Terps capsule

March 24, 2001|By Christian Ewell

No. 1 Stanford (31-2) vs. No. 3 Maryland (24-10)

What: NCAA tournament, West Regional final

Where: Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, Calif.

When: Today, 4:40 p.m.

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

Series standing: Maryland leads 2-0, beating Stanford, 62-60, in the BB&T Classic in December 1998 in Washington.

How they got here: In the regional semifinals Thursday night, Maryland got 26 points and 14 rebounds from Lonny Baxter in a 76-66 win over No. 10 seed Georgetown. Casey Jacobsen scored 27 points to help Stanford beat No. 5 seed Cincinnati, 78-65.

Conference records: Stanford went 16-2 to win the Pacific-10 Conference. Maryland went 10-6 to finish third in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Coaches: Mike Montgomery is 319-145 in 15 seasons at Stanford and 473-222 in 23 seasons overall. Gary Williams is 241-138 in 12 seasons at Maryland and 448-266 in 23 seasons overall.

What Stanford needs to do: It would be good if the Cardinal maintained composure in light of the pressure and quickness that Maryland may try to impose upon it. The team generally passes well out of traps and will need to do that against the Terps.

What Maryland needs to do: More than just quickening the pace of the game. Forcing turnovers in any circumstance would help. The team needs a big game from Juan Dixon, not to mention Terence Morris, because it's not likely that Baxter will dominate as he did against Georgetown.

Bottom line: If the Cardinal can get Morris out of the game and keep Dixon from eating it alive, that's half the battle. The other half is establishing the inside game, which will open up outside shots that someone is going to make. The Terps need a solid game from Morris and a big game from Baxter or Dixon. They also need to clamp down on the middle and hope Stanford misses shots. Though Maryland has a better bench, that's quite a laundry list.

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