As our own Daniel Shiferaw pointed out earlier today, the Maryland Terrapins have a recent history of double-digit losses to the Duke Blue Devils in Cameron Indoor Stadium. But the Duke-Maryland rivalry lives on tonight, and last year's ACC Player of the Year Greivis Vasquez will even be in attendance.
The Blue Devils enter tonight's game as the No. 1 team in the country, a spot they have held all season throughout their 14-0 start. In fact, Maryland was the last team to beat Duke. It was in March of 2010.
Duke is returning several key members of the NCAA Championship winning team of last year, including their current leading scorer Nolan Smith, who averages 19.6 points and 5.6 assists per game. Freshman Kyrie Irving and returning starter Kyle Singler are each averaging 17.4 points per game this season.
The Terrapins will try to take advantage of their size inside with sophomore Jordan Williams, who is averaging 17.6 points and 11.8 rebounds this season. Maryland is trying to integrate several freshmen, including Terrell Stoglin, into a lineup comprised otherwise of veterans.
Maryland is 0-1 so far in the ACC, and a statement win, or at least a strong positive showing, tonight in Durham would be huge for the team's confidence