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Updated: Wednesday, January 8, 2003 11:55 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL PREVIEW
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Hampton (6-3) at No. 17 Maryland (7-3)
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COLLEGE PARK, Maryland (Ticker) -- No. 17 Maryland continues a six-game homestand on Wednesday night when it hosts Hampton in non-conference action at the Comcast Center.

Maryland (7-3) is 3-1 on this homestand after an easy 79-57 victory over Wagner on Saturday. Ryan Randle was perfect from the floor by making all 10 shots for 21 points and Drew Nicholas added 13 points.

Senior guard Steve Blake handed out 12 assists to move into the NCAA's top 20 in that department. Blake is averaging 11.1 points and 7.5 assists this year.

Tahj Holden scored 11 points in 18 minutes off the bench. Holden, who has started seven of nine games, has been benched in favor of freshman Travis Garrison, who is averaging 6.1 points per game.

Maryland has won 89 of its last 90 home non-conference games.

Hampton (6-3) is completing a stretch of six straight road games after posting an 80-75 victory at Howard on Monday. Mackel Purvis scored 16 points and Dwayne McNeal added 11 to lead the Pirates.

Hampton has won 51 games over the last two seasons, but this is coach Bobby Collins' first year. The Pirates upset Iowa State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago and lost to Georgetown in the second round. They were competitive in a loss to Connecticut last season.

The Pirates have lost their three games by just 18 points.

Maryland and Hampton have never met. Both schools have been at the same site for first-and second-round play in the NCAA Tournament in the last two years - Boise, Idaho in 2001 and Washington in 2002.


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