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Posted at 09:38 AM ET, 01/26/2007

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[Edit: Caps giving away pizza coupons, not pizzas, sorry for any confusion.]

Gil says he watched "Bambi II" instead of the all-star announcement last year? Gil says he'd score 84 or 85 against Duke? (And bloggers not named Dan are getting sick of all this?). Anyhow, tonight he'll face the Pistons, whom Antawn Jamison calls the Eastern Conference favorites. Chauncey, incidentally, says Gilbert is playing "as good as anybody in the world," while Flip Saunders calls the Wiz "an elite team," and a Detroit columnist says the Wiz pose the greatest challenge to the Pistons in the East. Also, as noted below, Gil is giddy upon becoming an all-star starter, although his late surge seems sorta fishy to me, and Ivan Carter says this all but guarantees a spot for Caron Butler. Tom Knott says the Wizards are either half-full or half-empty, and as Bullets Forever notes, John Hollinger doesn't think Caron should be an all-star. And here's another massive Gilbert profile from an AZ paper, in which Gene Edgerson tells of Gil letting the air out of his tires and Tommy Sheppard calls Gil "The king of D.C."

Poll voter Yoni Cohen says Local No. 4 VCU should be in the Top 25, Gary Williams explains why people shouldn't lose faith in the Local No. 5 Terps (whose freshman guards continue to mature), Local No. 6 Virginia has better guards but the Cavs often completely rely on them, Local No. 10 Gary Neal is talking about the CAA championship game, unranked UMBC gets a last-second win over New Hampshire, VMI beats Radford for its third straight win, and Hampton has an improved non-conference record. In sister news, the GW women are getting production from the Adair sisters, who can hardly compare to Liberty's triplets, and it was a big week for the Yow sisters. Also, the Maryland women are 21-1 for the first time in program history and sell out Comcast for the first time in program history, and Virginia Tech's long snapper has a one-interview-per-year policy.

The Caps (minus Pothier and Bradley) are back against the defending Stanley Cup champs, and their beat writer is talking about passion, while the franchise will give free tickets and pizza coupons to 368 college kids on Saturday.

The Maryland Nighthawks' owner wants to build an 8-10,000-seat arena in Montgomery County, the Baltimore Sun is super excited about Tony's return to radio, Boz says this year's Nats could be "shockingly unprofessional," and the Nats' Caravan heads to Hagerstown, where, amazingly, fans were able to eat lunch in close proximity to real MLB players.

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