Game Day: Duke (27-4) vs. Maryland (18-11)

After two victories the Blue Devils set their sights on earning a record sixth straight ACC championship when they face the Maryland Terrapins in Sunday afternoon's title game. <I></I> runs down the match-up and all the notes you need to know.

Game Facts:

The game will be televised nationally by espn2 and Raycom/JP. Tip-off is set for 1:00 PM.

The Series:

Overall....................... Duke 99-55
At Cameron Indoor Stadium..... Duke 46-12
At Comcast Center............. Tied 1-1
At Cole Field House........... Duke 26-21
In ACC Tournament............. Duke 9-6
Current Streak................ Duke W 3
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............ 40-16

This will mark the 155th meeting between Duke and Maryland with the Blue Devils holding a 99-55 series lead. Duke has controlled the series in recent years, winning 14 of the past 18 meetings, including a 68-60 triumph in College Park, and an 86-61 win at Cameron Indoor Stadium earlier this season.

Last Time:

J.J. Redick scored 20 points as Duke picked up an easy 86-61 victory over Maryland on February 22nd.

Shelden Williams had 18 points and 11 rebounds to help Duke rebound form two straight losses in a big way. Luol Deng added 17 points and five rebounds.


*- With its 86-71 victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Duke upped its conference tournament win streak to a record 17 straight games, dating back to the 1999 season.

*- The Blue Devils have dominated the ACC in recent years, winning the past five league tournament championships, finishing no lower than second in the regular season since 1996-97, and posting 107 ACC wins the past eight seasons

*- This marks the 19th consecutive game that Duke has entered the Maryland game ranked among the nation's top 10 teams

*- Duke's entire regular starting five — Chris Duhon, J.J. Redick, Shelden Williams, Luol Deng and Daniel Ewing — each earned some kind of All-ACC recognition this week. Duhon was first team All-ACC, Redick and Williams second team, Deng third team and Ewing an honorable mention selection.

*- uke jumped to No. 1 in the latest RPI ratings with its 70-65 victory over North Carolina on March 6. The Blue Devils' strength of schedule was ranked seventh nationally by the RPI.

*- Duke has had a total of 102 first (56) or second team (46) ACC All-Tournament honorees, including three a year ago. Of Duke's returning players, Chris Duhon (2nd team in 2002), Daniel Ewing (ACC Tournament MVP in 2003) and J.J. Redick (2nd team in 2003) are the three current Duke players who've earned ACC All-Tournament recognition in their careers.

*- Shelden Williams has blocked a team- and ACC-best 99 shots this season, while Shavlik Randolph (53) and Luol Deng (34) each have at least 34 rejections so far this year.

*- Duke has been very balanced offensively this season as six players — J.J. Redick (16.4), Luol Deng (14.7), Shelden Williams (12.4), Daniel Ewing (12.0), Chris Duhon (10.0) and Shavlik Randolph (7.4) — are averaging at least 7.4 points per game. Duke's high scorer in a game this season is 28 by Redick at No. 21 N.C. State on Feb. 15. In 19 of the 27 games this season, Duke has had at least four double-digit scorers, including five games with five players reaching double figures and two with six.

*- 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 has a 107-40 record during the month of March under Mike Krzyzewski. The Blue Devils have won 24 of their last 30 games in March dating back to the 2001 season.

*- Daniel Ewing is closing in on 1,000 career points. Ewing has 982 career points. His teammate, J.J. Redick, is up to 949 career points.

Meet the Terrapins:

Probable Starting Lineup: 
   John Gilchrist (6-3, 199, G, So.) – 14.7 ppg, 4.8 apg, 4.4 rpg
   Chris McCray (6-5, 180, G, So.) – 10.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg
   Nik Caner-Medley (6-8, 233, F, So.) – 13.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
   Travis Garrison (6-8, 236, F, So.) – 7.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg
   Jamar Smith (6-9, 239, C, Sr.) – 12.1 ppg, 8.9 rpg
Key Reserves: 
   Mike Jones (6-5, 196, G, Fr.) – 5.0 ppg
   Ekene Ibekwe (6-9, 211, F, Fr.) – 4.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg
   D.J. Strawberry (6-5, 183, G, Fr.) – 6.4 ppg
   Hassan Fofana (6-10, 290, C, Fr.) – 1.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg

Maryland enters the Championship round on a roll, after beating both Wake Forest and NC State to earn a shot at Duke. In both games Maryland was thought to be finished before late rallies turned the tide in their favor.

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).

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