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Sunday, November 14, 2004; Page E14

Dec. 1: Wake Forest at Illinois

Dec. 4: Kentucky at North Carolina


Maryland freshman James Gist (Good Counsel) could make an early impact for Coach Gary Williams and the Terrapins. (Jonathan Newton -- The Washington Post)

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Despite success on the court, area teams are having a difficult time filling the stands.
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John Thompson III, pictured, and the Hoyas are hoping for a fresh start this season.
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This season is about the upperclassmen like Providence forward Ryan Gomes who spurned the NBA and returned for a title run.
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Jan. 1: Georgia Tech at Kansas

Jan. 15: North Carolina at Wake Forest

Feb. 9: North Carolina at Duke

Feb. 12: Duke at Maryland

Feb. 13: North Carolina at U-Conn.

James Gist: The 6-foot-8 forward was rated only the 65th-best high school senior last season, according to the recruiting publication Hoop Scoop. But the freshman could have a significant impact in College Park sooner rather than later. Gist can jump, rebound and block shots, which is enough to please Coach Gary Williams and help Maryland plug its front-court holes.

Expansion: The football-driven decision to expand the conference essentially added two teams -- Miami and Virginia Tech -- that will finish at the bottom of the ACC this season. Plus, expansion forced a change in the round robin schedule, which had always created a true regular season champion. Now, some teams have advantages playing some opponents only once, but coaches aren't sure yet which teams made out the best.


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