Bernard James

Seminoles' James is next obstacle in Terps' way

Maryland plays a Florida State team Wednesday night that is top-ranked in the nation in defense and features a 26-year-old shot blocker who never played in high school or the Amateur Athletic Union but honed his game on military bases in the Middle East, where the temperature climbed above 115 degrees.

The Seminoles (19-7, 9-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) build themselves around size and length — attributes that are an integral part of the coaching staff's plan of complicating life for opposing scorers. When 7-foot-1 center Solomon Alabi declared for the NBA draft last year, the Seminoles plugged in 6-10 Bernard James, whose six-year Air Force stint included keeping watch on detainees...