Maryland Needs to Upset No. 2 Duke

By Anthony Lenahan
Anthony Gruppuso-USA Today Sports

The No. 2 Duke Blue Devils are currently on a six game winning streak.  A winning streak that started with a blowout win over their ACC rival, Maryland.  Tonight, Maryland gets their shot at revenge and this time Duke is coming to College Park.

The Terrapins enter tonight’s contest at 17-7, but only 5-6 in ACC play while the Blue Devils are 22-2 overall and 9-2 in the conference.

Duke is lock for the NCAA tournament the only question for them is if they can play well enough these last couple of games to earn themselves a No. 1 seed.  Maryland is currently on the bubble and ESPN’s, Joe Lunardi currently has the Terps as the seventh team on the outside looking in.

What better chance do the Terrapins have to earn a statement win and a resume building win then playing the No. 2 team in the country at home?  A win today and Maryland will be looking pretty good come March, but a loss will really hurt their chances and might knock them completely off the bubble.

Maryland currently only has one quality win that came against North Carolina State and they don’t really have another chance at a quality win except for tonight.  If Maryland can pull off the upset, they have a pretty favorable schedule down the stretch and they could get on a roll and show the selection committee they are a good team.

The ACC tournament will also be a chance for Maryland to earn a couple of quality wins, but they can’t knock themselves off the bubble before their conference tournament comes around.  A loss tonight would really kill their hopes, but on the other hand, a win will put them in great shape.

There is a lot riding on this game for the Terps and their home-court advantage will definitely be a huge factor in the outcome of tonight’s game.

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