I am going to admit something many of you will find quite disturbing and cause you to openly question my character...
I like Duke.
I was sad to see them out of the tourney. "What?!," you say. How can I like the Yankees of College basketball? As I admit this, I must say that I am not proud to like Duke. I do actually hate the Lakers, the Yankees, the Hurricanes and the Cowboys. It is my feeling that, based upon my hatred of other superteams, I should be allowed one embarrassing love affair.
I attended an ACC school, yet don't hate Duke. Why not? They have a wonderful Coach (who, unlike the great Dean Smith, never disparages opposing teams or players), great academic program, produce good NBA players that are high in character and have a great Divinity School to boot.
Should I hate them because they recruit well and always win? Should I hate them because their smart fans are obnoxious? Why else, then?
I think it started in the early 90s when they beat the UNLV juggernaut and participated in the greatest game I have ever seen (vs. UK, with the Laettner turn around).
Okay, that is off my chest. Let the beating begin.