The Duke Blue Devils and the Maryland Terrapins take the floor at the Comcast Center tonight at 9:00pm in College Park, Maryland. Duke enters the game as the sixth ranked Division-I men’s college basketball team in the country according to the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll with a 16-3 record. Duke currently sits tied for first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 4-1 record in conference play. Maryland enters tonight’s contest with a 12-6 record, including a 2-2 record in ACC play.
The Blue Devils are currently 10th in all of Division-I college basketball, averaging 80.5 points per game. The Terrapins on the other hand, currently rank 168th in Division-I basketball averaging only 68.7 points per game. However, the top scorer in this matchup is a Maryland Terrapin. Sophomore guard from Tucson, Arizona, Terrell Stoglin averages 22.2 points per game while shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc. Duke’s top scorer is a freshman guard from Winter Park, Florida by the name of Austin Rivers.The son of Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, averages 14.4 points per game while shooting 40 percent from long-range.
Look for tonight’s game to include a lot of high intensity play. The Blue Devils are coming off of a devastating loss on Saturday when Florida State’s Michael Snaer hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer. This snapped Duke’s 45-game home winning streak. Maryland is recovering from a 13 point loss to Temple this past Saturday. Both teams will want to avenge this past weekends losses. Don’t be surprised to see Maryland come to play early, as they will try to get the home crowd going for this Atlantic Coast Conference game.
The Blue Devils have way more fire power than the Terrapins. Duke will prove to be too much for Maryland and win easily by double figures.
Final Score: Duke (83) – Maryland (68)