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OK, it's time to start talking about Duke.

I'm sure Gary Williams will keep his players off-limits until Tuesday -- and maybe longer -- in advance of Wednesday's showdown at Comcast Center. But even if they didn't say it, I will. This is the biggest game between the two schools since Maryland beat the Blue Devils for the ACC tournament title in 2004.

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The Terps clinched at least second with Saturday night's 104-100 overtime win against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Now 11-3, Maryland will face a Blue Devil team that beat the Terps by 21 in Durham on Feb. 13. Duke will likely be 12-2 after playing a fading Virginia team in Charlottesville on Sunday night; a win for the Cavaliers will put Duke and Maryland into a dead heat.

Given the fact that it will be Senior Night for Greivis Vasquez, Eric Hayes and Landon Milbourne, there's going to be a lot of emotion for the Terps to handle. But I'm sure Comcast Center will be crazier than it was for Clemson, Georgia Tech and every other game this season -- maybe combined.

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Even getting a share of an ACC title would be huge for the Terps in terms of their seeding in the NCAA tournament. While I am of the belief that the rivalry with the Blue Devils has definitely cooled as Duke put together a six-game winning streak that included the 41-point demolition last year and this year's defeat, a victory Wednesday night will start to revive it.

It could set up a similar scenario to 2004 in Greensboro, the site of this year's ACC tournament.

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