Duke’s final ACC matchup against Maryland didn’t go the Blue Devils' way. The Big Ten-bound Terps used crowd momentum and an ineffectual night from Mason Plumlee to secure an 83-81 victory.
Duke’s defeat didn’t come without a fight. Despite struggling from three, the Blue Devils clawed back into the game to tie it up with 16 seconds left. Unfortunately, Duke’s defense, which allowed Maryland to shoot 60 percent from the field, was unable to keep Seth Allen from driving to the lane and drawing a foul.
It was a tough loss, but one that looked to be coming for most of the game. Duke played poorly and looked to be affected by playing the fourth game in 10 days.
After ending the toughest stretch of the season with a loss and with important games on the horizon, let’s take a look at 10 takeaways from Duke’s two-point loss to a team that truly isn’t our rival.