Duke Blue Devils are still #1 in the ACC…

Posted by Andy Durham on January 28, 2008 at 11:52 am under College | Comments are off for this article

The Duke Blue Devils are still the top team in the ACC. Will it stay that way and how can I say this since there are many other good teams in the league? Duke is the only unbeaten team in the conference. North Carolina lost to Maryland in Chapel Hill but Duke beat the Terrapins up at College Park. Until someone in the league beats Duke they are your #1 team in the ACC and don’t you forget it.

If you are asked, “who is the ACC’s top team?”, you are to tell them DUKE, until you hear otherwise from GREENSBOROSports.com. GOT IT?

Here’s the skinny on Sunday’s win by the Devils at Maryland from theacc.com:
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) – Facing its biggest deficit of the season in a hostile environment, No. 4 Duke(#1 ACC 5-0) showed its resilience in denying Maryland another upset.

DeMarcus Nelson scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half, Gerald Henderson added 23, and the Blue Devils rallied to beat the Terrapins 93-84 Sunday night.

Duke (17-1, 5-0 ACC) had not trailed by more than six points in any game prior to falling behind 51-42 at halftime. But the Blue Devils fought back in front of a boisterous sellout crowd hopeful of seeing Maryland earn its sixth win in eight games against its hated rival.

James Gist scored 26 and Bambale Osby had 20 points and 15 rebounds, both career highs, for the Terrapins (12-8, 2-3).

Maryland was coming off an 82-80 win on the road against then-No. 1 North Carolina. That was eight days earlier, and unfortunately for the Terrapins, the momentum generated from that breakthrough victory could not be sustained.

Duke led by two before baskets by Henderson and Nelson ignited an 8-2 spurt that made it 83-75. A three-pointer by Gist got Maryland to 84-81, but Nelson made a driving layup for a 5-point cushion with 61 seconds to go.

The Terrapins would get no closer than four points.

Duke launched its comeback at the outset of the second half by making three straight baskets, two by Nelson. A three-point play by Nelson got the Blue Devils to 57-55, and minutes later a three-pointer by Kyle Singler put Duke up 64-63.

Greivis Vasquez answered with a layup and an off-balance baseline jumper, but Terps reserve David Neal missed a layup and the Blue Devils used a 3-pointer by Greg Paulus and two foul shots by Nelson to move back in front.

The Terrapins would not lead again.


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