Preview: Duke (26-6) v. Maryland (20-12)

Previewing the Blue Devils and Terrapins who tip off in the ACC semifinal on Saturday afternoon. The game is set to tip off at 3:30.

Duke (26-6) vs Maryland (20-12)
Atlanta, Ga. - Georgia Dome
TV: Raycom / Tip: 3:30 PM EST

Program Vitals
Conference:  ACC
Nickname:  Terrapins
Colors: Red, Yellow, and White 
Head Coach:  Gary Williams (20th season)
Career Record at Maryland: 624-355

Projected Starters:
 1 Landon Milbourne (6-7, 210, Jr.) – 12.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg
35 Dave Neal (6-7, 265, Sr.) – 7.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg
 5 Eric Hayes (6-4, 185, Jr.) – 9.7 ppg, 3.3 apg
21 Greivis Vasquez (6-6, 190, Jr.) – 16.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.7 apg
22 Adrian Bowie (6-2, 190, So.) – 9.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg

Key Reserves:
 4 Braxton Dupree (6-8, 260, So.) – 2.9 ppg, 1.0 rpg
11 Jin Soo Kim (6-8, 195, Fr.) – 1.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg
14 Sean Mosley (6-4, 210, Fr.) – 5.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg 
33 Dino Gregory (6-7, 230, So.) - 2.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg

Storylines For Maryland:

How They Got Here:
The Blue Devils rebounded from their regular season ending loss to North Carolina by surviving against a very game Boston College in the late game of the ACC Tournament. Sophomore forward Kyle Singler tied a career high with 26 points as Duke held on for a 66-65 victory.

Meanwhile the Terrapins will be playing their third game in three days after beating NC State on Thursday and then spanking Wake Forest on Friday night. The two wins have essentially assured Gary Williams and his team a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Series History:
This will be the 166th overall meeting between the two programs. Duke holds a 105-60 lead and has won four straight including a 41 blowout in this season's first match up. In that game the Blue Devil offense was balanced - getting eight players scoring seven or more points as the team ran out to a 25 point halftime lead and cruised from there. The second game was closer but Duke was able to hang on there as well thanks to a game deciding three pointer from Jon Scheyer with just under two minutes left.

Injury Report:
Both teams appear to be healthy as they enter Wednesday night's game.

Riding A Wave?:
With an at-large bid to the big dance likely in the bag, the Terps are now turning their aim towards winning the programs first conference title since 2004. Against Wake Forest all eyes were once again on Greivis Vasquez who nearly logged a triple-double against another top 10 opponent recording 22 points, eight rebounds, and nine assists at the Deacons' expense. It's certainly a change from the way the season ended in College Park where the Terps dropped three of their final four games.

Watch Out For...
Greivis Vasquez who will be looking to log his first big performance of the season against the Blue Devils. Whereas the talented lead guard has torched most other opponents at one time or another, he's been held in check by the Duke defense to the tune of 7.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Without their leader playing well the Terrapins have been unable to handle the Duke defensive pressure while lacking the offensive punch to come away with the victory.

Getting Up:
The Blue Devils welcomed back sophomore guard Nolan Smith to the rotation against Boston College after the 6'2 Smith suffered a concussion against the Terps in the College Park matchup. Smith scored three points in 18 minutes against the Eagles.

Fearless Predicitions
After two disappointing games against Duke the Terrapins will certainly be looking to reverse their fortunes and are now looking to improve their seeding in the NCAAs. Duke, on the other hand, will be looking to get the rest of the offense on track after seeing Singler, Scheyer, and Henderson scoring 56 of the team's 66 points against Boston College. The odds say that Vasquez will likely break out of his slump against the Blue Devils and have a big game. Still the real worry of tired legs may weigh heavily on the Terps. Look for Duke to pull away down the stretch.

Prediction:

Duke 77
Maryland 69


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