College Park, Md. – Maryland came into the tonight’s game against Duke needing a signature win, something to hang their resume on come March. They played Duke close just a few weeks prior. However, the Terps caught Duke coming off an embarrassing 15-point loss to St. John’s. Duke took out their frustration on Maryland and handed the Terps an 18-point loss at home, 80-62.
Everyone thought the Terps would get Duke’s best punch after being embarrassed on National TV on Sunday. “We knew they were going to come back after the St. John’s” said Gary Williams. Gary said he was very disappointed with the teams play, and rightfully so. The Terps allowed Duke to connect on ten of their twenty-three 3-point attempts.
Maryland’s lack of a consistent three-point threat was never more obvious as it was tonight. The Terps came into the game with having not made a three-point attempt in their previous game – against Georgia Tech – and part of the Virginia game before that.
The Terps often would go on a run, only to give up an untimely three-point shot. Maryland also had a problem giving up second-chance points to Duke, giving up 18 on 10 offensive rebounds.
However, the biggest problem for the Terps – and the problem that has plagued them all season – was someone to take the pressure off Sophomore Center Jordan Williams. Williams, by all accounts, had a great evening. 20 points, 10 rebounds and 12-of-16 from the line. However, the lack of a second and third option killed the Terps tonight.
Duke had four players in double figures, and two with over twenty points. Maryland had two in double figures, Adrian Bowie finished with 11. Only one other Terrapin player scored over 8 points – Dino Gregory, who was the only other player with over 6 rebounds.
Maryland’s lack of talent surrounding Jordan Williams was apparent all evening. This was going to be a transitional year for the Terps after losing three key seniors from last years squad. It was clear Duke just had better players tonight.
Duke flat-out beat Maryland tonight, there is no debating that. You have to give a lot of credit to Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. “It shows a lot of character. The Sunday game was tough because sometimes no matter what you do, you just don’t do it” said Krzyzewski after the game.
Gary Williams had a very similar quote about tonight’s game. “We have to find a reason for the loss… there comes a point in time where you either do it or don’t do it” said Williams about finding the cause for the loss.
Maryland will have a couple of days to rebound before it faces off against ACC bottom-dweller Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon at home. This seems like a classic trap game, and Maryland will do well to avoid letting the tough loss get to them and play down to a far inferior team.