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Final Four briefs

Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 29, 2001


Terps coach: No letup

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Maryland is said to have a fragile psyche, and the word is that if Gary Williams won't coach them too hard, the Terps might have a chance. Williams says he hasn't changed his style despite Maryland's past post-season failures.

"I never personally wavered from how I feel as a coach," he said. "I don't judge myself in terms of wins and losses. If I coach a bad game, I coach a bad game."

Williams also doesn't believe his career is more fulfilled now that he has reached the Final Four. "This is an extra thing, getting to the Final Four," he said.

NO HARD FEELINGS: There was a huge flap in 1998 when Mike Chappell transferred from Duke to Michigan State. Chappell, from Southfield, Mich., should have stayed put. He has started a total of four games for Michigan State and averaged 5.9 and 4.9 points the past two seasons. So what if the Spartans meet Duke in the final? "I can't really say it would be just like playing another team because you guys wouldn't let me get away with that," he said. "I have a lot of respect for Coach K and the staff."

SELF-STUDY: Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski corrected a reporter who assumed Duke's players were watching Maryland tapes. "We're still teaching our guys how they can get better, so we'll watch tapes of ourselves before we ever watch our next opponent," he said. "They need to learn from their past experiences before moving forward."

NOT AGAIN: Duke's Chris Duhon says he wouldn't mind playing a team other than Maryland in the Final Four. "They just wear on you," he said.

ONE LEFT: With Maryland bound for Minneapolis, Clemson becomes the only ACC team never to have reached the Final Four.

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