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Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  April 5, 2010 04:40 PM

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..is a frequent emotion that Duke basketball brings out in a lot of college hoops fans. The Blue Devils are almost always in contempt of court. Here are my top five most-despised Dukies.

1. Steve Wojciechowski -- Now a Duke assistant, popularized slapping the floor for a defensive stand, an annoying habit the team still does to this day.

2. Christian Laettner -- Great college player who won two national titles, but played borderline dirty basketball. Lone blemish on the original Dream Team roster.

3. J.J. Redick -- This Duke marksman was a marked man -- Sports Illustrated called him the "nation's most-hated player" in 2006. Incredible shooter and flopper.

4. Danny Ferry -- The 1989 National Player of the Year and an NBA bust, Ferry, currently the GM of the LeBrons, was known for his physical play during his college days. He made Laettner look like a choir boy.

5. Thomas Hill - Talented and emotional role player on a pair of national title teams. Cried, seriously, after Duke beat Kentucky in the 1992 NCAA East Regional Final on Laettner's buzzer-beater.

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...That's what the Patriots have when it comes to picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. After all those years of stockpiling picks the way a survivalist does non-perishables the Patriots have just five picks in this year's draft, thanks to Band-aid trades for Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Aqib Talib. Five picks would be the fewest draft picks in franchise history. (Part of that is attributable to the trimming of the draft to just seven rounds in 1994). Further complicating matters is that two of the Patriots' greatest needs are at wide receiver and cornerback, positions where they have sustained draft droughts. With that in mind, I'm convinced the Patriots are going trade back out of the first round of a quanity-over-quality draft where you're just as likely to pick a Pro Bowl player in the second and third round as you are in the first round.

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