It's not so loud in Comcast Center right now.

The noise, and Maryland's big lead, has disappeared.

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The Terps, who led by as many as 14 and were still up 12 with a couple of minutes left in the first half, are ahead 40-38 at halftime.

It's not that Maryland has played badly, but Duke started getting the ball into the hands of its scorers -- Jon Scheyer, Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith. The three scored all of Duke's points in a 12-2 run that closed the half -- three of them 3-point shots, the last two by Smith, and a three-point play by Singler.

It was only a matter of time that the Blue Devils started hitting shots, just as it was a matter of time in recent games when Clemson and N.C. State would start missing shots. The Terps need to worry about keeping at least two of them away from the ball and make someone like Brian Zoubek or one of the Plumlees beat them. (Actually Zoubek did down in Durham, but he's not going to have another game like that the rest of his career.)

The Terps hit 13 of their first 22 from the field, but only two of their last seven. The Blue Devils were 9-for-25 at one point but made their last five before Scheyer's three-quarter court heave at the halftime buzzer.

While neither Greivis Vasquez (7 points, 4 assists, 3 turnovers) or Scheyer (5 points) are playing like an ACC Player of the Year candidate, Singler has 11 points. What's helped Maryland so far is that Sean Mosley and Eric Hayes each have 9 points and, most importantly, the Terps are outrebounding the Blue Devils 19-13.

I think if the Terps can lock down Singler -- a tough task given the matchup problems he creates -- in the second half, they will win the game.

--Don Markus

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