Arguably, there’s no team in college hoops more polarizing than Duke and given the media attention and documentaries dedicated to those that hate the Blue Devils, you’d think that they are hands down the most hated in America, but recent poll by Yahoo Sports and Deep Focus paints a surprising picture.
1000 Americans were asked whether they hated or loved the Duke basketball team. Of those surveyed, roughly 40% said they loved the Blue Devils, 40% said they hated them and the other 20% had no opinion. Quite different than the intense hate many believe fans carry for the reigning National Champions.
Those surveyed were also asked which team they would hate to see win the NCAA Tournament and to describe Coach K. Here are the full results. Note that the word clouds reflect the strength of respondents’ feelings; the larger the team name, the more people selected it.