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Posted at 1:32 PM ET, 02/ 2/2011

Maryland vs. Duke: New contributors have emerged for both teams

By Liz Clarke

Less than four weeks have elapsed since Maryland lost to Duke, 71-64, at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

But when the teams meet again Wednesday — this time at Comcast Center — both squads will be slightly changed.

The main difference for the Terps (14-7, 4-3), who have won their three consecutive games, is their evolution at point guard, where freshmen Terrell Stoglin and Pe’Shon Howard are splitting duties.

In the Jan. 9 game at Duke, Stoglin started for only the second time in his career. And his inexperience showed in the way he tried to do too much, going 1 of 10 from the field (missing all six three-point attempts), turning over the ball three times and ending up with five assists, three rebounds and three points.

Howard managed five points in his 10 minutes of action but turned over the ball four times.

Said Maryland Coach Gary Williams on the eve of Wednesday’s game: “I thought that was a very difficult thing for Terrell Stoglin and Pe’Shon Howard to walk into Cameron and play for the first time. We didn’t have too many games behind us. That game is part of the growing process for them and for our team.”

Stoglin has scored in double figures in two of Maryland's last three games. In the six games since that four-turnover performance against Duke, Howard has just 10 turnovers total.

Meantime, Duke (19-2, 6-1) has gotten more production from sophomore forward Ryan Kelly, who has added punch to the Blue Devils’ front court.

The 6-foot-11, 235-pound Kelly scored two points and three rebounds against Maryland in January. Entering Wednesday’s game, he’s averaging 9.4 points and 4.9 rebounds in ACC contests. Kelly scored a career-high 20 points, going a perfect 6 of 6 from the field (including 3 of 3 from beyond the arc), in Duke’s 83-59 victory over Wake Forest on Jan. 22.

Duke arrives at Comcast Center on the heels of its worst loss of the season, falling Sunday to unranked St. John’s at Madison Square Garden, 93-78. The defeat dropped Duke, ranked No. 1 when it beat Maryland in January, to No. 5 in the Associated Press top 25.

In the view of Williams, the spanking by St. John’s doesn’t necessarily bode well for the Terps.

“People have to realize [the loss to St. John’s] is one game,” Williams said, “and that one game might make Duke a better basketball team the rest of the year.”

By Liz Clarke  | February 2, 2011; 1:32 PM ET
Categories:  Gary Williams, Men's basketball  | Tags:  Duke basketball, Maryland basketball, Pe'Shon Howard, Ryan Kelly, Terrell Stoglin  
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This usually bodes well for a home underdog as the public is generally very stupid.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 2, 2011 1:27 PM
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Amen.

Of course after 8 Bush years and all the popularity Sarah Palin has, we already knew the general public wasn't the smartest lot.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | February 2, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Meh, say what you want about Bush or Palin, but the country was pretty evenly split on both of them. Same with Obama.

But when 90% of the public agrees on a one team beating the spread against another team, well...go with the 10%.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 2, 2011 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty concerned about this game. Duke has a way of coming out after losses with an intensity that is hard to combat. Between the St. John's loss, FSU loss, and the first Maryland game in Cameron, you can't expect the Dukies to continue to shoot so poorly from behind the arc. Duke always seems to shoot 3's well in Comcast, and it will take a monumental effor to slow down that attack. I also expect Duke to play a hard-nosed, mam-man defense most of the game, which will put a lot of pressure on ball handlers.

The key for the Terps tonight will be the play of the point guards. It is likely that Smith will be assigned with ball responsibility on defense, which will make it tought on both Stoglin and Howard to get the offense in gear. They will need to establish early an ability to penetrate so Duke's defense doesn't feed off the ball pressure. I think Coach K will stick with ball pressure as long as the guards have difficulty feeding JW. Once the Terps can establish the ability to feed JW the ball, Duke will probably sag back into a zone, which is when Tucker and Bowie will need to shoot lights out. If Duke is able to stay in their ball-pressure defense the whole night, it could be a long night for the Terps.

On the other end of the court, the Terps need to play streight-up solid man-man defense. If Duke wants to give the ball to the Plumlee's or Kelly down low, let them, and the guards need to stay with the shooters. I think Gary should put Dino on Singler and force him to shoot against a similarly-sized defender. Putting Mosely on Singler worked in the first half in Durham, but eventually Singler realized he could just park himself a couple of feet outside the line and get off 3's over the shorter defender. Dino has the agility to stick with Singler, and JW has enough strength underneath to hold down the defensive glass by himself. The frees up Mosely to take Smith. The other guards will need to stay with the shooters, Dawkins and Curry, and not be tempted to double anyone.

I do think the Terps can win this game, I just don't think they will be able to put it all together. The 9 PM tip is not encouraging either with the terrible home performance they put up during the last 9 PM tip (VaTech). I expect a close game of runs and a bunch of lead changes in the second half with Duke ultimately prevailing 77-72.

Posted by: Russtinator | February 2, 2011 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Historically we've done really well with the 9:00 tip offs (last year's Duke game was at 9). The later the game, the better the home court advantage in my opinion. And I wouldn't worry about what happened against Vtech...they came out on fire that night and they would've beaten anyone in the country the way they played.

Duke does have a way of coming out strong after losses, and that's the biggest reason why I didn't want them to lose to St. Johns. That said, this year's duke team may just not be very good. They're still good by everyone else's standards, but this isn't one of the better Duke teams in recent years.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 2, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Amazes me how a topic about a basketball game can spur comments about hating certain political figures...get a LIFE people.

Posted by: jenkij | February 2, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter if Maryland wins or not. The only way they make the NCAA 68 is if they win the ACC tournament.

They are not, anywhere near, in the top 68 programs in the country. Not even for the play-in games.

Posted by: tcmits | February 2, 2011 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Tcmits,
That's just not true if they beat UNC that's a quality win. Beat FSU, it's a decent win. Even BC and VTech would help their resumes. I think they have a margin of two, maybe three games depending on who they are(and what else happens) then of course, they have to win a game or two in the tourney. So no, I don't view this as take off until March.

Posted by: break20 | February 3, 2011 1:29 AM | Report abuse

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