Score: Maryland 83, Duke 74
Stars: Maryland Dez Wells 30 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast. Duke Mason Plumlee 19 Pts, 7 Reb.
Story: Sometimes it is all about motivation. The Maryland Terrapins have heard nothing but talk about them being on the wrong side of the bubble for several weeks now, and they are doing everything in their power to change that in the ACC tournament.
Maryland came out with great energy (and sweet shoes) and a blueprint to beat the Blue Devils after taking them down at home earlier this year. Not to mention the Terrapins had Dez Wells who simply could not miss tonight — he finished 9-13 from the field and a perfect 10-10 from the free throw stripe. Every time that Duke brought the deficit to five points, Wells seemed to have an answer on the other side.
This win makes Maryland’s case for the NCAA Tournament a much stronger one, and the Terrapins will have another big opportunity tomorrow night when they take on the winner of tonight’s North Carolina-Florida State game. Meanwhile, the question for Duke is whether or not the Blue Devils will snag a 1-seed in the tournament.
I’m proud of my boy Dez & Maryland.. Go Home Duke!
— Kendall Moore (@K_Moore8) March 16, 2013
I still think Maryland has to beat the UNC/FSU winner to have a real case to be included in the tourney, that said, HUGE win.
— Brendan Andrew (@BrendanDarr) March 16, 2013
Two wins over Duke gets Maryland in the conversation. Wouldn’t have thought that two days ago. Then 47 bubble teams lost.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 16, 2013
FEAR THE TURTLE. Dez Wells single-handedly killed Duke. Great win. twitter.com/Greg_Gaston/st…
— Greg Gaston (@Greg_Gaston) March 16, 2013