Duke is unbeaten with a healthy Ryan Kelly in the lineup and the 6'11" senior forward adds an extra dimension to the Blue Devils attack. The Terrapins beat Duke 83-81 in College Park just last month, but Kelly was still sidelined due to injury.
"Ryan changes the dynamic of the team," said Dez Wells, who scored 21 in the Terps tournament opening win last night. "We're going to be ready for him and the rest of the players. Coach K is a great coach but I believe in my defense and my team and my coaches."
Alex Len will be the key for Maryland tonight, not just offensively, but defending the paint and on the boards. Maryland beat Wake Forest last night 75-62 in a game that was much closer than the score. A Terps victory will go a long way towards keeping an NCAA berth alive, but Maryland would probably need to win the tournaments to ensure selection. Probable opponents would be North Carolina in the semifinals and Miami on Sunday.
Maryland vs Duke, ACC Tournament quarterfinal play... Tip off is 7pm tonight, with the game carried LIVE on WDCA-20.