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Don’t expect Duke to schedule Maryland in the near future

Sep 12, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT

Mike Krzyzewski AP

We’ve seen it happen before in this current era of conference realignment. A school announces its decision to switch conferences, and the reactions from their current conference range from sadness and disappointment to outright anger. What those moves also do is open the door for programs to re-evaluate their relationships, and such is the case for Duke when it comes to Maryland.

Whether or not the game is a bonafide “rivalry” seems to depend upon who you ask. While Maryland fans love nothing more than to knock off the Blue Devils (the Terps have won the last two meetings), the series doesn’t elicit similar vitriol from the folks who cheer for Mike Krzyzewski’s program (to be fair, they’ve got North Carolina as a major rival). And on Thursday Coach K reiterated his stance on playing Maryland once the Terrapins join the Big Ten, stating on ESPN Radio 980 that he won’t be scheduling Maryland.

“The quality of athlete on the court and then the atmosphere that they were able to play in really brought out some special moments,” Coach K agreed, discussing the Duke-Maryland games of the late ’90s and early 2000s. “You can’t just say you’re going to replicate that in another conference right away. That was already there. It was established over a period of time, and that won’t happen again. That’s not gonna happen again, because we’re not gonna schedule them. It’s tough to schedule anybody when you have 18 conference games. But when we schedule non-conference, it’s usually outside of our conference area, so that we play national teams.”

At least Coach K gave an answer focusing on his program’s strategy when it comes to scheduling non-conference games, as opposed to other instances in which schools throw a fit and refuse to play the departing school out of anger. While it would be great to see the two programs schedule a series of some sort, with in-season tournaments and conference schedules that tend to be 18 games it is difficult to fit in every marquee game the fans may want to see.

But there is hope in the form of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, provided schools aren’t allowed to outright refuse to play the team selected by the conferences and TV rights holder ESPN. Those match-ups are usually dictated by the strength of the programs, so if there is a day that Duke and Maryland meet in the Challenge that would bode well for both programs (especially Maryland, with Mark Turgeon looking to making his first NCAA tournament appearance at the school).

  1. tomtravis76 - Sep 12, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    While it would bring up some fond memories for the terps to have duke on the schedule, Maryland will be entering the big 10 and has to think about expanding their recruiting now that they will be playing more games in the Midwest, they need to think about games on the west coast, turge needs to continue the pipeline he started in the big 12, get games in sec country, no need to look back now and hold onto a game that the other school just viewed as a tough basketball conference opponent. You didn’t care what the ACC meant to the alumni, don’t worry about it now…but still keep uva around if you can.

  2. tomtravis76 - Sep 12, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    And come on, once md makes the dance as a big ten member, they won’t find themselves in the same bracket as duke?

  3. annapterp - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    While it isn’t noticeable in this article, Coach K has been whining constantly about MD leaving the ACC as if it was the decision of the Maryland basketball program. It was the right move for the University as a whole. Lets face it, the ACC as it used to be is dead. Notre Dame, Louisville, Pitt, Syracuse…those schools don’t remind me of the ACC at all. Although you’re very good at it, please stop whining K!

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