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Students riot after a Terps basketball game in 2004 -- school officials are trying to make sure this doesn't happen again.
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Students riot after a Terps basketball game in 2004 -- school officials are trying to make sure this doesn't happen again.

Maryland’s men’s basketball team takes on their arch rival Duke in a home game tonight, and campus officials are telling students to keep it classy and not repeat the 2010 riots, regardless of the outcome.

Sophomore Julie Ann Reed has tickets to tonight’s game and is a die-hard Terps fan: "Definitely. Definitely holding signs, definitely wearing the shirts."

While hanging out at a campus court, she describes what she’ll do if Maryland wins: "I’m going to go like crazy in the stands, yelling and stuff. It kind of depends on the crowd mood is though. I don’t think I’m going to do anything too crazy."

Two years ago, Terps basketball fans stormed the court after a win over the Blue Devils. The celebration then spilled into the streets, where police in riot gear made 28 arrests.

This year, campus safety officials issued a warning to students telling them to celebrate a win with "dignity and class."

As for Reed, she says if there’s another riot, she'll probably just stay away.

And staying away, or walking away, is what campus police want all students to do.

"I would warn students that if an area is deemed an unauthorized assembly, that their current presence constitutes a violation of law," says Here’s Captain Marc Limansky. "So if an order is given to disperse, they have to leave. You can’t say as a defense, 'I was just watching.'"

He says the game will be fully-staffed with officers by tip-off time at 9 p.m.

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