Miller misses practice, but plans to play

Terps forward has less of limp

Williams hopeful

March 15, 2000|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- Still favoring his heavily taped left ankle, Maryland small forward Danny Miller missed practice yesterday but still expects to start in tomorrow's NCAA tournament first-round game against Iona.

Miller, who jammed his ankle in Sunday's loss to Duke, dressed for practice yet limited himself to stationary shooting during warm-ups. Walking onto the Cole Field House court, the 6-foot-8 sophomore did appear to have less of a limp than he did two days ago.

"It's day-to-day right now," Miller said. "It's looking all right now. We'll see what happens."

After practice, the 17th-ranked Terrapins (24-9) took a flight to Minneapolis, where they will practice this evening. Miller plans to test his ankle at that time.

"I think he's going to play. We'll see," coach Gary Williams said. "It's something that we're trying to get him ready to play Thursday."

Miller is the third Maryland starter to sit out a practice in the past two months. Terence Morris and Steve Blake both were held out of two practices each with injuries, and the Terps beat Clemson on Jan. 22 without Morris and edged North Carolina State two weeks later when Blake did not start.

If Miller cannot play or has to limit his minutes, Maryland has a couple of options against Iona, which starts four perimeter players and works best in transition. The Terps can match up with a three-guard set by inserting Drew Nicholas or bulk up inside by going with 6-10 Tahj Holden.

"We got some things we can do. We'll be all right," said Williams, who is 4-2 in NCAA first-round games as coach at Maryland. "I think he's going to play, I really do. Danny's a tough kid."

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