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Too quiet

Duke campus 'lame' after Devils enter Final Four

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Posted: Sunday March 21, 1999 06:42 PM

  A sure thing: Duke students knew that Chris Carrawell (left) and Elton Brand would be going to St. Petersburg. AP

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- As Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils were cutting down the nets after their East Regional final win Sunday, students left on campus didn't start bonfires or rush out in the streets.

On the final day of Spring Break, steady drizzle squelched potential celebrations on campus after Duke earned its first trip to the Final Four since 1994 with an 85-64 victory over Temple.

The main student hangout on campus, the Devils' Den, was closed and some students watching television in the Bryan University Student Center tuned into the final minutes of the Orlando Magic-L.A. Lakers game instead of Duke's tip-off.

"No one is too worried. It would be hard to top what fans do for North Carolina games anyway. It seems like the scary teams got knocked out of Duke's region early," said Roger Von Haefen, a graduate student from Cincinnati.

"The really rabid fans are there. The characterization that this is pretty lame here is accurate. But next weekend will be much different I guarantee," he added.

Many students, who return to class Monday, said they didn't expect much celebration on campus because of the expectations they have for this year's team.

In the quad, where Duke fans set fire to wooden benches after important wins, there were more police officers than students Sunday afternoon. The fire department was also put on alert.

"We burn stuff when we win championships," said Rich Marrow, a sophomore majoring in engineering. "This is only Temple; people don't think this is a very big deal."

David Chappell, a graduate student, picked Sunday evening to work on his dissertation instead of watching basketball.

"I feel pretty confident that we'll win the game and expect there will be more competition against Kentucky," said Cahppell.

Duke's opponent next weekend will be the winner of the Michigan State-Kentucky game, which started after the Blue Devils' win.

 
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