Title Game Blog: Duke vs. Butler
Interestingly, Duke's "Big Three" have played pretty well, with Singler, Scheyer and Smith combining for 26 of Duke's 33 points on 10-for-19 shooting. If they don't get some help on the offensive end and if Duke can't be better in keeping Butler off the offensive glass, the upset could be on. Butler amazingly could be 20 minutes away from a national title in which it shoots about 33 percent in the Final Four.
Really entertaining first half, with Butler truly exhibiting its class and tenaciousness. The Bulldogs have been outworking the Blue Devils and have gotten some huge contributions from lesser-known sources, particularly
With modest contributions from Howard and Hayward, and Nored well-rested after missing a chunk of the half, it will be interesting to see whether Butler can hit Duke with a spurt and create a bit of separation. The game still feels a little high scoring for the Bulldogs' liking, as is the tempo, although this Duke team has played very slow in the NCAAs, as well.
Should be a fantastic second half. Wish we could hear the halftime talks in both locker rooms. K can't be pleased with what he saw in the last 10 minutes of that half.
It doesn't get much more David vs. Goliath than this, at least in terms of program pedigree. Butler is a very worthy team but faces a multifaceted Duke team that poses major matchup concerns. Can the Bulldogs hang on the glass with the much larger Blue Devils? Will