Last Wednesday, Duke came to the Comcast Center to face off with the rival Terps. Maryland broke out to a quick lead and had the momentum with all the students dressed in gold. Jordan Williams really got the crowd going on a fast break when Greivis Vasquez broke out on a 3 on 1. Greivis threw a no look pass to Williams who then dunked it over Jon Scheyer plus a foul. The Terps led by about 15 but Duke fought back with some timely threes to end the half only down by two, even though they had been out rebounded and out played by Maryland.

In the second half, Duke came out playing much better and with more confidence. Nolan Smith started to shoot the ball better and ended up with 20 points. Kyle Singler started to play better in the second half, ending the game with 14 points. About halfway through the second, Maryland had regained their poise and took a five point lead. Duke stormed back again with some well timed timeouts by Coach K to take the crowd out of the game and tied it up. From there the teams went shot for shot it seemed. For every point Duke would score, Maryland seemed to have an answer. The Terps took the lead for good on a layup by Williams, who scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, with one minute and 40 seconds left. From there on out it was all Terps, finally being able to shut down the Duke attack. Vasquez all about sealed the game with a shot in the lane that went in, out, and in again. Maryland would add some free throws and Duke would hit a three before the students rushed the court after the the 79-72 Maryland victory. Vasquez outplayed Jon Scheyer and earned himself ACC Player of the Year with another great game on senior night. Vasquez scored 20 points, had 5 assists, and 4 rebounds.

The keys to the game were that Maryland was able to stay even on the boards unlike the last game in which Brian Zoubek dominated, Jordan Williams, Eric Hayes, and Sean Mosley all stepped up and scored in double figures, and Zoubek was shut down down low only scoring 4 points. Singler, Scheyer and Smith accounted for 53 of Duke's 72 points, not getting much help from their bench.

Notes

  • Maryland and Duke would both win on Saturday and were co-champions of the ACC in the regular season
  • Brian Zoubek was injured early, but returned after getting his finger taped up
  • Maryland shot 50% from the floor as opposed to Duke shooting 39%
  • Dino Gregory stepped up and added 5 rebounds off of the bench
  • Adrian Bowie scored 9 points and added 4 boards