Previewing Maryland (11-3, 1-1)

Duke returns to the court on Wednesday night to face a familiar foe -- and one that has had a ton of success against them in recent years. Maryland enters Cameron Indoor Stadium with a three game win streak over Duke in tact, looking for a fourth consecutive victory and their third win in the last four games at Cameron. TDD previews the match up.


1/1 Duke (14-0, 2-0) vs. 21/23 Maryland (11-3, 1-1)
Durham, N.C. – Cameron Indoor Stadium
9:00 p.m., ESPN

Program Vitals
Nickname: Terrapins
Colors: Red & White
Head Coach: Gary Williams (17th year)
Career Record at Maryland: 334-178 (.652); 541-306 Overall (.639)
Last Year: 19-13 (7-9 ACC)

Projected Starters: 
   D.J. Strawberry (6-5, 201, Jr.)  - 10.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4.5 apg
   Chris McCray (6-5, 192, Sr.) – 15.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.7 apg,
   Travis Garrison (6-8, 240, Sr.) – 10.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg
   Nic Caner-Medley (6-8, 240, Sr.) – 13.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.2 apg
   Ekene Ibekwe (6-9, 220, Jr.) – 12.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg

Key Reserves: 
   Mike Jones (6-5, 204, Jr.) – 7.5 ppg, 42% 3FG
   James Gist (6-8, 223, So.) – 8.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg
   Will Bowers (7-1, 262, Jr.) – 2.0 ppg
   Sterling Ledbetter (6-4, 198, Sr.) – 1.7 ppg

Storylines:

The Streak: The Blue Devils have lost an unprecedented three straight times to Maryland, including a sweep during last year's regular season. Should the Blue Devils earn a victory on Wednesday night, it would be the 100th over the Terrapins. Currently Duke enjoys a 99-58 advantage in the all-time series.

Despite their recent success against Duke, the Terps have won just 7 of the previous 21 meetings between the two programs. Under Mike Krzyzewski, Duke is 40-19 vs. Maryland.

A Balanced And Experienced Group Maryland, which is the only team in the ACC with five players scoring in double figures, is led by senior guard Chris McCray (15.4 ppg) and senior forward Nik Caner-Medley (13.3 ppg), who have combined to play in 209 career games.

In the top nine of the rotation, the Terrapins are devoid of underclassmen save sophomore center James Gist. That experience has proven useful in helping Maryland get off to a fast 11-3 start on the season, including notable wins over Arkansas, Minnesota, and Boston College. The victory over the Eagles is only win over a ranked opponent on the season.

Not Intimidated: One thing that has proven true over the past few seasons is that the Terrapins play on another level when they see D U K E on the opponents' uniforms. Maryland's program is also unfazed by the nation's top arena, Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Terps are responsible for handing Duke three of its six home losses since the 1999-2000 season, including a 75-66 win over the Blue Devils last year at Cameron Indoor Stadium which halted Duke's 15-0 start and 10-game home win streak..

Game Notes:

- Maryland has nine wins all-time against No. 1 teams, which ranks 3rd among all Division I teams in NCAA history. The Terps have won three of their last four meetings against No. 1 teams, including two of the last three meetings with the top-ranked Blue Devils (2002, 2003). Maryland has faced Duke eight times when the Blue Devils were ranked No. 1.

- Duke and Maryland rank 1-2 in ACC wins the last nine years with 121 and 94 victories, respectively. Head coaches Mike Krzyzewski (252) and Gary Williams (140) also rank 1-2 among active ACC coaches in league.

- Maryland is averaging a league-high 84.1 points per game...Four of Maryland's five starters are shooting better than 50.0% from the floor...The Terps are 8-0 when limiting opponents to less than 70 points...Maryland is 11-1 when attempting more free throws than its opponent.

- After pouring in 32 points against Wake Forest in his last game, Duke's J.J. Redick now sits fourth on the all-time Duke scoring list with 2,166 career points. He trails third place Mike Gminski by 157 points.

- Redick was 3-of-4 from the free throw line against the Demon Deacons, and is now 513-of-553 (.928). Redick is Duke's the ACC's and NCAA's career free throw percentage leader and Redick's 513 career free throws ranks seventh all time. Immediately ahead is Ronnie Mayer with 515.

- Duke holds a 121-25 ACC regular season record since 1997. Duke 193-31 this decade with 16 more wins than any team in the country. Duke is 182-24 as the No. 1 team; 158-19 under Coach K.


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