NCAA Championship 2010: Duke slides over Butler

I watched about a third of the 2010 NCAA Championship game between the Duke Blue Devils and the Butler Bulldogs.  Televised by CBS, the victory dance could’ve been performed by either team.  During the minutes that I watched, both teams were either tied or within five points of each other.  Butler got to one point behind Duke with a minute left to play.  When the final buzzer cawed, the Blue Devils won by two points.

I’ve come to like the floating, aerial camera that makes the players look like stop-motion figurines.  There was a moment in the second half when the camera slowly swooshed along one side of the court and, combined with the crowd noise, the atmosphere rippled thickly with energy and intention.  If ever one could spread passion and drive down a basketball court like one would butter on bread, that was it.

Free-throw shots look so much better from a high-angle point-of-view than from a low-angle.  Mike Krzyzewski has been with Duke for thirty years, which is twelve more months than I’ve been alive.  According to the commentators, he has seven grand-children.  Brad Stevens, in his third year coaching at Butler, is five years older than I.

Click here for game summary, stats, and play-by-play.

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10 thoughts on “NCAA Championship 2010: Duke slides over Butler

  1. yidnar

    I don’t typically like basketball, but it was an enjoyable game to watch. And yeah, Butler’s coach looked really young to me. I saw him and thought that he was an injured player or somesuch.

  2. jammer5

    Gracias for the pingback 🙂

    Watched the game and thought it one of the best I’ve seen. Butler played lights out, as did Duke. That it came down to the last shot (Butler) speaks volumes for both teams. There was no loser last night.

  3. Daniel B.

    That was a great game. One of the best NCAA championship games in a long time. Both teams well coached and both teams executed well, defended well, and gave maximum effort. That game was a great example of good college basketball, especially in the age of what Bobby Knight calls a bunch of “one and done garbage.”

    Coach K is a living legend. He has won national titles in two different decades (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010). He became the third-oldest head coach to win an NCAA championship.

    Brad Stevens, the Butler head coach, is only 33 years old and became the second-youngest head coach to reach the NCAA championship game. Every school in America wants him now.

    This year’s tournament was fantastic from start to finish. So many competitive and close games. I believe this was the closest final (2 points) in an NCAA title game since 1989.

    I think this game sends a strong message. In this day and age in college basketball where so much of the recruiting talent comes and goes in one year, schools who recruit four-year players, are well coached, and can sustain continuity on their rosters from season to season can be successful no matter what conference you come from.

      1. Daniel B.

        A few years ago, the NBA made a new rule that a team cannot draft a player directly out of high school. Instead, the player must be one year removed from high school – in other words, play one year in college. This has led to all of the top high school talent enrolling in a school for just one season and then leaving that school for the NBA, hence the term “one and done.” Most people think this rule set up by the NBA has tainted NCAA basketball. Bobby Knight was Coach K’s mentor.

        1. sittingpugs Post author

          Ah. It cuts both ways, doesn’t it? A college may not benefit from a top high school player’s talent for more than a year, but at the same time, other equally skilled (if not mind-blowingly dazzling) guys get more chances to give glory to their university’s name. Eh?

          1. Daniel B.

            That is so true. Imagine if LeBron James or Kobe Bryant played one year of college. That would have been fun to watch.

            At the end of the day though, the teams with all the great “one and done” talent never end up winning a championship. This was pointed out by an ESPN analyst last night on their postgame show. Carmelo Anthony (2003, Syracuse) is the only exception.

  4. Daniel B.

    Also, I would just like to add that a team from the ACC has won 5 of the past 10 national championships.

    Eight of the past 28 national champions have come from the state of North Carolina.


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