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 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.
Together, Duke's magnificent trio scored 47 of Duke's 61 points; Singler scored 19, Scheyer had 15, and Smith netted 13.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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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