Underdog Butler To Meet Powerhouse Duke In Final

The NCAA tournament couldn't have written a better script.

All that's left is the final act.

It will be tiny upstart Butler, the hometown college that has never been on such a stage, taking on the blueblood Blue Devils of Duke, a school which already has three title banners hanging from the rafters at Cameron Indoor Stadium and has played in the final nine times before.

Forget for a moment about "Hoosiers," the sappy based-on-a-true-story movie that just happened to be filmed at Hinkle Fieldhouse, which the Bulldogs call home. Just appreciate the story for what it is: Two teams with plenty of veterans who each have overcome their own obstacles to reach Monday night's final in Indianapolis.

There aren't any one-and-done players here, and these are no flash-in-the-pan programs. Just a bunch of kids who share a love of the game competing for the biggest prize in college basketball.

Sixty-three teams have gone home. One more will join them.

And one will be left standing.

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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Apr 5, 2010 at 11:39 AM
    GO DOGS!
  • by pack fan Location: Goldsboro on Apr 5, 2010 at 11:37 AM
    It really sucks to see that UNC and Duke could make the possibility of back to back years again and N.C. State gets stuck with an awful coach and never can win in basketball. At least one good thing, they did beat Duke earlier, but State needs to start competing just like the other two triangle teams do. Geez!
  • by Raider Location: Winterville on Apr 5, 2010 at 05:18 AM
    Let's go Duke!! Let's go Duke!!
  • by Dukie4life Location: NC on Apr 4, 2010 at 08:10 PM
    Jonathan, what part of the game was called poorly? WV not commiting a foul for the first 12 minuets? Or the fact that Duke shot no free throws in the first half and then only with 12 min to go in the second half? You have issues my man. GO DUKE!
  • by TarHeel Fan on Apr 4, 2010 at 06:24 PM
    Duke is a great program,hall fame coach like it or not. Coach K gets the most from his players. They play hard every single play.They play from the 3 pt line as good as anybody in college basketball! Bringing the National Championship back to the state of NC is outstanding after this was suppose to be a down year for the ACC. Get ur done Duke.
  • by dook suks Location: not europe on Apr 4, 2010 at 05:20 PM
    Go BULLDOGS!............PLEASE!!!
  • by ACC Rules! lol on Apr 4, 2010 at 03:43 PM
    "Maybe it will humble these Carolina rednecks and their precious basketball teams."...sounds like you're the one with issues. I hope and pray you move beyond associating local college basketball with the entire populace of a state. North Carolina is one of the nicest places in the world. The people might be a little snobby, but they know where they live is a great place to be and would like to keep it that way. (keeping negative people out helps) UNC was my favorite team, but I never allowed myself to measure who I am and my self worth against the play of any team sport. I'm a Tarheel fan from the 60-90s. You'll not see many teams like that again. Not till another Dean Smith is born. I lost interest in UNC once Dean quit. So really, I guess I'm a Dean Smith fan. He was originally from Emporia, Kansas...so does that mean he's a traitor? lol
  • by Anonymous on Apr 4, 2010 at 03:42 PM
    Coach K is the Blue Devil...I mean really look at the picture of blue devil and look at coach K. It's him. Go Butler. :-)
  • by DUKE FAN Location: Greenville on Apr 4, 2010 at 02:55 PM
    Lets go Duke! Lets go Duke! Lets go DUUUUUUUUUUKE!!! It will be nice to see them play Butler. The teams seem to be similar in how they play the game with fundamentals and class. I can't wait to see the game on Monday. Lets keep the championship in North Carolina, amongst us Red Necks, as Anonymous would say.
  • by Vance on Apr 4, 2010 at 02:32 PM
    Anonymous at 3:42.Why do you call Carolina rednecks?This is about basketball.We can take defeat when we lose.It just makes us stronger.Man talk about a bitter,uptight,pompus,arrogant,yankee.Respect both teams guy.They are both there for a reason!The better team will win.This is about both colleges(both very good not just in basketball).Not about your degrading of an entire state and all of our basketball teams.Go Duke, Go Butler.After the game have a safe return home and congradulations to the winner.PS,anonymous take a ritilan and watch the game.Dont worry be happy.
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