Saturday's game is the biggest so far this season for Maryland — and not just because Duke is the opponent.

The Terps desperately need a quality win to remain in the conversation for an NCAA tournament berth.

Duke has won six straight games against the Terps and 12 of the last 13 meetings. Blue Devils senior Mason Plumlee had 15 of his 19 points in the second half as Duke defeated the Terps, 84-64, on Jan. 26.

Through all the losses, Maryland fans have retained their enthusiasm over Duke — or rather for cheering against the Blue Devils.

Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said last season's Duke home game produced "one of the best crowds I ever coached in front of."

Some of the fans at Comcast Center last season waved signs.

"Breathe if you hate Duke," one said.

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