Coach K Says Duke Won’t Ever Schedule Maryland Again
Mike Krzyzewski gets what he wants, and what he wants right now is to never schedule or play the Maryland Terrapins again in a regular season game.
According to CBSSports.com, the 2013-14 season will be the last Duke and Maryland share a conference. Next year, the Terps move from the ACC to the Big Ten for good.
The Feb. 15 game at Cameron Indoor is the last scheduled matchup between the two, and it probably will be the last game for a long time.
Mike Krzyzewski made it clear on Washington, D.C.’s ESPN 980. that he won’t schedule Maryland anymore after their move to the Big 10.
“The quality of athlete on the court and then the atmosphere that they were able to play in really brought out some special moments,” Coach K agreed, discussing the Duke-Maryland games of the late ’90s and early 2000s. “You can’t just say you’re going to replicate that in another conference right away. That was already there. It was established over a period of time, and that won’t happen again. That’s not gonna happen again, because we’re not gonna schedule them. It’s tough to schedule anybody when you have 18 conference games. But when we schedule non-conference, it’s usually outside of our conference area, so that we play national teams.”
Coach K made it clear that the only way the two teams will meet is via the NCAA Tournament or ESPN’s Big 10/ACC Challenge.
“Well, that would be the only way it would be done, because we won’t schedule Maryland,” Krzyzewski said on radio, per the Bog. “And there’s nothing to that, just that it doesn’t work out for us to do that. That’s the only way it would happen, if they continue the Big 10-ACC.