Wednesday night was an evening jam-packed to the brim with sporting entertainment. First of all there were marquee college basketball matchups with conference title implications galore in both the ACC and Big 12. Also, Kevin Durant matched up with the great Carmello Anthony in a battle of two of the NBA’s brightest stars. Lastly, U.S .Olympic goaltender Ryan Miller returned home to Buffalo and took on Alex Ovechkin and the scorching hot Capitals.
The most exciting event in my eyes though was the ACC Rumble between Duke and Maryland in the Comcast Center. This was the first time since the Juan Dixon days that Maryland has truly been in title contention in the ACC. So maybe the conference is a bit down this year, but Maryland is a solid team that is capable of playing with pretty much anyone. They proved this last night.
In a matchup reminiscent of the Jason Williams (now Jay) vs Steve Blake tussles and the Shane Battier vs Juan Dixon rumbles, Gary Williams got his biggest win in years to tie Duke atop the ACC standings heading into their final conference game. This was just a fun one to watch. The Scheyer vs Vasquez dual really did bring back memories of those memorable games in the early 2000s when both of these programs were at the forefront of the College Basketball stratosphere.
Both of these seniors appear to be NBA bound after this season and have really led their teams to immensely successful seasons. Last nights game was no different as both players put up big numbers and hit the key shots time and time again to keep their team’s hopes of victory alive. This game was a very evenly matched game across almost all the major statistical categories. The glaring stat though that was the difference in the game…
Duke shot 63 percent from the line while Maryland was very efficient from the charity stripe converting on 90 percent of their attempts. This is very unusual for a Coach K team and something that he definitely will take note of as his team prepares for the NCAA Tourney. In addition, Duke only shot 40 percent from the floor as a whole while Maryland shot a very solid 50 percent from the field. Duke teams always shoot well and that is why it is so surprising that Gary William’s squad shot so much better than the Dukies.
So my question for you all is did this game bring back any memories of those epic matchups in the early 2000s and did Duke just blow their shot at obtaining a 1 seed?
Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.