Grantland's Chuck Klosterman is a college basketball fan. Thus, he explains, he is compelled to root for Duke. If you're not following, check out his seven-step rationalization for his Duke favoritism. Keep it in mind as your blood boils when they curb stomp Albany this afternoon.
Their games matter way more, if for no reason other than the sheer number of people who obsessively hate them (and are thereby rooting against their own best interests, assuming they want the college game to remain relevant). If you care about something, you should want to see it flourish. When Duke wins, everyone cares. [Grantland]