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March Madness is about to come into full bloom. I just don't get why everyone hates the Blue Devils so much?

Lets face it Duke recruits good athletes and in my opinion have the best coach in basketball. I didn't say college basketball I said in basketball.

The Blue Devils started the march to one of the top teams in the NCAA in the 1980-81 season when Coach K was given a team that made the NIT that year with a 17 wins and 13 losses (6-8 in the ACC). This team had All American players such as Gene Banks, Kenny Dennard, and Vince Taylor.

Coach Krzyzewski knew that he had some recruiting to do to make the Blue Devils a national contender.

The coach recruited in 1982 Johnny Dawkins and four other All Americans. This team would finally let people know who the Duke Blue Devils are. The addition of Tommy Amaker in 1984 won 24 games and Duke had its first NCAA tournament bid. This team as seniors in 1986 won a NCAA record 37 games, claiming titles in the Big Apple NIT, ACC regular season, ACC Tournament and the NCAA East Regional.

Then in '87 everyone thought with the loss of all the senior horse power that the Duke would be back at the bottom. This was just another year that showed Coach K's coaching and recruiting excellence. The Blue Devils ended up on a rebuild year going all the way to the Sweet 16 until losing to the eventual national champions Indiana.

Then after losing to the Runnin' Rebels of UNLV in the finals by 30 as they say woke the sleeping dog and he was mad. The 1991 NCAA tournament they got there revenge at the Rebels again and beat them 79-77. This matched them up with the Kansas Jayhawks and Christian Latener won MVP honors leading his Duke Blue Devils to its first National Championship on April 1,1991 72 - 65.

This started the 90's in grand fashion for the Blue Devils from Duke and they won two National Championships back to back. This team has had its ups and downs, like when Coach K hurt his back In 1995 and the Blue Devils went 2-14 in the ACC.

This team and Coach K have earned the right to be respected and feared. This team in most parts is the NCAA commercial that says something like 2000 students go pro in something other then sports every year. I'm putting this article out for some response and maybe some answers. Why do people hate Duke is it because they are successful?


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