Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Duke downs Butler to clinch fourth national title

A disappointing ending to those who wanted to see the Hoosiers sequel play out in real life. In that movie, based on the high school championship won by tiny Milan High in 1954, Jimmy Chitwood hits the game-winner at the buzzer to win one for the little guys. The ball sailed from halfcourt with the buzzer sounding, bounced off the backboard, the rim, the floor. Most of the 70,000 fans on Butler's side let out an "Ohhhhhh," and the Duke players piled onto forward Kyle Singler at center court. What a game! And what a way to end the season, even if America's favorite underdog came up a little short. Duke beat Butler 61-59 for the national championship Monday night, a win that wasn't secure until after the buzzer sounded -- when Gordon Hayward's halfcourt, 3-point heave for the win barely missed to leave tiny Butler one cruel basket short of the Hollywood ending. Butler coach Brad Stevens said they just came up with a bounce short to win the NCAA Championship Game. That bounce went in favor of Duke snapping Butler’s 25-game winning streak. Butler Bulldogs did a great game this year with their aggressive defense and a great basketball game plan. Butler’s Coach, Brad Steven proved to be a great coach with a game plan that came close to winning the 2010 NCAA Championship Game.

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