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Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 03/22/2012

Alternate NCAA Tournament 2012: Which team do you love to hate more — North Carolina or Connecticut?

Good news, haters. Only four teams remain in our March Mad-ness Hate Bracket. It’s a strong group of contenders: Duke, North Carolina, Michigan and Connecticut.

So if you want to follow the real March Madness, keep up with our interactive 2012 NCAA tournament bracket. If you want to help determine the most hated team in college hoops, you’re in the right place.

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.

The first matchup of the Final Four pits No. 7 U-Conn — which upset No. 2 overall Kentucky in round 1 — against No. 3 North Carolina. Check out the breakdown and vote for your (least) favorite.

NORTH CAROLINA

How they got here: The Tar Heels edged No. 6 Notre Dame, winning 56 percent of the vote.

Credentials: Duke isn’t the only Tobacco Road resident that draws the ire of opposing fans. One of college basketball’s golden programs, UNC always seems to be Obama’s pick to win the NCAA title. The Tar Heels even have their own shade of blue!

Commenter kwoodsc’s anti-UNC rant: “Without a doubt - UNC-Cheat. ... It is the insufferable, holier-than-thou attitude by not only the alumni base but the ‘adopt a school’ fan where the majority have not even set foot on campus.”

CONNECTICUT

How they got here: The Huskies pulled a shocking upset in the first round, apparently touching a nerve and winning 85 percent of the vote against title contender, and No. 2 overall seed, Kentucky.

Credentials: U-Conn won the national title last season, which is enough reason to hate them. This year, they were bounced in their first game, but it’s hard to feel bad for a team whose coach, Jim Calhoun, was suspended for three games this season because of recruiting violations.

Commenter putmeonthecans’ anti-Connecticut rant: “U-Conn They are the dirtiest prgram [sic] in college basketball and their coach is not a nice man.”

By Michael Katz  |  02:30 PM ET, 03/22/2012

 
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