Butler and Duke to battle for the March Madness championship on Monday

The Final Four games were played tonight, April 3, with Butler and Duke advancing to the championship to compete against each other on Monday to take home the trophy.

In a classic cinderella team tale, Butler is on the radar and has been since their first game against UTEP.

I know I went back and changed my original bracket and had Butler losing to UTEP that first round. You can bet I am kicking myself now.

But ever since Kansas got knocked out of the big dance by Northern Iowa, I have been pulling for Butler and they have not failed.

Under coach Brad Stevens, Butler has impressed many, including themselves.

Butler head coach Brad Stevens

They have had home city advantage (the last occurance was in 1972 with UCLA who ended up winning the whole championship) and have been compared to the Indiana Hoosiers, made famous by Hollywood in the movie about the team.

Coach Stevens is an impressive 33-year-old smart leader for the Bulldogs. Stevens came into the scene during the 2000-2001 season as a volunteer and was later promoted to full assistant coach the year later.

In the 2007-2008 basketball season, he was named the head coach and after winning 30-games that first season, became the third youngest coach in NCAA history with a 30 game winning season.

The 33-year-old will go head-to-head as he leads his team for the first time to the championship game against one of the biggest and most well-known coaches to basketball players across the country.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski

Coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke University BlueDevils has been coaching for 30-years.

He is experienced and knows how to win a basketball game, especially this big game.  It is somewhat interesting that the first year Coach K started coaching, Coach Stevens was only a 3-year old.

Coach K also has led his team to winning three NCAA championships and appearing in 11 Final Fours in those 30-years.

Who to look out for Monday night:

Duke has the power 3 and big Z. Jon Scheyer, Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith are the big three that are power houses behind the 3-point range and know how to drive the ball into the paint and cause damage to the scoreboard.

Big Z, or Brian Zoubek, is a big guy.

And that big guy is dangerous when throwing his ‘bows under the basket in his rebounds and putbacks.

Butler has a diverse team and they work very well together. The big player to watch is Gordon Hayward. He knows how to get to the end of the game with the outcome in his favor. He plays smart, smooth and with certain ease.

But again, the team works together to play “The Butler Way.” The “Butler Way” is defense, ball control, discipline and teamwork.

This small college from Indiana has been able to hold all the teams they have thus played under 60-points. Can this play out when they meet Duke’s big-3–who had a combined 63-points in tonights game against WVU?

Make sure to tune in Monday for the game and to check back here for results on the game and the sportaholic tournament contest pool.

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2 Responses to “Butler and Duke to battle for the March Madness championship on Monday”

  1. Tates Says:

    Could be one of the most fun finals to watch in a long while

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