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Prisbell Checks in From Maryland's Media Day

Here's what Maryland beat writer Eric Prisbell had to say in a brief phone conversation....

"Well, Gary's openly lobbying for seven ACC teams to make the NCAA tournament. He says the ACC has to do more to promote itself after last year, with what the Missouri Valley did, and when Maryland left out with an 8-8 conference record.

"The first team goal he said was they're going to be good citizens and they're going to be good students.

"As far as the team goes, they've got a bunch of new freshmen and a bunch of seniors, so it's an interesting dynamic. D.J. Strawberry could play any one of three positions, and Gary could play three or four guards at once. He definitely wants to get back to pressing more; they weren't able to do that the last couple years.

"Both Gary and players criticized last year's team's discipline, their enthusiasm, their defensive play as a whole. D.J.'s the leader of the team, you can see that up front. He's very open about what the problems were and how to fix them.

"They're really driven to get back to the tournament. They're not over-confident, and I kind of felt that last year. They were talking about making the Sweet 16 last year, kind of assuming they'd be in the tournament, and that didn't exactly work out. In terms of chemistry, defensive play and overall enthusiasm, these guys are going to like playing together, and when you've got a leader like Strawberry, his attitude and his play becomes contagious. Gary was openly touting him as one of the best guards in the country."

So there you go. JTIII is still finishing up his TV interviews, and he'll talk to us print folks soon. And I was just joking about the amenities here. I didn't come here for the food court or comfortable chairs. Lighten up out there, people.

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 12, 2006; 4:44 PM ET
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Comments

Yeah, because the MVC got 4 teams in because they were good at promoting themselves and not because it was a good basketball conference. I had no problem with Gary Williams until he started this whining about the MVC and then refused to schedule a home and home with them, which is why I was hoping Dan would go there.

Posted by: Chris | October 12, 2006 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Um, Gary put the beer down and win games. That's how you move into the big Tournament. Otherwise it's back to the Not Important Tournament for the Twerps.

Posted by: Kim | October 12, 2006 6:16 PM | Report abuse

I don't think its a big deal. Its Gary's job to lobby for his team, though I'll be the first to admit MD didn't belong in the tournament last year. I've been impressed with Strawberry, I just hope he can stay healthy.

Posted by: P.k. | October 12, 2006 9:42 PM | Report abuse

When does Maryland play at Northern Iowa? I'd like to watch that one.

Gary's problems last season were not so much MVC as they were PGPD. Well, that and APR.

Posted by: DevilGrad | October 13, 2006 11:50 AM | Report abuse

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