The Terps are doing a good job limiting Tracy Smith's touches, just as they did last month at Comcast Center. But they are not getting bodies on North Carolina State's other bigs, and the Wolfpack have several early tips and drives down the middle to stay close. Maryland's also doing a good job running its halfcourt offense.
Of course, just as I'm writing this, Greivis Vasquez lost the ball in traffic, Adrian Bowie was out of control on a drive and Cliff Tucker shot an off-balance 10-footer.
It's 17-17 with 9:29 left in the first half, but both teams have gone cold.
I'll have more at halftime.