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Former UMBC Star Blocked From Attending Duke-Virginia Game

Duke and UNC get set for the tip.

DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 07: A general view of the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke University Blue Devils tip off at center court to begin their game on February 7, 2007 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. North Carolina won 79-73.(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

A former college basketball star player has been blocked from attending Saturday's Duke-Virginia game.

Blue Devils fans attempted to get a former UMBC player to sit in the stands for this weekend's game against undefeated Virginia.

UMBC, of course, upset then-No. 1 seed Virginia in the NCAA Tournament last March. It was the first 16-over-a-1 upset in tournament history.

So, the Cameron Crazies thought it would be funny to get former UMBC point guard K.J. Maura to attend Saturday's game.

The point guard confirmed his visit for the game back in December.

Maura was the starting point guard for UMBC's team last season. He had 10 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in the upset win. The former point guard won't be at Saturday's game, though. UMBC's head coach got involved. From The Chronicle:

Former UMBC point guard K.J. Maura, who planned on coming to Duke's game against Virginia Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium after his Retrievers stunned the top-seeded Cavaliers in the NCAA tournament last March, will no longer be in attendance, Head Line Monitors Steve Hassey and Peter Potash wrote in a post in the K-Ville Nation Facebook group. "UMBC’s coach got wind of his arrival, and he wants their squad to move on from the greatest NCAA Tournament upset of all time," Hassey and Potash wrote. "Ultimately, he called Coach K multiple times, and [Mike Krzyzewski] had to request that KJ not be in attendance."

That's a shame. Duke fans will still be reminding Virginia of that UMBC game, though.

Duke and Virginia are set to tip off at 6 p.m. E.T. on Saturday.

The game will be on ESPN.