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Duke Beats Butler, 61-59, For NCAA Men's Basketball Title

In one of the most exciting final games in memory, the Duke University Blue Devils men's basketball team won the NCAA Division One championship, beating the Butler University Bulldogs 61 to 59 in Indianapolis.

The win by Duke, the only number one seed to enter the Final Four, ended an NCAA tournament dominated by upsets. And until the last shot of the game, a half-court try taken with less than two seconds by Butler's Gordon Hayward that nearly went in, it looked like another victory by an underdog was possible.

Many basketball fans whose favorites were out of the tournament had adopted Butler as their team, especially because the success of the constantly underestimated team from Indiana made for such a feel-good story.

The win places Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski in rare company. With his fourth championship, he became only one of several college coaches, including John Wooden and Adolph Rupp, to win four or more championships.

Duke's Kyle Singler won the tournament's most valuable player award.