Terps Discombobulated On Offense
On Friday, Gary Williams described Duke's defense as suffocating. On Saturday, he and his team discovered that "suffocating" does not do justice to the constant brand of in-your-face defense employed by the Blue Devils. Duke has yet to allow an ACC opponent to score 60 points this season. That's just plain ridiculous.
But so was Maryland's offense on Saturday. The Terps shot 28.0 percent from the field in the first half. Only three Terps scored before the intermission, which helped to explain their halftime total of 15 points. Yikes.
Maryland did show some measure of improvement in the second half. The Terps shot 28.2 percent from the field and managed t squeak out 29 points, mostly against Duke's second and third stringers. Maryland shot 2 of 12 (16.7 percent) from three-point range on the afternoon.
"Maryland couldn’t hit today, so that helped us a lot," Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "Our defense was outstanding. We had great communication. We played great defense, and they had shots early that were open that they missed. It’s not too often that you have a game like this. We played really well and we look a lot better because they couldn’t hit shots today."
Williams and players said one of the reasons Duke was so effective on defense was because they switched between assignments seemlessly, especially off of screens.
"We had some counters that we were supposed to look at, which we didn't do," Williams said. "We just seemed to get paralyzed a little bit out there. You know, this is a tough place to play if everything is not ready to go."
Despite being held to 44 points, the lowest total amassed by the Terps during Williams's 20-year tenure at the school, Maryland was not uniform in its praise for the Blue Devils' defense.
"It wasn't really that good," said junior forward Landon Milbourne, who scored 19 points. "You know, I give credit to them cause they played hard, but on our part, we just didn't have the same aggressiveness that we usually do when we start the game off. It just bit us in the end."
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