Coach: Gary Williams, 11th season at Maryland (192-118), 22nd overall (399-246).
Affiliation: Atlantic Coast Conference.
1998-99 record: 28-6 (13-3 ACC).
Radio: WBAL (1090 AM).
Arena: Cole Field House (14,500).
Tickets: Available for selected games. Call 800-462-8377.
Starters lost: Four.
Starting lineup: G Steve Blake, G Juan Dixon (7.4 ppg, 44.3 FG pct.), F Terence Morris (15.3 ppg, 55.1 FG pct., 7.1 rpg), F Danny Miller (4.2 ppg, 48.2 FG pct., 2.1 rpg), C Lonny Baxter (6.8 ppg, 59.9 FG pct., 3.6 rpg).
Outlook: Williams has one of the youngest teams he's ever had, as freshman point guard Blake and three sophomores will start alongside Morris, the junior forward who is the only returning All-ACC player. The Terps lost three NBA draft choices and a three-year starter at the point, and a rugged early season schedule could make the learning process more difficult. Maryland has just nine scholarship players, and execution in the half-court offense is a must in a season in which Williams might not run and press as much as he prefers. If the Terps can avoid injury, they expect to make the NCAA tournament for a school-record seventh consecutive time.
Tipping off: "When I was in the sixth grade, I made the Monocacy Middle School team. I quit, because I didn't think I was ready."
High school: Thomas Johnson
Selecting a college: Assistant coach Billy Hahn was in on Morris early. It also helped that College Park is only 50 miles from his home.
Biggest influence: "Tom Dickman, my coach at Thomas Johnson. "He knew what I could do, not just in basketball, but being a person."
Home court: "Hillcrest Park. Everyone went there on Sunday afternoon."
Running mate: "I didn't look up to a lot of people. When I was in the eighth grade, I used to watch Phil Williams [Thomas Johnson] a lot. I wanted to be better than him, but he was so much bigger."
Talking trash: Morris doesn't. When he was a junior, he outscored and outrebounded Tim Thomas in a Charm City Classic matchup, and was named game MVP.
Hoop idol: "Penny Hardaway. He's a very unselfish player. We play different positions, but we do similar things."