How the Duke Blue Devils Topped the Butler Bulldogs in the Title Game
It took a gutsy effort for the Duke Blue Devils to bring home a happy nine-year reunion for coach Mike Krzyzewski and the Cameron Crazies.
But, boy what an effort by Butler.
It took at least two tough opponents from the Elite Eight on for Duke to reach the title this year: with hard fought victories over both the Baylor Bears and the Butler Bulldogs en route to the 2010 Championship.
Kyle Singler's Big Blocks
Kyle Singler's defensive presence was huge in Duke's win.
And all three of his blocks were more than just big as the Blue Devils and Coach K brought home another title.
The Big Three: Kyle Singler, Jon Scheyer, and Nolan Smith
Together, Duke's magnificent trio scored 47 of Duke's 61 points; Singler scored 19, Scheyer had 15, and Smith netted 13.
Brian Zoubek's Huge Rebounds...And Free Throws!
Big man Brian Zoubek was huge in the title game, pulling down 11 giant boards in Duke's 61-59 victory over Butler.
...He also hit a clutch free-throw with seconds remaining in the game.
The Coach K Factor
Coach K outlasted baby-faced Butler's coach in a giant showdown in Indiana.
And, to put it simply, America's Coach took care of business after bringing home a USA gold in the past Olympics...
Clutch Shots and Magical Moments
What a game; and for Nolan Smith, it was more than just a game.
For Smith and his family, it mean looking back upon the legacy of Nolan's father; and he did so in magical fashion as Duke won the 2010 title.
A Nine-Year Reunion Worth Waiting For
Duke's last title came in 2001, and it's been nine long years waiting for another.
Thankfully, that drought is over as the Blue Devils won a nail-biter...
Mike Krzyzewski's Fourth Title at Duke and Counting...
For Coach K and company, Duke's win means the Blue Devils' fourth NCAA Championship since Mike Krzyzewski took over the helm.
It took a big effort, but the Dukies can finally celebrate their fourth NCAA Championship after a two-point victory over Butler!
Celebrate on, Cameron Crazies. The NCAA Championship Trophy is heading back to Durham, North Carolina!!
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