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.
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.
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.
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.
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.