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Maryland To Honor Gary Williams Before Duke Game

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COLLEGE PARK, MD (WJFK/AP) — Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was ready to move past his team’s stunning defeat not long after a buzzer-beating shot went through the net.

Given the eighth-ranked Blue Devils’ recent results against Maryland, a visit to College Park on Wednesday night may help them do just that.

Duke missed a chance to match its longest home win streak in school history Saturday when Florida State’s Michael Snaer hit a 3-pointer as time expired. The 76-73 defeat also cost the Blue Devils sole possession of first place in the ACC and put them in a three-way tie with the Seminoles and North Carolina State.

“You just go on,” Krzyzewski said. “I think Duke fans take (winning) for granted, probably. I’m not knocking them. I just think they take it for granted. It’s not unusual for our program (to win). We’re very proud of that.”

What could help Duke (16-3, 4-1) move on is a game against a team it’s beaten in nine of the past 10 matchups. Maryland (12-6, 2-2) also enters this contest having suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time this season. Maryland’s last win came in the memorable 2010 contest on Senior Night when Greivis Vasquez scored 20 points, including a clutch basket with 37 seconds left in a stunning 79-72 victory over the #4 Blue Devils.

Both of those, however, were on the road, and the Terrapins are 10-1 at home – including 2-0 in ACC play. They also have the conference’s top scorer in sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin, who is averaging 21.2 points.

He had 20 on Saturday against Temple, including a jumper with 5:26 left that cut Maryland’s deficit to one. The Terps, though, were outscored 16-4 from that point on in a 73-60 defeat.

Maryland might have some extra motivation in its return home as former coach Gary Williams will have the court at the Comcast Center named in his honor before the game. Williams won 461 games and the 2002 NCAA title during his 22 seasons with the Terrapins, and earned 668 victories over 33 overall campaigns before retiring at the end of last season.

“I’m honored and humbled to receive this recognition,” Williams said after the plans were announced Sept. 13. “It’s important to remember that the success we achieved at Maryland was a team effort.”

Mark Turgeon, who came over from Texas A&M to replace Williams, will try to have his team ready for a more competitive performance than in last season’s 80-62 home drubbing at the hands of then-No. 5 Duke.

Mason Plumlee and Andre Dawkins were two of the four Blue Devils who scored in double figures during that game. Plumlee also recorded 11 rebounds for one of his 13 career double-doubles, while Stoglin was held to two points on 1-of-4 shooting.

Stoglin missed 20 of 24 shots during three losses to Duke in 2010-11 and scored a combined 11 points. He had six on 2-of-10 shooting in an 87-71 loss during the ACC tournament March 11, while five Duke players scored in double figures to help overcome an injury to All-American Nolan Smith.

Among those were four current Blue Devils: Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly, Mason Plumlee and Miles Plumlee, who finished one rebound shy of matching his brother with a double-double.

Since then, Duke has added one of the nation’s top freshmen in Austin Rivers, who is averaging a team-best 14.4 points and has scored a combined 39 in the past two games.

The Blue Devils have won three of their last four visits to College Park, averaging 80.8 points in those games.

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