Game preview: Duke vs. Maryland

Posted by Laura Keeley on February 15, 2014 

Rasheed Sulaimon and the Blue Devils will aim to send Maryland off with a loss in their final trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium as an ACC team.

CHUCK LIDDY

No. 8 Duke vs. Maryland

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham

TV/Radio: ESPN, WKIX-102.9 FM

Line: Duke by 13.5

Projected starting lineups:

No. 8 Duke (19-5, 8-3 ACC)

G Rasheed Sulaimon, So., 9.1 ppg, 2.5 apg

G Tyler Thronton, Sr., 3.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg

F Rodney Hood, R-So., 16.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg

F Jabari Parker, Fr., 19.2 ppg, 8.5 rpg

F Amile Jefferson, So., 7.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg

Maryland (14-11, 6-6)

G Seth Allen, So., 12.3 ppg, 3.4 apg

G Jake Layman, So., 12.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg

F Dez Wells, Jr., 15.2, 4.3 ppg

F Evan Smotrycz, R.-Jr., 11.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg

F Charles Mitchell, So., 6.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg

Player to watch:

Dez Wells, Maryland

The Raleigh native—who was not recruited by Duke—found another level last time out against the Blue Devils, scoring 30 points as he slashed through the lane in Duke’s ACC Tournament quarterfinal loss to the Terrapins.

Observations:

***Duke has won 29 consecutive homes games, the second-longest streak in the nation. The Blue Devils’ last home loss came March 3, 2012, to North Carolina.

***Tyler Thornton, who moved back into the starting lineup four games ago at Pittsburgh, recorded his fourth straight turnover-free game at Boston College. In that span he has averaged 20.8 minutes and dished out 13 assists.

***While Maryland won two of the three meetings against the Blue Devils last year, Duke has won 12 of the past 15 games against the Terrapins

***Expect plenty of "Not our rivals" chants from the Cameron Crazies Saturday. But it would be remiss not to remember when this was a white-hot rivalry, in the early 2000s. Some Duke fans may have trouble admitting that, but Jay Williams doesn’t.

"It's so funny, people talk about Duke-North Carolina being one of the top rivalries in college basketball," Williams told the Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Barker. "It was very difficult for me to relate to that, because it was Duke-Maryland [when I was there]. Those were battles, man. There were times when I would get myself so pumped up to play against [Terps point guard] Steve Blake that mentally I crippled myself before the game even started because I wanted to make sure I would dominate him."

*** Barry Jacobs wrote about the end of the rivalry, too.

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