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NCAA Basketball Championship Recap

INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 05:  Gordon Hayward #20 of the Butler Bulldogs shoots a last second shot from half court over Nolan Smith #2 of the Duke Blue Devils that missed during the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 5, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Duke defeated Butler 61-59 to win the championship. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

This was the shot that all of America, save anyone who was actually rooting for Duke, wanted to to go in.

Right at half court, off a rebound, three dribbles ,Butlers best player Gordon Hayward, who had just missed a fade away that would have given his team the lead, and it almost went in. Almost sadly, does not count in NCAA Championship games.

The country held their collective breaths for what seemed like forever as the shot approached the rim, hit the backboard and the rim before falling helplessly off the rim to the ground and the Duke celebration began. The scene at Hinkle Fieldhouse, Butlers home court and historic gym, was priceless scroll down and check out the video,


So where does this leave us at the close of the college basketball season? The NCAA has some lame idea that we need to mess with a system that produced upsets, great shots, and moments college basketball fans will remember forever. They want to change from a 65 field tournament to a 96 team tournament for no other reason than money. I guess I can’t blame the NCAA for trying to make a buck, but why change a system that seems to be perfect where it is?

There is finally parody to the point that the little school got to the championship game against one of college mega powers and they want to change it? This will probably mean that he entire Big East, ACC, and Big Ten will be in the tournament next year. Really? Where does all the bubble talk go? How long before Joe Lunardi’s head explodes while making out his enormous mock bracket? Most importantly how do we fill out a 96 team bracket with any chance of knowing who will win?

The tournament this year, in my opinion, was perfect. Northern Iowa, Cornell, Butler and even Duke were all great stories. Why would you want to mess with perfection?

Either way, last night’s game will go down in history as one of the hardest fought battles in NCAA championship game history, where no team gave and inch and in the end had Duke given Butler just one inch, Gordon Hayward’s half court prayer might have dropped.

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