Memo to Terps: Bring your jumpers for Duke game

If you watched it Sunday night, you know Maryland's 74-63 win over Georgia Tech in Atlanta was one of the more remarkable games you'll ever see -- especially in this era.

In essence, what happened was this: the Terps stopped shooting from outside.


They didn't hit a shot from outside 10 feet the entire night. And for the first time in 407 games dating back to 1999, they didn't hit a three-pointer.

Sure, it worked against the under-sized and out-manned Yellow Jackets. And with sophomore big man Jordan Williams having his way inside (21 points, 15 rebounds) and their transition game working so well, there wasn't a pressing need for the Terps to be jacking shots from the outside.

But that strategy probably won't work Wednesday night when Maryland faces third-ranked (at least as of this writing) Duke.

The Blue Devils figure to show up at Comcast Center more than a little ticked off, having been waxed by St. John's, 93-78, at Madison Square Garden yesterday in a game that wasn't even that close.

And the Blue Devils have more than enough height to control the boards and neutralize Maryland's transition game while also sagging on Williams and banging him around in the paint.

Sure, Duke isn't the fearsome power it used to be before All-Galaxy freshman point guard Kyrie Irving was sidelined with a foot injury.

But with a front line that can throw 6-foot-11, 235-pound Ryan Kelly, 6-foot-8, 230-pound Kyle Singler and those dock-worker Plumlee brothers, Mason and Miles (both 6-foot-10 and 240-some pounds) at opponents, the Blue Devils won't be beaten inside very often.

Hence, the need for the Terps to hit from the outside, particularly three-pointers.

If they don't, it'll probably be a long night for Maryland fans. And Gary Williams will be sweating through another suit.