End of Duke Blue Devils, Maryland Terrapins’ Rivalry A Sad Sight
The 177th and likely final meeting between the teams was like so many others during both teams’ time spent in the conference. It was a dogfight that boiled down to the final minute.
With the Terrapins trailing by two, Maryland forward Charles Mitchell let go of a jump-hook that stalled on the rim before falling to the floor as time expired. Duke won the game 69-67.
Maryland is set to join the Big Ten for the 2014-15 season.
Ultimately, the game was just another morsel in the sweet history of games between the two teams.
The clash between the two schools grew in prominence in the late 90s after Gary Williams – who was recently named a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame – took over as Terps head coach. It was a rivalry fueled by great matchups. The greatest stretch came in early 2000 with battles between the likes of Jay Williams and Steve Blake and Shane Battier and Chris Wilcox, from Duke and Maryland, respectively.
The teams met in the 2001 Final Four with the Blue Devils coming back from 22 points down to stun the Terrapins. Duke went on to win the national championship. Maryland won it the very next year.
It was a rivalry that lost some of its luster with Maryland’s current three-year NCAA tournament hiatus, but the sights of Williams and Mike Krzyzewski patrolling the sidelines and the raucous environments for games between the familiar foes in Cole Field House — later the Comcast Center — and Cameron Indoor will be missed.
Conference realignment washed away another great rivalry. The move to the Big Ten will earn Maryland and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights roughly $7.2 million more in television revenue through the 2017 season. The addition of the Washington D.C. and New York markets will also sweeten the deal for broadcasters when the deal expires.
In the end, the power of the dollar outweighed history. Our appetite for storied rivalries in the ACC will be dampened from this point forward, only to be restored by others in the not-so-distant future.