(Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Mike Krzyzewski is one of the most hated figures among Terps fans, but the Duke basketball coach said he’d prefer to keep Maryland as a heated ACC rival rather than see the school depart for the Big Ten.

“I would hope they would stay in our league,” he told the the Fayetteville Observer last night. “Believe me, I’m sure that no one at Maryland is going to pay attention to anything I say based on the response I get every time I walk in that arena.”

Coach K described that response as “a resounding two words with an exclamation point.” 

Former Terps basketball coach Gary Williams also expressed a fondness for the Maryland-Duke rivalry last night, but added that it may be time to leave the ACC.

Williams noted that only once in his 22 years coaching at Maryland was the ACC men’s basketball tournament played in D.C. Most were played in Greensboro, N.C. “So it was never like we were the most important part of the ACC as a basketball program,” he said.

Maryland’s Board of Regents is meeting this morning to vote on the move. If it passes, the school will apply join to the Big Ten.