- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 27, 2005

Last night at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C.:


“Sweat, Gary, sweat.”

- Repeated endlessly by Duke fans throughout the game.


After Duke nearly lost possession three times coming downcourt after a steal, guard Sean Dockery completed a nifty layup to give the Blue Devils a 38-32 lead just 1:08 into the second half. The athletic display electrified the Cameron Crazies.


Duke students know how to camp out for a game. They literally camp out - tents and all. A 60-degree day let students sit in beach chairs with their laptops during the afternoon while in line around Cameron. There were pickup hoop games, coffee mug giveaways and tailgating without the tailgates.

Pregame chant notes were passed among students with background information and jeers for different Maryland players. Players’ problems, their girlfriends and Maryland’s infamous cheer for Duke guard J.J. Redick last season were noted. However, the list clearly said Terps guard D.J. Strawberry was “off limits” because Duke fans are “classier than that.” Strawberry didn’t play anyway after recently suffering a season-ending knee injury.

- Rick Snider

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