Senior center Brian Zoubek - usually counted on to alter shots, grab some rebounds, and clog the lane for the Blue Devils - stepped up his game on Saturday afternoon to help his team remain unbeaten at home.
Jon Scheyer scored 22, while Nolan Smith added 14 points and six assists as the Blue Devils moved to 9-2 in the ACC, and provided themselves a bit of breathing room by dropping second place Maryland to 6-3.
In what was supposed to be a highly contested battle for first place, it was Duke who jumped out to an early lead behind dominant defense and rebounding.
After Maryland took its only lead of the game on a Sean Mosley jumper with 17:29 remaining in the first half, Duke responded with a 15-0 run that built a 20-6 advantage. The Terrapins would get no closer than 12 the rest of the way and would trail by as many as 23.
As a team Duke finished with a 39-34 rebounding advantage while forcing 14 Terrapin turnovers, and blocking six shots. It resulted in Maryland finishing the game 25 points below their season average while shooting just 37 percent from the field and 15 percent from the perimeter.
There were other reasons for the Blue Devil fan base to celebrate on Saturday as well. First was head coach Mike Krzyzewski's 63rd birthday. The second was the head coach's 1,000th career game at Duke. He is just the the eighth Division I coach to reach four figures at one school.
Junior Kyle Singler, who spent most of first half guarding Maryland star Greivis Vasquez, finished with 10 points, six rebounds, and three blocks. Defensively he limited Vasquez to just two points in the first half as Duke went into the locker room up 16.
The Blue Devils will return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Miami to face the Hurricanes.