MARYLAND TERRAPINS (15-4)
at DUKE BLUE DEVILS (16-2)
Tip-off: Saturday, 1:00 p.m. ET
Line: Duke -12, Total: 138
No. 1 Duke looks to bounce back from its embarrassing loss at Miami on Wednesday when it hosts Maryland on Saturday afternoon.
The Blue Devils were completely dominated in the 90-63 drubbing from the Hurricanes, getting outshot 57% FG (47% threes) to 30% FG (17% threes). Their starting backcourt of PG Quinn Cook and SG Seth Curry combined to make just 1-of-22 shots. Maryland has dropped five straight games ATS (2-3 SU), but it did win its last time out on Tuesday, edging 8.5-point underdog Boston College 64-59. Duke has owned the Terrapins since the start of the 2007-08 season, going 11-1 SU (8-3-1 ATS) and winning the past four matchups by 18, 16, 13 and 18 points.
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Maryland scores just 71.8 PPG (85th in nation), but it makes 46.8% FG (31st in D-I) and dishes out 16.1 APG (20th in D-I). The strength of the team lies on the glass though, as the Terps are pulling down an impressive 43.0 RPG, good for second in the country. Seven-foot-1 C Alex Len (13.5 PPG, 8.2 RPG) recorded his fifth double-doubles this season on Tuesday with 16 points and 13 rebounds. He also has six straight games of at least 10 points. SF Dez Wells (11.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 3.1 APG) has been outstanding in his two ACC road games this season with 19.5 PPG on 68% FG, but was held to five points in Tuesday's home win over Boston College. Sophomore SG Nick Faust (8.7 PPG) is the team's third-leading scorer, but he's made just 37% FG and 29% of his threes this season. PG Pe'Shon Howard (4.6 APG) has failed to score a point in four of his past five games, and turned the ball over seven times at UNC last Saturday. But he played well in his one game against Duke last season with 10 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Duke is led by senior PF Mason Plumlee (17.3 PPG, 11.4 RPG), who has three straight double-doubles. But he's also missed 23 shots (12-for-35 FG, 34%) and turned the ball over nine times over the past two games. However, Plumlee dominated the Terps last year, scoring 19.5 PPG on 56% FG. He had 23 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in the most recent meeting on Jan. 25, 2012 in College Park. SG Seth Curry (15.9 PPG) is the team's No. 2 scorer, but he was 0-for-10 FG (0-for-5 threes) in the loss at Miami. This was very surprising considering how well he shot against Georgia Tech in the previous game at home, scoring 24 points and draining 6-of-7 threes. He made just 2-of-9 shots at Maryland last season, but scored 19 points on 7-of-15 FG in the home win last February. PG Quinn Cook (11.1 PPG, 6.1 APG, 4.0 RPG) missed 11 of 12 shots on Wednesday, but he has done a wonderful job running this offense with 109 assists and just 40 turnovers (2.73 Ast/TO ratio). This ratio has jumped to 4.0 (36 Ast, 9 TO) in the past five games. Freshman SG Rasheed Sulaimon (11.3 PPG) has made just 40% FG this season, but since his 0-for-10 performance at NC State, he has an impressive 15.5 PPG on 53% FG in his past two contests. PF Ryan Kelly (13.4 PPG) will miss his fifth straight game on Saturday due to a foot injury.