Final Score: Duke 61, Butler 59
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Duke and Hall of Fame head coach Mike Krzyzewski are back on top of the college basketball world again, surviving an incredible effort from Butler Monday night, winning the NCAA Tournament title, 61-59, at Lucas Oil Stadium.
In one of the best championship games ever played, the Blue Devils nearly blew a five-point lead with under two minutes left but held on.
Gordon Hayward had a chance to give Butler the lead in the final seconds, but his high-arching jumper from the right baseline over Brian Zoubek caromed off the rim. Zoubek grabbed the rebound and made the first foul shot with 3.6 seconds left. He then intentionally missed the second.
Hayward grabbed the rebound and dribbled to midcourt, received a crushing screen from teammate Matt Howard, but his desperation shot hit off the backboard and rim as the little school from Indianapolis came up just short.
Duke (35-5) won the title for the fourth time in school history and for the first time since 2001 when the Blue Devils upended Arizona.
The glass slipper fit well for Butler (33-5) until Monday night when the Bulldogs, playing less than six miles from their campus arena, lost their 25- game winning streak and failed at giving the mid-major Horizon League a coveted national championship.
It was an incredible effort for the Bulldogs, led by 33-year-old head coach Brad Stevens, but the title was not to be against the powerhouse from the ACC.