Durham, N.C. -- Cameron Indoor Stadium
TV: Fox Sports Net 8:00 PM EST (Tim Brando & Mike Gminiski)
MEET THE TERPS
Head Coach: Gary Williams (22nd Year)
Record at Maryland: 452-242
?33 Dino Gregory (6-7, 230 Sr.) – 7.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg
20 Jordan Williams (6-10, 260, So.) – 17.6 ppg, 11.8 rpg
1 Adrian Bowie (6-2, 195, Sr.) – 9.3 ppg, 4.0 apg
14 Sean Mosley (6-4, 210, Jr.) – 8.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg
12 Terrell Stoglin (6-1, 185, Fr.) – 11.0 ppg, 2.3 apg
24 Cliff Tucker (6-6, 200, Sr.) – 11.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg
21 Pe'Shon Howard (6-3, 195, Fr.) – 4.8 ppg, 3.0 apg
10 Berend Weijs (6-10, 200, Jr.) - 2.6 ppg, 1.4 rpg
13 Haukur Paisson (6-6, 190, Fr.) - 2.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg
35 James Padgett (6-8, 215, So.) - 4.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg
Series History: This will be the 169th meeting between the two programs with Duke holding a 107-61 advantage head to head. In games played at Cameron Indoor Stadium the Blue Devils own a 50-14 all time series edge. Duke has won the previous three meetings in Cameron and seven of the last nine at home.
Dating back to the 1997-1998 season the Blue Devils own a 21-11 mark against Maryland including. Under head coach Mike Krzyzewski, Duke owns a 48-21 record against the Terps.
Still, Maryland won the previous meeting between the two teams - a 79-72 decision in College Park which was the only time the Blue Devils have failed to win in the last 33 games. And, while the Terrapins are unranked, it's Duke who needs to be wary of history as Maryland ranks second all-time in number of wins over the nation's top ranked team, having beaten number one 10 times.
"They've had enough experience. They've played in Madison Square Garden. They've been on the road at Penn State, which isn't obviously like Duke but it is a road game where they had a pretty good student crowd there. We'll see how those experiences lead to tomorrow. But it's not just about tomorrow; it's about our 15 remaining league games that I'm concerned with. This is one game; I think people sometimes forget that. Win or lose, this isn't going to determine exactly where we finish in the league. We all understand that as a team and that's the first thing you understand going in there to play. This isn't the seventh game of the world series." - Maryland Coach Gary Williams on his team preparing for Duke
"They're really interesting how they've adjusted to losing a player as good as [Kyrie] Irving. They haven't really missed a beat. Players who were playing very well have even stepped up from there which is hard to do, but they've done it. They have a lot of different things they can do. Obviously they start one of the bigger teams in the country but then they can quickly get [Kyle] Singler to the four and bring in another shooter, which is really two different styles of play. Of course [Nolan] Smith, really interesting approach to the point guard position where he is a scorer playing point guard. It's worked very well obviously for them. So they can do a lot of things, and when you see any list of the best seniors in the country, Singler and Smith are always two of the top five in the country. No other team has that. That's a unique thing experience-wise, especially winning the national championship last year. That gives them the most experience of any two players at that level in the country. So they're very good." - Williams on Duke in general
Season To Date: The Terps enter Cameron on a five game win streak and sit at 10-4 on the season. Two of those four losses came early in the season to Pittsburgh (by 9) and Illinois (by 4) - neither of which is a particularly telling result. Following the two game losing streak, Maryland won three straight over Delaware State, Elon, and Penn State before dropping a non-conference match-up against Temple in D.C. Since the loss to the Owls the Terps have blown out UNC-Greensboro, dropped a four point decision to Boston College, and routed NJIT, North Florida, and Colgate.
Though they may be the underdog in Cameron, Maryland could use a big injection of positive momentum as they embark on a three game road trip. Duke is first up, followed by a trip to hapless Wake Forest, before heading to Villanova on Sunday.
The Man In The Paint: Sophomore big man Jordan Williams will occupy a number of opponent scouting reports this season. At 6-foot-10 and 260 pounds, Williams is a load in the middle and is posting one of the best seasons in his program's history. In 14 games he's recorded 12 double-doubles, and comes into Cameron with an eight game streak of more than 10 points and 10 rebounds. As one of just eight sophomores listed on the preseason top 50 Wooden Award watch list, Williams began his season with a bang and has kept the production up. Over the last eight games he's averaging 18.6 points, 11.9 rebounds, 1.9 blocks, and shooting 59 percent from the field. He comes into tonight's game leading the ACC and ranking fourth in the country in rebounding at 11.6 per contest.
With Williams inside, it is no wonder the Terrapins own a substantial points in the paint advantage on the season, scoring an average of 42.3 per night. Against Pittsburgh and Illinois the Terps were challenged inside, winning the battle against Pitt by just a 36-32 margin while Illinois played them even, 32-32. Through 14 games, not one opponent has matched Maryland's interior scoring and most opponents lose that statistical category badly, as the aggregate opponent score in the paint is just 23.3, a full 19.0 points less than Williams and the Terps. Maryland also averages 13.9 second chance points per game.
Spurtability: In 14 games this season the Terps have fallen behind in 12 of them. The biggest deficits of the season have come to Pittsburgh (13), Illinois (12), Elon (11), and Temple (15). If a team does build a lead on Maryland, however, it would be smart to not take the foot off the gas. Coach Williams' bunch is resilient, and has put together runs of 10-0 or more against 11 of the 14 opponents, while only two opponents, Illinois and Delaware State, have been able to score 10 or more unanswered points in response.
Experience In Backcourt: Senior point guard Adrian Bowie, like Williams, has really hit his stride at his position over the last eight games. After solidifying his role as the team's starting point guard early this year, Bowie has dished out 35 assists against just 11 turnovers over the last eight contests. Over the last five games he's upped his scoring as well, averaging 11.8 points who knocking down 20-of-34 from the field, 8-of-16 from the field, and all 11 attempts from the charity stripe. The free throw percentage isn't a fluke either. For the season Bowie has converted 92 percent of his attempts.
Opposite the steady senior will be junior guard Sean Mosley who is the team's designated backcourt defender. He's averaging 2.5 steals per contest over the last four games, but has shown flashes of being an offensive force if opposing teams forget about him having posted double figure points in six games so far.
On the wing there is senior swingman Cliff Tucker who has been asked to be a sort of utility player with the loss of do-everything guard Grevis Vasquez. Most notable is the need for the senior to score more after averaging 4.1, 4.5, and 5.7 points per game in his first three season. So far so good as he is second on the team in scoring at 11.1 points per night and has dished out 27 assists in the last eight games, tying him for second most on the team with 38 on the season.
New Kids On The Block: The loss of Vasquez paved the way for upperclassmen, but also forced the Terps to bring in more players in hopes of early contributions. Six of the 13 players on the roster weren't in uniform a season ago led by freshman point guards Pe'Shon Howard and Terrell Stoglin. Both will see action against Duke, and both have had impacts already in their young careers. Howard hit the game winning shot against College of Charleston, while Stoglin has been a scoring dynamo at 11.0 points per game while playing just 18 minutes a night.
Up front the Terps welcomed junior college transfer Berend Weijs, a shot blocking specialist who has played only 5.8 minutes per contest, but has recorded 14 blocks on the year (a 40 minute average of nearly 7 swats per night). Iceland import Haukur Palsson has been somewhat left out of the rotation at times, but did manage 8 points and four boards against Maine.
Interesting Notes: Two of the last four Maryland wins over a number one team have come against Duke, and the Terps have gone 4-3 in the last seven games against No. 1. Under Williams, Maryland has defeated 20 Top 5 opponents, 34 Top 10 opponents and the No. 1 team 6 times.
Much of that has to do with tough rebounding and accurate perimeter shooting. Williams' teams have knocked down at least one three pointer in 401 consecutive games, and has failed to connect from behind the line just twice in the last 470 games.
Duke Noteables: The Blue Devils will be looking to move to 15-0 (2-0 ACC) on the season against Maryland, but there are some additional notes worth following:
- Mike Krzyzewski continues to inch closer and closer to his coaching mentor, Bobby Knight on the list of all-time winningest coaches. Krzyzewski enters the game with 882 career victories.
- The Blue Devils have won 24 consecutive games dating back to a 79-72 loss at Maryland on March 3, 2010. Duke has won 32 of its last 33 games overall.
- Duke has only lost two home games in the past four seasons, posting a record of 57-2 in Cameron Indoor Stadium during that span. The Blue Devils currently have a 28-game win streak at home.
- Duke has won 50 straight home games against unranked opponents. The Blue Devils' last loss at Cameron Indoor Stadium to an unranked opponent was to Florida State on Feb. 4, 2007.
- Duke's 28-game win streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium is the second-longest active streak in the NCAA. It is also the fourth-longest in Duke history. Kansas leads the county with 68 straight wins at home.
- Senior Nolan Smith has scored 20 or more points in five consecutive games. He is averaging 26.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game, while shooting 61.6 percent (45-of-73) from the field and 63.2 percent (12-of-19) from three-point range in that span.
- Following Smith's 33-point outing against UAB, Duke is the only team in the country that has had three players score 30 or more points in a game. Kyle Singler and Kyrie Irving also have 30-point efforts this season.
- Kyle Singler became the 11th player in Duke history to score at least 2,000 career points on Wednesday. He currently ranks 42nd in ACC history with 2,010 career points.
- Duke has trailed more than two minutes in a game twice -- Butler (13:13) and Miami (2:06) -- this season. The Blue Devils have not trailed in six contests and have trailed a total of 20:46 on the year.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Fear the Turtle. Maryland comes in a battle tested team who won't be nervous - much less intimidated - by the Duke crowd in Cameron. The Terps have beaten the Blue Devils and they did it in convincing fashion. Duke may not have an answer for Williams on the inside, but can certainly pressure the guards to deny the ball going into the big sophomore. A season ago Duke roared out to a 16 point halftime lead in Coach K's 1,000th game thanks in large part to a huge game from Brian Zoubek who scored 16 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in his first start of the season while limiting Williams to 6 points and 7 rebounds in just 24 minutes of action. With Zoubek gone, Duke will need a big performance from the Plumlee brothers who combined to play 28 minutes (9 points and 7 rebounds) a season ago. Look for Duke to put the pressure on early and attempt to force the tempo. If Maryland keeps the game a bit slower, they can look to duplicate last year's victory over the Blue Devils. Still with, as Williams puts it, two of the best five seniors in the country it's hard to pick against Duke at home.
Duke - 83
Maryland - 73