Hurley due hand for assists


DURHAM, N.C. -- On Sunday, Duke retired the jersey worn by point guard Bobby Hurley the past four years. Tonight, Hurley could retire a record. Hurley needs just five assists against Maryland to pass former North Carolina State guard Chris Corchiani as the NCAA's all-time assist leader.

Corchiani, who played from 1987 to 1991, had 1,038 assists in four seasons with the Wolfpack. Hurley had 31 assists the last two games.

"He really doesn't want the notoriety," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said recently about Hurley.

The banner with his name and jersey number -- 11 -- is a significant achievement, but it's the two NCAA championship banners hanging above the court at Cameron Indoor Stadium that mean the most.

"I'd like to make it three," Hurley said earlier this season.

Said Krzyzewski, "I'm not politicking for all-this or all-that, but all I can say is that certainly he has accomplished as much as any player in the history of the ACC. I know who I've coached here the last four years, and he's been the key guy."

Going into what likely will be his last head-to-head confrontation with Hurley, Maryland point guard Kevin McLinton has had some pretty good games against Duke. The last one here was a 25-point, 11-assist performance a year ago.

"Bobby Hurley is a great player, and a great guy," said McLinton, one of many whose ACC career fell in Hurley's imposing shadow. "The thing about Bobby is that he's improved every year, to the point where he's the best point guard in the country."

Said Maryland coach Gary Williams, "In terms of running an offense, I don't think there's a point guard in the country who runs a team's offense better than than Bobby Hurley runs Duke's offense."

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