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YouTube Gold: Duke Denies Lefty Driesell A Milestone

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UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1981: Head coach Lefty Driesell of the Maryland Terrapins reacts during an NCAA College basketball game circa 1981. Driesell was the head coach of Maryland from 1969-86.
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In 1985, Lefty Driesell was a year away from the implosion at Maryland that followed the death of Len Bias.

He had a really good team that year, with Bias of course the focus. Aside from the soon-to-be tragic star, the Terps also started Derrick Lewis, Terry Long, Adrian Branch and Keith Gatlin.

Duke was on the rise in 1985, but Mike Krzyzewski was not yet iconic: his first Final Four trip was one year away. Lefty doesn't give him much respect in the post-game handshake.

The Blue Devils had Johnny Dawkins, David Henderson, Mark Alarie and Jay Bilas, all juniors, and Tommy Amaker, a sophomore. However, senior Dan Meaghar started as Henderson came off the bench.

Driesell, a 1954 graduate of Duke who played in Cameron before it was Cameron and it was just 14 years old, returned with 499 collegiate victories.

He would have to wait for 500 as Duke won 72-60.

The next year, Duke would go on to the championship game against Louisville and Len Bias would die on draft night of a cocaine overdose, setting in chain a series of events that would, among other things, see Driesell forced out at Maryland.