Maryland played well in fits against N.C. State but struggled to sustain a high level throughout the game. Jordan Williams looked more like his old self after struggling a little the last few games finishing with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Dino Gregory had a good game with 11 points and six rebounds. Hawk Palsson got a start and really ignited Maryland by scoring 5 quick points to start the game. The bench played well for the first time in weeks as Cliff Tucker, Sean Mosely, Pe'Shon Howard and James Padgett combined to score 29 points. Mosley struggled with his shooting just hitting 2/8 shots and missing several howlers right around the basket. Padgett had his best game of the season on both ends of the floor. His had several good offensive possessions and rebounded much better than he normally does. Duke isn't a great matchup for him though so it will be interesting to see how much Gary Williams uses him. Duke's Kyle Singler has really struggled as of late but was instrumental in Duke's win at Maryland earlier in the season. Mosley, Tucker and Palsson all got torched trying to cover the senior. If the Terps can lock him down they have a shot to win the game. While they won Maryland will need a much better effort tonight to be competitive with Duke. N.C. State had some of the worst shot selection I've seen by any team all season. The Blue Devils won't repeat those kinds of mistakes. Maryland was also too sloppy with the ball and 17 turnovers, like they had against the Wolfpack, will give them no chance to beat Duke.
It was probably the last ACC game for Sidney Lowe as the head coach of N.C. State. He never beat Gary Williams in 9 games. It will be fun to watch who Debbie Yow hires to replace him.