Duke–Maryland rivalry
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Men's Basketball Series
First meeting February 1925
Latest meeting March 15, 2013
Next meeting TBA
Current streak Maryland: 2
Last 10 Duke: 7–3
All-time series Duke: 110–63
Football Series
First meeting 1932
Latest meeting 2010
Next meeting TBD
Current streak Maryland: 1
All-time series Maryland: 31–19

The Duke–Maryland rivalry is an intercollegiate sports rivalry between Duke University and the University of Maryland. The basketball series has been called one of the most intense intercollegiate rivalries of modern times by some. A Harris Interactive poll of Marylanders ranked it the third best in the state behind the Cowboys–Redskins rivalry and Ravens–Redskins rivalries.[1]


While Duke University and 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 a game in 2001 where Duke and Maryland met in the Final Four. Since the late 1990s, the MD-Duke rivalry has been one of the most intense in all of sports. From 2000 to 2010, Maryland was 8-12 against Duke, including going 7-6 vs Duke in one particularly heated stretch. Maryland's best recent stretch vs Duke was a 5-2 record over the Blue Devils from 2004-2007.

Year Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Overall Record / ACC Record Post Season
2011 Duke 71 80 87 N/A (32-5)/(13-3) NCAA 3rd Round / ACC Champion
Maryland 64 62 71 N/A (19-14)/(7-9) N/A / ACC Quarter Finals
2010 Duke 77 72 N/A N/A (35-5)/(13-3) National Champion / ACC Champion
Maryland 56 79 N/A N/A (24-9)/(13-3) NCAA 2nd Round / ACC Quarter Finals

That nature of the rivalry between Duke and Maryland is allegedly disputed by the Duke fan base. While the Carolina–Duke rivalry is considered originated from geographic proximity and shared history, Duke fans claim that Maryland is not a rival.[2] However, several former Duke players have cited Maryland as the team with which they shared their most exciting games with. Maryland fans traditionally see the Duke game as the largest game of the year, and have often rioted in College Park after home games, regardless of the outcome.[3] Michael Wilbon, a sports journalist who writes for the Washington Post and ESPN, refers to the Duke-Md rivalry as, "One of the best rivalries in one of the best basketball leagues in the country."[4][5][6][7][8][9]

End of the RivalryEdit

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,[10] many have considered the rivalry to have come to an end following the Terrapins' 83-81 home win against Duke on February 16, 2013. Despite having another season left in the ACC, the much-anticipated meeting between the Terrapins and the Blue Devils at Maryland's Comcast Center might not be on the ACC basketball schedule for the 2013-14 season.[11] 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."[12]


  1. Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary: Maryland, Sports Illustrated, 2003.
  2. Anya Sostek, Duke-Maryland `rivalry' means much more to Terps fans, The Chronicle, January 11, 2000.
  3. Testudo Times
  4. Michael Wilbon, Maryland-Duke rivalry continues to be one of the best in college basketball, The Washington Post, March 4, 2010.
  5. Craig Saperstein, Upon further review: Duke-Maryland: The best rivalry...for now, The Chronicle, 16 January 2002.
  6. Paul Doran, "Duke, Maryland resume rivalry", University Wire, 17 January 2002.
  7. "Duke-Maryland 'rivalry' means much more to Terps fans", University Wire, 12 January 2000.
  8. Tom Sorenson, "Naked truth: This rivalry still has sizzle", The Charlotte Observer, 6 February 2003.
  9. Jay Bilas, "Duke-Maryland needs respect", ESPN Insider, 11 February 2005.
  10. Crystal Brown, "University of Maryland To Join the Big 10 Conference", University Communications Newsdesk, University of Maryland, 19 November 2012
  11. Matt Bonesteel, "New ACC schedule format means end of Maryland’s annual basketball home-and-home with Duke", The Washington Post, 03 February 2012
  12. Don Markus, "End of the Maryland-Duke rivalry is fast approaching", The Baltimore Sun, 13 February 2013
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