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               === No. 2 Duke takes on Maryland in ACC affair ===
 
 College Park, MD (Sports Network) - Trying to stay within striking distance of
 the Miami-Florida Hurricanes, the second-ranked Duke Blue Devils invade the
 Comcast Center on Saturday for an Atlantic Coast Conference showdown with the
 Maryland Terrapins.
 
 Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils took on arch-rival North Carolina this week in
 Durham and earned a 73-68 victory over the Tar Heels. With the win, Duke won
 its sixth straight game and moved to 22-2 on the year, including a 9-2 mark in
 conference play, two full games behind the Hurricanes in the league standings.
 
 Mark Turgeon's Terrapins are coming off a rare home loss, falling to Virginia
 last weekend, 80-69. The loss dropped Maryland to 17-7 on the year, but a
 less-than-stellar 5-6 record in-conference. Still, the Comcast Center has been
 a safe haven for the most part, with Maryland boasting of a 14-2 record on its
 home floor this season.
 
 Duke has faced Maryland more than any other out-of-state opponent with this
 being the 175th all-time meeting. The Blue Devils hold a 113-61 series
 advantage and have won six straight and 12 of the last 13 meetings, overall.
 Duke blasted Maryland at Cameron Indoor Stadium back on Jan. 26, 84-64.
 
 It was another classic battle between two of the most storied programs in NCAA
 history, as Duke battled back from a seven-point second-half deficit to earn a
 five-point win in Durham. Mason Plumlee and Quinn Cook led the way offensively
 with 18 points apiece. Plumlee finished his 14th double-double of the season
 with 11 rebounds. Rasheed Sulaimon and Seth Curry joined the pair in double
 figures with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
 
 One of the most talented offensive teams in the country, Duke is averaging
 hefty 78.0 ppg this year. The Blue Devils are shooting a solid .472 from the
 floor, aided from a .4-8 effort from behind the arc. The team has been without
 sharpshooter Ryan Kelly (13.4 ppg) for a while now, but there is more than
 enough talent to compensate. Plumlee has asserted himself as one of the
 premier low post players in the country, shooting .603 from the field and
 averaging 18.2 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. Curry get its done from the
 outside (59 3-pointers), netting 16.5 ppg. Cook (12.0 ppg) and Sulaimon (11.5
 ppg) add to the perimeter assault.
 
 Maryland doesn't possess dynamic scoring options like Duke, but the team is
 still an effective offensive squad, shooting a healthy .472 from the floor,
 leading to 71.4 ppg. Defense has also been a real asset for the Terrapins, who
 rank seventh nationally in field-goal percentage defense (.367), yielding just
 61.8 ppg. Sophomore center Alex Len will give Plumlee something to worry about
 in the paint in this one. The 7-shooter leads the Terps in scoring (12.5 ppg),
 rebounding (8.0 rpg) and blocks (49). Fellow sophomore Dez Wells (12.0 ppg)
 has added to the team's frontcourt depth. Another sophomore, guard Nick Faust
 (8.3 ppg) ranks third on the team in scoring.
 
 Maryland was just another in a long list of victims that struggled to generate
 offensive rhythm against Virginia, shooting just .355 from the floor in the
 first half, before upping it to .593 over the final 20 minutes. Wells led the
 team in defeat with 13 points. Seth Allen added 11 points off the bench, but
 the usually defensive-minded Cavaliers, turned it on offensively, shooting
 .542 from floor, including 11-of-19 from 3-point range.
 
 
 
 
 02/16 11:09:46 ET

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