Yesterday, the Maryland Terrapins upset the Duke Blue Devils by the score of 83-81. Alex Len led Maryland with 19 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Seth Allen added 16 points, two rebounds and two steals. Dez Wells almost had a triple-double this game. He finished the game with nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
Duke was led by Seth Curry, who had 25 points, three assists and two steals. Quinn Cook continued his great play by contributing 18 points, six assists and four steals. Rasheed Sulaimon added 16 points and four rebounds.
Several interesting things occurred during this game. Naismith Award favorite, Mason Plumlee, was held to four points, three rebounds and two assists. He completed two of his seven field goals. Len got the best of Plumlee during this game.
Duke’s field goal percentage was 47.6% (30 of 63 field goal shooting) whereas Maryland shot 60% from the field (27 of 45 field goal shooting). Although Maryland committed 26 turnovers, they more than doubled Duke in the rebounding category. Maryland had 38 rebounds compared to Duke’s 17 rebounds. Maryland also made 25 of their 34 free throws (73.5%) whereas Duke completed 15 of their 21 free throws (71.4%).
This is how Maryland won this game. They controlled the boards, attacked the the rim which led to a lot of free throws and they took away Duke’s only low-post scorer. This is the recipe to beating Duke. Duke received a lift from Sulaimon, however. He replaced Plumlee as the third scorer. If Duke is going to win an ACC or NCAA championship, then they must have production in the low post. The great thing about Maryland’s win is that they may play themselves into the NCAA Tournament with a few more key wins. Right now, I view Maryland as a bubble team. If Maryland continues their good play that they displayed against Duke, then their bubble will not burst.