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Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Alternate NCAA Tournament 2012: Which team do you love to hate more — Duke or Michigan?

Bring your hate, Duke is back up in the MarchMad-ness bracket. Only four teams remain in our quest to find the most reviled team in college hoops, and it’s a strong group of contenders: Duke, North Carolina, Michigan and Connecticut.

[Related: NCAA Tournament Bracket | March Madness Home]

We asked Post readers for the teams they just can’t root for, and they (you) sent in more than 200 comments. After tallying the recommendations, we arrived at an eight-team field. Check out the bracket (and let your blood begin to boil) below. Also, take a look at the eight contenders and read why they made the cut.


Friday’s matchup is between No. 1 Duke and No. 4 Michigan. Check out the breakdown and vote for your (least) favorite.

DUKE

How they got here: The Blue Devils rumbled over this tournament’s lone mid-major (and surprise entrant), South Dakota State, winning 80 percent of the vote.

Credentials: Just like on the basketball court, Duke is a powerhouse in the bracket of hate and a big threat to win it all. You already know the reasons people can’t root for the Blue Devils. Coach K with the officials in his pocket. The Cameron Crazies, being Cameron crazy. Cherokee Parks’ hair. Christian. Laettner.

Commenter MeltdownMan’s anti-Duke rant: “Rhymes with Puke.”

MICHIGAN

How they got here: Michigan was actually almost as dominant as Duke, in a much tougher matchup against No. 5 Syracuse. The Wolverines commanded 77 percent of the hate in the first round.

Credentials: Michigan fans really like their sports teams. They even had a good basketball team worthy of admiration, back when they pioneered the act of wearing knee-length shorts. This season the Wolverines won a share of the Big Ten title ... only to get knocked out by Ohio in the round of 64.

Commenter sfuern’s anti-Michigan rant: “The most consistently overrated team in the Big Ten.”

More tournament coverage from Washington Post Sports:

After a long hiatus, N.C. State is back in the national conversation

Elijah Johnson is picking up the slack for Kansas

With Marshall’s status in doubt, Stilman White is ready to go for UNC

Kentucky constantly reminded of regular season loss to Indiana

Syracuse defense stops Wisconsin on final possession to survive

Louisville takes down top-seeded Michigan State

Beal leads Florida past Marquette, into West region final

Ohio State pulls away from Cincinnati to move on

Feinstein: Orange’s win over Badgers tournament’s best game yet

Sweet 16:  Friday night schedule Interactive bracket & history

By Michael Katz  |  12:08 PM ET, 03/23/2012

 
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