Refs love them. Laettner played for them. Romo cheers for them. Jeez, there are actually more like 15 to 500 reasons to hate Duke basketball, so we're being generous here with a top-five list. If you, too, drink the Blue Devil haterade, follow along with us.
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Consider their head coach
There’s no denying Mike Krzyzewski is among the all-time greatest coaches in college hoops history. His resume — which includes five national titles, 12 Final Fours and 1,000-plus wins — is unimpeachable, and he's recruited and coached a litany of future NBA-level talent. The problem is that plenty of Duke lovers believe Coach K is THE greatest of all time. Clearly, they failed history. UCLA coach John Wooden won 10 national titles, including seven consecutively. Oh, and he also coached future NBA talent including Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and Bill Walton. Maybe you've heard of them. Sure, the game has changed, the landscape has changed, yadda-yadda-yadda. But to be the best, you gotta beat the best, and in the minds of many, Wooden stands alone. Coach K’s only halfway there, so let’s pump the brakes a little.
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Consider their players
Never forget: This guy played for Duke. Hell, ESPN made a whole documentary about how reviled Christian Laettner is, and not just at Kentucky. Yes, he hit 'The Shot,' but in the same game, he also stomped on an opposing player's sternum -- and was NOT ejected. To be fair, the school has produced widely respected players, most notably Grant Hill and … well … that's maybe it. But the Blue Devils also gave us J.J. Redick, Austin Rivers, Gerald Henderson Jr., Steve Wojciechowski … the list goes on.
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Consider their celebrity fans
Never forget: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo pulls for this team. The origins of Romo’s Duke fandom are shrouded in mystery. He was born in San Diego, grew up in Wisconsin, went to school at Eastern Illinois and plays football for a team in Texas, yet he nevertheless is a Duke Blue Devils basketball fan. It’s pretty much all you need to know. Well, that and this column from FOX Sports' Aaron Torres.
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Consider how much the refs love them
We can point to recent history here. Per the Associated Press, Duke's opponent in the 2015 championship, Wisconsin, averaged 12.7 fouls per game but was called for 13 fouls in the second half alone during the matchup vs. the Blue Devils. AP also points out that the Badgers shot just 10 free throws in the game, while Duke went 16 for 20. 'Sometimes games are played differently,' Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said afterward. Yeah, sometimes they're called differently, too. But we can also evaluate less-recent history. Remember the 2001 title game, pitting Duke vs. Arizona? Blue Devils guard Jason 'Jay' Williams apparently could have drop-kicked any Wildcat he pleased and not drawn a foul. Depending on whose tally you believe, Williams deserved somewhere between three to 13 fouls that weren't called. Duke, of course, won that game, too.
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Consider their unfair recruiting advantage
The head basketball coach at Duke University also happens to be the head basketball coach for the U.S. men's national team (at least through the 2016 Olympics). Do you know who plays for Team USA? A quick glance at this photo may give you some hints. Imagine you're a talented young player who's considering college options. Imagine seeing Coach K surrounded by Kobe, KD, LeBron and other superstars. Imagine how much that might impact your decision. Yeah, we aren't the only ones who've imagined it. Just ask Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski how he feels about it.