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JBDuke
04-05-2010, 11:40 PM
Woo Hoo!

Put your post-game thoughts here.

TheDuckStore
04-05-2010, 11:41 PM
we EARNED this one!

Cheshire Bear.
04-05-2010, 11:41 PM
I said it in the other thread, but congratulations from Baylor Nation! We were cheering hard for you guys! Very well deserved.

tysi1521
04-05-2010, 11:41 PM
Woooooooooooohoooooooooooooooooo!!!!!

sundown
04-05-2010, 11:41 PM
YESSSSSSSSSSSSS

what a game!

moonpie23
04-05-2010, 11:41 PM
i need a cardiologist

Kfan4Life
04-05-2010, 11:42 PM
Unbelievable!!! What a season. What a team. What a coach.

GoingFor#5
04-05-2010, 11:42 PM
National champions!!!!!!!!!!!

_Gary
04-05-2010, 11:42 PM
Wow! That was intense!!!

House G
04-05-2010, 11:42 PM
Wow!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations Devils--what a game!

Welcome2DaSlopes
04-05-2010, 11:42 PM
DUKIESSSSsSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Lulu
04-05-2010, 11:42 PM
Wow. Such an amazing amazing game. In the end, couldn't have ended better. I still say it was 8 vs. 5, but this is such a fantastic win for a team that I'm sure wanted to believe as much as anyone else, but who no one would have ever really expected it. I don't think I've ever been prouder of a Duke team, and I don't think I'm just saying that. This is the best group of guys this could have ever happened for.

btw, when K retires in about 20 years I might look to the other side of the court tonight for a new coach. nothing against our current slate whatsoever.

34dukegal
04-05-2010, 11:42 PM
no longer a fan of purposely missing the free throw at the end, so close to having cost us the game

SMO
04-05-2010, 11:42 PM
I said it in the other thread, but congratulations from Baylor Nation! We were cheering hard for you guys! Very well deserved.

You're all class, man. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!

RainingThrees
04-05-2010, 11:42 PM
Hell yes! GTHC GTH!!

DevilHorns
04-05-2010, 11:42 PM
alehdf;ajds;lkfjaslkfdjlksd!!!! yes!!!!!!

mike88
04-05-2010, 11:42 PM
given how we have won this year, it is fitting we win with a defensive stop- Kyle was huge tonight- clear MOP

Son of Mojo
04-05-2010, 11:42 PM
My God I'm still shaking. This was a test and we were pushed on more than one front and STILL won. Thank you Devils!!!!!!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D

DukeGirl4ever
04-05-2010, 11:42 PM
i need a cardiologist


Think they'd offer a 2 for 1 deal....my hands are still shaking!

I LOVE THIS TEAM!


WOOOOHOOOOO!

60's Devil
04-05-2010, 11:43 PM
i need a cardiologist

I need a proctologist. One shining moment ba beee.

hotbutteredseoul
04-05-2010, 11:43 PM
Ahhhhhhhhh national champs!!!!!!!!

91devil
04-05-2010, 11:43 PM
This is the best feeling I have ever had. What a fantastic game.

I LOVE DUKE!

dbdfan
04-05-2010, 11:43 PM
Yes!!!!!! 2010 Champs!!!

DevilHorns
04-05-2010, 11:43 PM
Im crying and i dont care to admit it!!!!

jkidd31
04-05-2010, 11:44 PM
Huge F/T by Z...I would have looked to make the 2nd F/T and fouled on the inbounds. Oh well I'll take the result :)

Cockabeau
04-05-2010, 11:44 PM
MY FRIENDS!!!!!!

yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss s!

GoingFor#5
04-05-2010, 11:44 PM
When do they do 1 shining moment...CBS looks to be going to news?

chattpanther
04-05-2010, 11:44 PM
One of the best games ever! Definitely the worst Hat ever. Ugh!

dukestheheat
04-05-2010, 11:44 PM
Calling davekay to revive most of this board! NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!! That was a great game and way, way too close for dukestheheat.

dth.

NYBri
04-05-2010, 11:44 PM
I said it in the other thread, but congratulations from Baylor Nation! We were cheering hard for you guys! Very well deserved.

Thanks...this one was tough.

Bo_Spice
04-05-2010, 11:45 PM
Yes! Yes! Yes!


It feels so good to be back on top!!

GoingFor#5
04-05-2010, 11:45 PM
I have been waiting 9 years for this!!!

kaufmjo
04-05-2010, 11:45 PM
Fantastic effort, they kept intense focus and defense won the game in the end like it has helped all year. Quite ironic Zoubek wins the game with rebound and free throws at end.

So happy for this team, now someone tweezer Howard's 7th grade peach fuzz

Welcome2DaSlopes
04-05-2010, 11:45 PM
FOUR FOUR FOUR FOUR FOUR FOURFOUR FOUR FOURFOUR FOUR FOURFOUR FOUR FOURFOUR FOUR FOURFOUR FOUR FOURFOUR FOUR FOURFOUR FOUR FOUR YEAH baby

dukieinhebron
04-05-2010, 11:45 PM
ahh it feels so good to be back as the national champs.:D

HateCarolina
04-05-2010, 11:45 PM
How damn sweet it is!!! That will have to go down as one of the greatest championship games ever...well played by Butler, but Duke wanted it and earned it!!

2010 NCAA Champions!!!!!!

GODUKEGO
04-05-2010, 11:45 PM
2009-2010
17-0 at home
13-0 on neutral courts: 3 in NYC, 1 in Chicago, 3 in Greensboro and 6 in the
NCAA Tournament
ACC Regular season champs
ACC Tournament champs, two in a row and 9 out of the last 12
NCAA champs, fourth in school history
15th final four appearance and 10th out of the last 23 years

wiscodevil
04-05-2010, 11:45 PM
how did nolan miss that lay up. that would have sealed the game
i can't believe z missed that ft on purpose.
did u see that screen on singler on the last play?!?

congrats boys!!!
courage and heart.

great game by butler too.

northernduke
04-05-2010, 11:46 PM
how much fun was that?! congrats fellas - this was one of the best seasons to watch ever!

GoingFor#5
04-05-2010, 11:46 PM
And.....FO' MO'!!!!

DevilHorns
04-05-2010, 11:47 PM
and.....fo' mo'!!!!

time to change your namee!!!!!

gumbomoop
04-05-2010, 11:47 PM
I'm sorry the etiquette of bball doesn't allow what should happen to happen: the Duke guys invite the Butler guys to center court, and all hold up hands together.

The Butler story is great.

No losers tonight.

Welcome2DaSlopes
04-05-2010, 11:47 PM
Yesir!!!!!!!!!!WHORAAHHHHHHH Yeah

TampaDukie
04-05-2010, 11:47 PM
I'm leaving for vacation in Spain on Friday, and I'm sure the Spaniards will wonder why I'm grinning like an idiot. It's because my school is the best in the nation, baby!

As for Butler, they gave a valiant effort, were tough as nails, and should be incredibly proud of their performance. I have all the respect in the world for them, and if they weren't playing us, I would have been rooting so hard for them to cut down those nets. But I'm glad it was us in the end. Whew!

House G
04-05-2010, 11:47 PM
how did nolan miss that lay up. that would have sealed the game
i can't believe z missed that ft on purpose.
did u see that screen on singler on the last play?!?

congrats boys!!!
courage and heart.

great game by butler too.
That screen looked like a crack-back block in the NFL.

devildownunder
04-05-2010, 11:48 PM
That is all!

This team faced every challenge, every opponent, every hurdle, in the face of a whole nation cheering against it and came out on top. You just can't say enough about how great these guys have been. The growth from the beginning of the season to the end, the recoveries from setbacks, the toughness in the face of physical, brutish play, the mental toughness to stay focused on the goal and stick together.

To quote Ronnie Lott, Man, isn't it great!


I LOVE THE WHOLE WORLD!

MB in MD
04-05-2010, 11:48 PM
Just an unbelievable game. Hats off to Butler. As good as advertised. And nearly as mentally tough as we are. Nearly.

OldSchool
04-05-2010, 11:48 PM
People talk about the Hoosiers comparison with Butler, okay.

But there is another story here worthy of a Hollywood movie, and that is the story of a young man not the most athletically gifted, plagued by injuries, stung by criticism from even the closest quarters, who perservered. And perservered. And perservered.

And on the biggest stage in college basketball found vindication and so became an object lesson for young people everywhere that the biggest ingredients in success are often hard work and grit.

Zoubek!!!!!

Welcome2DaSlopes
04-05-2010, 11:48 PM
I LOVE THIS TEAM!!!!!! Yeah baby

pfrduke
04-05-2010, 11:48 PM
What a way to celebrate our last day together. Good ******* I'm going to miss this senior class. So much love. GO DUKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Genedoc
04-05-2010, 11:49 PM
In the bag all the way. Never any concern.

Cockabeau
04-05-2010, 11:49 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdCrZfTkG1c

DukieInBrasil
04-05-2010, 11:49 PM
It's so great that one of the most likeable teams I have ever been a fan of won the national championship. From where these guys came from 4 years ago, it says so much about the character and class of Scheyer, LT and Z to stick with and believe in each other enough to get to this moment in time. Hopefully, our Jrs., Sophs and Freshmen will be able to carry this with them into next year. Hopefully they know how to spell "repeat"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Channing
04-05-2010, 11:49 PM
Im soooo happpyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jkidd31
04-05-2010, 11:50 PM
That screen looked like a crack-back block in the NFL.

Glad I'm not the only one...when they show it again watch Howard extend his arms out. Kyle is lucky he wasn't hurt.

91devil
04-05-2010, 11:51 PM
In the bag all the way. Never any concern.

Agreed...never in doubt, right?

Thanks to everyone on this board.

TheRob8801
04-05-2010, 11:51 PM
In the bag all the way. Never any concern.

Indubitably.

micah75
04-05-2010, 11:51 PM
Thankyou Brian... for the free throws.

Thankyou Jon... for the free throws.

Thankyou team.

Great season! I am so proud.

NYBri
04-05-2010, 11:51 PM
... than any I've seen. They were not great when they started, but they sure were when it was over.

TampaDukie
04-05-2010, 11:52 PM
I said it in the other thread, but congratulations from Baylor Nation! We were cheering hard for you guys! Very well deserved.
Thanks for the congrats, Cheshire Bear. Very classy of you, and we appreciate it.

House G
04-05-2010, 11:52 PM
Kyle Singler was absolutely ICE (and MVP)--what a performance!

Merlindevildog91
04-05-2010, 11:52 PM
I'm so proud of these guys. They worked and worked and worked, and here we are.

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!! We're NUMBER 1!

basket1544
04-05-2010, 11:52 PM
i need a cardiologist

Me Too!!!!

Newton_14
04-05-2010, 11:52 PM
Im crying and i dont care to admit it!!!!

Don't sweat it bro, my eyes were flowing as well!!! My nerves are fried. What a game!!!

Congrats to the 2010 National Champion Duke Blue Devils!!!!

To our Seniors: Guys you rock!!!

RaineyDevil
04-05-2010, 11:52 PM
....NATIONAL CHAMPIONS....GO DUKE



props to Butler, they played a helluva game. They should not hang their head in shame.

Welcome2DaSlopes
04-05-2010, 11:52 PM
At a loss for words.

DevilHorns
04-05-2010, 11:53 PM
Huge F/T by Z...I would have looked to make the 2nd F/T and fouled on the inbounds. Oh well I'll take the result :)

It looked like he missed it on purpose almost? Even though Butler had no TOs left....

miramar
04-05-2010, 11:53 PM
I could not be prouder of a Duke team. All the experts thought that Duke's best years were behind them, but in reality this was our finest hour.

And I hope we start scheduling Butler in a home and home series. They deserve it.

Welcome2DaSlopes
04-05-2010, 11:53 PM
Yes baby YES

somf4eva
04-05-2010, 11:54 PM
great game. great feeling. awesome.

30scheyer
04-05-2010, 11:54 PM
SCRAPPY...that is what this team is....finding a way to win all year....

mcdukie
04-05-2010, 11:54 PM
Who really was thinking back in November that this was a championship team. If there were any questions as to whether K is the best coach in the business this should put it to rest. People love to hate Duke and that is why I will wear something that says Duke tomorrow and maybe the next day as well. What a team, what a coach. Great performance. Hat off to Butler but I love my Dukies!!!!!!!!

NYC Duke Fan
04-05-2010, 11:54 PM
no longer a fan of purposely missing the free throw at the end, so close to having cost us the game

Agree...I do not understand why Zoubek purposedly missed it. Had he made it the worst that could happened would have been an overtime game. Also Butler had no time outs left.

Could someone with more basketball acumen than me, explain the strategy in missing the free throw

NF Devil
04-05-2010, 11:54 PM
I can't believe how I am feeling right now, floating on air. Way to go boys !!!!!!!!!

RockyMtDevil
04-05-2010, 11:55 PM
that sounded like he was leaving, please God no

CameronDuke
04-05-2010, 11:55 PM
Never. Been. Prouder

4 time National Champions

1991, 1992, 2001, 2010

DYNASTY.

LET'S GO DUKE.

Welcome2DaSlopes
04-05-2010, 11:55 PM
Never. Been. Prouder

4 time National Champions

1991, 1992, 2001, 2010

DYNASTY.

LET'S GO DUKE.

Beutiful

OldSchool
04-05-2010, 11:55 PM
It looked like he missed it on purpose almost? Even though Butler had no TOs left....

He definitely missed it on purpose, it was a line drive shot, not his normal free throw.

Smart play in my opinion - prevents a set-up for a Laettner shot, only 3.5 seconds left, and there may well be a couple of seconds elapsed as people scramble for the rebound, and the Butler players will not be in a coordinated position for a last shot.

Great coaching move, IMO.

hq2
04-05-2010, 11:57 PM
Still in shock. When Butler had the ball on the last possession with 13 seconds to go, I was about to die; they were supposed to win right, like in the movies? But it wasn't! It was the Brian Zoubek movie! The Zoubster wins the game!

Great game by both teams; we played well, hard to believe it was so close.
Indeed, of all of them, this was K's best coaching job, hands down. What an ending.

pamtar
04-05-2010, 11:57 PM
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YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jipops
04-05-2010, 11:57 PM
Bristol can't be happy. Too bad for them.

We haven't won a title since a few minutes ago.

Congrats Champs!!! Great game Butler!

hotbutteredseoul
04-05-2010, 11:57 PM
Coach K is a god among men.

Heelkiller1
04-05-2010, 11:57 PM
How sweet it is baby

HB TAYLOR
04-05-2010, 11:58 PM
OMG! OMG! OMG! I cant believe it! Way to hang tough guys! LETS GO DUKE! LETS GO DUKE!

BigZ
04-05-2010, 11:58 PM
Zoobs won this game with his D at the end. I'm glad for Nolan that missed layup did come to haunt him.

micah75
04-05-2010, 11:58 PM
Beutiful

Hey! It's bootiful. But that's okay, it's championship night, so who cares about spelling! Boo Yeah!!!! ;)

devildownunder
04-05-2010, 11:58 PM
Agree...I do not understand why Zoubek purposedly missed it. Had he made it the worst that could happened would have been an overtime game. Also Butler had no time outs left.

Could someone with more basketball acumen than me, explain the strategy in missing the free throw

Butler had no timeouts left and there were only 3.6 seconds left. It was right percentage play. If he makes it, they get the ball out of bounds and can run something resembling a play. As it was, they had a desperation heave. The odds of that shot going in were minuscule. Even if he'd made it, I would've said it was the right call. I agreed with it when I saw Z miss the FT on purpose.

CameronBornAndBred
04-05-2010, 11:58 PM
Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooohoooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:):):):)

AdjustNation
04-05-2010, 11:58 PM
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs518.snc3/27180_377264207554_617242554_3894824_7013440_n.jpg


Almost had a heart attack on tha tlast shot...After this team is over can we possibly be retiring 3 Jerseys.,. Scheyer, Smith, and Singler.

jkidd31
04-05-2010, 11:59 PM
He definitely missed it on purpose, it was a line drive shot, not his normal free throw.

Smart play in my opinion - prevents a set-up for a Laettner shot, only 3.5 seconds left, and there may well be a couple of seconds elapsed as people scramble for the rebound, and the Butler players will not be in a coordinated position for a last shot.

Great coaching move, IMO.

Disagree....make it...go up 3 foul on the inbounds and make them make the 1st FT, miss the second then have to get the rebound and make a play.

Welcome2DaSlopes
04-05-2010, 11:59 PM
Hey! It's bootiful. But that's okay, it's championship night, so who cares about spelling! Boo Yeah!!!! ;)

I'm too excited to spell right... hahahah NATIONAL CHAMPIONS BABY!!!!!!!

Saratoga2
04-05-2010, 11:59 PM
Congratulations to a determined tough Duke team who beat a very worthy opponent to get this championship. Savor it, because it might be a long time before another one. I am thankful that we had such wonderful young men to represent the school.

I am also thankful that I won't have to see 10,000 commericals during the NCAAs again. The buggers couldn't even show the presentation of the trophy without breaking in three times for commercials.

dairedevil
04-05-2010, 11:59 PM
Lousiest one shining moment ever---why should we be watching Jennifer Hudson instead of great plays?

CampbellBlueDevil
04-06-2010, 12:00 AM
that sounded like he was leaving, please God no

What did? I am not able to watch it right now.

chattpanther
04-06-2010, 12:00 AM
I am so glad to see Jennifer Hudson 20 times during "One Shining Moment" I guess there weren't enough moments in this tournament. CBS has jumped the shark with Tournament Coverage with Nance, Clarke, and new shining moment.

dukeinseville
04-06-2010, 12:00 AM
I'm leaving for vacation in Spain on Friday, and I'm sure the Spaniards will wonder why I'm grinning like an idiot. It's because my school is the best in the nation, baby!

As for Butler, they gave a valiant effort, were tough as nails, and should be incredibly proud of their performance. I have all the respect in the world for them, and if they weren't playing us, I would have been rooting so hard for them to cut down those nets. But I'm glad it was us in the end. Whew!

6am here in Seville (Spain) and I'm ready to go running through the streets with a ridiculous grin on my face that probably won't stop for days. I'll break them in for you!

So, so, so, so happy...and so tired but I can't sleep!

superdave
04-06-2010, 12:00 AM
i need a cardiologist

Most stressful game I've ever seen! I was shaking the entire second half.

See you all in Cameron at noon tomorrow!

OZZIE4DUKE
04-06-2010, 12:01 AM
Congratulations to the NATIONAL CHAMPION DUKE BLUE DEVILS! :D:D:D:D

Dukie@Wake
04-06-2010, 12:01 AM
What a game! My hats off to Butler! They deserved it every bit as much as we did. Best title game since '83! It all came down to who made the last defensive play and Zoubek got the hand up in Hayward's face!

Singler was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4decadedukie
04-06-2010, 12:01 AM
Our beloved Coach K said it all: two great teams, both winners in every facet of the game (and life, for that matter), a marvelous championship game, absolutely great student athletes, a superb Duke season, our FOURTH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, I LOVE this team.

DevilHorns
04-06-2010, 12:02 AM
BRIAN ZOUBEK!!!! arh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4 years ago I could not even comprehend that this kid would come up with the biggest plays at the end of a game to win the championship.

TampaDukie
04-06-2010, 12:02 AM
Wow. I've already gotten an email advertising all of the National Championship merchandise for sale (http://www.collegefootballstore.com/COLLEGE_Duke_Blue_Devils/browse/featuredProduct/430021/source/EML10_HM_NATLCHAMPS_DUKE_A_C_0405B?utm_source=Emai l&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=EML10_HM_NATLCHAMPS_DUKE&utm_campaign=EML10_HM_NATLCHAMPS). I definitely plan to do my part to support the nation's economy.

60's Devil
04-06-2010, 12:03 AM
Coach K gave a lot of credit to Butler, however not a mention of Duke by the Butler coach. Not many Duke shots in the shining moment video...but so what! We da champs.

mgtr
04-06-2010, 12:03 AM
Wow oh wow. Can I breathe again? OK, Kyle was the man, but I believe that Zoubs and Lance will keep tapes of this game to show their kids. They both stepped up big, big time. Way to go, guys!

Les Grossman
04-06-2010, 12:04 AM
So proud! Making the FF made my month. Well, this just makes my year!! So happy, and so much going to miss Jon, Kyle (if he leaves; please don't) Zoubs and Lance. Well played guys, really really well played.

SO PROUD!!!:D

Elev8ion
04-06-2010, 12:04 AM
Un-freakin-fantastically-believable!!!

I am on cloud nine for this win, for this team, and for all of us Dukies!

Way to stay mentally tough and hang in there!

Another banner to add to the collection!

Love it!

OldSchool
04-06-2010, 12:04 AM
Disagree....make it...go up 3 foul on the inbounds and make them make the 1st FT, miss the second then have to get the rebound and make a play.

If we had let them set up a play and organize themselves, the way the end of this game was winding down, they would have run the "picket fence" play or got the ball to Jimmy Chitwood for a shot and we have overtime with Hoosiers 2.

The missed FT surprised and wrong-footed Butler.

Also, we have seen before how teams trying to intentionally foul don't get the call and then the officials whistle them for a 3 pt shooting foul.

With the way this game was reffed, do you really want to rely on the refs not to give the Butler player (prob Hayward) a shooting foul for 3? That guy is automatic from the line.

No, we didn't want to put this game in the hands of the refs in the last second.

Cavlaw
04-06-2010, 12:05 AM
What a GREAT night! National Champions!

Les Grossman
04-06-2010, 12:06 AM
BRIAN ZOUBEK!!!! arh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4 years ago I could not even comprehend that this kid would come up with the biggest plays at the end of a game to win the championship.

Ain't it great?? Zoubs at the end to win the big one! You can't make this stuff up. It happens at Duke!!

Lord Ash
04-06-2010, 12:06 AM
Champs! Maybe the most unexpected, wonderful season in Duke history!

Congrats to Jon, Lance, and Brian... lord knows at least two of them have taken enough in their lives, and this was well, well deserved!

GODUKEGO
04-06-2010, 12:07 AM
Front page of tomorrow's Raleigh News & Observer

Les Grossman
04-06-2010, 12:07 AM
according to my local news in Philly!
party on gang!

comdytrd
04-06-2010, 12:07 AM
this almost makes me give up watching.. too stressful. But.. nah.. Last play makes up for the uconn loss for me.

Lord Ash
04-06-2010, 12:08 AM
Yikes. We were about a quarter inch from having to see a shot over and over and over for the rest of our lives.

I think that would have replaced Christian's shot as the most famous shot in NCAA basketball history. I cannot say how happy I am it did not go down.

CDu
04-06-2010, 12:08 AM
Whew!!!

Too tired to say anything other than THANK YOU LORD that neither of Hayward's shots went in at the end. I am so happy for everybody involved. What a tough win!

Champions again!!!

BigZ
04-06-2010, 12:08 AM
It is going to be sad without Lance, Brian, and Jon on the court.

DevilOfATime
04-06-2010, 12:08 AM
From an Hoosier Dukie congrats to my beloved team on a great win. I had to check if my heart was still beating when Butler almost made that last second shot. Congrats to Butler what an amazing team they are.

GoingFor#5
04-06-2010, 12:09 AM
Only Sean Dockery is allowed to make that shot.

DevilHorns
04-06-2010, 12:09 AM
Yikes. We were about a quarter inch from having to see a shot over and over and over for the rest of our lives.

I think that would have replaced Christian's shot as the most famous shot in NCAA basketball history. I cannot say how happy I am it did not go down.

Its all statistics. As much as I hate being up only 1 with 13 seconds left. It is a damn good position to be in. And you are right, it would have DESERVEDLY so become the highlight reel video of a lifetime.

CampbellBlueDevil
04-06-2010, 12:09 AM
Quincy Miller is feeling Duke as national champions!

http://twitter.com/qmillertime

Welcome2DaSlopes
04-06-2010, 12:10 AM
Whew my heart stopped for a minute

BigZ
04-06-2010, 12:10 AM
So was it a smart play for Zoobs to miss the foul shot. I would have coached this way: Make it and then let them inbounds it and foul them before the shot.

banneheim
04-06-2010, 12:10 AM
I assume Butler didn't have any TOs left. I wish Zoubs would have made it but hey I'll live with it!

mgtr
04-06-2010, 12:10 AM
Well, I don't have any champagne, but I have lots and lots of chardonnay. I will have less in the morning!!:D

Dukefan1.0
04-06-2010, 12:11 AM
Anyone know where I can watch the team cutting down the nets?

hedevil
04-06-2010, 12:11 AM
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm at a lose of words. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

J_C_Steel
04-06-2010, 12:11 AM
WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!!!!

What a game! What a team! The unlikely champs! The sweetest victory!

Welcome2DaSlopes
04-06-2010, 12:11 AM
I assume Butler didn't have any TOs left. I wish Zoubs would have made it but hey I'll live with it!

Agreed but who cares right? ahhahahah NATIONAL CHAMPS BABY

Wildling
04-06-2010, 12:12 AM
I swear I can't take these close games anymore.

I can't believe these kids won it all! I don't think I can go to sleep tonight! lol!

National Champions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

northernduke
04-06-2010, 12:12 AM
Its all statistics. As much as I hate being up only 1 with 13 seconds left. It is a damn good position to be in. And you are right, it would have DESERVEDLY so become the highlight reel video of a lifetime.

I had a huge debate about this at work as Vandy went down to Murray State to start the Tournament. I said I'd always take up one with a team that will play defense - I was the only one of the 3 who felt this way. Looks like the debate will be resumed tomorrow morning!

banneheim
04-06-2010, 12:12 AM
Lousiest one shining moment ever---why should we be watching Jennifer Hudson instead of great plays?

Exactly, what crap!

GoingFor#5
04-06-2010, 12:12 AM
Once it got 60-59, I was nearly sure we would lose....I am soooo glad these players proved me wrong. I nearly had a heart attack.

Lulu
04-06-2010, 12:12 AM
He definitely missed it on purpose, it was a line drive shot, not his normal free throw.

Smart play in my opinion - prevents a set-up for a Laettner shot, only 3.5 seconds left, and there may well be a couple of seconds elapsed as people scramble for the rebound, and the Butler players will not be in a coordinated position for a last shot.

Great coaching move, IMO.

But what? were we afraid of overtime? If Zoubek makes that free throw there's no way we lose and we most likely still win in regulation. If he misses it, it's the same deal as missing on pupose, pretty much.

Had Butler's shot fallen I cannot imagine the criticism.

Please don't crush this post. I'm ecstatic, but really really confused.

indakut
04-06-2010, 12:13 AM
Congrats to the Duke Blue Devils!!! What a special team!
Butler was NO slouch at all, but I'm very proud of the Blue Devils!

Les Grossman
04-06-2010, 12:13 AM
on his (my) local newscast:o in Philly. A-bout time!

Welcome2DaSlopes
04-06-2010, 12:13 AM
I swear I can't take these close games anymore.

I can't believe these kids won it all! I don't think I can go to sleep tonight! lol!

National Champions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HAHAHA seriously I hate when Duke is in a close game, but WE WON BABY YEAH!!!!!!!

soccerstud2210
04-06-2010, 12:13 AM
seriously! i had 3 strokes!!!

well done boys! as many have said already, we EARNED that!!!!

blood sweat and tears!

so happy for the seniors and kyle!!!!!

dukieinhebron
04-06-2010, 12:13 AM
and just think in october we were all worried how this team would fare with only having two scholarship guards and a third coming early from hs. Who would have fathomed this team would have won the national championship?

TampaDukie
04-06-2010, 12:14 AM
Lousiest one shining moment ever---why should we be watching Jennifer Hudson instead of great plays?
It did suck. CBS should bring back the David Barrett version and never use anything else.

Exiled_Devil
04-06-2010, 12:14 AM
Especially because Howard threw his shoulder into that pick to get Hayward clear of Kyle.

GoingFor#5
04-06-2010, 12:14 AM
But what? were we afraid of overtime? If Zoubek makes that free throw there's no way we lose and we most likely still win in regulation. If he misses it, it's the same deal as missing on pupose, pretty much.

Had Butler's shot fallen I cannot imagine the criticism.

Please don't crush this post. I'm ecstatic, but really really confused.

Mostly I agree with you, but the alternate argument would be that an intentional miss line drive gives you a better chance for a long rebound with tips and a scramble.

DevilHorns
04-06-2010, 12:14 AM
At first glance, I thought it was the wrong move. But now that I think about it, that ball can bounce anywhere off the rim and in that situation milliseconds of a loose ball is a luxury. They have 3 seconds. 3 SECONDS. Its hard to regroup and dish to a shooter for a half court shot off a rebound in that situation.

In the end, no matter what they were going to have to hit a 3. So who cares if we lead by 1 vs 2.

Tar-man
04-06-2010, 12:15 AM
Congratulations. Great coaching job by Coach K, probably his best. Have some negative, cranky things to say but I'll hold my tongue because the main point I want to make on your board is congrats from a Carolina fan.

Go Tarheels! Looking forward to some great Carolina - Duke battles in the future, as early as 2011 with the last two champions battling it out. Hoping for a Carolina-Duke battle in the NCAA tournament, some day.....

should_be_working
04-06-2010, 12:15 AM
I thought I was going to either
A. Pass out
B. Throw up
C. Die of a heart attack
D. all of the above


Way to go devils!!!!!!! Incredible year, so proud of the guys, so happy!!!!!!!!!!!!

Still shaking, and still might pass out.

NYBri
04-06-2010, 12:15 AM
and just think in october we were all worried how this team would fare with only having two scholarship guards and a third coming early from hs. Who would have fathomed this team would have won the national championship?

I thought about that the other day.

deadhead_dukie
04-06-2010, 12:15 AM
Epic game!

Feels sooo good!

Yes! Go duke! Goooooo duke!!!

Thank you k!

devildownunder
04-06-2010, 12:15 AM
So was it a smart play for Zoobs to miss the foul shot. I would have coached this way: Make it and then let them inbounds it and foul them before the shot.

Disagree. Put it on them to make the shot, rather than counting on the officials granting you a foul call. Look what kind of shot they got off.

4decadedukie
04-06-2010, 12:15 AM
A truly critical and L-O-N-G three simply could not get closer; however, rattling out of the cylinder was enough to ensure our victory (and also to allow Butler to recognize that there are no losers in the Championship).

LSanders
04-06-2010, 12:15 AM
OK ... I just breathed!!!!!!!

2010 National Champs!!


Wow!!! For a shockingly unathletic #1 seed that will be the first to Blah! Blah! Blah!


Gottleib ... THAT'll bring you down!!

A-Tex Devil
04-06-2010, 12:15 AM
Good. Duke. Teams. Do. Not. Lose. To. Mid. Majors.

It is a scientific rule. Sorry to almost jinx us. But I'll say it again next time too. :D

Props to Butler. We guarded Heyward about as well as you can, and they were able to hang.

GoingFor#5
04-06-2010, 12:15 AM
Yeah it's hard to say. Butler lucked out a bit by getting the ball clean cause that doesn't always happen on intentional misses.

superdave
04-06-2010, 12:15 AM
Butler's D was amazing tonight. They guarded the 3 pt line extremely well and made us second guess some of our perimeter moves.

We turned on the rebounding in the 2nd half - I think it might have been a 20-8 advantage 2nd half.

But we never should have given them the 2nd chance points in the first half. That reserve never should have knocked down 2 3 pointers either. And there''s no way they attacked enough to shoot a lot more free throws than us.

It was like the perfect storm for them and we still won!

J_C_Steel
04-06-2010, 12:16 AM
I actually would have rather seen him make it, but what do I know? I have ZERO coaching national titles; Coach K has FOUR. I'll go with his judgment on this one.

Welcome2DaSlopes
04-06-2010, 12:16 AM
I thought I was going to either
A. Pass out
B. Throw up
C. Die of a heart attack
D. all of the above


Way to go devils!!!!!!! Incredible year, so proud of the guys, so happy!!!!!!!!!!!!

Still shaking, and still might pass out.

Seems like most of us were going to D. :) But not anymore

Spam Filter
04-06-2010, 12:16 AM
But we could have led by 3, in which case a desperation 3 can't beat us.


I would have tried to make it.

jwinstonc
04-06-2010, 12:16 AM
AMAZING game!! I didn't think in November this was the team to do it but they pulled it together with heart and determination. I really feel this is the start of another several years of domination. With the Plumlees just getting started, Dawkins, Singler, and others this team is poised for greatness for years to come. CONGRATS ALL!!!

Enjoy the win. The haters can't blame this one on the refs in the least bit :)

mgtr
04-06-2010, 12:16 AM
Of course, the point is that they don't have the luxury of an out of bounds play with something preset. Good move.

Spy
04-06-2010, 12:16 AM
Especially because Howard threw his shoulder into that pick to get Hayward clear of Kyle.

Yeah, this could have been the most famous and infamous shot in ncaa history, because that really should have been an offensive foul.

DevilHorns
04-06-2010, 12:16 AM
At first glance, I thought it was the wrong move. But now that I think about it, that ball can bounce anywhere off the rim and in that situation milliseconds of a loose ball is a luxury. They have 3 seconds. 3 SECONDS. Its hard to regroup and dish to a shooter for a half court shot off a rebound in that situation.

In the end, no matter what they were going to have to hit a 3. So who cares if we lead by 1 vs 2.

OH WAIT. It would have been 3 if we hit it. NEVERMIND! I guess for the sake of surprise he missed it then?

Elev8ion
04-06-2010, 12:16 AM
Congratulations. Great coaching job by Coach K, probably his best. Have some negative, cranky things to say but I'll hold my tongue because the main point I want to make on your board is congrats from a Carolina fan.

Go Tarheels! Looking forward to some great Carolina - Duke battles in the future, as early as 2011 with the last two champions battling it out. Hoping for a Carolina-Duke battle in the NCAA tournament, some day.....

Thanks for the congrats, but you didn't have to mention you have some negative, cranky things to say.

We do too, but right now we don't care!! 2010 National Champs!!

BleedsP287
04-06-2010, 12:16 AM
I am so proud. Duke is a class act from the coach to the players to the fans, including all of you. A well-deserved Championship for every one of us to enjoy.

J_C_Steel
04-06-2010, 12:17 AM
That's why I was thinking Z should have made that second foul shot. But what do I know? (Answer: Not much.)

mcdukie
04-06-2010, 12:17 AM
I don't think I can sleep but what a reason to go to work sleepy. A lot of people who said that Duke should blow Butler out were just trying to set Duke up for criticism if we lost. Butler is no mid-major, they are top 5 next year. This is a great win and a great team who beat a very good team.

superdave
04-06-2010, 12:17 AM
Disagree. Put it on them to make the shot, rather than counting on the officials granting you a foul call. Look what kind of shot they got off.

Even if Zoubek went for the make and still missed, it might have given us a better bounce than the ball falling immediately to Hayward.

Water under the bridge. We made the plays we had to.

jkidd31
04-06-2010, 12:18 AM
But what? were we afraid of overtime? If Zoubek makes that free throw there's no way we lose and we most likely still win in regulation. If he misses it, it's the same deal as missing on pupose, pretty much.

Had Butler's shot fallen I cannot imagine the criticism.

Please don't crush this post. I'm ecstatic, but really really confused.

I'm with you.

GODUKEGO
04-06-2010, 12:18 AM
He was interviewed by Raleigh's CBS affiliate after the game for about 5 minutes. His great quote "WE ARE DUKE"

mgtr
04-06-2010, 12:18 AM
AMAZING game!! I didn't think in November this was the team to do it but they pulled it together with heart and determination. I really feel this is the start of another several years of domination. With the Plumlees just getting started, Dawkins, Singler, and others this team is poised for greatness for years to come. CONGRATS ALL!!!

Enjoy the win. The haters can't blame this one on the refs in the least bit :)

I don't think that any of us thought this team was that good in November (and definitely not after the NCSU loss). But they worked together and made it happen. Congrats over and over.

Dukerati
04-06-2010, 12:18 AM
I'm buying a Zoubek jersey online right now!!!! Ah, this tastes so sweet. I'm not sure if Coach K had him miss that last free throw on purpose but I don't think it makes sense in any scenario. Thank god the shot missed. We won the game with defense... how appropriate:)

Tsetse0510
04-06-2010, 12:18 AM
YESSSSSSSSS! YESSSSSSSSS! Kyrie's coming next year!!! Let's do it again!!!!!!

Newton_14
04-06-2010, 12:18 AM
Especially because Howard threw his shoulder into that pick to get Hayward clear of Kyle.

I did not catch that live, but I saw it on the first replay. That was not a pick. That was a crackback block on a punt return. Nasty. In any other game at any other time of the game that get's called a foul. But even if the ref's saw it no way they would make that call.

I got caught off guard by the intentional miss. I would have felt better if Zoubs makes that. If he makes it, the worse thing that happens is a desperation shot forces OT. I thought it was a bad move, but it worked.

Richard Berg
04-06-2010, 12:19 AM
So who cares if we lead by 1 vs 2.
Difference is, if the halfcourt shot bounces in, we go to overtime (where our depth/size/conditioning gives us the distinct advantage, IMO) instead of losing outright.

If they had a timeout left I would agree with you. Enough time would tick off during the rebound, scrap, and re-inbounds to be worthwhile. But since they were going to have to improvise a play regardless, I'm not sure I like the risk.

Whatever you think of the decision, though, you have to love Z's defense on the final two drives. Reminiscent of Ali Bales...thankfully Hayward is no Tolliver ;)

dukefanSD
04-06-2010, 12:19 AM
If you told me in November we would win, I would have scheduled you for an MRI. This is soooo fabulous. Congrats to the whole team. Well done.

WOOOOOOHOOOOOO!!!!!!!:D

Elev8ion
04-06-2010, 12:19 AM
I am really ecstatic for Jon, Lance, and Zoubs! This Duke team is now my favorite of the NC teams, just pure heart and soul! Well deserved and you guys will be missed.

To all the haters: Katz, Gottleib, Kellogg, etc., etc. here's to you: :p

#4

David
04-06-2010, 12:20 AM
What an epic game. Every Duke championship run has had one classic tourney game. Tonight was this year's classic. Thank god that last second shot rimmed out - I thought it was in...

Lulu
04-06-2010, 12:20 AM
Mostly I agree with you, but the alternate argument would be that an intentional miss line drive gives you a better chance for a long rebound with tips and a scramble.

Yeah, but also a chance of missing the rim altogether. He already made the first, seemed confident, and it would have been great to see Z knock down the 2nd and virtually seal the game (Z of all ppl, would have been great). I just see no downside.

You guys think he got confused? Like if he missed the first he was supposed to intentionally miss the 2nd????????????/

devildownunder
04-06-2010, 12:20 AM
But what? were we afraid of overtime? If Zoubek makes that free throw there's no way we lose and we most likely still win in regulation. If he misses it, it's the same deal as missing on pupose, pretty much.

Had Butler's shot fallen I cannot imagine the criticism.

Please don't crush this post. I'm ecstatic, but really really confused.

Well, it's a trade-off. If you make the free throw, you don't lose on a 3 but they have a much better chance of making one, IMO, since they get to set up a play for the shot. By missing the FT, you greatly reduce their chances of making any kind of final shot and you even give yourself a shot at denying them the chance to even take one.

banneheim
04-06-2010, 12:21 AM
Does anyone know who is the lovely girl/manager? Everytime I saw her on TV, seemed like we won, maybe my own little good luck charm. Glad I saw her on starting line-ups!

Elev8ion
04-06-2010, 12:21 AM
I did not catch that live, but I saw it on the first replay. That was not a pick. That was a crackback block on a punt return. Nasty. In any other game at any other time of the game that get's called a foul. But even if the ref's saw it no way they would make that call.

I got caught off guard by the intentional miss. I would have felt better if Zoubs makes that. If he makes it, the worse thing that happens is a desperation shot forces OT. I thought it was a bad move, but it worked.

Agreed, pick was ILLEGAL, but not with these refs tonight!!! Seriously Duke went up against the world tonight and came away the champs!

Lord Ash
04-06-2010, 12:21 AM
Hey moderators,

Any chance you could be a little more allow-ing of threads other than just a single post game? I know I had posted a post specifically about the last shot, with some discussion of Christian's shot, with the idea of discussing "famous" shots and how big that one was... now it is just part of the post game thread, which will VERY quickly become so long that it will be almost impossible to read and pull apart...

Anyway, if you can do that it would be great, it will make it a bit easier to truly read all of the thoughts and feelings:)

devildownunder
04-06-2010, 12:22 AM
Yeah, but also a chance of missing the rim altogether. He already made the first, seemed confident, and it would have been great to see him knock down the 2nd. I just see no downside.

You guys think he got confused? Like if he missed the first he was supposed to intentionally miss the 2nd????????????/

I have no doubt he did exactly what he was supposed to do. Like I said, it's a risk/reward proposition. You can either force them into an extreme low-percentage chance at making a shot, or attempt to eliminate them from any chance of beating you in regulation. Sort of the equivalent of going for 3 to win, rather than 2 to tie, on the road.

Eternal Outlaw
04-06-2010, 12:22 AM
Thank you guys! Yeeeeeeesssssssssssssssssssssssss!

SharkD
04-06-2010, 12:22 AM
I'm just glad Kyle was okay, after Howard's forearm shiver, as time ticked down.

That said...

I'm so incredibly proud of this team and I will be in Cameron tomorrow to welcome home our
2010 National Champion Duke Blue Devils!

(oh, and 9F!9F!9F!)

BigZ
04-06-2010, 12:23 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sogKUx_q7ig

airowe
04-06-2010, 12:24 AM
Woo Hoo!

Put your post-game thoughts here.

Suck it, haters! We are the champions of the world!!!!!!!

banneheim
04-06-2010, 12:24 AM
What would be the play of the game? I'm sure we can't really pick one but Jon's tip was unbelievable!

follyblue
04-06-2010, 12:25 AM
This team has left me speechless and completely exhausted. What a stellar performance against a truly stellar opponent. This is without a doubt the most emotional win since UNLV in 91. IMHO this team has over-accomplished more than any other Duke team, and Coach K has delivered the best coaching in his career. The fact that he was not in the Coach of the Year voting is a travesty.

And a word about the intentional free throw miss. That is crafty coaching at its best, and i feel sorry for those who don't see that. No time out, no time to think about it, just heave it up and see what happens. The fact that Butler almost made a ridiculous shot does not change the fact that that was one of Coach K's best calls EVER! Anyone who says otherwise really needs to stop and think about the entire situation.

I am so proud of this team and this coach and this school. Bless you all!

BigZ
04-06-2010, 12:25 AM
Champs
champs
champs
champs
champs
champs

jwinstonc
04-06-2010, 12:26 AM
Anyone else feeling the resentment of a Duke championship from soooo many people?

How can anyone dispute the outcome of that game? Biased calls toward Duke? I don't think so. The heart that both teams played with? Evident in every possession.

I really think anyone hating on Duke for this win has a chip on their shoulder. This was a class game all around. There was no favoritism in my eyes from the officials towards Duke, just a scrappy game that someone had to win. Luckily, it was the good guys ;)

superdave
04-06-2010, 12:27 AM
Our first half left me unhappy. We got out-rebounded and out-hustled. And they hit some shots that just seemed a step or two beyond what should be realistic.

Our second half was tough. It was the same as when we buckled down against Unc in CH, against Purdue and Baylor last weekend. We gutted that out.

But if the ball bounced our way more and the clutching and grabbing they did got called, we would have seized control. We were always a bucket away from grabbing this game and Butler dug in and the refs let them play. Whew. So stressful.

Lulu
04-06-2010, 12:27 AM
I just want to say that any other year, any other opponent, and I'm all out pulling for Butler to win it all. They would have been the best team to have ever lost to, had it gone that way.

BigZ
04-06-2010, 12:28 AM
happy 22nd birthday

ZOOBS !!!!

Lulu
04-06-2010, 12:28 AM
Hey moderators,

Any chance you could be a little more allow-ing of threads other than just a single post game? I know I had posted a post specifically about the last shot, with some discussion of Christian's shot, with the idea of discussing "famous" shots and how big that one was... now it is just part of the post game thread, which will VERY quickly become so long that it will be almost impossible to read and pull apart...

Anyway, if you can do that it would be great, it will make it a bit easier to truly read all of the thoughts and feelings:)

I back this request. Good idea.

superdave
04-06-2010, 12:28 AM
What would be the play of the game? I'm sure we can't really pick one but Jon's tip was unbelievable!

Jon's two inbounds plays where Z and Kyle scored quickly were huge.

It was a game of inches and we earned more inches than they did! We scrapped our way to a dozen second half plays that could each be play of the game.

ice-9
04-06-2010, 12:30 AM
Yeah, but also a chance of missing the rim altogether. He already made the first, seemed confident, and it would have been great to see Z knock down the 2nd and virtually seal the game (Z of all ppl, would have been great). I just see no downside.

You guys think he got confused? Like if he missed the first he was supposed to intentionally miss the 2nd????????????/


Spot on. I think that's what happened, because if he was supposed to have intentionally missed the shot where are all the others getting the rebound?

I think the instructions were...

- If you miss the first, intentionally miss the second to burn time, surprise Butler and maybe even get the offensive rebound off the long bounce

- If you make the first, try to make the second. Then the best they can do is tie the game to go into OT

strawbs
04-06-2010, 12:30 AM
my nerves are just finally starting to calm. Couldn't be happier of the guys. Thank you seniors, thank you underclassman, thank you coaches! NATIONAL CHAMPS!!!!!!

superdave
04-06-2010, 12:31 AM
Check out the crash at the end on kenpom's site:

http://kenpom.com/wp.php

Whew.

SharkD
04-06-2010, 12:31 AM
Only Sean Dockery is allowed to make that shot.

Or, Jeff Capel.

Clipsfan
04-06-2010, 12:31 AM
It was a really tough game and our guys (led by the seniors) came through yet again. Great play by our juniors as well - here's to hoping that they want to try for the repeat!

Go Duke!

jkidd31
04-06-2010, 12:32 AM
They just showed the replay of the last shot on the local news...man that pick was a cheap shot.

BigZ
04-06-2010, 12:33 AM
K destroys reporter for asking Z about his "up and down" career.

arydolphin
04-06-2010, 12:33 AM
Postgame press conference on ESPN right now.

bjornolf
04-06-2010, 12:33 AM
Congratulations to our blue devils, and to Butler on an amazing game. Wow. Best national championship game I've seen in years.

TampaDuke
04-06-2010, 12:33 AM
Lost three years of my life.


Well worth it. Great game guys.

arydolphin
04-06-2010, 12:34 AM
They just asked Z if he missed the 2nd free throw on purpose. His response: "Yep."

mph
04-06-2010, 12:34 AM
Just awesome! It has been loads of fun watching a bunch of guys who love their teammates improve from game to game. Where this team has come from the beginning of the season to tonight is remarkable and I can't remember the last time being a fan was this much fun.

Thanks to all of the 2010 Blue Devils, but especially Jon, Brian, Lance, and Jordan.

SharkD
04-06-2010, 12:35 AM
Zoubek intentionally missed the second free throw, as per instructions.

Happy Birthday, Brian! Thank you!

dustin8131
04-06-2010, 12:35 AM
I love this team and what it represents to me and to the world about playing the right way

lets go duke

National champs

DukeBlueNV
04-06-2010, 12:35 AM
CHAMPS BABY... gotta love the story... 4yrs ago these freshman were part of the team that supposibly was signaling the decline of duke basketball... cant remember the record something like 22-11(?) but look at what the DID!!! AWESOME!!! DUKE BASKETBALL BABY THE PAST IS GREAT AND THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT! LOVE BEING A BLUE DEVIL.... and cant forget.....


EAT YOUR HEART OUT UNC!!!!

TampaDuke
04-06-2010, 12:36 AM
But what? were we afraid of overtime? If Zoubek makes that free throw there's no way we lose and we most likely still win in regulation. If he misses it, it's the same deal as missing on pupose, pretty much.

Had Butler's shot fallen I cannot imagine the criticism.

Please don't crush this post. I'm ecstatic, but really really confused.

Agreed. IMO, you have to handicap your overtime expectations on this. They never led by more than 2. Worst case scenario, they need a great play just to make overtime and then need to play great to win in OT. I'm feeling OK. Miss the free throw, worst case scenario, they need only one great play to win a game they haven't really led the whole night.

billybreen
04-06-2010, 12:37 AM
I am happy!

elvis14
04-06-2010, 12:37 AM
I love this team. They came so far this season. All heart. I'm so happy. It was us against the world tonight and the world lost. How sweet is that?

DevilHorns
04-06-2010, 12:38 AM
Agreed. IMO, you have to handicap your overtime expectations on this. They never led by more than 2. Worst case scenario, they need a great play just to make overtime and then need to play great to win in OT. I'm feeling OK. Miss the free throw, worst case scenario, they need only one great play to win a game they haven't really led the whole night.

Ok so here it goes.

They pretty much had the optimum situation after the rebound. It was a sharp linear rebound. It could've easily skated off and wasted more than 2 seconds.

Im thinking K was hedging. In 100 situations, perhaps they get a good shot off 5 times. If we hit the freethrow, perhaps they get a good shot off 20 out of 100.

A-Tex Devil
04-06-2010, 12:38 AM
So is Andre Dawkins glad he graduated early? Ummm yeah. And if he doesn't make that shot at the end of the first half against Baylor, maybe we aren't here. Just saw him on the stage as I am catching up with the post game. Can't feel better for that kid. And we needed him. If not tonight, definitely Baylor to get here.

SharkD
04-06-2010, 12:39 AM
Reporter just acknowledged that Kyle got clobbered by Howard at the last second. Kyle stayed classy and just talked about watching the shot bounce out, not about Howard's cheap shot.

Edit: I'm Mike Gminski with this post!

devildownunder
04-06-2010, 12:40 AM
Winning after not winning, and sending millions of haters off to wallow in their own bile and tears???? Now that's just awesome!

UrinalCake
04-06-2010, 12:41 AM
Moments like this are why I follow sports, and Duke in particular. The team developed so well throughout the course of the season and especially during the tournament itself. These kids are all winners, they've worked their butts off and deserve this success. It's been a wild ride... from G and Elliot leaving, Andre coming early, Mason breaking his wrist, the blowout at State, beatdown of North Carolina, and finally this amazing tournament run. This year has had so many wonderful memories and we have so much to be thankful as fans!

dairedevil
04-06-2010, 12:41 AM
It did suck. CBS should bring back the David Barrett version and never use anything else.

Not just the musical production, but the video was awful. The first line, "the ball is tossed" always used to show the tip-off of a game..this year, we saw Jennifer Hudson. There were lots of close-ups of children, cheerleaders in too much makeup and Jennifer Hudson. Not many highlights from the championship game or of the winning team. It was such a great tournament, it's a shame that the tribute was awful.

arydolphin
04-06-2010, 12:42 AM
All I'm going to say right now is the exact same thing Coach K just said in the postgame press conference: "I still can't believe we've won."

BleedsP287
04-06-2010, 12:43 AM
Huge defensive plays by Brian at the end, altering the shot and then grabbing the rebound, HUGE plays a second apart, meanwhile Clark is yammering on about the amazing Butler offensive effort on the play. What game was that dude watching?

TheDuckStore
04-06-2010, 12:43 AM
Gotta give it to Doug, he called this. A few days after his "alarmingly unathletic" comment, he did a 5-minute Subway Sandwiches video chat on ESPN.com and was asked "Does Roy get his third before K gets his fourth?" Doug hesitated and then answered that "I think K gets his fourth." At the time I thought it seemed too contrived... but it obviously worked out!

Here's to you Doug!

devildownunder
04-06-2010, 12:44 AM
K destroys reporter for asking Z about his "up and down" career.

hehe, I'd like video of that.

BobbyFan
04-06-2010, 12:44 AM
Coach K gave a lot of credit to Butler, however not a mention of Duke by the Butler coach. Not many Duke shots in the shining moment video...but so what! We da champs.

Jennifer Hudson's singing was so over the top and was a disgrace to the likes of Pendergrass and Vandross.

But if that's the only blemish on the night I'll take it 11 times out of 10.

2010 CHAMPS BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

moonpie23
04-06-2010, 12:44 AM
i sure am sorry i've been banned on IC and CATSPAUSE......could i pay someone here to post some things for me?

PM me if you're up for it....

:)

pfrduke
04-06-2010, 12:44 AM
So... this team's freshman year, we went to Virginia, and lost a game in overtime. In that game, Sean Singletary hit a game winning shot that was essentially identical to the shot that Hayward took tonight. He drove to the right side of the lane, and took a fadeaway 12-footer over the extended arm of Josh McRoberts. Tonight, Hayward drove to the right side of the lane and took a fadeaway 12-footer over the extended arm of Brian Zoubek. Singletary made his shot; Hayward missed his. Zoubs went down to the other end and took care of business, and this team came full circle, ending up with national title #4 in an excellently played basketball game over a high quality opponent. All I have to say is, GO DUKE!!!!!!!!!!

tb3
04-06-2010, 12:44 AM
Character and heart. I love these guys for all they have done. They define TEAM. Valiant effort by Butler but perhaps the real cinderella story should be how this "alarmingly unathletic" team just won the National Champiosnship!

pfrduke
04-06-2010, 12:46 AM
At first glance, I thought it was the wrong move. But now that I think about it, that ball can bounce anywhere off the rim and in that situation milliseconds of a loose ball is a luxury. They have 3 seconds. 3 SECONDS. Its hard to regroup and dish to a shooter for a half court shot off a rebound in that situation.

In the end, no matter what they were going to have to hit a 3. So who cares if we lead by 1 vs 2.

It worked out in the end, but I disagree with K here. I would much rather play 5 more minutes than leave the game in the hands of a half-court heave.

camion
04-06-2010, 12:47 AM
I LOVE THIS TEAM!!!!!

Way to go guys! That's 4 for K and Duke now. Wonderful!!

This team gave more, improved more, won more then we had any right to expect.

Kudos particularly to big Z. He is the reason this team made the great leap forward in late January.

Kudos also to Kyle. He also put it together after a tough early season stretch.

Contrats to Jon. He played wonderfully. He's just a winner.

Happy happy for Lance. He gave this team tough D, hustle and points in the second half.

Nolan, now you have a memory to go with your dad's trip to Indianapolis.

On a personal note, I'm really glad I got to watch this game with cousin Joe who provided me with about double my normal ration of beers to mellow me out as we watched the game. Otherwise I wouldn't have lasted to the end.

As to Zoub's missed FT at the end. I'm fine with that strategy.

Finally, Butler should be proud. This was a true championship game and both teams are winners.

mgtr
04-06-2010, 12:47 AM
I think we got several cheap shots tonight, and a lot of them all year. But, since we are Duke and have all these great advantages (??) we are expected to suck it up and take the hits. Which, of course, we do. Butler gave us their best shot (and it was a good one) and we still won. This is the way Duke legends are made.
In a way, I wish that JJ could have been a part of this team. However, I wonder how well he would have fit it. At Duke he was pretty much a one-dimensional player (but superb in that dimension). In the NBA, he has developed his body and his game, and is much more well-rounded.

BleedsP287
04-06-2010, 12:47 AM
We can repeat. With Kyle, Nolan, MPs, Kyrie, Seth, Andre, and the rest of the crew, we can do it again.

Sure will miss Jon, Brian and Lance though. Way to go out guys. Thanks for all the memories.

Huh?
04-06-2010, 12:48 AM
WOW, I really can't believe it, what a win.....what a grind it out gutty win.

devildownunder
04-06-2010, 12:48 AM
It worked out in the end, but I disagree with K here. I would much rather play 5 more minutes than leave the game in the hands of a half-court heave.

How many half-court heaves have you ever seen go in?

basket1544
04-06-2010, 12:48 AM
They're a GREAT team!

dyedwab
04-06-2010, 12:48 AM
...Zoubs played 31 minutes...I think that's the most he's ever played in a game...in a National Championship game...in his senior year...


...an awesome little fact from an awesome win....

terrih
04-06-2010, 12:49 AM
I've gotta get in here too! Great Great Great job by this team. They won against a lot of different types of teams. So happy for the guys. Just awesome.

pfrduke
04-06-2010, 12:49 AM
I am happy!

Hey - welcome back! Nice to see you celebrating with the DBR crowd again!

CathyCA
04-06-2010, 12:50 AM
Woooooooooooo-hooooooooooooo!

I'm so happy for this team! Congratulations, Duke!

TNDukeFan
04-06-2010, 12:50 AM
that this team, that we've watched all year, and talked about on DBR, and micro-analyzed their shortcomings :rolleyes: is now the national champion. It's like we're letting others into our story. Weird - but awesome!

pfrduke
04-06-2010, 12:51 AM
How many half-court heaves have you ever seen go in?

Sure, but that's all the more reason to make the free throw. It's a half court heave for Butler regardless of what we do at the line. Between a half court heave to tie, and the same shot to win, I'd rather they be shooting to tie the game. We didn't give them any more difficult of a shot by Zoubek missing that free throw.

dukepsy1963
04-06-2010, 12:51 AM
what a night, what a game, what a team, what a coach!!!!!!!! I will have to shower again after that one!!

SharkD
04-06-2010, 12:51 AM
...Zoubs played 31 minutes...I think that's the most he's ever played in a game...in a National Championship game...in his senior year...

...an awesome little fact from an awesome win....

...On the eve of his 22nd Birthday...

edit:And post #346 means I'm no longer the G-Man. :(

Oriole Way
04-06-2010, 12:52 AM
Congrats to the 2010 National Champions!

I was one of the guys who criticized Lance Thomas and Brian Zoubek earlier in the year. This title wouldn't have been possible without them, especially Zoubek's transformation starting with the first MD game.

Congrats to all the other DBR posters and fans who I have followed this team with over the past few years.

Hopefully we get #5 next season with Kyrie, Seth, Kyle, and Nolan.

mgtr
04-06-2010, 12:53 AM
I definitely agree that if Kyle and Nolan return, we will have a shot to repeat next year. With the incoming talent, and one more year on our young guys, the possiblity is there for sure.

devildownunder
04-06-2010, 12:53 AM
Woooooooooooo-hooooooooooooo!

I'm so happy for this team! Congratulations, Duke!

Somewhere in the midst of all the Butler fanboy stuff, the espn bloggers made a good point, Duke's timeout on the inbounds pass in the corner with 13.6 seconds left was huge. The guys forced a timeout, which was Butler's last. How much would Stevens have loved to have that back 10 seconds later?

GoingFor#5
04-06-2010, 12:54 AM
So... this team's freshman year, we went to Virginia, and lost a game in overtime. In that game, Sean Singletary hit a game winning shot that was essentially identical to the shot that Hayward took tonight. He drove to the right side of the lane, and took a fadeaway 12-footer over the extended arm of Josh McRoberts. Tonight, Hayward drove to the right side of the lane and took a fadeaway 12-footer over the extended arm of Brian Zoubek. Singletary made his shot; Hayward missed his. Zoubs went down to the other end and took care of business, and this team came full circle, ending up with national title #4 in an excellently played basketball game over a high quality opponent. All I have to say is, GO DUKE!!!!!!!!!!

That's uncanny...I remember that Singletary shot and how heartbreaking it was for me.

FerryFor50
04-06-2010, 12:54 AM
How many half-court heaves have you ever seen go in?

Enough to not want to see one go in against us for the NC. Especially with the WIDE OPEN look he got. Ugh.

Great effort from this team tonight. They've been winning games like this all year - the gutty, gritty wins from teams that think they're going to out-tough Duke.

The way the game was being officiated really played into Butler's hands - they were able to push, grab, hand check and be that "feisty" mid-major team they've been all year. That really interrupted the flow of the Duke offense. But Duke squandered some chances to open the lead up several times and instead let Butler hang around.

What's great about this year's team is, in previous years, Duke would have probably lost this game. Instead, this team has all sorts of heart and that's what won it for them.

devildownunder
04-06-2010, 12:58 AM
Enough to not want to see one go in against us for the NC. Especially with the WIDE OPEN look he got. Ugh.

Great effort from this team tonight. They've been winning games like this all year - the gutty, gritty wins from teams that think they're going to out-tough Duke.

The way the game was being officiated really played into Butler's hands - they were able to push, grab, hand check and be that "feisty" mid-major team they've been all year. That really interrupted the flow of the Duke offense. But Duke squandered some chances to open the lead up several times and instead let Butler hang around.

What's great about this year's team is, in previous years, Duke would have probably lost this game. Instead, this team has all sorts of heart and that's what won it for them.

heart and defense. We tightened up a few times at the offensive end down the stretch but never let up defensively and it carried us.

DevilHorns
04-06-2010, 12:59 AM
The Duke team gets to say hey to Reggie Love in a little bit when they get invited to the White House!!!!!!:D

pfrduke
04-06-2010, 01:00 AM
That's uncanny...I remember that Singletary shot and how heartbreaking it was for me.

When he got to that spot on the floor tonight, I was having serious flashbacks. And they were not friendly.

billyj
04-06-2010, 01:01 AM
Duke store's website crashed when I clicked on the champs gear! :D

devildownunder
04-06-2010, 01:01 AM
Enough to not want to see one go in against us for the NC. Especially with the WIDE OPEN look he got. Ugh.




You have to give up something. K was bold and took the chance to win it. One thing I will say, I think not contesting that heave was the right move because ANY chance to call a foul on us there, I think the refs would've taken it.