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.
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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. 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.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."
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, 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. 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."