DURHAM, N.C. -- The crowd at Cameron Indoor Stadium has gained a reputation nationally for being clever, as well as a bit intimidating to Duke's opponents. But Mike Krzyzewski says his team's fans can be a bit foul-mouthed and spoiled as well.
After getting on the PA system to yell at the crowd during a game earlier this season after the fans chanting an obscenity at referee Dick Paparo, the Duke coach got on the fans after yesterday's 75-62 victory over 18th-ranked Maryland for chanting Overrated . . . overrated" at the Terps and freshman center Joe Smith.
"We take it for granted that we're going to win," said Krzyzewski, who gestured toward the fans to stop their chant, which came with more than eight minutes left. "This is a whole new team. Like where's the celebration for Chris Collins and Jeff Capel? We lose Bobby Hurley and these kids are 15-1. Don't be yelling 'overrated' with 8:23 left against an outstanding team. They can come back and kick our butts. You should be cheering for Duke. Don't take it for granted."
Simpkins eats words
Speaking of kicking you-know-whats, something Maryland point guard Duane Simpkins said after the Terps beat Clemson on Wednesday made its way down here and into the Duke locker room before yesterday's game.
"Without Hurley, they're a very beatable team," Simpkins said. -- "We're going to go down there, work hard and kick some butt."
Although most of the Blue Devils attributed their performance against Maryland to a shaky outing last week against Notre Dame -- Duke won, 74-72, on a last-second tip-in -- Simpkins' bravado added to the mix to help get them ready.
"We've faced young competent teams before, so that's not going to pump us up," said All-American forward Grant Hill, obviously annoyed by the remark. "After all that's happened, we were ready to play."
Parks outplays Smith
Cherokee Parks has spent most of his Duke career in the shadow of others: As a freshman, he played behind Christian Laettner. As a sophomore, he played with Bobby Hurley. And now, he shares the court, but not the spotlight, with Hill. All three were or are All-Americans.
But yesterday, Parks emerged from those shadows to outplay a possible future All-American, Smith. "Cherokee was big-time today," Krzyzewski said after the 6-foot-11, 240-pound center scored 24 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and blocked three shots.
Said Duke guard Collins, "I think he took it as a personal challenge."
Parks wasn't envious of the attention Smith has received. If anything, he felt the Terps center was going to be his toughest test this season and wanted to see how he measured up. With a couple of pro scouts in the crowd, he might have boosted his stock.
"I figured knowing I was going to play against him got me fired up," Parks said. "To have a great day against a great player -- one of the best players in the country -- really helps you. Maybe other teams will look at you differently."