Game Day: Duke (14-1) vs. Maryland (10-4)

For a third straight season the Blue Devils head into College Park to take on Maryland as the nation's top ranked team. This year Duke hopes to avoid the previous two trips' result which included a pair of double figure losses. <I>TheDevilsDen.com</I> runs down the match ups and hits the major notes.

Game Facts:

The game will be televised by ESPN Mike Patrick (play-by-play), Dick Vitale (color) and Doris Burke (sideline) calling the action. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:00 PM EST.

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The Series:

Overall                     Duke 97-55
At Cameron Indoor Stadium   Duke 45-12
At Comcast Center         Maryland 1-0
At Cole Field House         Duke 26-21
In ACC Tournament             Duke 9-6
Current Streak                Duke W 1
Longest Duke Win Streak             15 (1988-94)
Longest Maryland Win Streak          7 (1973-76)
Biggest Duke Win                104-72 (1/3/98)
                                104-72 (2/8/64)
Biggest Maryland Win             64-33 (1/7/59)
Duke Under Coach K               38-16

This will mark the 153rd meeting between Duke and Maryland with the Blue Devils holding a 97-55 series lead. Duke has won 12 of the past 16 meetings against Maryland. The Terps have won two consecutive games over the Blue Devils in College Park, one to close the series in Cole Field House in 2002 and the second coming last year in the first year of the Comcast Center. Duke avenged the 87-72 defeat to the Terps with a 75-70 win in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Feb. 19, 2003.

Under Mike Krzyzewski, Duke is 38-16 vs. the Terrapins.

Duke has a 161-23 record all time as the nation's topranked team.

J.J. Redick was named ACC Co-Player of the Week and Luol Deng was the league's Rookie of the Week following the Blue Devils' convincing victories over then third ranked Wake Forest and NC State.

Duke will look for its 12th consecutive victory when it faces Maryland on Jan. 21. The Blue Devils have won their last 11 games by an average of 25.2 points. The Blue Devils have recorded win streaks of 10 or more games nine different times in the past seven seasons

Since its 78-68 loss against Purdue in the championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout, Duke has been dominating in its last 11 games. The Blue Devils' average margin of victory during their current 11-game winning streak is +25.2. Of the 440 minutes played in that stretch, Duke has trailed for just 7:37, less than two percent of the total time. In seven of its last 11 games, Duke has not trailed at all.

Duke (4-0) is the only remaining unbeaten team in the ACC

This will mark the fifth time in the last six meetings between Duke and Maryland that the Blue Devils enter the game with the nation's No. 1 ranking (Duke is 2-2 in those games).

Duke has been very balanced offensively this season as six players — J.J. Redick (15.5), Luol Deng (14.2), Daniel Ewing (12.0), Shelden Williams (11.7), Chris Duhon (9.9) and Shavlik Randolph (8.4) — are averaging at least 8.4 points per game. Duke's high scorer in a game this season is 23 by Redick vs. fourth-ranked Wake Forest on Jan. 17.

Duke has been outstanding on the defensive end this season. The Blue Devils have limited opponents to a .387 field goal percentage overall, a .308 three-point percentage and 58.6 points per game (modern day school record is 63.2 in 1959-60). In addition, Duke has averaged 7.4 blocked shots (school record is 6.3 in 1998-99) and 18.3 forced turnovers per game this season.

Meet The Terps:

Maryland is coming off an 81-71 conference loss to Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Currently the Terps are 1-2 in the ACC and are not ranked in either the Associated Press or ESPN Coaches' Polls. "Quality wins" include victories over then top ranked Florida (69-68 OT), 13th ranked Wisconsin (73-67 OT), and #11 North Carolina (90-84).

The backcourt for head coach Gary Williams has been very good early on with sophomore point guard John Gilchrist doing a little bit of everything. He leads Maryland in scoring (15.1 PPG), assists (5.0), and is shooting 39% from the field.

In the paint it's another sophomore leading the way with 6-foot-9, 240 pound Jamar Smith averaging 14.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. Joining Smith inside have been Freshman Ekene Ibekwe, and sophomore Travis Garrison.

On the wing Williams has gotten great play out of sophomore Nik Caner-Medley (14.7 points, 6.1 rebounds) who carried the load against Florida. The off guard position is manned by 6-foot-4 Chris McCray (10.5 PPG) with depth coming from a pair of 6-foot-5 freshman scorers in DJ Strawberry (5.9 PPG, 2.8 RPG) and McDonalds All-American Mike Jones (6.1, 1.9).


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