Maryland (14-11, 6-6 ACC)
at #8 Duke (19-5, 8-3 ACC)
Maryland travels to Durham, N.C. for the final time in Atlantic Coast Conference regular season play Saturday as it faces No. 8 Duke at 6:00 p.m. on ESPN.
Watch: ESPN - Davie O'Brien (Play-by-Play), Doris Burke (Analyst)
• The matchup marks the 177th all-time meeting between the conference rivals, with Duke holding a 113-63 advantage in the series. The Terps are currently riding a two-game win streak in the series for the first time since 2007, and are looking to win three straight for the first time since 2004-05. This is the first season Maryland will not host the Blue Devils since the inception of the ACC in 1953-54.
• Maryland took two-of-three games from the Blue Devils last season, including an 83-74 victory in the ACC Tournament semifinals. Then-sophomore Dez Wells shined in the effort, scoring 30 points on 9-of-13 shooting (10-of-10 from the free throw line).
• Sophomore Seth Allen is two games removed from a career day against Florida State on Feb. 8, when he posted a career-high 32 points on 7-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc. He followed the effort with a team-high 15-point display at No. 17 Virginia. Allen is averaging 18.5 points over his last four games.
• Junior Dez Wells averaged 17.3 points and seven rebounds in three games against Duke last year, and is averaging a team-high 16.4 points in road games this year. Junior Nick Faust is averaging 9.6 points in five career games against Duke.
• The Terps have been busy on the glass, ranking third in the conference in offensive rebounds (12.63/g) and second in total rebounds (903).
Virginia Edges Maryland, 61-53
Joe Harris scored 19 points and No. 17 Virginia stretched its winning streak to eight games by beating Maryland 61-53 on Monday night.
Seth Allen scored 15 points and Dez Wells had 12 for Maryland (14-11, 6-6), which had won three of four. Malcolm Brogdon added 14 points and Akil Mitchell had 13 for the Cavaliers.
After a block by Maryland, Justin Anderson soared at the other end to block a shot by Maryland’s Roddy Peters near the rim and saved the ball. He started a fast break that moments later was capped by Harris’ 3-pointer from the right corner, arousing a crowd that had grown quiet by the tight ballgame.
It was 52-41 with just under 5 minutes to play when the Terps staged a rally, getting seven points from Nick Faust and a basket from Wells in a 9-2 run that brought them within 54-50.
Duke has won seven of its last eight games, with its lone loss in the span coming to No. 1 Syracuse. The Blue Devils were scheduled to play at North Carolina Wednesday, but the game was cancelled due to weather.
The Blue Devils are an incredible shooting team from behind the arc, leading the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (.420) and ranking fifth nationally in 3-pointers made (9.7). Duke is also fourth in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.64).
Duke is led by freshman sensation Jabari Parker, who currently leads the ACC in rebounds (8.5/g) and is second in scoring (19.2/g). Quinn Cook is a strong ball handler, ranking fourth nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.98).
A Look Back: Dec. 17, 1954
After a pair of meetings in College Park, Maryland and Duke met in Durham for the first time as ACC foes on Dec. 17, 1954. The Blue Devils overcame a loss to the Terps earlier in the season by winning, 68-61.
Bob Kessler and Bob O’Brien each scored 17 points for the Terps, while Ronnie Mayer had 20 points for Duke.
John Sandbower and Bob Everett made consecutive baskets to bring the Terrapins within five points, 63-58, with 1:30 to play, but Duke managed to hold off the streaking Terps to secure the victory.
Twice as Nice
Maryland defeated Duke twice in the same season last year for the first time since 2006-07, knocking off the Blue Devils at Comcast Center and then in the ACC Tournament semifinals. Dez Wells was tremendous in the conference tournament, pouring in 30 points -- including a 10-for-10 effort from the free throw line -- to down Duke.
Maryland is looking to win three straight in the series for the first time since a span from 2004-05.
- Sophomore Seth Allen is averaging 18.5 points over his last four games, including a 32-point performance against Florida State.
- Junior Dez Wells leads the Terps with 16.4 points/g on 49 percent shooting in away contests.
- The Terrapins rank third in the ACC with 12.4 rebounds per game on the offensive glass.
- The Terps are 11-0 when holding opponents below 40 percent from the field. (see pg. 30 for all trends)
Maryland Rolls Past Florida State
Seth Allen scored 21 of his career-high 32 points in the decisive first half, and Maryland beat Florida State 83-71 Saturday to climb over .500 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Playing in his 12th game of the season after being sidelined with a fractured left foot, Allen went 11 for 15 from the floor and 7 for 10 beyond the arc in topping his previous career best of 21 points. The 6-foot-1 sophomore guard also had four rebounds and two assists.
Dez Wells scored 15 and Jake Layman added 12 for Maryland (14-10, 6-5), which avenged a 24-point defeat at Florida State last month. The victory enabled the Terrapins to gain sole possession of seventh place in the ACC, one game ahead of the skidding Seminoles (14-9, 5-6).
Maryland led by 17 at halftime and coasted to the finish.