Maryland's Terrapins finally left their snowy campus streets last night, bound in all probability for yet another slowdown.
This one is forecast for tonight under the roof of Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum, where Wake Forest (12-12) plays host to Maryland (16-8) in an Atlantic Coast Conference game delayed 24 hours by the snowstorm.
The game will be shown in Washington on WDVM-T.V-9 at 8 p.m.
In their last meeting, the Demon Deacons employed a game-long slow-down for a 66-60 victory behind the quarterbacking and scoring of point guard Mark Dale.
Indications are that the Deacons, 3-7 in the ACC, may employ the same delay strategy against the 5-5 Terrapins.
"Our kids have confidence in it, and if we choose to do it, we can do it effectively," said Wake Coach Carl Tacy.
A source close to the program said Tacy would "tip his hand" about using the four-corner offense if he switched his starting lineup to insert Dale at point guard. Leading scorer Frank Johnson (16.4) has been starting there and Mike Helms, one of three starting freshmen, has been used at the other guard.
Tacy said yesterday, "I would suspect Dale will start for us."
Asked if he were making the switch because of the way Dale played against Maryland, Tacy said, "Yes, in part. And also because it's his last home game -- a number of reasons."
Maryland Coach Lefty Driesell said, "We've been working against it and I think we'll be better prepared for it. All we have to do is get a lead and then we have to do is get a lead and then we can draw them out of it.
"What we can't do is get overanxious, foul them, let them get layups and be impatient ourselves on offense like we were last time. We played right into their hands last time."
Driesell was asked if Maryland, a 70-68 upset winner over Duke in its last game, appeared to be reaching its peak with the ACC tournament only eight days away.
"I think we've peaked all year. I've been happy with our wins, and even with our losses," Driesell said sharply. "There's nothing wrong with our ball club."
Driesell seemed emotional and irritated, much the way he had been following Maryland's big upset of Notre Dame, then ranked No. 1.
Two days after that victory Driesell spoke angrily against the selection process of the NCAA tournament and said he was making plans to encourage a boycott.
Yesterday, Driesell seemed compelled to defend his team.
"We're playing super, and the sooner you all learn that, the better," he said. "I've been doing some research and I believe we may have beaten more nationally ranked teams than anyone in the country."
He counted five such victories: Notre Dame, Duke, Southern California and two against N.C. State.
However, two ACC teams have more victories against ranked teams, Duke with nine and North Carolina with seven.
Driesell may have meant his team has more victories over ranked teams than any unranked team, but statistics were not readily available on that subject.
Driesell said starting center Larry Gibson will be used sparingly in practice the rest of the season because of tendinitis in his knee. Driesell said Gibson has had the ailment all season, but it has bothered him more lately.
Wake Forest has made another change in its starting lineup since the Maryland game, benching freshman center Jim Johnstone for senior Larry Harrison.
Harrison has had knee problems and was briefly dropped from the team for academic reasons.
Freshmen will start at both forwards: Alvis Rogers, who was the leading scorer but has dropped to a 14.3 average, and Guy Morgan.