Williams might give Maryland new starting look against Duke

February 28, 1996|By Ken Murray

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland coach Gary Williams said he wanted some "mystery" leading into tonight's critical Atlantic Coast Conference game against Duke, so yesterday he left open the possibility he might juggle his lineup -- again.

Asked if he would start the same lineup that lost at Clemson on Saturday, with senior Duane Simpkins at point guard and freshman Terrell Stokes on the bench, Williams planted a seed of doubt.

"Probably," he said. "That can change. Don't put that down in concrete. I think it's better to have a little mystery going into that game . . . because Duke doesn't know, so they can't prepare for one guy or the other.

"This is obviously a big game, so you want to go out on the floor the best way you can, so that's what we're looking at."

NOTES: Joe Smith, who led Maryland to consecutive Sweet 16 berths, will be on hand when the Terps hang his jersey from the rafters at Cole Field House before Saturday's game against Virginia. . . . Williams said he thinks two more wins -- 16 in all -- will put the Terps in the NCAA tournament. . . . In an attempt to quiet rumors that he will leave to take retiring Lou Henson's job at Illinois, Chicago native and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said he hasn't been contacted by the Illini and wasn't interested, anyway. He said an announcement "continuing my commitment to Duke" could come shortly.

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