Game Day: Duke (21-3) vs. Maryland (13-9)

Back to back losses have put the Blue Devils in what many consider a ‘must win' situation Sunday against Maryland, which is the last team to win at Cameron Indoor Stadium. <I>TheDevilsDen.com</I> takes a look at the match-up and runs down the important news and notes.

Game Facts:

The game will be televised nationally by CBS with Jim Nantz (play-by-play) and Billy Packer (color) calling the action. Tipoff is set for 4:05 PM.

The Series:

Overall....................... Duke 98-55
At Cameron Indoor Stadium..... Duke 45-12
At Comcast Center............. Tied 1-1
At Cole Field House........... Duke 26-21
In ACC Tournament............. Duke 9-6
Current Streak................ Duke W 2
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............ 39-16

This will mark the 154th meeting between Duke and Maryland with the Blue Devils holding a 98-55 series lead. Duke has controlled the series in recent years, winning 13 of the past 17 meetings, including a 68-60 triumph in College Park earlier this season.

Maryland was the last team to defeat Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium - a 91-80 win on Feb. 27, 2001. Since then, Duke has won 39 in succession.

Last Time:

J.J. Redick scored 26 points as top-ranked Duke picked up a 68-60 victory at Maryland on Jan. 21 in the lowest-scoring game between the teams since 1982.

Luol Deng had 13 points and 12 rebounds to help Duke win its 12th straight. It was the third time in three years the Blue Devils visited Maryland as the No. 1 team and the first time they escaped with a victory.

The key was rebounding. Duke held a 49-34 edge on the boards, and had as many offensive rebounds (24) as the Terrapins had on defense.

Notable:

  • Duke is only one of two teams in the nation to be ranked among the nation's top 10 all season (Connecticut is the other). The No. 3 Blue Devils have not been ranked lower than sixth all season.

    Entering its game against Maryland, Duke has lost consecutive games — at No. 21 N.C. State on Feb. 15 (78-74) and at No. 15 Wake Forest on Feb. 18 (90-84) — for just the third time in the past eight seasons. The Blue Devils have not lost three straight games since the 1995-96 season

  • Duke remains one game up in the latest ACC standings. First-place Duke is 10-2 in ACC play while N.C. State is 9-3. Wake Forest is in third place with a 6-5 record

  • This marks the 18th consecutive game that Duke has entered the Maryland game ranked among the nation's top 10 teams

  • Shelden Williams ranks second among active ACC players with 12 career double-doubles (North Carolina's Sean May has 13 to lead the league)

  • Chris Duhon became Duke's all-time steals leader with four thefts vs. Virginia on Feb. 11. Duhon now has 271 career thefts to his credit. He passed Shane Battier (266) to assume the lead on the Blue Devil chart

  • As of Feb. 19, Duke's +16.6 scoring margin ranked fifth nationally

  • Duke has played more games away from Cameron Indoor Stadium (13) as it has at home (11) so far this season. The Blue Devils close the 2003-04 regular season with four of its final five games at home.

  • Duke currently has a 39-game home winning streak intact — second-longest in the nation along with Pittsburgh — dating back to the 2001-02 season. The 2002-03 campaign in which Duke finished 15-0 at home marked the 14th time in school history the Blue Devils did not lose at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Maryland was the last team to defeat Duke at Cameron — 91-80 on Feb. 27, 2001.

  • Duke has been solid from the free throw line this season. The Blue Devils' free throw percentage is .735 (400-of-544). Duke has made 400 foul shots while its opponents have attempted just 393. The .735 free throw percentage is the best for Duke since connecting on .742 of its foul shots in 1999-2000. Over its last last five games, Duke has been red hot from the foul line, connecting on .838 of its shots (109-of-130).

    Sophomore J.J. Redick has connected on 101-of-104 foul shots this season for an ACC-best .971 free throw percentage.

  • The Blue Devils have blocked 161 shots in 2003-04 for an average of 6.7 per contest. Shelden Williams has blocked a team- and ACC-best 78 shots this season, while Shavlik Randolph (39) and Luol Deng (26) each have at least 26 rejections so far this year. Williams leads the league in blocked shots, Randolph ranks third and Deng is ninth among the ACC leaders.

  • Duke has been ranked in 144 consecutive AP polls, the longest streak in the nation (next closest ACC school is Wake Forest at 28 weeks)

  • Duke, which has won 20 of its last 26 games vs. ranked opponents overall, has handled that situation well this season with five victories in six games vs. ranked competition in 2003-04. The Blue Devils have posted victories over No. 5 Michigan State (road), No. 11 Texas (neutral), No. 4 Wake Forest (home), No. 14 Georgia Tech (road) and No. 17 North Carolina (road).

  • Duke has been very balanced offensively this season as six players — J.J. Redick (16.7), Luol Deng (14.3), Shelden Williams (12.2), Daniel Ewing (11.7), Chris Duhon (10.2) and Shavlik Randolph (7.5) — are averaging at least 7.6 points per game.

  • Mike Krzyzewski is one of just 23 coaches in Division I history to reach 650 career wins (he now has 684). His 684 wins rank in 17th place among college basketball's victory leaders (sixth among active coaches).

    Meet the Terrapins:

    Probable Starting Lineup: 
       John Gilchrist (6-3, 199, G, So.) – 14.0 ppg, 5.0 apg, 4.4 rpg
       Chris McCray (6-5, 180, G, So.) – 10.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg
       Nik Caner-Medley (6-8, 233, F, So.) – 13.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg
       Travis Garrison (6-8, 236, F, So.) – 7.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg
       Jamar Smith (6-9, 239, C, Sr.) – 13.1 ppg, 9.6 rpg
    Key Reserves: 
       Mike Jones (6-5, 196, G, Fr.) – 5.8 ppg
       Ekene Ibekwe (6-9, 211, F, Fr.) – 5.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg
       D.J. Strawberry (6-5, 183, G, Fr.) – 6.0 ppg
       Hassan Fofana (6-10, 290, C, Fr.) – 1.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg
    

    Maryland is coming off an 75-64 conference loss to Georgia Tech at home. Currently the Terps are 4-7 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 then #11 North Carolina (90-84).

    The backcourt for head coach Gary Williams has been very good this season with sophomore point guard John Gilchrist doing a little bit of everything. He leads Maryland in scoring (14.4 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 13.1 points and 9.6 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 (13.7 points, 5.2 rebounds) who carried the load against Florida when the Terps were able to knock off the Gator. The off guard position is manned by 6-foot-4 Chris McCray (10.1 PPG) with depth coming from a pair of 6-foot-5 freshman scorers in DJ Strawberry (6.0 PPG, 2.9 RPG) and McDonalds All-American Mike Jones (5.8, 1.8).

    Thanks to Duke Sports Information for much of this information.

    Photo courtesy of the AP


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