Recent history with Duke
While we have only been conferences foes for one and a half seasons, Duke and BC have had some bad blood during the Skinner era. Here is a quick look back at some of the recent history.
-- BC 75, Duke 97. Jan 16, 2001. Durham, NC. This was Skinner's "turn the corner season." BC went into Cameron as one of the hotest teams in the country. After a plucky effort from BC in the first half, Duke took control and pulled away in the second half. What gave the rivalry a little edge was the conclusion. With the game in hand, Duke Point Guard Jason Williams taunted BC with a couple ball fakes to Kenny Walls' face. Walls responded with a rough foul that sent Williams into the scorer's table. Coach K got all holier than thou, completely ignoring that his player started the incident by taunting. Needless to say, BC fans were pissed.
-- BC 78, Duke 88. Jan 24. 2002. Chestnut Hill, MA. This was supposed to be the revenge game. It wasn't. A loaded Duke team controlled the whole way. Although we returned the core of the 2001 team, the 2002 team played sort of flat. Duke came at the wrong time and the handed a struggling team another loss. Bell and Company would scrap together enough to make the NCAAs, but the Duke game was a microcosm of a flat season.
-- BC 81, Duke 83. Feb 1, 2006. Chestnut Hill, MA. Another Duke game, another huge BC deficit. However, this one had a different ending. Down 18, the team came back and narrowed the Blue Devil lead. The crowd was pumped and ESPN was playing up the jawing between Sean Marshall and J.J. Redick. Late in the game, we were fouling to stop the clock and send Duke to the line. Dudley narrowed the lead to 78-79 with seconds left. We fouled Redick. He made both. BC down 3 with 16 seconds left. Rice raced down the court for a layup. Sheldon Williams clobbered him but they called it a clean block. Welcome to the ACC. Even Vitale said it should have been a foul. Foul shots and a 3 from Hinnant left the final score at 81-83, but the game turned on the bad call.
-- BC 76, Duke 78. March 12, 2006. Greensboro, NC. BC's first ACC Tournament and here they were in the finals. The team played extremely well in the days leading up, with sound wins over Maryland and UNC. The Final was going Duke's way until punk Greg Paulas deflected a ball off of Louis Hinnant to keep a Duke possession alive. Being just the latest floor slapping annoying Duke jerk, Paulus bounced up off the floored and did a few fist pumps -- one which hit Hinnant in the chest. Hinnant responded by shoving Paulus into the Duke bench. Everyone started talking and shoving. Technicals were assessed. BC fans hate Duke more than ever. But the best thing was how Hinnant responded -- he had the game of his life. BC led late until Redick hit a couple of clutch 3s.
So, while these games have been emotional, BC has come up short. Let's hope that the latest Duke game has a different ending.