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Bad News, Everyone: Duke Wins NCAA Final 84-61 - Ncaa basketball 10 - Kotaku

I'm not a fan anymore of the NBA, but when it comes to college sports I check in for the final four and this one was a doosie

Talk about a great game..... a throwback to to the old days when white guys dominated basketball, as these two teams fielded more "cracker's" than I've seen in a long time on a basketball court that weren't from the refreshment stand.

Even more enjoyable was the fact that the game  was all it was billed and went right down to the wire literally,  with Bradley's top star taking the very last shot, a "hail Jordan" chuck from half court that  actually rimmed in and out, handing the win to Duke.

This win gives them the NCAA's for like the 20th time in my life , as they've dominated the NCAA since coach K hit the scene a couple decades ago (Mike Krzyzewski pronounced sha-shesky), ending North Carolina's dominance for a time that included the Jordan era with legendary Dean Smith,   then before that it was UCLA and coach John Wooden, great basketball legacies at all those fine universities during my lifetime at least.

Here's the actual Duke record at NCAA championship level play, and it's really only 4 national championships but it seems like a hundred because of all the final four appearances they didn't win as you can see....

NCAA Tournament Champions
1991, 1992, 2001, 2010
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1963, 1964, 1966, 1978, 1986, 1988 - 1992, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2004
Conference Tournament Champions
1938, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1978, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1999 - 2003, 2005, 2006

Duke Edges Butler in Final Four Championship

INDIANAPOLIS - Butler had the adorable Bulldog mascot, the type-casted good-guy players and a Hollywood script written to the final scene.

But the NCAA championship game isn't a movie and sometimes the quarterback gets the girl, the rich guy wins the lottery and Duke gets the victory.

The Blue Devils staved off what would have been an epic upset by beating underdog Butler, 61-59, on Monday night in the NCAA championship game in Lucas Oil Stadium and added to its already illustrious legacy.

By earning its fourth national title, Duke cemented itself and Coach Mike Krzyzewski into the small and elite best-ever category of programs and coaches.

It certainly wasn't easy, though, as Butler played -- as they like to call it -- The Butler Way for 40 minutes.

Ultimately, though, Duke was Duke.

While Duke has celebrated under reigning confetti many times before, don't think that this one didn't mean something to the Blue Devils. Yes, they were favored, but few thought Duke would live to see the title game.

Many didn't even think the Blue Devils deserved a No. 1 seeding in the South Regional.

But there they stood in Indianapolis as victors, ending the storybook tale that Butler had captivated basketball fans everywhere with through the tournament.


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