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NCAA: Duke beats Butler to back on top

 A Butler fan cheers before the men's NCAA Final Four college basketball championship game against Duke  Monday, April 5, 2010, in Indianapolis. (AP P...
 Duke students react at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C., while watching the broadcast of Duke's NCAA national championship college basketball g...
 Butler head coach Brad Stevens and players watch the action against Duke during the second half of the men's NCAA Final Four college basketball champ...

NCAA Final Four Butler Duke Basketball

A Butler fan cheers before the men's NCAA Final Four college basketball championship game against Duke Monday, April 5, 2010, in Indianapolis. (AP P...

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Duke students react at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C., while watching the broadcast of Duke's NCAA national championship college basketball g...

NCAA Final Four Butler Duke Basketball

Butler head coach Brad Stevens and players watch the action against Duke during the second half of the men's NCAA Final Four college basketball champ...

Duke basketball team, the Blue Devil, beat Butler 61-59 for the national championship Monday night, a storybook victory that wasn’t secure after Gordon Hayward’s 15-footer jumper missed the rim.

Duke’s forward Kyle Singler scored 19 points and Brian Zoubek rebounded Hayward’s miss with only 3.6 seconds left to snap the underdog’s 25-game winning streak and brought the long-awaited fourth national title back home to Carolina and the Cameron Crazies, known as the rowdiest, wittiest, best-organized college basketball fans in the land

Singler scored 19 points and Brian Zoubek rebounded Hayward's miss with 3.6 seconds left - a 15-footer while trailing by one - to end the overachieving underdog's try for a real-life "Hoosiers" sequel.

"First of all, it was a great basketball game. I want to congratulate an amazing Butler team and their fans," Duke’s coach’s Mike Krzyzewski, the Coach K, said.

"Fabulous year. We played a great game, they played a great game. It's hard for me to say it, to imagine that we're the national champions," he added.

Butler the Bulldogs with only 4,200 students, could have reversed the deficit, when its best player, Hayward put up a 15-feet off-balance fade-away. Hayward had the last chance after Zoubek’s intentional miss of his second free throw. However, he failed again, terminating Butler’s legend of Cinderella.

"Both teams and all the kids on both teams played their hearts out," Krzyzewski said.

"There was never more than a couple, a few points separating, so a lot of kids made big plays for both teams."

The fourth championship of Duke, the first since 2001, makes the blue devils No. 5 for the national titles, trailing behind UCLA (11), Kentucky (7), Indiana (5) and North Carolina (5).


Updated : 2021-07-27 16:01 GMT+08:00