ACC Tournament 2013: Duke vs. Maryland Preview


For Wolfpack and Tar Heels fans, this match-up is a dream come true, because they all know what happened the last time these two teams met. And there is nothing they want more than to see No. 2 seed Duke send packing early.

Feb 16, 2013; College Park, MD, USA; Duke Blue Devils guard Seth Curry (30) guards Maryland Terrapins guard Nick Faust (5) at the Comcast Center. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Duke come into the ACC Tournament undefeated with Ryan Kelly in the lineup. However, Kelly missed some significant time on the court and Duke has gone 27-4 overall and 14-4 in ACC conference play.

Maryland on the other hand is 21-11, 8-10 (ACC) and is hoping to back up their 83-81 victory over the Blue Devils from back in February.

In order to back that win up, Maryland has to guard Seth Curry around the arc, keep Ryan Kelly heavily guarded and has to keep Mason Plumlee from drawing the fouls. As seen in the UNC v. Duke game last week, it’s not easy to do and Curry is just lethal if you give him just an inch of room.

This game has a Duke victory written all over it, but as February proved, Maryland can beat them. However, Ryan Kelly will be playing tonight.