Sunday, April 4, 2010

NCAA Men: Final--Butler vs. Duke

I missed seeing or hearing these two games, except for West Virginia's last gasps in the second half, due to being busy in an Easter sort of way. Butler's 52-50 victory is noted though, and they will play a Duke team that no how was letting West Virgina back in the game last night. When the Mountaineers lost Da'Sean Butler to injury with 9 minutes left in the game, their chances dimmed to none to catch Duke.

Butler plays suffocating defense that even when their shooting touch went completely south in the last 8 minutes of the second half, they were able to maintain, and when it came down to cases, they were able to make foul shots and play yet more nasty in your jersey D and win this game against Michigan State.

This should be a pretty good final game. I do not see Duke overpowering Butler in this game, even if their baby faced (moving pick...I know, let it go) big man #54 Matt Howard can't go. If Butler can keep the Duke offense from getting rhythm, and shoot well through the game, Butler's Hoosier story can continue and have a happy ending.

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