Duke and Maryland lead the ACC in a number of significant statistical categories that speak to the sorts of seasons both teams have had. They are the top two in scoring offense, scoring margin, 3-point shooting percentage and assist-to-turnover ratio. Let me say this again: the most surprising thing about Maryland's season, to me, is how dramatically the Terps were able to improve their shooting percentages compared to last season.
• I think Terps fans should hope that Maryland avoids dangerous Georgia Tech as a first-round opponent in the ACC tournament. If you look at the standings, the Yellow Jackets, who lost last night to Clemson, loom as a possible foe.
Led inside by fabulous freshman Derrick Favors, Georgia Tech hurt the Terps on the boards at Comcast Center before losing on a buzzer-beater by Cliff Tucker. Favors had 21 points and 18 rebounds.
• I enjoyed this anecdote from Gary Williams and used it in my story for today's paper. Williams said he knew Greivis Vasquez would be a unique personality when the player leaned into the coach's office doorway on the first day of his freshman-season practice in 2006, saluted and said: "Reporting for duty, sir."
• How much significance do you think tonight's game will have on the ACC Player of the Year outcome? With Vasquez and Jon Scheyer going head-to-head in a nationally-televised game, you'd think this would be meaningful. I just hope -- and so does Gary Williams -- that the entire season's body of work is given proper weight. Sometimes these awards are skewed by late-season games because those happen to be the freshest in peoples' minds.
• And finally...Vasquez was talking yesterday about how he and fellow senior Eric Hayes complemented each other in the backcourt because Hayes is "calm" and Vasquez is "crazy." Greivis, we're going to miss you.