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Men's Basketball: Terps out for rare road win at Duke

Maryland hasn't defeated Duke on the road in six years, and if the Terrapins snap that streak they'll do so by knocking off the top-ranked team in the country.

The Blue Devils (16-2, 3-2 in the ACC) have a loss already this week, having fallen at Miami 90-63 on Wednesday, but they're unbeaten at home this season and have five straight wins over Maryland inside Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke owns the all-time series against the Terps at 112-61, and that includes a 56-15 edge at home.

A win would bring the Terps (15-4, 2-3) back to even in the conference and start a two-game road trip in a positive fashion. Maryland heads to Florida State, which downed the Terrapins at Comcast Center a few weeks ago, next Wednesday.

Today's contest features a pair of the ACC's top big men in Maryland's Alex Len and Duke's Mason Plumlee.

Len, a 7-foot-1 sophomore center, has five double-doubles this season and is coming off 16 points and 13 rebounds in a win over Boston College.

Plumlee, a 6-10 senior forward, is second in the ACC in scoring at 17.5 points per game while leading the conference in rebounds per game at 11.4 (Len is sixth at 8.2).

Maryland's chances for a win today could hinge on Len establishing a presence under the hoop.

"He is a talented player," BC sophomore forward Ryan Anderson said after Tuesday's game at Maryland, a 64-59 Terps win. "To have that size, skill, and be that athletic is a tough cover. That is why he is going to the next level. He was a very physical player."

Duke and Maryland are 1-2 in the ACC in margin of victory, with the Blue Devils winning by 14.7 points and the Terps by 12.2. But the Terps throw in the conference's top field-goal percentage defense (35.1), and they've held their last six ACC foes under 38 percent shooting.

It's a big game against a talented team, but such is life in the ACC, said Terps senior guard Logan Aronhalt.

"I don't think there's any bad team in the league, and we know every night, with how we're playing on offense right now, they're going to be close," Aronhalt said after the BC game. "They're going to be battles. Every game for us from here on out is going to be a battle, and we're going to have to play well to win."

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