Christian Laettner, Duke (1988-92)
Christian Laettner was the player that started it all; well, started all the Duke hate, that is. Laettner earned that hate by being the best college basketball player of his era. He is the only player in history to start in four Final Fours. He won two National Championships and two National Player of the Year Awards.
He also hit that incredible game-winning shot against Kentucky that lives on in history every time someone talks about great college basketball moments. If you want polarizing, look no further than Christian Laettner.