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Look on the bright side, Maryland: Duke also lost

Maryland guard Jaylen Brantley sits on the bench during the team's 79-63 loss to Kansas Thursday night in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16.
Maryland guard Jaylen Brantley sits on the bench during the team's 79-63 loss to Kansas Thursday night in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16. (Timothy D. Easley / AP)

If a Terps basketball fan needs to feel good this morning, there was one sliver of positive news that came from Thursday's Sweet 16 games:

Defending national champion Duke also lost.

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The longtime ACC rival of Maryland -- before the Terps moved to the Big Ten -- was taken down by No. 1 seed Oregon, 82-68. The Blue Devils were seeded fourth in the West Region. The game began shortly after the Terps-Kansas game.

And on top of Duke losing, there was a bit of controversy involving Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski and Oregon player Dillon Brooks. Apparently, according to reports, Coach K didn't like Brooks' "showboating" during the game.

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Brooks apparently forgot the 12th commandment, "Thou shall not showboat, especially when kicking the crap out of Duke."

Coach K denied saying anything like that to Brooks and for his part, Brooks admitted he was wrong to show up the Dookies.

So even though the Terps lost, having the Blue Devils join them on the sidelines shortly after the game has to take some of the sting out. We hope Coach K doesn't read this and say he's never playing Maryland again. Oh, that's right, too late.

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