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