No. 5 Maryland (21-10) vs. College of Charleston (28-2)

March 13, 1997

What: First round, NCAA Southeast Regional

Where: The Pyramid, Memphis, Tenn.

When: Tonight, 7: 50

TV/Radio: Chs, 13, 9/WBAL (1090 AM), WTOP (1500 AM)

How they got here: Maryland received an at-large bid; College of Charleston was the Trans America Athletic Conference champion.

Conference record: Maryland 9-7; College of Charleston 18-0

Ranking: Maryland 22nd; College of Charleston 16th

NCAA tournament record: Maryland 17-13; College of Charleston 0-1

Coaches: Gary Williams (eighth year at Maryland, 143-100; 19th year overall, 350-228); John Kresse (18th year at College of Charleston, 440-111)

Key matchups: Maryland sophomore Obinna Ekezie vs. College of Charleston senior Thaddeous Delaney at center. Ekezie will have his hands full with a player who might get a look in the NBA. Either junior Matt Kovarik or sophomore Terrell Stokes at point guard vs. Anthony Johnson. This could be the matchup that determines the outcome.

What Maryland needs to do to win: Depending on who plays for the Terrapins, they still need to get the ball inside to Keith Booth and Ekezie and exploit their advantage in both quickness and size.

What College of Charleston needs to do to win: The Cougars' guards have to be able to handle Maryland's pressure defense, make a few outside shots and get the ball to Delaney.

Bottom line: If Maryland plays as it did last week against Clemson, the Terrapins win. If they play as they did against North Carolina State at the beginning, they're in for a long night and a short NCAA tournament.

Pub Date: 3/13/97

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