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Memory of Duke comeback lingers a decade later

It's been nearly 10 years -- hard to believe, right? -- since Duke's "miracle minute" comeback beat the Terps at Cole Field House. It happened on Jan. 27, 2001.

I find people around Maryland still remember it, still talk about it. Sure, it was a bitter defeat for the Terps. But it was also part of an era of glorious games and glorious teams if you were a Terps fan then.

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Asked about the game on Monday, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said he barely remembered it. Which makes him about the only one.

Coach K: "Duke and Maryland have two storied programs. So there are

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a lot of great games. I have a hard time remembering what I did 10 minutes ago, let alone

10 years ago. I think I told them to warm up the bus and let's get the heck out of here. And our

guys came up with some big plays and you have to be very lucky in a situation like that. And we were. We were fortunate enough to win a big game."

For anybody else with memory lapses, the Blue Devils overcame a 10-point deficit in the final 54 seconds to send the game into overtime tied at 90. Duke then won it, 98-96.

The memory that lingers with me were those rapid-fire 3-pointers by Duke's Jason Williams, who scored eight points within 14 seconds.

It was one of the last great games at Cole Field House and it featured so many of the architects -- Dixon, Blake, Baxter, Mouton, Williams, Battier, Boozer, Dunleavy -- of a memorable rivalry.

After the game, Gary Williams said: "This is very disappointing, but as I said before the game, I've been here before. Don't let this take you away from your next nine ACC games."

That made me smile because he pretty much said the same thing last week -- 10 years later -- when the Terps lost to Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

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