Duke and Maryland Meet For A Third Time: Can Terps Break Through?

The ACC and SEC BlogSenior Analyst IMarch 14, 2009

Duke and Maryland dance for a third time this season, and if Maryland is able to pull off the upset, then they will punch their ticket to the Big Dance (if they have not already). The Blue Devils are looking to get back to the ACC Finals after a short drought of two final-less years.

Can Duke beat Maryland for a third time this season? Will the Terps continue their run to the finals? We are set to find out the answers to these questions.

In the teams first meeting of the season, Duke dominated Maryland 85-44 and gave Gary Williams his worst loss as Terps coach.

Maryland team leader Greivis Vasquez made comments to the effect of Cameron Indoor being "his house". The junior from Venezuela had just four points in the loss. Fast forward to February, and Maryland needs a home win over Duke. The Blue Devils stymied the Terps by hitting big threes, late in the game, for the win.

To pull off the upset Maryland has to slow down Duke from the outside. The Devils hit eight from long range in the last meeting.

For Duke, they need to keep Vasquez out of the flow of the game. The more he is involved, the more he has the ball in his hands, and the better the Terrapins' offense runs.

It is very tough to beat a quality team three times in a season. It will be tough for Duke to come back from such a late game the previous night, but Maryland will be playing their third game in three days.

I like Duke to advance to the finals.

Pick: Duke

Season: 35-28 SU through 3/13

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