Maryland Basketball: 5 Keys to Beating Duke in ACC Showdown

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Maryland Basketball: 5 Keys to Beating Duke in ACC Showdown
Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

If there has ever been a true must-win game in college basketball, Saturday's tilt against Duke is it for Maryland.

The tumbling Terps head into this pseudo-rivalry game sitting at a puzzling 17-7 record, and just 5-6 in the conference. Duke stands second in the conference, with a 21-2 record overall and an 8-2 record in league play.

Maryland's resume is alarmingly bare, with just one solid victory coming against NC State. Its next best wins come against Stony Brook and Northwestern.

A win against No. 2 Duke, albeit at home, would do wonders for their chances of sneaking into the NCAA tournament field.

Here are five keys to Maryland pulling off a shocking upset against the Duke Blue Devils.

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