Maryland faces crucial showdown with Duke Saturday night

February 15, 2013 | WNST Staff

Maryland (17-7, 5-6 ACC) vs. #2 Duke (22-2, 9-2 ACC)

 

Saturday, February 16, 2013 • 6 p.m. ET

Game #25 • Home Game #17 • College Park, Md. • Comcast Center

TV: ESPN – Dave O’Brien (Play-by-Play), Doris Burke (Analyst) & Jeannine Edwards (Sidelines)

Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst) & Walt Williams (Sidelines)

 

Storyline

 

• Following a five-day break from games, Maryland returns to action on Saturday as it plays host to second-ranked Duke at 6 p.m. in Comcast Center. The Terps are 17-7 and 5-6 in the ACC after suffering just their second home defeat of the season last Sunday against Virginia. Duke is 22-2 and 9-2 in the conference after a 73-68 win over North Carolina on Wednesday.

 

• Against Virginia, Maryland trailed at halftime for the first time at home this season, as the Cavaliers shot 52.2 percent in the opening 20 minutes and finished the game at 54.2 percent, the best by a Maryland opponent this year. After shooting just 35.5 percent in the first half, the Terps responded by knocking down 16 of 27 shots (.593) in the second half, but were unable to get closer than seven points down the stretch.

 

• The Terps rank second in the ACC in field goal percentage at .472 and have exceeded the 40 percent mark in each of the last six games. In that six-game stretch, the Terps have shot it well from beyond the arc, hitting 54 of 96 shots (.404). Jake Layman (12-29, .414), Logan Aronhalt (11-24, .458) and Dez Wells (8-15, .533) have been the biggest contributors from the perimeter of late.

 

• Maryland has ranked in the top-10 nationally throughout much of the season in opponent field goal percentage. Opposing teams have shot just 36.7 percent against the Terrapins, a mark which leads the ACC and ranks seventh nationally. Virginia was just the second team this season to make better than 50 percent of its shots against Maryland; eight of 11 conference opponent have shot under 38 percent.

 

• Virginia became the first team this season to outrebound the Terps, finishing with a 34-29 advantage on the boards. Still, Maryland is just one of two teams in the nation with an average rebounding margin in double figures. The Terps are second at plus-10.3, behind just Colorado State (plus-13.8).

 

Maryland-Duke Series History

 

• Maryland trails the all-time series 61-113, which dates back to 1925. The Terps trail the series 37-40 at home, with their last win in Comcast coming on March 3, 2010. In that game, the 22nd-ranked Terrapins got 20 points from Greivis Vasquez on senior night, to help knock off the fourth-ranked Blue Devils.

 

• Duke won the first meeting this season, 84-64 in Durham on Jan. 26, and has won six straight in the series. In the earlier meeting, Dez Wells and Charles Mitchell paced Maryland with 13 points each and the Terps trailed by just eight at halftime before Duke opened it up in the second half. Rasheed Sulaimon led Duke with 25 points, Mason Plumlee had 19 and the Blue Devils shot 52.4 percent in the game.

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