guards that are experienced. And they have some depth, and that usually means a good team."

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