Maryland is Maryland

With Duke in DC for the NCAA Tournament, the Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg broached the topic of Maryland fans with some of the Duke players in his blog.  Here are a few of the responses he received:

  • Steve Johnson (walk-on) on the toughest venue to play in: “Definitely Maryland. They were loud before the game, during the game, after the game. You’ve got guys sitting on the baseline yelling. Just a crazy crowd. Some stuff was pretty offensive, but you could just tell they hated us. You could easily tell. And UNC was kind of like that. Not as vulgar language, though.”
  • Gerald Henderson: “Probably Maryland. I don’t know, they must just really hate us over there, because whenever we get on the court, it’s like the devil’s coming in there. Well, the Devils are coming in there. It’s just, I don’t know, they really hate us over there, get on us from shootaround till the end of the game. I don’t know what it is. I guess we beat them enough in the past that they come with this hatred for us, but it’s pretty intense.”
  • Kyle Singler: “I’d say Maryland’s probably the most hostile place. The fans are into it, and there’s just so many of them. I think that’s just the main part of it, And they’ve got posters with pictures of you. The fans are nasty, and there’s so many of em.”
  • DeMarcus Nelson: “I’d probably say Maryland. Their fans, there isn’t anything they won’t say. It’s a great environment for us to play in.”

Duke fans have for years chanted “we’re not rivals” or “not our rivals” during home Maryland games for years, but actually add a bit more creativity this year, when they held sings stating the following:

Maryland B-Ball Graduation Rate… 0%

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