Dez Wells led Maryland to a victory against Duke in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament. Wells set a career record in points, by finishing the game with 30. He also had six rebounds and three assists. Other Maryland players in double figures included Jake Lyman, Alex Len, Nick Faust and Seth Allen. All of these individuals scored 10 points in Maryland’s victory.
Duke was led by Mason Plumlee, who amassed 19 points and seven rebounds. Seth Curry added 15 points along with Rasheed Sulaimon‘s 16 points and six rebounds off the bench.
Duke lost this game because Maryland outplayed them in every facet. Maryland’s strength is their rebounding. They are ranked third overall in the NCAA in this category. Maryland illustrated their rebounding prowess with a 36 to 26 margin against Duke. Another intriguing statistic was Maryland’s free throws. Although Duke made 16 of their 18 free throws (88.9 percent), Maryland completed 23 of their 25 free throw attempts (92 percent). Duke also did not hit too many of their signature three-point field goals. It only connected on four of its 25 three-point field goal attempts.
This win is a great boost for Maryland. This victory could have possibly saved its season. If Maryland wins its ACC semifinal match-up, then it should earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament. As for Duke, this loss does not fare well for it. This was its first loss while Ryan Kelly was playing on the court this season. In addition, it morale is broken at a time when it should be strong. Duke could possibly be looking at another exit during the Round of 64 or Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament.