Spread some college basketball hate
If there's anything we've learned in the last few weeks it's that the entire college basketball world outside of Columbus loathes Aaron Craft.
They hate his red cheeks.
They hate how he can't hit a 17 foot jump shot.
They hate how he makes his bread by playing stifling defense.
One reporter has even gone so far to say that Craft gets his level of recognition because he's a "rosey-cheeked white guy." Whatever. A stifling, irritating, steal machine for two 30-win basketball teams deserves some credit in my book but hey, look at it however you will.
But nevertheless, the hate for Aaron Craft exists. His ability to do his job the hard way doesn't sit well with opposing fans. Here's this guy that thinks he's Rudy, doing all the things that require great effort and determination, and it makes people sick.
And Grantland.com has sifted through the years of college basketball to put together a special bracket consisting of eight players in each region. It's "The Most Hated College Basketball Players of the Last 30 Years" bracket. The regions are separated by the 80's, 90's, 2000's, and Duke. Yes, Duke received its own region. And Craft starts as the 7 seed with a match-up against second seeded Joakim Noah. It's only fitting because plenty of Ohio State fans have disdain for Noah for helping to out the Buckeyes in the National Championship game. At the time of this blog Noah is garnering far more hate than Craft as he appears to be safe for a spot in the second round.
There's a good thing that comes with being hated though. It usually means you're great. As with this bracket, 95 percent of the people on it were great college basketball players.