With the Maryland and Duke set to play their final regular season game as ACC foes, we asked coaches, players and others involved to share some of their greatest memories from a rivalry that was once one of the fiercest in all of college basketball.
-- Don Markus and Jeff Barker
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JUAN DIXON( Nanine Hartzenbusch, Baltimore Sun / March 29, 2001 )
Maryland's all-time leading scorer (now a Terps special assistant) guided the Terps to consecutive Final Fours in 2001 and 2002 and the 2002 national championship. But -- showing how losses can linger over time -- he quickly named two defeats as prominent memories:
"We had some classic games. Some of the most memorable moments was the game here [in 2001] where we lost a 10-point lead against Duke. We were up by 10 with a minute. Steve Blake fouled out and we didn't make some free throws down the stretch. They were able to hit some big 3s and win the game. [Including the 2001 Final Four defeat] we had two big leads that we let slip that cost us some big games. But we definitely came back stronger in 2002 and was able to do something special."