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.
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.
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.