While the on-court pendulum has swung toward Duke recently, the battle for America’s collective heart is a little less clear. Harris Interactive and Facebook have released conflicting data over the past few days.
Harris Interactive does the whole scientific polling thing. Its 2,200 person online survey lists Duke as America’s favorite team, followed by UNC, Ohio State, Michigan and UCLA.
According to Harris, Duke has been America’s favorite team each of the last four years.
Hard data, it’s kinda dry, right?
If you’re more visually inclined, you might be persuaded that UNC is America’s favorite team. Facebook released wonderful, color-coded maps that show each county in the United States. The tournament-qualifying team with with the most “likes” in a given county wins the county. Each county is filled in with the winner’s color.
We all watched the 2012 election shows. Think of these graphics as electoral maps dictated by Facebook’s “like” button.
Here’s the national map.
Carolina blue is all over the country. You don’t see any red in the state of North Carolina, either. So Wolfpack fans aren’t a plurality in any of the state’s counties, or they aren’t big on Facebook. Take your pick. You’ll also notice large pockets of Carolina blue in California. That’s impressive reach, especially considering UCLA and its rich basketball tradition call California home.
Now let’s take a look at UNC versus Duke.
There are islands of Duke blue, within a sea of Carolina blue.
So Duke wins the scientific polling and North Carolina wins the fun, color-coded maps.
That’s a tie in my book. Break the tie by voting below.
~Lewis Woodard, WFNZ Sports Radio The Fan 610 AM
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