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. Since the late 1990s, the rivalry has been one of the most intense in all of sports.
Overall Record / ACC Record
NCAA 3rd round / ACC Champion
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National Champion / ACC Champion
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 generally do not view Maryland as a rival to the same degree Maryland fans view Duke. 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.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."
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, the schools' basketball rivalry may come to an end. While Maryland will compete 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. Unless they meet in the postseason, Duke and Maryland will play one time during the 2013–14 season on February 15, 2014, at Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium. 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."