on faking your way through the college basketball season in four easy steps

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The most important thing to remember is that everyone hates Duke, and the people who don't aren't people you want to be friends with. Most of the time, you can skate through college basketball conversations by simply adopting an exasperated tone and saying "Ugh, freaking Duke, right?" People nearby will react to that prompt by talking about the specific aspects of the Duke team that make them say ugh. This will provide you with a convenient opportunity to either exit the conversation or change the subject to the Patriots, who are the Blue Devils of the NFL.