"Two wins would put us in good shape," Williams said yesterday.
He qualified his remarks to make sure everyone listening knew he was not looking past North Carolina State in tomorrow night's opener.
"N.C. State - that's the whole key," he said.
The seventh-seeded Terps (18-12) defeated No. 10 N.C. State (16-13) on the road this month. If Maryland wins, it faces No. 2 seed Wake Forest (24-5) on Friday.
ACC Player of the Year: : North Carolina junior Ty Lawson was named the league's top player after guiding the No. 1 Tar Heels (27-3, 13-3 ACC) to the regular-season title. Lawson earned 31 of 76 votes from Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association members, becoming the first point guard to win the award since the Tar Heels' Phil Ford in 1978. Lawson ranked among the league leaders in scoring (15.9 points) while ranking first in assists (6.5). Florida State's Toney Douglas was second (27 votes). Reigning league and National Player of the Year Tyler Hansbrough was third (13).
More ACC: : Florida State's Leonard Hamilton was named Coach of the Year, becoming the first to win the award in the ACC and the Big East. The Seminoles (23-8, 10-6 ACC) will likely qualify for the NCAAs for the first time since 1998. He received 55 of 76 votes from the media association. Williams got one vote. ... Virginia's Sylven Landesberg was honored as top rookie and and Douglas as top defensive player.
Bowie State: : Coach Luke D'Alessio will not return after his contract ends in June, the school said. A two-time Central Interscholastic Athletic Association Coach of the Year at Bowie State, he guided the Bulldogs in 2003 to the Division II Final Four. He was 199-96 in 10 years, including 15-13 in 2008-09.
UCLA: : John Wooden, 98, who coached the Bruins to 10 national titles, has been released from the hospital after a bout with pneumonia.
Big East: : Pittsburgh's DeJuan Blair and Connecticut's Hasheem Thabeet were named Co-Players of the Year.