A look at the third installment of Maryland-Duke:

Duke has won 45 of 50 games but has lost two of its last three (Virginia Tech, North Carolina).

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Against the Hokies, Duke shot 39.7 percent and was 4-of-20 from 3-point range. Remember the first Duke-Maryland game? The Devils shot 40.3 percent and 6-for-21 on 3-pointers. Nolan Smith -- who has four 30-point games this season -- shot 5-for-18.

So the Devils can go cold. But what I'm sure concerns the Terps is offensive rebounding. Maryland has sometimes surrendered them in boatloads. They gave up 19 last night to N.C. State, and Duke has inside players (the Plumlees, Ryan Kelly) with enough size to do damage.

Maryland struggled in the second Duke contest as the Blue Devils shot 52.6 percent, including 43.5 percent on 3s. "A very poor job defensively," Gary Williams said afterward.

I expect a better job defensively by the Terps tonight -- an effort more like the first game. Defense is largely about will, and Maryland has plenty of obvious reasons to be especially motivated tonight.

To its credit, Duke traditionally plays pretty hard in the ACC tournament, even with the NCAA tournament looming and little seemingly at stake except pride. North Carolina, not as much.

A note on Duke: Kyle Singler is shooting 14-for-45 (31.1 percent) in his last three games and I think the Devils will be eager to get him untracked. He's been great against the Terps this season.

Wonder who will have the most fans at the game tonight -- Duke or Maryland? Actually, I'm kidding. Gary Williams has made mention of the DukeCarolinaWakeWolfpack nature of the tournament. It's a little more than an hour's drive from Durham to Greensboro, compared with four hours-plus from College Park to the land of sweet tea.

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