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Posted at 3:28 PM ET, 01/ 6/2011

Terps on Par with Duke vs. Common Foes To Date

By Liz Clarke

Duke may be the No. 1 team in the country and Maryland yet to be ranked. But there’s not a tremendous difference in the teams’ respective margins of victory over their three common opponents so far this season—each game a rout.

Maryland (10-4, 0-1) beat Elon, UNC Greensboro and Colgate by an average of 39 points, with the Terps’ 95-40 rout of Colgate earlier this week their most decisive victory.

Duke (14-0, 1-0) beat Elon, UNC Greensboro and Colgate by an average of 41.6 points, notching its most lopsided victory against Colgate, as well (110-58).

It was Colgate's misfortune to be slotted as the last team on Maryland’s schedule before the Terps resume their rivalry with Duke Sunday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

In the aftermath of Tuesday’s 95-40 drubbing, several Terps acknowledged that while the jerseys they faced at Comcast Center proclaimed “Colgate,” they competed as if they read, “Duke.”

“We didn’t want to come out sluggish and have to have Coach [Gary] Williams worry about this game,” said senior swingman Cliff Tucker, referring to Maryland’s 22-2 start. “We know who we are playing next and have been preparing for Duke, so we came in and played as if we were playing Duke.”

By Liz Clarke  | January 6, 2011; 3:28 PM ET
Categories:  Gary Williams, Men's basketball  | Tags:  Cliff Tucker, Duke, Maryland basketball  
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Duck Fuke!!!!!!

Posted by: JoeMama11 | January 6, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

JW made the cut to 30 on the Wooden award list. Hoping for a strong team showing on Sunday but those common opponents don't provide much insight. It'll be interesting to see how Stoglin does.

Posted by: jake177 | January 6, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm never optimistic when they play at Duke. Duke gets the benefit from the refs anyway but, at that cage they call a gym, when they get off the bus they are already down 10-0.

That being said, I hope they stick it to their sorry asses.

Posted by: Section505203 | January 6, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Tracking the Terps for the SUN posts way more than Terps Insider. It feels like the Post is on the outside on this one. No Colgate post here, after all.

Posted by: break20 | January 6, 2011 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 6, 2011 7:02 PM | Report abuse

x beating y and y beating z does not mean x is better than z. Comparing record vs common opponents is pointless, even if we both beat the opponents handily.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 6, 2011 7:18 PM | Report abuse

I like the quality of Liz's writing over Prisbell's and Yanda's, but she's not real prolific. Maybe Prisbell or Yanda will put up basketball posts when football news goes on hiatus.

Hoping to see the Terps in kickass mode down at Cameron. Love to see coach K's face when they lose. We'll need some outside accuracy; I expect to see a swarm of blue around JW.

Posted by: MrScrotums | January 6, 2011 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Let's just hope the guys *play* like they are playing Duke, when they are actually PLAYING Duke (not Colgate!)!! LOL!
Ours is overall a very young and ,therefore, inconsistent team. They only have a chance if they a.) put the ball through the hoop, and b.) don't turn the ball over.

Posted by: MrCrabbyPatty | January 6, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

I agree Mr. Scrotums, I actually really like Liz Clarke's work so far.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 6, 2011 8:17 PM | Report abuse

I dunno, I think this is a game the Terps win. JW will get his. Someone will step up from the backcourt. I think DG+JP hold the key. We get 20/14 out of those two, we win.

And keep AB at 2.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | January 6, 2011 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Well, I guess the argument that GW schedules too many patsies took a big hit. If a patsy is good enough for Duke then it ought to be good enough for MD.

Ditto barno and scrote - Liz Clarke writes well (although not often enough - yet).

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | January 6, 2011 8:21 PM | Report abuse

JW made the cut to 30 on the Wooden award list. Hoping for a strong team showing on Sunday but those common opponents don't provide much insight. It'll be interesting to see how Stoglin does.

Posted by: jake177 | January 6, 2011 4:20 PM

JW is also ranked 4th in the Rivals power rankings for center. Let's hope for a strong presence.

Posted by: SirPelleas | January 6, 2011 9:17 PM | Report abuse

And Liz, thanks for the BB post. Too bad I'll be out of the country to enjoy the Terps' victory.

Posted by: SirPelleas | January 6, 2011 9:18 PM | Report abuse

This Sunday could be great if the Terps come away with a W, and the Ravens take one on the road....or I could go 0-2 and be totally miserable.

I think this will play out to be an exciting back and forth game. The Plumlee Bros. probably will play hack a Williams, so if he can make some free throws we can definitely take this game.

One of my great memories and fav road trip was seeing a game in Cameron. A buddy of mine scored some seats which happened to be last row up and directly behind the basket. The view was awful, but it just so happened to be the game Joe Smith scored on a last second tip in, off of a Simpkins miss. It was so sweet to hear a raucous crowd go silently mute! It also just happened to be the game Gary and Coach K were not part of. I didn't learn of his pneumonia until afterwards. My impression of Cameron was that of an overblown high school gym.

Posted by: mydogsnameisdixon | January 7, 2011 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Barno is right about comp scores, especially with the teams in this case. But at least we are getting some BB posts and that is appreciated. Liz is a good writer and I hope we get more.

Keys to the game: Keeping JW out of foul trouble; FT shooting (especially JW); Playing "D" on the 3 point shots; Stogs with early energy; Stogs and PH settling in to the environment and taking care of the ball.

Posted by: petecard | January 7, 2011 10:16 AM | Report abuse

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