Duke Bounces Back with Big ACC Win over Maryland

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistJanuary 26, 2013

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 11:  Mason Plumlee #5 of the Duke Blue Devils shoots against Jordan Williams #20 and Dino Gregory #33 of the Maryland Terrapins during the second half in the quarterfinals of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 11, 2011 in Greensboro, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Nothing like a little good-old home cooking to cure what ails you.

The Duke basketball team, coming off of an embarrassing beatdown at the hands of Miami, dished out a little hurt of its own to the tune of 84-64 Saturday afternoon.

Maryland hung with Coach K’s squad for the majority of the game and did a great job on the glass, but the Blue Devils’ three-point shooting and timely offense was too much to overcome. The win moves Duke to 17-2 overall (4-2 in ACC play), and knocked the Terps to 15-5 overall (3-4 in the ACC).

Duke’s offense was incredibly efficient against a Maryland defense that has had success thus far this season. Rasheed Sulaimon led the way with 25 points, and Mason Plumlee added 19 of his own.

This doesn’t change the fact that the Blue Devils need Ryan Kelly back to be considered a national title contender, but they really needed this win today.