The Duke Blue Devils men’s basketball team is the college basketball program representing Duke University in the Atlantic Coast Conference of NCAA Division I. The team has the 4th-highest number of all-time wins of any NCAA men’s basketball.
Duke has won 4 NCAA championships (tied for fifth all-time) and appeared in 10 Championship Games (third all-time) and 16 Final Fours (fourth all-time), and has an NCAA-best .750 NCAA tournament winning percentage. 11 Duke players have been named the National Player of the Year, and 71 players have been selected in the NBA Draft.
One important note, Duke had more former players on NBA rosters than any other school and the team has reached the NCAA Tournament Final Four in the following years: 1963, 1964, 1966, 1978, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2010, and 2015.
Duke has been Conference regular season champions in 1940, 1942, 1943, 1954, 1958, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1979, 1986, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2010.
Having reached the Final Four with a victory over Gonzaga, Duke is just two wins away from the 2015 national championship. While the Blue Devils will have their share of supporters in Indianapolis on the last weekend of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, plenty of “Duke Haters” will be rooting against them.
Duke is arguably the most-disliked team in college basketball, and one of the most-hated teams in all of sports. In 2010, a USA Today poll found that 49 percent of responders rooted against the private North Carolina university. There have been songs written about fans’ hatred for Duke, and a recent ESPN documentary entitled “I Hate Christian Laettner” went into depth about the vitriol that many have for the school and one of its best all-time players.
When Duke gets upset in the NCAA Tournament, it’s because the media overrated the Blue Devils, who never should have been given such a high seed. When a bad call goes Duke’s way, it’s because the referees favor the Blue Devils.
That’s how the “Duke Haters” see it, anyway.
It’s that level of hatred that has made some of Duke’s player so unlikeable. Players like Laettner and Redick didn’t shy away from their team’s reputation, but instead they embraced it.
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