When it comes to college basketball, no team catches more hate than the Duke Blue Devils. But, don’t just take our word for it. Instead, go punch the words “Duke sucks” into Google and take a look through the 5.5 million results that pop up. From a book called Duke Sucks: A Completely Evenhanded, Unbiased Investigation into the Most Evil Team on Planet Earth to a rap song created by Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg called “This Is Why Duke Sucks” (Sample lyric: “White players everywhere, they awkward when they dunk/This is why, this is why, this is why you suck”), it’s clear that there’s not a lot of love for the Dukies out there. Much like the New York Yankees and the New England Patriots, Duke is in a class of its own when it comes to attracting haters.
But, do you know what people hate more than anything about Duke? No, it’s not Coach K or the Cameron Crazies or the fact that the Blue Devils get every call on every single play in every single game. It’s the Duke players themselves. From the guys who played key roles on Duke’s national championship teams in 1991, 1992, 2001, and 2010 to the guys who graced the court at Cameron Indoor during the program’s down years (assuming you consider “down” to mean only making it to the Sweet Sixteen or Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament), people hate Duke players. So, as the Blue Devils gear up to try and make another run at a national title later this month, we decided to take a look back at The 20 Most-Hated Duke Players of All Time. Prepare to feel your blood boil.