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Throwback Thursday: The peak of the Duke-Maryland rivalry (VIDEO)

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Maryland is now officially a member of the Big Ten, meaning that the former ACC powerhouse will now be competing with the likes of Indiana, Michigan State and Wisconsin for Big Ten supremacy.

I know.

I hate it, too.

But before we have to watch the Terps make those lonely trips to Happy Valley and West Lafayette for league games, we can look back on the glory days of Maryland’s time in the ACC. Specifically, their battles with the Duke Blue Devils in 2001 and in 2002.

It started with Jay Williams. He sparked a 10-0 run the final minute to force overtime as Duke beat Maryland at Cole Field House, 98-96:

Everyone remembers that game.

What everyone may not realize, however, is that was only the first of four epic battles between the two top ten teams that season.

In Maryland’s return trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Terps erased a 60-51 lead in the second half, knocking off then-No. 2 Duke 91-80 while hitting 10 of their final 11 free throws to ice the game. That was, by far, the most boring game of the four-game series during the 2000-2001, and it featured one of the most talented college basketball teams in recent memory — Williams, Shane Battier, Mike Dunleavy, Carlos Boozer and Chris Duhon were all on that team — losing in one of the toughest home court environments in the sport. Think about that.

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The two squared off in the ACC tournament semifinals, and it did not disappoint. The Terps came back from 14 points down in the second half, tying the game at 82 on a three-pointer from Steve Blake with 8.1 seconds left and setting up this absolutely thrilling finish (you can watch the entire game here):

And it only got better from there.

The two squared off again in the Final Four, where Duke erased a 39-17 first half deficit, taking the lead on a Jason Williams three with just under seven minutes left in the game (you can watch the entire game here):

Duke would go on to win the national title in 2001 and Maryland would win it in 2002. While Duke has been a mainstay at the top of college basketball since then, the Terps have spent the last decade trying to reclaim that glory.

They may do it still, but it won’t be by rolling through Duke, North Carolina and the rest of the ACC.

That’s sad.

VIDEO: Kentucky’s ‘Dancing Guy’ has scary fall while carrying girl

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Kentucky’s ‘Dancing Guy’ has turned into a fan favorite at Rupp Arena.

Every home game, during one of the TV timeouts in the second half, ‘Mony Mony’ will come on, Dancing Guy will hop into the aisle and he’ll break it down like only a middle-aged white guy from Kentucky can.

As you can see, it didn’t quite go all that well for Dancing Guy on Tuesday night, as he tried to do a rail slide while holding a young, female fan and completely ate it.

Here’s another angle of the fall:

It looks much scarier that it actually was, as all reports indicate that everyone made it through the fall healthy.

No. 5 Xavier stumbles at Creighton, lose 70-54

Creighton's Cole Huff (13) and Toby Hegner, left, guard Xavier's Jalen Reynolds (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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Mo Watson went for a career-high 32 points, seven boards and five assists as Creighton jumped out to an early 21-4 lead and never looked back, beating No. 5 Xavier, 70-54, in Omaha on Tuesday night.

 

It was a massive win for the Bluejays, who still have an outside shot at earning an at-large bid this season. (We wrote all about that here.)

As well as Creighton played, the bigger story here may actually be Xavier, who lost for just the third time this season; they had been the only top ten team with just two losses to their name.

The issue for the Musketeers tonight was two-fold, but they both are a symptom of what could be an issue down the road for this team: Xavier doesn’t really have a true point guard.

They certainly didn’t have anyone to stop Watson. By the second half, they had essentially asked Reynolds, who was playing the middle of their 1-3-1 zone to matchup with Watson. It was weird but was actually somewhat effective.

The Musketeers also started out ice cold from the floor, missing 11 of their first 13 shots, and those misses led to leak outs from Bluejays, who got layups and open threes in transition to build that 17 point lead. Once Xavier got behind, it turned into scramble mode for Xavier. They forced shots early in the clock and didn’t start pounding the ball into the paint until it was too late. What they needed was someone to be able to settle things, to ensure that offensive would get initiated and sets would get executed when they were able to get the lead down to single digits.

That 1-for-19 shooting performance from beyond the arc certainly didn’t help matters, and neither did the fact that they got just nine field goals all game from players not named James Farr or Jalen Reynolds. The most frustrating part for head coach Chris Mack? They had good shots. It wasn’t like Creighton took away everything that Xavier wanted to do.

The kids just had one of those nights where nothing went down.

Those happen.

And when you combine them with a total inability to contain the opposing team’s point guard, what you get is a 16 point loss on the road against a team that was desperate to get a good win.