Terps unsure of Miller's availability

Ankle to be evaluated at tomorrow's practice

March 14, 2000|By Paul McMullen

No. 17 Maryland may not know until tomorrow's practice at the Metrodome in Minneapolis if sophomore forward Danny Miller will be available for the third-seeded Terps' NCAA tournament Midwest Regional opener Thursday against 14th-seeded Iona.

Miller sprained his left ankle in Sunday's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship game loss to No. 1 Duke. The Terps did not practice yesterday, while Miller continued to receive treatment. Maryland will travel to Minneapolis after today's practice at Cole Field House.

"You never know with sprains," coach Gary Williams said. "If Danny can go in practice Wednesday, he will play."

If Miller is not ready, Williams can insert Drew Nicholas and start a three-guard lineup like he did at the start of the second half against Duke, or go big with fellow freshman Tahj Holden and move Terence Morris to Miller's small forward spot.

CBS has set a 7: 55 p.m. start for the Maryland-Iona game. UCLA and Ball State will conclude the opening-day schedule in Minneapolis, and the two winners will advance to the second round Saturday night at about 8: 08 p.m.

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