Site: Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum
Local hopes: Maryland is relatively unnoticed on Tobacco Road, where the focus is on Duke and North Carolina, teams that expect to draw No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament, or on others who are scrambling to get into the 64-team field. Gary Williams has a veteran group that wants to make amends for last season, when it was upset in the semifinals by N.C. State. Senior forward Rodney Elliott, junior Laron Profit and senior guard Sarunas Jasikevicius pace a team that has won 11 of its past 15. If the Terps can keep winning, they wouldn't see Duke until Sunday.
Team to beat: Duke: The Blue Devils grabbed an undisputed regular-season title with a stirring comeback over North Carolina last Saturday. As freshman center Elton Brand's foot gets stronger, so does Duke's chances for a national championship.