The Washington Times - January 23, 2009, 09:34AM

Consider this your Friday list.

Much is made of Maryland coach Gary Williams’ record against top-ranked teams. He has seven victories against No. 1, which is both a function of capable teams and opportunities. And when you play Duke and North Carolina twice a year (or sometimes do now, as is the case with Carolina), chances are the opportunities will emerge.

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So too it would seem with facing the nation’s No. 2 team, as Maryland will tomorrow when it visits Duke. And so heading into that game (and ensuring there is no frantic scouring of the media guide if the Terrapins pull off the improbable), here’s Williams’ record against No. 2 while at Maryland:

1994: No. 2 North Carolina 75, @Maryland 70
1994: @No. 2 Duke 75, No. 18 Maryland 62
1994: No. 2 Duke 73, @Maryland 69
1997: No. 11 Maryland 54, @No. 2 Wake Forest 51
1997: No. 2 Wake Forest 74, @No. 5 Maryland 69
1997: No. 23 Maryland 86, No. 2 Kansas 83
1999: No. 2 Duke 82, @No. 4 Maryland 64
1999: @No. 2 Duke 95, No. 7 Maryland 77
2001: No. 2 Duke 98, @No. 8 Maryland 96 (OT)
2001: No. 16 Maryland 91, @No. 2 Duke 80
2001: No. 11 Maryland 87, No. 2 Stanford 73
2001: @No. 5 Maryland 76, No. 2 Illinois 63
2002: No. 4 Maryland 97, No. 2 Kansas 88
2005: Maryland 75, @No. 2 Duke 66
2005: No. 2 North Carolina 85, @Maryland 83
2006: No. 2 Duke 96, @Maryland 88
2008: @No. 2 Duke 77, Maryland 65

Yep, that’s a lot of tries against No. 2. Seventeen, to be precise.

Maryland is 7-10 in those games, and includes a rather remarkable five-game winning streak. Of course, the Terps have lost three straight to No. 2.

Williams is also 2-7 against second-ranked Duke teams, including a healthy 2-3 mark at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Patrick Stevens