Previewing Maryland (15-7, 5-4)

After three straight close calls against Boston College, Florida State, and North Carolina, the Blue Devils travel to Maryland to take on the Terrapins and the hostility of the Comcast Center during a Duke game. Tip off is scheduled for 1:00 PM EST and the game will be broadcast on CBS.


2/2 Duke (22-1, 10-0) vs. Maryland (15-7, 5-4)
College Park, Md. – Comcast Center
1:00 p.m., CBS

Program Vitals
Nickname: Terrapins
Colors: Red & White
Head Coach: Gary Williams (17th year)
Career Record at Maryland: 338-182 (.650); 545-310 Overall (.637)
Last Time: Duke 76-52 – January 11, 2006

Projected Starters: 
   D.J. Strawberry (6-5, 201, Jr.)  - 10.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.0 apg
   Mike Jones (6-5, 204, Jr.) – 9.3 ppg, 45% 3FG
   Travis Garrison (6-8, 240, Sr.) – 8.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg
   Nic Caner-Medley (6-8, 240, Sr.) – 15.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.0 apg
   Ekene Ibekwe (6-9, 220, Jr.) – 11.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg

Key Reserves: 
   James Gist (6-8, 223, So.) – 8.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg
   Will Bowers (7-1, 262, Jr.) – 2.1 ppg
   Sterling Ledbetter (6-4, 198, Sr.) – 1.8 ppg

Storylines:

The Streak Ended: After losing three straight in the series, the Blue Devils earned a resounding victory on January 11th . On that night in Cameron Indoor, Duke used 27 J.J. Redick points to easily defeat the Terrapins by 24. The game, which was billed to be another nail-biter, never lived up to the hype as the Blue Devils jumped on Maryland early and never relented while building a 23 point halftime advantage.

Joining Redick in double figures were Sean Dockery, Greg Paulus, and Shelden Williams. Williams added 11 rebounds and 10 blocked shots for his first career triple-double.

Coping With A Loss One noticeable change in the Maryland starting line up is the absence of 6-foot-5 scoring guard Chris McCray, who was ruled academically ineligible for the spring semester. McCray was the team's leading scorer (15.2) and second in assists at 3.6 per game.

With McCray gone, the Terrapins have inserted former McDonalds All-American Mike Jones into the starting lineup. The junior has responded with double figure performances in four of the six games since – including 23 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the perimeter in a loss to Temple.

Game Notes:

- Duke and Maryland rank 1-2 in ACC wins the last nine years with 129 and 98 victories, respectively. Head coaches Mike Krzyzewski (260) and Gary Williams (144) also rank 1-2 among active ACC coaches in league.

- After leading the league in scoring before the conference schedule kicked into high gear, the Terrapins have seen their scoring average dip to 72.0 points per contest in league games. Meanwhile, the Blue Devils are averaging an ACC best 83.2 points per contest through 10 league games.

- After pouring in 35 points against North Carolina in his last game, Duke's J.J. Redick sits third on the all-time Duke scoring list with 2,459 career points. He trails second place Christian Laettner by just one point, and the all time leader, Johnny Dawkins, by 97 points. Redick is within 128 points of the all time ACC scoring record of 2587 held by Dickie Hemric.

- Redick is also just five three pointers short of Curtis Staples' all time NCAA mark of 413. The senior's scoring average of 28.4 points per game would also be an all-time Duke high.

- Duke holds a 129-25 ACC regular season record since 1997. Duke 204-32 this decade.

- Josh McRoberts scored a season/career high 17 points against North Carolina and added five rebounds. He was 6-of-8 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. McRoberts also hit his second three-pointer of the season. In the past four games, McRoberts is 18-of-22 from the line (.818) after hitting on just 18-of-35 (.514) from the line in the season's first 19 games.

- J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams are combining to score 46.6 points per game in 2005-06, on pace to become the highest-scoring duo in a season in Duke history. Art Heyman and Jeff Mullins hold the standard combining to score 46.3 points per game in 1963.

- Duke recorded its eighth straight win over a ranked team and is now just four short of the school record of 12 from March 4, 2001 to Feb. 14, 2002.

- Coach K improved to 743-247 overall, 670-188 at Duke, 167-88 on the road, 113-72 in ACC road contests and 150-56 in February in his career, including a 31-29 mark vs. North Carolina. His 743 wins is 12th most in NCAA history, just three short of 11th and Phog Allen (746). Coach K's 670 wins at Duke ranks eighth for most wins at one school in NCAA history and he's five wins away from Louisville's Denny Crum (675)

- Duke is now 22-1 for just the third time in school history. Duke's 1999 team started 37-1 before falling in the national championship game while the 2003 squad was 23-1 before losing the second game of the season.

- Duke is 10-0 in the ACC for the fifth time in school history, including the third time under Coach K. The 1999 team (16-0) and 1963 team (14-0) both finished unblemished while the 1964 and 2004 teams both started 10-0 in league play.


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