When it comes down to Duke, college basketball fans really have just one of two choices: They can either love the Blue Devils, or they can "hate" the Blue Devils. There's just no other way getting around it.
While it would be easy for fans to pull for Duke because of the great history and tradition behind the program, there are always going to be those who "hate" success. That's in addition to a number of schools that will "hate" the program because they are stiff competition athletically.
Due to the close proximity to their biggest rival, UNC, there are also going to be fans of both programs living very close to one another.
This may not seem like a big deal to many around the country, but if you live in the great state of North Carolina, more specifically near Tobacco Road, you know just how much the rivalry means to the alumni and fans of both universities.
It's hard to imagine, but the two college basketball powerhouses are located just 10 miles from each other—Duke in Durham and UNC in Chapel Hill.
While UNC has very little to do with this article, it is worth noting that the Heels are the No. 1 source to pursue if "Duke-hating" is your passion. Likewise, if Tar Heel-bashing is going to be your new hobby, look no further than Durham for fans willing to help craft your style.
But what primarily makes the Duke basketball program one of the most "hated" in the country? Why does it seem that every college hoops fan seems to root for any team other than the Blue Devils?
Just for the record, I am an avid Duke fan and am proud of it. Although it would be easy to say that the Blue Devils are well loved around the country, I know that's certainly not true. While looking into the "hatred" surrounding the program, I decided to compile a list of the top 10 reasons that the Duke basketball program, as well as the coaches and players, are "hated" by other college hoops fans.
(And for another look at 10 reasons fans "hate" Duke from the perspective of a normal college basketball fan, go here.)