Friday, March 15, 2013
Duke has sunk to Maryland in the ACC Tournament. Maryland had the energy to start off, resulting in a 34-26 halftime score with Maryland on top. Duke was upset by Miami early this season, and they were down big at halftime. This game was similar to that until the second half. Last season, Duke lost in the first round of the March Madness Tournament. Duke isn't a very good road team, especially when something very important is on the line. Whatever Coach K said to his team in the locker room really put some heart into Duke in the second half. Duke didn't have enough heart to catch up. Duke was outscored 49-48 in the second half. The final score was 83-74 with Maryland on top. Duke shouldn't be hanging their heads over this loss though. Duke came out strong in the second half and if they could to that in the first half too, Duke would've had more of a chance to win. This loss will wake Duke up and tell them that they won't win every game and it isn't going to be easy to win. In every win, you have to find the bits of strength left in you. After every game, there should be every players' skin on the court. Dez Wells led Duke with 30 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal. Mason Plumlee led Duke and had 19 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and 1 block. It doesn't matter whether you lead the team in scoring; it is if you do your job and help your team win. Ryan Kelly for the Blue Devils only had 8 points, 1 assist, and 3 rebounds. He needs to get back into his shooting groove to help Duke to more wins.