Duke survived an injury to ACC Player of the Year Nolan Smith to pull away from Maryland and win 87-71 to advance to the 2011 ACC Tournament semifinals. The Blue Devils and Terps played a tight game early, but ironically, the Blue Devils pulled away after Smith went down with a toe injury with seven minutes remaining in the second half. Duke held a five-point lead at the time, and outscored the Terps by 11 the rest of the way.
Kyle Singler stepped up for his injured teammate, dropping a cool 29 points as Maryland tried to guard him with men much shorter than him. Four other players scored in double figures as Duke overcame a horrendous performance from three-point range to get the win.
The Blue Devils will play the winner of the game between Florida State and Virginia Tech in the semifinals. Maryland falls to 19-14 and will likely head to the NIT for the fourth time in seven seasons.
Thursday, March 10
No. 9 Miami def. No. 8 Virginia, 69-62
No. 5 Boston College def. No. 12 Wake Forest, 81-67
No. 7 Maryland def. No. 10 N.C. State, 75-67
No. 6 Virginia Tech def. No. 11 Georgia Tech, 59-43
Friday, March 11
No. 1 North Carolina def. No. 9 Miami, 64-62
No. 4 Clemson def. No. 5 Miami, 70-47
No. 2 Duke def. No. No. 7 Maryland, 87-71
9:30 p.m., ESPN2/ACC Network: No. 3 Florida State (21-9, 11-5 ACC) vs. Virginia Tech/Georgia Tech winner
Saturday, March 12
1:00 p.m., ESPN/ACC Network: North Carolina/Virginia/Miami winner vs. Clemson/Boston College/Wake Forest winner
3:30 p.m., ESPN/ACC Network: Duke/Maryland/NC State winner vs. Florida State/Virginia Tech/Boston College winner
Sunday, March 13
1:00 p.m., ESPN/ACC Network: ACC Championship Game