Dookies Wave Buh-Bye to Terps in the Usual Way
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By far one of the biggest rivalries in collegiate sports, Maryland v Duke has had some of the most spectacular moments in all of college basketball.
The rivalry itself was a must-see event in the early 2000's, and even with Maryland stuck in 'mediocre' mode lately, the game itself is still usually close and competitive.
Last night was no different. Somehow, Duke managed to escape Cameron Indoor Stadium with a two-point win.
Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon was in complete disbelief after the contest, telling reporters to "call the Duke gods."
The contest itself was hard to stomach at times. Both the Terrapins and Blue Devils spent long stretches of the game hoisting up shot after shot, only to watch their attempts clank off the side of the rim. Collectively, they attempted 38 treys, only to have a mere eight successfully swish.
Jabari Parker proved to be the difference maker, continuing to build his case for Player of the Year. Starting with his 23 points, Parker gave the Dookies everything they could squeeze out of the talented freshman. His defensive prowess and consistency on the offensive end was incredibly valuable for a Blue Devil team that shot a porous 33% from the field.
Unless these two teams meet in the NCAA tournament, no new memories of this rivalry will be conjured, and this wil be our lasting impression on a phenomenal tradition.
The Terps are on their way to what they expect to be a stronger cash flow in the Big Ten. They've had an acrimonious separation from the ACC schools, so don't expect any non-conference games being scheduled with them anytime soon.