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There was so much anticipation -- not to mention a pep rally -- before tonight's Duke game. But the Blue Devils have lots of experience playing in big games. Plus, they were coming off a 15-point loss at St. John's and were eager to make amends. "It was important for us to play again," said Duke forward Kyle Singler, the man Maryland simply has no answer for. "It was our best win," Coach K said.

I think Jordan Williams got a little frustrated at being fouled so often. To his credit, he made 12 of 16 free throws. After Williams' performance at Cameron, the Blue Devils clearly weren't going to allow Maryland's center to beat them singlehandedly. "We were double-teaming him and just trying to make it tough for him," said Duke guard Nolan Smith.

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Williams needed some help from his friends, but Maryland made just two threes. "We needed to hit shots," the center said, making clear he was talking about himself as well as his teammates. Maryland's backcourt -- and this problem has arisen before -- couldn't hit enough outside shots to stretch the defense.

I had written before the game that Maryland needed to win with defense. Defense may have been the biggest issue of all.

The Terps had held the previous three opponents to 40.2 percent shooting, including 29.2 percent on 3-pointers. The Terps won all three games. But Duke shot 52.6 percent, including 43.5 percent on 3s.

"The fact that they made 10 (3-pointers) and we did what we did, that's the big difference in the game," Gary Williams said.

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