banner

College Basketball

more stats

(2) Duke (22-2) at Maryland (17-7)



Saturday, February 16, 6 p.m. (et)

The Sports Network

By Scott Haynes, College Basketball Senior Editor

FACTS & STATS: Site: Comcast Center (17,950) -- College Park, Maryland. Television: ESPN. Home Record: Duke 13-0, Maryland 14-2. Away Record: Duke 3-2, Maryland 2-4. Neutral Record: Duke 6-0, Maryland 1-1. Conference Record: Duke 9-2, Maryland 5-6. Series Record: Duke leads, 113-61.

GAME NOTES: Trying to stay within striking distance of the Miami-Florida Hurricanes, the second-ranked Duke Blue Devils invade the Comcast Center on Saturday for an Atlantic Coast Conference showdown with the Maryland Terrapins.

Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils took on arch-rival North Carolina this week in Durham and earned a 73-68 victory over the Tar Heels. With the win, Duke won its sixth straight game and moved to 22-2 on the year, including a 9-2 mark in conference play, two full games behind the Hurricanes in the league standings.

Mark Turgeon's Terrapins are coming off a rare home loss, falling to Virginia last weekend, 80-69. The loss dropped Maryland to 17-7 on the year, but a less-than-stellar 5-6 record in-conference. Still, the Comcast Center has been a safe haven for the most part, with Maryland boasting of a 14-2 record on its home floor this season.

Duke has faced Maryland more than any other out-of-state opponent with this being the 175th all-time meeting. The Blue Devils hold a 113-61 series advantage and have won six straight and 12 of the last 13 meetings, overall. Duke blasted Maryland at Cameron Indoor Stadium back on Jan. 26, 84-64.

It was another classic battle between two of the most storied programs in NCAA history, as Duke battled back from a seven-point second-half deficit to earn a five-point win in Durham. Mason Plumlee and Quinn Cook led the way offensively with 18 points apiece. Plumlee finished his 14th double-double of the season with 11 rebounds. Rasheed Sulaimon and Seth Curry joined the pair in double figures with 13 and 11 points, respectively.

One of the most talented offensive teams in the country, Duke is averaging hefty 78.0 ppg this year. The Blue Devils are shooting a solid .472 from the floor, aided from a .4-8 effort from behind the arc. The team has been without sharpshooter Ryan Kelly (13.4 ppg) for a while now, but there is more than enough talent to compensate. Plumlee has asserted himself as one of the premier low post players in the country, shooting .603 from the field and averaging 18.2 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. Curry get its done from the outside (59 3-pointers), netting 16.5 ppg. Cook (12.0 ppg) and Sulaimon (11.5 ppg) add to the perimeter assault.

Maryland doesn't possess dynamic scoring options like Duke, but the team is still an effective offensive squad, shooting a healthy .472 from the floor, leading to 71.4 ppg. Defense has also been a real asset for the Terrapins, who rank seventh nationally in field-goal percentage defense (.367), yielding just 61.8 ppg. Sophomore center Alex Len will give Plumlee something to worry about in the paint in this one. The 7-shooter leads the Terps in scoring (12.5 ppg), rebounding (8.0 rpg) and blocks (49). Fellow sophomore Dez Wells (12.0 ppg) has added to the team's frontcourt depth. Another sophomore, guard Nick Faust (8.3 ppg) ranks third on the team in scoring.

Maryland was just another in a long list of victims that struggled to generate offensive rhythm against Virginia, shooting just .355 from the floor in the first half, before upping it to .593 over the final 20 minutes. Wells led the team in defeat with 13 points. Seth Allen added 11 points off the bench, but the usually defensive-minded Cavaliers, turned it on offensively, shooting .542 from floor, including 11-of-19 from 3-point range.

The wins continue to pile up for Coach K, who will pick up his 950th in his career with Duke's next win. He shouldn't have to wait long, as the Blue Devils seem to have the Terps' number of late.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Duke 76, Maryland 67

02/16 10:46:15 ET

Other Stories

  • NFL: Detroit at Atlanta

    Today at 9:30 am on FOX50

  • NFL: Seattle at Carolina

    Today at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Indianapolis at Pittsburgh

    Today at 4:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • World Series: Kansas City at San Francisco

    Tonight at 7:30 on FOX50

  • NFL: Detroit at Atlanta

    Today at 9:30 am on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks

    Today at 1:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • World Series: Kansas City at San Francisco

    Tonight at 7:30 on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Green Bay at New Orleans

    Tonight at 8:25 on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
1:00pm Today
CAR
SEA
Final
SFG 11
KAN 4
8:07pm Tonight
SFG
KAN
 
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
Final
SMU 10
MEM 48
Final
ILL 28
MINN 24
Final
RICE 41
UNT 21
Final
NEB 42
RUTG 24
Final
KST 23
TEX 0
Final
ARK 45
UAB 17
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
EMICH 17
NILL 28
Final
NAVY 41
SJST 31
Final
BST 35
AKR 21
Final
GASTATE 31
GASO 69
Final
TOL 42
UMASS 35
Final
WMICH 42
OHIO 21
Final
COL 37
UCLA 40
Final
UMO 10
KSU 3
Final
WAKE 17
BC 23
Final
BUF 14
CMICH 20
Final
MARS 35
FATL 16
Final
PITT 28
GT 56
Final
SMISS 20
LATU 31
Final
MSU 35
MICH 11
Final
KENT 31
MSST 45
Final
STAN 38
ORST 14
Final
TCU 82
TTU 27
Final
OKST 10
WVU 34
Final
WKENT 66
ODU 51
Final
UTST 34
UNLV 20
Final
MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
Final
UCF 34
TEMPL 14
Final
WASU 37
ARZ 59
Final
CLEM 16
SYR 6
Final
LAMON 18
TXST 22
Final
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 34
Final
COLST 45
WYO 31
Final
LSU 10
MISS 7
Final
TENN 20
ALA 34
Final
AUB 42
SCAR 35
Final
PSU 24
OSU 31
 
4th
UTAH 17
USC 21
 
3rd
WASH 0
ARST 10
 
2nd
HAW 7
NEV 0
 
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
Final
TOR 1
BOS 4
Final
NYI 7
DAL 5
Final
PHI 4
DET 2
Final
OTT 2
NJD 3
Final
MON 3
NYR 1
Final
STL 3
CHI 2
Final
NAS 0
PIT 3
Final
MIN 7
TAM 2
Final
ARI 2
FLA 1
Final
CAL 1
WAS 3
3:00pm Today
WIN
COL
 
4:00pm Today
LOS
CLB
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
OTT
 
8:00pm Tonight
ANA
SJS
 
9:30pm Tonight
VAN
WAS
 
9:30am Today
ATL
DET
1:00pm Today
CIN
BAL
1:00pm Today
NYJ
BUF
1:00pm Today
NEP
CHI
1:00pm Today
TEN
HOU
1:00pm Today
JAC
MIA
1:00pm Today
TAM
MIN
1:00pm Today
CAR
SEA
1:00pm Today
KAN
STL
4:05pm Today
ARI
PHI
4:25pm Today
PIT
IND
4:25pm Today
CLE
OAK
8:30pm Tonight
NOS
GBP
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14