Every March Madness you see the media create pieces that ask “why do people hate Duke?” (in the years they go far in the NCAA tournament) or “why is everyone happy to see Duke eliminated?” (during the seasons they get bounced early)
The answer is very simple, and it’s the same explanation as to why Mitt Romney just doesn’t have the personality to get elected president: too privileged, too rich, and it makes their astronomical success rather worthy of resentment, not likable.
There, end of story.
Now let’s get to why that doesn’t matter when figuring out how far Duke can go, and why you should pick them (this is college basketball, not a popularity contest)
1. Other people in your bracket pool hate them…
…and could be less likely to pick them because of it. So if they go far, you’ll get points and they won’t. And they may hate you for picking them, which is cool.
2. Winning record vs. Tournament teams (10-5) and teams seeded #1-#4 (5-3)
Unlike other teams, they can take down Goliath.