Along with the Kentucky Wildcats, Wisconsin Badgers and Villanova Wildcats, the Duke University Blue Devils start this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament as a #1 regional seed.
And, Duke’s fanatical fans – or Cameron Crazies – couldn’t be happier.
Duke bested ACC rivals Notre Dame (who beat them twice) and Virginia for the coveted top spot in the South Region.
On Friday in Charlotte, NC, Duke will host the winner of today’s University of North Florida versus Robert Morris University game.
Thought the game won’t be played in the comfy confines of Duke’s on-campus Cameron Indoor Stadium, expect a large, but boisterous Duke student contingent of Cameron Crazies in attendance when the Dukies tip-off March Madness play only two hours away from Durham.
Duke’s Cameron Crazies are legendary. They’re wildly passionate about their basketball team. The student section at Duke University’s Cameron Indoor Stadium has every right to go crazy. These college kids get to cheer on top national recruiting classes each year as well as the most successful head coach in college basketball history, Mike Krzyzewski.
Duke only lost once this year at Cameron, an early season loss to Miami in January, thanks in part to its student supporters.
Since joining the program in 1980, Coach Mike Krzyzewski has developed the Duke Basketball program into one of the nation’s elite.
Coach K attributes the Duke Basketball program’s success not only to the five star recruits who have played for him. But, the noisy Cameron Crazies who have rooted for his squad at Cameron Indoor have made it a nearly impossible place for opposing teams to play and win.
Before students enter Cameron Indoor Stadium, they gather in the makeshift city of Krzyzewski-ville outside of the arena. There, clever chants are made up before the games begin inside the stadium.
During the late fall and winter many Cameron Crazies brave the harsh weather. They pitch tents to secure tickets to sold-out games against in-state ACC rivals such as University of North Carolina, Wake Forest and NC State.
Covered in blue body paint or dressed in funny outfits, Cameron Crazies fill the lower bowl of the stadium. With their creative chants, intimidating tactics and constant jumping, the student section creates an awesome atmosphere for the Blue Devils basketball team just inches away from the hardwood and the visiting team.
Expect them to leave campus on Friday and make the 141 mile trek to Charlotte to cheer on their team which should have no problem advancing deeper into the South region into the Sweet 16 by Sunday evening.
MIKE on sports!