by Mike Potter
Jasmine Thomas has taken over in the final minutes to give Duke a pair of recent wins.
No. 3 Duke, No. 8 UNC and N.C. State will all be favorites, although none of their assignments could be described as easy.
Duke (14-0), which has recently made a habit of last-minute heroics to win at home, will play at home against bitter rival No. 18 Maryland (13-1), which is on a 12-game winning streak of its own. The game will be shown live on FSN South.
N.C. State (8-6) has won four straight heading into a visit from Clemson (7-8) in the ACC debut of new Tiger coach Itoro Coleman.
And UNC (14-0) will face its toughest road test of the season so far when the Tar Heels visit Georgia Tech (12-4), which has won nine straight after three losses to ranked opponents.
No. 3 Duke vs. No. 18 Maryland
[Thursday, 7 p.m., Cameron Indoor Stadium]
Audio: WDNC 620.
Video: FSN South.
Records: Duke 14-0; Maryland 13-1.
Coaches’ records — Duke: Joanne P. McCallie 412-170, 96-22 at Duke; UM: Brenda Frese 267-104, 210-74 at Maryland.
Leading scorers — Duke: Jasmine Thomas 14.9; UM: Lynetta Kizer12.8 .
Leading rebounders — Duke: Krystal Thomas 7.9; UM: Lynetta Kizer 7.6.
Assist leaders — Duke: Jasmine Thomas 3.4; UM: Dara Taylor 3.4.
N.C. State vs. Clemson
[Thursday, 7 p.m., Reynolds Coliseum]
Audio: WKNC-FM 88.1.
Records: NCSU 8-6; Clemson 7-8.
Coaches’ records — NCSU: Kellie Harper 123-85, 28-20 at NCSU; CU: Itoro Coleman 7-8, 7-8 at CU.
Leading scorers — NCSU: Bonae Holston 14.9; CU: Kirstyn Wright 12.8.
Leading rebounders — NCSU: Bonae Holston 8.4; CU: Jasmine Tate 7.5.
Assist leaders — NCSU: Amber White 3.4; CU: Bryelle Smith 4.8.
No. 8 UNC vs. Georgia Tech
[Thursday, 7 p.m., Alexander Memorial Coliseum, Atlanta]
Audio: WCHL 1360.
Records: UNC 14-0; Georgia Tech 12-4.
Coaches’ records — UNC: Sylvia Hatchell 845-294, 572-214 at UNC; GT: MaChelle Joseph 141-90 at GT.
Leading scorers — UNC: Italee Lucas 18.1; GT: Alex Montgomery 14.8.
Leading rebounders — UNC: Jessica Breland 8.1; GT: Alex Montgomery 8.6.
Assist leaders — UNC: Cetera DeGraffenreid 6.5; GT: Metra Walthour 3.9.