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Ivan Maisel
November 20, 1985
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November 20, 1985

14 Maryland

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The brightest news of the preseason came when 6'4" guard John Johnson, the '84-85 Tennessee prep player of the year, won the third-guard spot almost immediately. He may be the team's best defensive player, and he isn't shy about taking the ball to the hole. Driesell doesn't like to start freshmen—last season Lewis was the first to do so since '75-76—but with a little experience, Johnson will threaten senior Jeff Baxter's job at second guard.

At point guard, junior Keith Gatlin set a Terp assist record for Maryland last season with 221, many of them coming on alleyoop passes to Bias and Lewis. Both are great leapers, but much to Driesell's frustration, Maryland won't have anybody taller on the receiving end of Gatlin's lobs, at least for another season. Oh well, Lefty. There's always Australia.

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