Maryland-Duke Preview

Duke is looking to avoid getting caught up in an emotional

victory that has created a three-way tie atop the ACC.

The 10th-ranked Blue Devils hope to avoid dropping three

straight conference home games for the first time in 17 seasons

Saturday when they meet Maryland.

Duke (20-4, 7-2) rallied from 10 down in the final 2 1/2 minutes

Wednesday at No. 5 North Carolina, capping an 85-84 win with

freshman Austin Rivers’ 3-pointer at the buzzer. Rivers had season

highs of six 3-pointers and 29 points in the latest chapter of one

of college basketball’s best rivalries.

“Obviously this is my favorite win I’ve ever had in my entire

life,” Rivers said. “And it’s because we were down the whole game.

The whole game, we were down.”

The Blue Devils are tied for the ACC lead with the Tar Heels and

No. 15 Florida State. Coach Mike Krzyzewski believes the biggest

task facing his team this weekend is moving on.

“We have to make sure we’re onto the next thing after the big

game we had against North Carolina,” Krzyzewski said. “It’s an

emotional thing you have to get over because you don’t want to get

over it when you’ve been involved in that great of a basketball


The victory came on the heels of Sunday’s 78-74 overtime home

loss to Miami, marking the first time Duke has dropped consecutive

conference games in Durham since 2007. The Blue Devils’ last

three-game home ACC losing streak was a four-game slide Jan. 4-Feb.

2, 1995.

Duke has won 10 of 11 against Maryland (14-9, 4-5) and four

straight home meetings. Mason Plumlee had 23 points and 12 rebounds

in a 74-61 victory Jan. 25 in College Park.

“I think they’ve gotten better,” Krzyzewski said of the

Terrapins. “They played us really well up there. I mean they played

a great game, a lot of energy. I think that’s the type of team

they’ve been.”

The Blue Devils limited Terrell Stoglin, averaging an ACC-best

22.0 points per game, to 16 in that contest. Stoglin has averaged

27.0 in the four games since facing Duke.

“They’ve played really hard and have the leading scorer in the

conference in Stoglin, who has really taken in the last four games

60-65 percent of their 3-point shots,” Krzyzewski said. “They rely

so much on him and he delivers.”

Stoglin has improved greatly from last season when he missed 20

of 24 shots and totaled 11 points, 11 assists and 10 turnovers in

three losses to the Blue Devils.

Maryland ended an eight-game road slide with Tuesday’s 64-62 win

over Clemson. Stoglin made 9 of 11 shots and scored 27 points while

the Terrapins limited the Tigers to 34.9 percent shooting.

“That’s a great win for us,” coach Mark Turgeon said. “Now we

don’t have to listen to everyone say ‘They’re going for their first

road win.’ We got that behind us.”

One area of concern remains turnovers. Maryland had eight

against Duke but averaged 15.8 in the past four games.

“We talk about valuing possessions and we’re not there yet,”

Turgeon said.

Sean Mosley added 16 points Tuesday. He’s the only Terrapin

besides Stoglin with a double-figure scoring average at 10.4.