Skip to comments.No Denying Duke (Duke Wins National Championship)
Posted on 04/05/2010 8:45:08 PM PDT by Red Steel
Butler took Duke to the final possession Monday night, but Gordon Hayward's potential game-winners drew iron as the Blue Devil won the national title 61-59.
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Butler reached in, armed slapped, body slammed....hell they tackled Zoubeck at the end of the game and the refs said the ball went off his knee out of bounds.
It was a joke. Duke by 20 or more points if the refs were doing their job. Most disgusting officiating I’ve seen in some time.
“Are you referring to the travelling call on Scheyer, when he and Howard went down?”
That was Singler.
One Shining Moment SUCKED!
I thought that should have been a foul on Butler because Scheyer would not have traveled if the Butler player had not fouled him.
And Duke walked all night.
Definitely one of the greatest shots of all time.
My hats off to the Butler basketball program and its coach Brad Stevens. These were two evenly matched teams that I cannot honestly say one was better than the other.
Unbelievable game tonight!!
Did you see when Scheyer took the 3 and was blatantly fouled...no call.
You got that right. At the very end, Zouback practically threw down the Butler guy. Clearly a foul. Butler got the ball, but the should have been shooting free throws.
“Would Haywards shot been The Greatest Shot of All Time?”
All the way to the National Championship!!! Losers cry about the refs. I know Butler (a Great Team!) won’t cry!
No...towards the end when the ball went out of bounds, it was rewarded to Butler but Zoobek push Howard down, it should have been two shot to Butler.
“The put back by Butler in the 1st half he had his elbow on Nolan Smiths back going up. No call. Lance Thomas got pushed out of bounds on a Butler rebound in the 1st. No call. Doesnt matter cause my Blue Devils are National Champs and thats all that matters!”
Yup, if you go back and watch the game again, I watched the 1st half again already, you will see Hayward get away with at least 3 or 4 fouls that were not called.
Duke was blatantly fouled all night long. Butler would have never been in the game if the refs didn’t have money on Butler.
Most of the refs should be fired and put on probabtion officiating women’s high school ball.
Here’s another, a bout a minute into the video:
Dr. J’s scoop shot against the Lakers - - Amazing.
Oh, stop whining about the refs. You guys sound like a bunch of Nebraska football fans.
“We see it different.
Tonight was the first game in which Butlers opponent actually got some calls.
I wish Michigan State was given those calls. Easy for Butler to control tempo when on their defensive end they NEVER get called for hacking and reach in fouls, while on the other end they get those calls.
Note to media: Butler was a 5 seed not a 16 seed, so quit with the David and Goliath nonsense.
The medias coverage and bias of Butler reminded me of how they cover Obama.”
Maybe the real story was student-athletes being successful in the classroom and on the court versus street thugs that largely made up the teams Butler beat in this tournament.
Michigan State has experience losing to Horizon League teams. Didn’t they lose to Wright State the year they won their last national championship in 2000?
Bullsh!t....watch the replay. He had 3 Butler guys tackle him. One over the back. One pulled his knee and the other pushing him in the chest. He ended up on his arse.
Refs call: Ball went out of bounds off Zoubek’s knee.
Howard set a vicious blind side screen on Singler as Hayward ran past him to take the last shot. Howard helped Duke a lot in this game. They were better off with him in the game. Butler is a great team, but Howard stinks. He hurt his team more than he helped them. Hayward is a tremendous player and will only get better.
What a load a B.S.! Sore loser!
Not to worry. It’s not true! What a load of crap! Just another sore loser! Duke played a great game; so did Butler. KUDOS to both teams...fortunately for this one, Duke came away the victors. Nobody cheated...no bad calls; just a great ball game all the way ‘round...good referees, great coaching, and awesome playing by both teams. Butler did not lose the game...it’s just that in the end, Duke was the team with the lead.
I've watched Kyle Singler since he was playing AAU ball and fell in love with his game. All the best to him. I hope he comes back for his senior year but I suspect he's gone. He is one heck of a basketball player.
Congrats to both teams tonight. A great, great game.
Bump to that, as expected.
I have nothing invested in this game (no bets, and no special team interest). Just a fan of March Madness.
“Michigan State’s problem was that they had one ball handler”
Not to mention they (MSU) were playing at about 75% with all their injuries.
I love physical ball and I have watched it again and there is no way they called a even game.
Having said that MSU beat themselves. If they had just made free throws, Butler would have been sitting home tonight.
MSU probably played their worse game of the year Saturday.
I think there are too many fouls called in basketball to begin with.
Let em play I say, but call it both ends.
“not to mention on every offensive position he dropped his shoulder and plowed into the lane”
Just a bit of an exaggeration.
By the way Butlers Hayward is a true gamer.
See post 43.
Congratulations! A class coach, team and program.
“One Shining Moment SUCKED!”
Me too! Was a great game...glad Duke won though (have been fans for 20 years-no alum; just fans thanks to our son); sorry that Butler couldn’t win too! They deserve all the KUDOS coming their way.
“Michigan State has experience losing to Horizon League teams. Didnt they lose to Wright State the year they won their last national championship in 2000?”
Now that is a motivator.
Don’t get me wrong, Butler is a good team with good kids who play hard. Still, no matter the STORY the media loves I don’t believe in officiating welfare to further that story.
This is how the media works.
#seed5 Butler beats #5 seed MSU and it is a great upset.
Not really, they are both 5 seeds with MSU playing damn near practice players and Freshmen to cover their hobbled starters and their top player out with surgery days before.
The media missed that.
Haywood missed a couple of chippies around the basket early that set the tone. Zoo couldn't match his foot speed, but Butler failed to capitalize on the mismatch. Too physical right from the get go for me. Refs failed to get control of the game early. Lots of off ball crap.
ONE SHINING MOMENT SUCKED??
I’m sure Butler team and fans are dissapointed now, BUT guess what?
Pretty much the ENTIRE starting lineup is back next year. Howard, Hayward, Norrie, VanZandt.....can this happen again? YEP!
This time ain’t no one will be suprised!
After the Duke Lacrosse team fiasco, I’m probably a Duke fan for life.
from CNNSI: “when Lance Thomas took down Hayward hard to prevent an easy layup with 5:07 left. The refs reviewed the play and decided not to call it flagrant”
Dude, if you look up “flagrant foul” in the dictionary, they could use that play as an example. Butler shoulda had 2 FTs and got the ball back.
Beg to differ with you. Here’s from CNNSI: when Lance Thomas took down Hayward hard to prevent an easy layup with 5:07 left. The refs reviewed the play and decided not to call it flagrant
First, if you look up flagrant foul in the dictionary, they could use that play as an example. Butler shoulda had 2 FTs and got the ball back.
Second: Butler shoulda been shooting free throws at the end there when the big guy, Zoubek, stiff-armed the Butler guy to the floor in the last minute. Butler did get the ball back, but they shoulda been shooting free throws. Coulda tied the game.
The only sport I will root for Duke is la crosse.
Breaks my heart for Butler.
Watch it again. Zoubeck threw Howard to the ground with his left arm. That was his 5th foul. They would have gone to OT.
Honestly I would think you guys would be more positive- Coach K keeps kids for 4 years, has one of the highest graduation rates in the country- builds young men not just basketball players- it's what we are all about here! Honor. Respect. Integrity.
I should go buy a lottery ticket... my daughter is a sophomore at UNC and we were on Franklin St last year with the kids! My son, however, endured losing in the early rounds the entire time he was there (’05-09).
I say: Go Duke! Go Coach K! Well done!
I have been a fan of Coach K since he coached at Army. His halftime speech to the Duke team when they were playing Navy during the 1986 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament was one for the ages AND showed a lot of class.
Having said that, until President Brodhead and the Gang of 88 are unemployed and unemployable, I'd rather have a sister working in a house of ill repute than support ANYTHING from Duke.
Freakin “One Shining Moment” was Jennifer Hudson singing. What the heck?! It was supposed to be about BASKETBALL!!
There is a BIG difference between the students and the faculty (probably true at most schools!). My son was a student at the time and he was most decidedly supportive of the LAX players. The students saw through the BS right away.
Big deal. The NBA’s newest collection of thugs.