Maryland's prolific offense gets another crack at stingy Duke defense
Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski has said several times this season that this season's Blue Devils squad is different from those of recent seasons because it is centered on defense and rebounding, rather than purely on offensive proficiency. Indeed, Duke ranks first in the ACC in scoring defense (61.6 points per game allowed) and rebounding margin (plus-3.9) in conference play.
But Maryland owns the top scoring offense in the league (78.1 points per game in ACC play), which adds yet another point of intrigue to tonight's showdown at Comcast Center. During the Terrapins' 21-point loss at Duke on Feb. 13, the Blue Devils held Maryland to 56 points on 37.7 percent shooting.
The Terrapins simply cannot afford to put up similar numbers again tonight if they hope to knock off their conference rival, and it is unlikely that they will be as offensively anemic this time around. Maryland leads the conference in field goal percentage (46.3 percent).
What gave the Terrapins problems during its matchup in Durham earlier this season, several players said Feb. 13, was Duke's constant defensive switches. That threw Maryland out of its offensive rhythm and caused the Terrapins to rush many of their shots. This time, players said Tuesday, Maryland needs to remain more relaxed and confident in its ability to execute its game plan.
March 3, 2010; 10:19 AM ET
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