Terps deserve to be #1

Saying that the third ranked Terrapins didn't remember Duke's late 10-0 run to end the game and put it to overtime (where the Blue Devils would finally win by a bucket) would be an understatment.

Saying that both Chris Wilcox, Steve Blake, and the rest of the Maryland Terps squad didn't play their best in a 14 point victory over the top-ranked Duke Blue Devils might be an understatement, too.

In Maryland's 87-73 victory in its final Maryland-Duke matchup at Cole Field House, Chris Wilcox led all scorers with 23 points and 11 rebounds on his way to possibly the best game in his short collegiate career. Steve Blake on the other hand, had 8 points, 6 rebounds, and 13 assists in the Terps run to their first number one ranking in school history.

Maryland, who gave up a 22 point lead last year in the Final Four to Duke, now own sole possession of first place in the ACC at 11-1 in their conference and a 21-3 overall record. Duke, who's loss today bumped them down to second place in the conference, is 23-2 overall and has a 11-2 conference record. The Blue Devils only other loss of the season came at Florida State, in which they lost by a point.

"Maryland really wanted this game," Dunleavy said. "We missed a lot of shots we normally make. It seems like we weren't really ourselves. Some of that has to do with them, but most of it has to do with us."

One of the greater plays in this game came when Duke had possession of the ball and was going for the last shot of the first half. Down by seven had the time, Duke point-guard and first-team All American was looking over at Duke's Coach Mike Krzyzewski to find out the play to end the half. Steve Blake, very aware that William's was not paying much attention to the ball, stole the ball (he had three in the game) and rushed down the court for an easy layup as time expired. There is no doubt in my mind that momentum shifted from Duke to Maryland and, if Duke had made the final shot, it would be a huge diffence (a four point turn-around to end the half put the Terps up nine and not five).

Maryland shot 47% from the field and 22% from behind the arch. In one of their strengths, free-throw shooting, the Terps shot 81% in the game. Duke, on the other hand, taking away Boozer's 8-for-10 from the field, shot a miserable 22% in the game. Boozer, who was the Devil's leading scorer, had 19 points.

Dixon had four steals and went 8-14 from the field, for a total of 17 points, 15 of which came in the second half. Maryland's bench gave the Terps 13 points in 32 minutes, 21 of which came from Drew Nicholas.

The Terps have never had a #1 ranking in school history, but have a chance after today's big win.

Hero of the Game: Chris Wilcox, MD
In his second year as a Maryland Terp, Wilcox had a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds as the MVP of a 87-73 Terps win over #1 Duke. Wilcox shot 50% from the field and 7-9 from the line in the victory.

Goat of the Game: FG Percentage, Duke
Even with Carlos Boozer going 8-10 from the field, Duke could not find its touch in their defeat to the third ranked Terps. Shooting just 50% at the charity stripe, Duke shot a miserable 36% from the field and 21% from beyond the arch. Point-guard Jason Williams went 6-22 from the field with 17 points.


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