Duke–Maryland men's basketball rivalry

Duke–Maryland men's basketball rivalry
Sport Basketball
First meeting February 1925
Latest meeting March 15, 2013
All-time series Duke: 110-63
Current win streak Duke: 1

The Duke–Maryland basketball rivalry is a dormant college basketball rivalry between the Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team of Duke University and Maryland Terrapins men's basketball team of the University of Maryland. The basketball series has been called one of the most intense intercollegiate rivalries of modern times by some. A Harris Interactive poll of Marylanders ranked it the third best in the state behind the Redskins–Cowboys and RavensRedskins rivalries in 2003 (before the Beltway Series of the Orioles and Nationals was possible).[1] In 2014, Maryland left the ACC for the Big Ten and regular season games between Maryland and Duke are no longer scheduled regularly.


While Duke University and the University of North Carolina are considered to be each other's primary rivals, during the early 2000s the Duke–Maryland games had national implications, including in 2001 where Duke and Maryland met in the Final Four.

Year Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Overall Record / ACC Record Post Season
2011 Duke 71 80 87 N/A (32–5)/(13–3) NCAA 3rd round / ACC Champion
Maryland 64 62 71 N/A (19–14)/(7–9) N/A / ACC quarterfinals
2010 Duke 77 72 N/A N/A (35–5)/(13–3) National Champion / ACC Champion
Maryland 56 79 N/A N/A (24–9)/(13–3) NCAA 2nd round / ACC quarterfinals

The nature of the rivalry between Duke and Maryland is not viewed in the same manner by the schools' respective fans. While the Duke–UNC rivalry originated from geographic proximity and shared history, Duke fans do not view Maryland as a rival.[2] However, several former Duke players have cited Maryland as the team against whom they played their most exciting games. Maryland fans traditionally see the Duke game as the biggest game of the year and have often rioted in College Park after home games, regardless of the outcome.[3] Michael Wilbon, a sports journalist who works for ESPN and formerly wrote for the Washington Post, refers to the Duke–Maryland rivalry as "[o]ne of the best rivalries in one of the best basketball leagues in the country."[4][5][6][7][8][9]

End of the Rivalry

With the University of Maryland leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference to join the Big Ten Conference at the start of the 2014–15 academic year,[10] the schools' basketball rivalry may come to an end. While Maryland competed in the ACC for the 2013–14 basketball season, the conference's expansion to a fifteen-team league means that schools do not play every league opponent twice during a given season. Duke and Maryland played one time during the 2013–14 season on February 15, 2014, at Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium.[11][12] Because, as noted above, Duke fans do not share the same view of the rivalry Maryland fans hold, the February 2014 game may not reflect the same bitter atmosphere that may have ensued were the game to be played at Maryland's Comcast Center. To some, including Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski, the emotion and spectacle that the Duke–Maryland rivalry brings to the ACC are "not going to be there for our conference and for Duke and Maryland anymore."[13]


  1. Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary: Maryland, Sports Illustrated, 2003.
  2. Anya Sostek, Duke-Maryland `rivalry' means much more to Terps fans, The Chronicle, January 11, 2000.
  3. Testudo Times
  4. Michael Wilbon, Maryland-Duke rivalry continues to be one of the best in college basketball, The Washington Post, March 4, 2010.
  5. Craig Saperstein, Upon further review: Duke-Maryland: The best rivalry...for now, The Chronicle, 16 January 2002.
  6. Paul Doran, "Duke, Maryland resume rivalry", University Wire, 17 January 2002.
  7. "Duke-Maryland 'rivalry' means much more to Terps fans", University Wire, 12 January 2000.
  8. Tom Sorenson, "Naked truth: This rivalry still has sizzle", The Charlotte Observer, 6 February 2003.
  9. Jay Bilas, "Duke-Maryland needs respect", ESPN Insider, 11 February 2005.
  10. Crystal Brown, "University of Maryland To Join the Big 10 Conference", University Communications Newsdesk, University of Maryland, 19 November 2012
  11. "Men's Basketball—2013–14 Schedule/Results". GoDuke.com. Duke University Athletics Department. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  12. Matt Bonesteel, "New ACC schedule format means end of Maryland’s annual basketball home-and-home with Duke", The Washington Post, 03 February 2012
  13. Don Markus, "End of the Maryland-Duke rivalry is fast approaching", The Baltimore Sun, 13 February 2013
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