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If you look at the box score you'll see that N.C. State forward Tracy Smith scored 18 points in the Wolfpack's 88-64 loss to the Terps at Comcast Center last month. But that's a deceptive number.

Smith had only six in a first half in which Maryland built a solid lead. By my tally, he didn't attempt his second shot of the game until 3:30 remained in the first half. By then, the game was just about out of hand.

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So I'd look for the Terps to again double Smith whenever feasible in tonight's rematch in Raleigh. He is their ace. He tops the ACC in field goal percentage (.549) and is a consistent scorer.

Other notes:

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--N.C. State has lost four games in a row. The Wolfpack's biggest win was an 88-74 home victory over Duke on Jan. 20.

--The Terps have beaten the Wolfpack six straight times.

--Maryland will be playing its third game in five days.

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