What makes the hatred of Duke’s men’s basketball team so interesting is how widespread it has become. It does not exist just between the Dukies and their arch-nemesis North Carolina, nor just between Duke and their ACC foes. Instead, Duke is despised by almost all.
Duke’s fan base is perhaps the biggest reason why Duke is so disliked. The "Cameron Crazies," as they are called, are some of the most passionate fans you’ll find anywhere. They also happen to be some of the most obnoxious and have a superiority complex that makes it too easy to dislike them.
Another reason Duke is so hated is because the media’s virtual obsession with them. This is, of course, highlighted by the one and only Dick Vitale. Vitale, called "Dukie V" by some, is always a Duke apologist.
Finally, one cannot talk about why Duke is so disliked without mentioning that some of the players to wear a Duke jersey are the most hated in college basketball history.
The name Christian Laettner still incites anger in many college basketball fans. J.J. Redick, the target of endless abuse during his years at Duke, is perhaps the most hated player in college basketball history.
Strangely, the unquestionable backbone of the Duke basketball program, Coach K, generally is well respected around the country.