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Terps' Wells and Faust remember the days when they once rooted for Duke

Maryland guards Dez Wells and Nick Faust have a lot of memories of the Duke-Maryland rivalry from when they were growing up.

Interestingly – and in Faust's case a bit surprisingly – they both rooted for the Blue Devils.

Wells, who grew up in Raleigh, N.C., doesn't remember being too upset when Maryland won.

"They didn't win too many times against Duke when I was younger," Wells said of the Terps.  "But the times that they did, me and my mom were pretty upset."

The game that Wells has clear memories of the 2001 game when Faust, who grew up in Harford County, said his memories go back to "J.J. Redick and Jason Williams killing Maryland."

But Faust said that his favorite memory was last year's win over Duke at Comcast Center.

Wells recently watched a tape of the 2001 NCAA tournament semifinal loss to  Duke with Juan Dixon, now a special assistant to third-year Maryland coach Mark Turgeon.

It was one of many games Wells has played back to watch. He made an interesting observation about the rivalry and the way the Terps played in those days.   

"Juan and them took a lot of wild shots, that's just how they played, they just played hard and they did the things that Coach [Gary] Williams let them do, he let them play free," Wells said.

That might have been the first time anyone has ever said that about Williams' coaching style. It could also be indication about the way the Terps play under Turgeon.

don.markus@baltsun.com

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