Duke-Maryland Is Dead And Not Even ESPN Can Bring It Back

Although Maryland partisans are going to miss playing the Blue Devils, not many in the Duke camp want to bother. - USA TODAY Sports

There is zero desire in Durham to continue what Maryland fans call their biggest rivalry. For Duke, it's not nearly as big of a deal and never has been.

Sports Illustrated has posted an article about rivalries worth reviving, starting with Duke-Maryland.

Maryland took care of that when the Terps joined the Big Ten, and Coach K has already said Duke won't be scheduling Maryland.

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And realistically, why? It's not like playing Carolina or State or even Georgia Tech when the Yellow Jackets are good.

The games, the on-court part anyway, have been good at times.

The problem is you have to deal with the Maryland fan base to do it.

The rivalry has always been their idea. For Duke, you just kind of grit your teeth, dodge the heated pennies and full water bottles, and hope no one gets hurt.

Honestly, other than that burst during the Battier-Williams years, it's never been anything different than Wake Forest or Virginia. Just another ACC game, and it won't be that anymore.

As far as the rest of the list goes, some of those games would be great. Kansas and Wichita State really should play, as should Kansas and Missouri and Kentucky-Indiana.

Those are  historic, two-sided rivalries. Duke-Maryland is not. It's Maryland's passion and the Terps walked away. After a few rounds with Louisville, not to mention Syracuse after this past season, Duke fans won't think much about Maryland.

And we wouldn't count on seeing it in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge either.

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