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.
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
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,”
Sean Mosley added 16 points Tuesday. He’s the only Terrapin
besides Stoglin with a double-figure scoring average at 10.4.