Preview: Duke vs Maryland
Tonight Duke visits Maryland in the Comcast Center at 9 on ESPN. The last time these two teams met was at Cameron Indoor Stadium and Duke dominated from the start. Brian Zoubek dominated the boards grabbing 17 rebounds, 8 on the offensive side, while also adding 16 points. The Blue Devils also held the Terps to their second lowest scoring total this season. Greivis Vasquez led the Terps with 17 points but only one other Terp scored double digits.
Tonight's game is one of the biggest in the short history of the Comcast Center. Not only is this the final game for Greivis Vasquez, Landon Milbourne, and Eric Hayes at home, but this game may determine who the regular season champ for the ACC will be. As well, this game may well determine the ACC Player of the Year between Jon Scheyer and Greivis Vasquez. In order for Maryland to pull out a win, Jordan Williams will need to have a big game on the boards and will need some help from Milbourne and Dino Gregory coming off of the bench. The determining factors in the game will be the team that wins the battle of the boards, the battle that will ensue between Vasquez and Scheyer, and the bench that has the bigger game. Duke has a decent bench with Miles and Mason Plumlee while Maryland will have Dino Gregory, Cliff Tucker, Adrian Bowie, and James Padgett, who has played a bigger role in recent games, coming off of the bench.
The Comcast Center will be packed and as loud as ever with a Gold Out planned for tonight's game. Make sure you tune in tonight at 9 on ESPN as this may be one of the best games of the season. I'll be back after the game to recap what happened in Comcast.
- Duke enters with an eight game winning streak
- Maryland enters with a five game winning streak and seven of their last eight