College basketball Twitter is a fun place, full of good-natured, even-keeled, well-educated individuals who are passionate about their team and are never prone to overreact.
So it might shock you to learn that there are actually some teams out there that fans dislike.
Last Friday, I was curious about who those teams were, so I posted the following tweet, and retweeted it periodically throughout the weekend:
Top 3 college basketball teams you hate the most. Go!— Mid-Major Madness (@mid_madness) July 21, 2017
The tweet itself had 206 replies, plus a bunch of quote tweets. I posted the question on Facebook as well and also got a handful of responses. In all, the good people of online gave out 981 hate votes.
Some findings from those 981 votes:
- 144 went to Duke, by far the most hated team by our followers/fans
- Kentucky came in second at 113
- After that, there was a huge gap with Syracuse at 51 and North Carolina at 42
- 151 different schools got at least one vote, including Lamar, The Citadel, and Canisius for whatever reason
- VCU is the most hated mid-major, with 14 votes
- While 151 schools had at least one vote, more than half of the votes went to the same nine schools
- Based on who was voting for which schools, the Marquette-Wisconsin hate and Xavier-Cincinnati hate is very, very real
And now a sampling of the very best of your hate...
Ohio state, ohio state's parents, ohio state again— Graham (@grahamdunigan) July 22, 2017
1991 Duke Bluedevils, 1992 Duke Bluedevils, & 2001 Duke Bluedevils. Wish you'd asked for 5 teams.— Ken Smith (@banisterhomes) July 22, 2017
Christian Laettner, Grayson Allen, and Wojo— HighjumpBaller (@MaceoBaller16) July 22, 2017
Teams coached by Frank Haith, Rick Pitino & Steve Alford— Andrew Nunn (@AndrewJNunn) July 21, 2017
ea sports all-stars, university of upper iowa peacocks, russ steinberg— alex sindelar (@crimebait) July 21, 2017
the question was teams and people we love right???-? because that is how i answered it. i now see it says hate, i do not hate! hating is bad— alex sindelar (@crimebait) July 21, 2017
duke, rutger, northw--[is hit in the face with a mop]— Ben Goren (@BenG412) July 21, 2017
Ben Goren.— A Dime Back (@ADimeBack) July 21, 2017
And I’m not sure what this is in reference to, but it seems like quite a burn from a Marquette fan.
You wear Wisconsin shirts all the time— Eric Gebhart (@ericgebby) July 21, 2017
Lastly, you want to see the complete list. I know you want to see the complete list. Here is the complete list, with every team that someone hates and the number of people who hate them.
|New Mexico State||4|
|North Carolina State||3|
|North Dakota State||2|
|South Dakota State||2|
|Sam Houston State||2|
|Mount St. Mary’s||1|
|San Diego State||1|