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*Gary Williams turns 66 on March 4. He was asked Tuesday how long he might continue coaching.

Williams offered a variation of an answer he's given before. He said he will coach as long as his health permits him to be the sort of "hands-on" coach and mentor he is now. He said he especially enjoys seeing his players improve, mentioning Dino Gregory as an example this season.

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*You probably know that neither Williams nor former Maryland coach Lefry Driesell are in the Basketball Hall of Fame. The hall is open to retired coaches (and players and others) but also to active coaches who have coached at least 25 years. I wrote a story about Driesell's exclusion in Monday's paper. I know that some connected to the college game worry that the hall seems to be focused heavily on the NBA. The most recent North American finalists included Dennis Rodman -- but not Driesell, who won 789 games and took Maryland, Davidson, James Madison and Georgia State to the NCAA tournament.

*I expect a rugged game with almost a postseason flavor when Florida State comes to Comcast Center tonight. "It's crunch time," Jordan Williams said. The Seminoles may have lost leading scorer Chris Singleton (foot), but they're still No. 1 in the nation in field goal percentage defense. Here's a look, if you're interested, at how the 'Noles were built and how they came to have a 26-year-old former Air Force serviceman on the roster.

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*Freshman Terrell Stoglin has come on (25 points in each of the last two games) at a time when first-year players often seem to be hitting the wall. The good news for Terps fans is that Maryland's staff believes Stoglin can keep improving. Part of it is that he's still learning when to attack the basket. The other piece is that -- now that he is part of the program -- the staff believes his conditioning and weight training will be better in the offseason than it was before he enrolled.

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