Sunday, January 27, 2008

#3 Duke 93, Maryland 84

I'll get into the game discussion in a moment but first some pics. I thought I had good karma going after getting the tickets last night in miracle fashion and pulling into the parking lot before game time to this tune.

Had to check out Testudo and rub his nose for good luck.

The view from the last row. The seats weren't bad at all. The place was LOUD!

Ok, the Terps went into the game knowing they could play with any team in the country after shocking the number one team in the nation last weekend. For the first twenty minutes, the Terps proved it as they took a 51-42 halftime lead.

However, you cannot turn the ball over 22 times to Duke's 10 and expect to beat those guys. Not against a well-oiled machine like Duke.

The Terps got a career night from center Bambale Osby, who had 20 points and 15 rebounds. Forward James Gist led the Terps with 26 points. It wasn't enough against Duke who outshot (53 percent), outrebounded (22-15) and outscored (51-33) the Terps in the second half.

Much as it pains me to write this, Duke's DeMarcus Nelson was incredible tonight, finishing with 27 points. Here he scores over Maryland's Landon Milbourne. Nelson had 19 of his 27 points in the second half.

This was one great atmosphere, it was loud and the students did not sit down the entire game. The place went nuts when Coach K got teed up. I really thought the Terps could pull off the upset but Duke is too tough. Hopefully the young Terps can learn from this and come out strong against Virginia on Wednesday.

Duke is 17-1 (5-0 in the ACC). Maryland is 12-8 (2-3 in the ACC)

Postgame quotes here

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