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Terps Unveil New Uniforms, Chemistry at Maryland Madness

To the blaring soundtrack of Top Gun, Gary Williams strode onto the Comcast Center floor in fighter-pilot gear and thrust a defiant fist in the air Friday night, signaling the start of the 2010-11 basketball season.

The crowd of roughly 10,000 that gathered for Maryland Madness chanted “Gary! Gary!” following introductions of the team, which includes two returning starters and six newcomers.

Williams, named ACC Coach of the Year on the heels of the Terps’ league co-championship, thanked fans for their support and asked for the same this season.

“They are part of you,” Williams said of his players, addressing the crowd, “and you are part of us. We need your support to be successful.”

Following an alumni game that featured former all-Americans Juan Dixon and Keith Booth, players performed a team dance to a medley of hip-hop songs in their new-look black uniforms topped by black blazers, with dark sunglasses for an added measure of cool.

The Terps will wear four colors of restyled Under Armour uniforms this season (white, red, black and gold) that, according to the company’s Facebook page, are 33 percent lighter, have 360-degree stretch and a ventilated back. The chief design flourish is the patterned panel on the sides of the jersey and shorts that evokes the shell of a diamondback terrapin. Finer points include a red “M” tab on the neckline and a single red star on the back that represents the 2002 national championship.

Junior guard Sean Mosley dazzled in the 10-minute scrimmage that followed, either scoring or making the key assist on five of the red squad’s first seven field goals. Also notable: The first Icelandic goal was scored in Comcast Center when 6-6 freshman Haukur Palsson of Reykjavik swished to put the red squad up, 25-18.

“We’re not going to quit on anybody,” senior Dino Gregory said of this season’s Terps. “We’re a team that has a lot of heart and is going to come to play night in and night out.”

By Liz Clarke  | October 15, 2010; 9:02 PM ET
Categories:  Gary Williams, Men's basketball  
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Comments

Sounds like a fun evening and a great team attitude. I do hope we get over the uni thing and focus on what should be our number one goal: MAKE THE SWEET 16. To do that we will have to win plenty of games and do well in the conference. A 4 or 5 seed would help. But don't give me any of that mediocrity stuff about it being a young team and needing time to develop. Just look at Duke and realize that some level of reloading doesn't offer any acceptable excuse. "Top Gun?" Wow, let's just hope GW delivers.

Posted by: petecard | October 16, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

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