Maryland roster

Final Four

March 30, 2002

Lonny Baxter

Ht.: 6-8 Wt.: 260

No. 35 Senior, F-C

Hometown: Silver Spring

Mike Grinnon

Ht.: 6-6 Wt.: 195

No. 21 Freshman, F

Hometown: Oyster Bay, N.Y

Chris Wilcox

Ht.: 6-10 Wt.: 220

No. 54 Soph., F-C

Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.

Calvin McCall

Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 200

No. 11 Junior, G

Hometown: Miami

Andre Collins

Ht.: 5-9 Wt.: 180

No. 10 Freshman, G

Hometown: Crisfield

Drew Nicholas

Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 160

No. 12 Junior, G

Hometown: Hempstead, N.Y.

Byron Mouton

Ht.: 6-6 Wt.: 215

No. 1 Senior, G-F

Hometown: Rayne, La.

Ryan Randle

Ht.: 6-9 Wt.: 260

No. 33 Junior, F-C

Hometown: Duncanville, Texas

Juan Dixon

Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 164

No. 3 Senior, G

Hometown: Baltimore

Tahj Holden

Ht.: 6-10 Wt.: 250

No. 45 Junior, F

Hometown: Little Silver, N.J.

Steve Blake

Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 160

No. 25 Junior, G

Hometown: Miami

Earl Badu

Ht.: 6-0 Wt.: 160

No. 4 Senior, G

Hometown: Baltimore

Five things to watch

Coaching matchup

Which Williams will shine? Gary Williams has done some of his best coaching over the past two seasons, both in the way he has used his bench and in the way he has kept a seasoned, talented team on an even keel in this, Maryland's best season ever. Roy Williams has taken Kansas to three Final Fours. Both coaches have suffered celebrated postseason disappointment. Only one can move on.

Can Dixon be stopped?

Maryland senior guard Juan Dixon has scored 26.0 points per game in the tournament. It will be interesting to see if Kansas tries to smother him with double teams out of its zone defense. The Jayhawks have the quickness and discipline to do it. Let's see if Maryland can be resourceful once again if Dixon gets silenced. Betting against Dixon would be dangerous at this point.

Scoring explosion

This could resemble a video game, with the way both teams can run up points. Kansas and Maryland love to get out in transition, which means the scoreboard operator could be overworked. It's not hard to envision a combined 200 points being scored tonight.

Wilcox in the big game

Which Chris Wilcox will show up? Maryland knows what to expect from center Lonny Baxter. Just pencil him in for 15 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots and the rest is gravy. But Wilcox, who must find a way to contain Drew Gooden, is the wild card. He must be a better rebounder than he has been so far in the postseason, especially on the defensive end.

Hinrich key for Kansas

Kirk Hinrich is potentially the difference in the game. He passes and runs the floor extremely well, and shoots as well as three-point specialist Jeff Boschee. And he figures to be chasing Dixon on defense, which could force someone like Byron Mouton or Drew Nicholas to step up with a huge game.

- Gary Lambrecht

The road to the Final Four

EAST REGIONAL

(No. 1 seed)Maryland beat:

* (16) Siena, 85-70

* (8) Wisconsin, 87-57

* (4) Kentucky, 78-68

* (2) Connecticut, 90-82

MIDWEST REGIONAL

(No. 1 seed)Kansas beat:

* (16) Holy Cross, 70-59

* (8) Stanford, 86-63

* (4) Illinois, 73-69

* (2) Oregon, 104-86

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