|Finals site||Lucas Oil Stadium|
|Champions||Duke Blue Devils (4th title, 10th title game,|
15th Final Four)
|Runner-up||Butler Bulldogs (1st title game,|
1st Final Four)
|Winning coach||Mike Krzyzewski (4th title)|
|MOP||Kyle Singler (Duke)|
The 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament involved 65 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball as a culmination of the 2009-10 basketball season. It began on March 16, 2010, and concluded with the championship game on April 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. It was the first Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium; the RCA Dome and Market Square Arena hosted past Final Fours when the event was held in Indianapolis.
The Final Four consisted of Duke, making their first appearance since 2004, West Virginia, who were making their second appearance and first since 1959, Butler, considered the host school and making their first ever appearance, and Michigan State, the national runner-up from 2009 appearing in the Final Four for the sixth time under head coach Tom Izzo.
When Duke and Butler played each other in the tournament final, it was the first title game between private universities in 25 years (Villanova and Georgetown met in 1985), and the fifth such match-up in history (1942, 1954, and 1955 having been the other years).
Entering the tournament, the top four seeds were Kansas, Duke, Kentucky, and Syracuse. Kansas entered the Tournament as the overall No. 1 seed but was defeated on opening weekend by Northern Iowa, the No. 9 seed in the Midwest region. Northern Iowa was one of four teams seeded lower than No. 8 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen, joining the East Region's No. 11 seed Washington and No. 12 seed Cornell and the South Region's No. 10 seed Saint Mary's.
For the first time since 2006, a No. 14 seed advanced out of the First Round as Ohio defeated Georgetown. The No. 13 seed in the West Region, Murray State, defeated No. 4-seeded Vanderbilt, marking the second consecutive appearance for the Commodores where they lost as a No. 4 seed. Murray State very nearly upset Butler in their next game, losing by two points.
One of the more exciting games of the tournament was played at the West Regional in Salt Lake City, as No. 6 Xavier took No. 2 Kansas State to two overtimes before falling 101-96. Jordan Crawford hit a three-pointer with seconds remaining in the first overtime period to force a second.
A total of 65 teams were selected for the tournament. Thirty one of the teams earned automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments. The automatic bid of the Ivy League, which does not conduct a postseason tournament, went to Cornell, its regular season champion. The remaining 34 teams were granted at-large bids, which were extended by the NCAA Selection Committee.
Two teams played an opening-round game, popularly called the play-in game; the winner of that game advanced to the main draw of the tournament and played a top seed in one of the regionals. The 2010 game was played on March 16 at University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio, as it has been since its inception in 2001.
All 64 teams were seeded 1 to 16 within their regions; the winner of the play-in game automatically received a 16 seed. The Selection Committee seeded the entire field from 1 to 65. UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero took over as chair of the Division I Men's Basketball Committee.
Defending champion North Carolina did not qualify for the Tournament, while two schools made their first post-season appearance: Southern Conference champion Wofford and SWAC champion Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Conference USA champion Houston made its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 18 years.
The First and Second Round games were played at the following sites:
The 2010 regional sites were:
Each regional winner advanced to the Final Four, held on April 3 and 5 in Indianapolis, Indiana at Lucas Oil Stadium, hosted by the Horizon League and Butler University, as per the NCAA's mandate that one Final Four is held every five years in the city that houses the NCAA's headquarters. With Butler's win in the West Regional final, this marked the first time since 1972 that the host city had a home team in the Final Four (when UCLA went) and the first time that a host school played in the Final Four since Louisville did so in 1959. There was only one new arena in the 2010 tournament, as Salt Lake City's EnergySolutions Arena, the home of the NBA's Utah Jazz, hosted for the first time; previous tournaments in the city were held on the campus of the University of Utah at either Nielsen Fieldhouse or the Jon M. Huntsman Center. All fourteen venues used in the 2010 tournament have hosted games since.
Results to date 
* - Denotes overtime period
All times in U.S. EDT.
|12||New Mexico State||67|
|11||San Diego State||59|
|15||UC Santa Barbara||51|
|16||East Tennessee State||71|
|14||Sam Houston State||59|
|National Championship Game|
The biggest upset of the first day came in Providence, Rhode Island, where 14th-seeded Ohio defeated third-seeded Georgetown in convincing fashion, 97-83, for their first Tournament win since 1983, when they ousted Illinois State in the First Round of that Tournament. Armon Bassett scored 32 points for the Bobcats, who shot 57 percent from the field and made 13 of 23 3-pointers. They advanced to face Tennessee, the sixth seed in the region. The Volunteers held off 11th seed San Diego State, 62-59, on head coach Bruce Pearl's 50th birthday. J. P. Prince and Melvin Goins scored 15 points each for Tennessee.
In Oklahoma City, Ali Farokhmanesh drilled a three-pointer with 4.9 seconds remaining to lift ninth-seeded Northern Iowa over UNLV. It was the Panthers first Tournament win since 1990. UNI advanced to face top-seeded Kansas. The top seed withheld an effort by Lehigh, trailing the 16th seed early in the game and leading by just six at halftime before pulling away midway in the second half for a 90-74 win.
On the second day of play, 10th-seeded Georgia Tech failed to make a single field goal in the final 8:19 of play, but sank 13 free throws to hold off No. 7 Oklahoma State, 64-59, in Milwaukee. Gani Lawal led Georgia Tech with 14 points. The Yellow Jackets advanced to play Ohio State, who defeated UC Santa Barbara 68-51. Buckeye star Evan Turner struggled from the field, shooting 2-13 and scoring nine points, and the Gauchos put up a fight playing from behind most of the game.
Rounding out the Midwest bracket were Maryland and Michigan State in Spokane, Washington. The Terrapins beat Houston 89-77 behind a career-high 21 points and 17 rebounds from freshman Jordan Williams, while the Spartans edged New Mexico State, 70-67. The end of the game included a controversial lane violation call on Aggies player Troy Gillenwater with 18.6 seconds left that allowed MSU to reshoot a missed free throw and extend its lead to 3.
Northern Iowa stunned the nation by knocking off top overall seed Kansas, 69-67. Leading by just one in the final minute of play, Ali Farokhmanesh clinched the victory for the second time in as many games with a three-point basket that ESPN's Pat Forde called "the greatest early-round shot in NCAA tournament history." The win was significant for several reasons: it marked the Panthers' first trip ever to the Sweet Sixteen, and was the first time in six years a No. 1 seed was eliminated in the round of 32. It was also the first time since 1962 that a team from the Missouri Valley Conference had defeated a top seed in the Tournament. Meanwhile, Michigan State lost guard Kalin Lucas to a leg injury late in the first half of its game with Maryland. Michigan State extended its halftime lead of NINE to 16 in the second half before falling behind by one late after succumbing to Maryland's relentless pressure defense and some spectacular plays by Greivis Vásquez. But Korie Lucious kept MSU from losing the game, hitting a 3-pointer as time ran out to lift his team past the Terrapins, 85-83. Lucas' injury proved to be a torn Achilles tendon, putting the junior out of action for up to six months.
For the third time in four years, Tennessee made it to the regional semifinals with their 83-68 win over Ohio. J. P. Prince scored 18 points for the Volunteers, while Scotty Hopson added 17. In Milwaukee, Ohio State's Evan Turner bounced back from his off-night in the first round, nearly recording a triple-double (24 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists) as the Buckeyes downed Georgia Tech 75-66.
|(6) Tennessee Volunteers 76, (2) Ohio State Buckeyes 73|
|Scoring by half: 39-42, 37-31|
|Pts: W. Chism 22
Rebs: B. Williams 12
Asts: J. P. Prince 6
|Pts: E. Turner 31|
Rebs: E. Turner 7
Asts: D. Lighty, E. Turner 5
Edward Jones Dome
Referees: Mike Kitts, Bryan Kersey, Don Daily
|(9) Northern Iowa Panthers 52, (5) Michigan State Spartans 59|
|Scoring by half: 29-22, 23-37|
|Pts: A. Koch 13
Rebs: K. Ahelegbe, J. Eglseder 4
Asts: K. Ahelegbe 2
|Pts: D. Summers 19|
Rebs: D. Summers 7
Asts: D. Green, K. Lucious 4
Edward Jones Dome
Referees: Jeff Clark, Paul Janssen, Pat Adams
|(6) Tennessee Volunteers 69, (5) Michigan State Spartans 70|
|Scoring by half: 41-39, 28-31|
|Pts: W. Chism 13
Rebs: B. Williams 9
Asts: J. P. Prince 5
|Pts: D. Summers 21|
Rebs: R. Morgan 10
Asts: K. Lucious 4
Edward Jones Dome
Referees: John Cahill, Pat Driscoll, Michael Stephens
For the second time in three years, the Vanderbilt Commodores were victims of the upset, losing to Murray State on a Danero Thomas shot with time expiring, 66-65, in San Jose, California. Like 2008, when they lost to Siena, Vandy was seeded fourth against the Racers. Murray State advanced to face fifth-seeded Butler, who defeated UTEP, 77-59, after trailing 33-27 at the half. Shelvin Mack led the Bulldogs with 25 points.
Meanwhile, the Florida Gators rallied from a 13-point deficit in Oklahoma City to send their game with BYU to two overtimes. But Florida player Chandler Parsons missed chances to win the game at the end of regulation and the first overtime, and BYU's Jimmer Fredette sealed the 99-92 win with a pair of threes in the second overtime. Fredette finished with 37 points, the eighth time that year he'd scored over 30. BYU's advanced to play Kansas State, who had little trouble with the North Texas Mean Green, winning 82-62.
Five years after Vermont upset Syracuse, the two teams met again in the Big Dance, this time in Buffalo, New York. Unlike the 2005 game, however, Syracuse was able to shut down the Catamounts, winning 79-56. Five players scored in double digits for the Orange. They advanced to play Gonzaga. The Bulldogs had an 18-point led against Florida State, but the Seminoles cut it to five with 2:21 remaining. The Zags survived FSU's comeback, however, by making 8 of 10 free throws down the stretch to seal a 67-60 win.
The last two slots in the West went to Pittsburgh and Xavier. It was a close game between Pittsburgh and Oakland in Milwaukee until Grizzlies forward Derick Nelson received an elbow from Gary McGhee of the Panthers, opening a cut over his left eye that began spurting blood. Immediately after Nelson's departure, Pitt went on a 19-2 run. The Panthers held Oakland to 33 percent in their 89-66 victory. As for Xavier, they beat Minnesota, 65-54. Jordan Crawford, the Xavier player who made national headlines the previous summer when he dunked on LeBron James during a training camp held by the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar, scored 28 points for the Musketeers, 17 of those came in the second half.
Murray State had another chance at an upset against Butler, but a 3-point play by Bulldog Ronald Nored dashed those hopes, along with Gordon Hayward deflecting a Racers pass. Butler won 54-52. The Bulldogs' next opponent, top-seeded Syracuse, rolled over Gonzaga, 87-65, with Wes Johnson scoring a career best 31 points and pulling 14 rebounds.
2 seed Kansas State fell behind to BYU early, trailing 10-0 to start the game. But the Wildcats would pull ahead with 4:21 to go in the first half and never relinquished the lead after that, advancing to the next round with an 84-72 win. K-State's Jacob Pullen had a career-high 34 points. And third-seeded Pitt was eliminated by Xavier, 71-68. Jordan Crawford had 27 points for the Musketeers.
|(5) Butler Bulldogs 63, (1) Syracuse Orange 59|
|Scoring by half: 35-25, 28-34|
|Pts: G. Hayward 17
Rebs: M. Howard 7
Asts: S. Mack 5
|Pts: W. Johnson 17|
Rebs: R. Jackson, W. Johnson 9
Asts: S. Jardine 5
Referees: Mark Whitehead, Randall McCall, Antinio Petty
|(6) Xavier Musketeers 96, (2) Kansas State Wildcats 101 (2OT)|
|Scoring by half: 32-31, 40-41 Overtime: 15-15, 9-14|
|Pts: J. Crawford 32
Rebs: J. Love 15
Asts: T. Holloway 6
|Pts: J. Pullen 28|
Rebs: C. Kelly 8
Asts: D. Clemente 5
Referees: Mike Reed, Karl Hess, Tony Greene
In what Gregg Doyel of CBSSports.com called "one of the best games in the history of the Sweet 16", Kansas State downed Xavier, 101-96, in double overtime in Salt Lake City. The Musketeers' Terrell Holloway made three free throws with 5 seconds remaining in regulation to pull Xavier even with the Wildcats. Down 3 again with the first overtime winding down, Jordan Crawford nailed a 35-foot shot to extend the game further. Jacob Pullen then hit a pair of threes in the second overtime to push K-State over the top.
Syracuse became the second number-one seed to fall, as Butler claimed its first-ever trip to the Elite Eight. The 63-59 win brought the Bulldogs within one win of playing the Final Four in their home city. Trailing by four with 5:23 left, Butler held the Orange scoreless for nearly five minutes, while scoring 11 points of their own, including a 3-point shot by Willie Veasley that bounced high off the rim before hitting the backboard and eventually falling through the net. The win marked Butler's 23rd in a row.
|(5) Butler Bulldogs 63, (2) Kansas State Wildcats 56|
|Scoring by half: 27-20, 36-36|
|Pts: G. Hayward 22
Rebs: G. Hayward, S. Mack 8
Asts: R. Nored 5
|Pts: D. Clemente 18|
Rebs: D. Sutton 7
Asts: C. Kelly, M. Irving 2
Referees: Verne Harris, Dick Cartmell, Jim Burr
In New Orleans, Ishmael Smith scored a 17-foot jumper with 1.3 seconds left in overtime as Wake Forest defeated Texas, 81-80. The Longhorns, who had been ranked number one as recently as January, but fell to an 8 seed in the tournament, twice trailed by double digits before rallying, then held an eight-point lead before falling. Wake Forest advanced to face top-seeded Kentucky, who breezed past East Tennessee State, 100-71.
A basket by Quincy Pondexter with 1.7 seconds remaining helped the Washington Huskies past Marquette, 80-78, in San Jose. Washington had trailed by 15 with over 13 minutes to go in the second half. The Huskies advanced to face New Mexico, who beat the Montana Grizzlies, 62-57. Roman Martinez scored 19 points for the Lobos, while Darington Hobson had 11 points, 11 rebounds and six assists despite playing with a sprained left wrist.
Ivy League champion Cornell joined the parade of double-digit seeds advancing to the second round with a dominating performance over Temple, 78-65, in Jacksonville, Florida. Louis Dale, Ryan Wittman and Jeff Foote, all seniors for the Big Red, scored 21, 20 and 16 points respectively, and Cornell shot 56 percent from the field overall, making 8 of their first 10 shots and shooting 68 percent in the first half. It was the first tournament win in Big Red history. The Wisconsin Badgers, who Cornell drew next, managed to avoid getting upset itself, beating Wofford in a low-scoring affair, 53-49. A pair of free throws from Jon Leuer with 4.2 seconds on the clock sealed the win for Badgers. Leuer had 20 points on the day.
One year after reaching the Elite Eight, 10th-seeded Missouri knocked off No. 7 Clemson, 86-78, in Buffalo. The Missouri Tigers' defense forced 20 turnovers and stole the ball 15 times in the win, while Kim English and Keith Ramsey had 20 points each offensively. Mizzou advanced to play West Virginia, who started its opening round game trailing Morgan State, 12-3. But the 2 seed hit 8 of its next 11 shots to take the lead for good en route to a 77-50 win.
Washington looked nothing like the No. 11 seed in the East, dismantling third-seeded New Mexico, 82-64. With 18 points from Quincy Pondexter and 15 from Isaiah Thomas and Matthew Bryan-Amaning each, the Huskies played their uptempo style to a 12-point lead at halftime that grew to 23 midway through the second half. Washington made the Sweet 16 for the third time since 2005. West Virginia reached the Sweet 16 after beating Missouri, 68-59. Da'Sean Butler had 28 points for the Mountaineers, while the Tigers were plagued by poor shooting from the field and at the line.
It was another blowout for the Kentucky Wildcats as they beat Wake Forest, 90-60. Four players scored in double figures for UK as they built an early cushion, then padded it to 31 points by the second half. The Wildcats became the next hurdle in Cornell's Cinderella season, which continued with an 87-69 pasting of No. 4 Wisconsin. Thanks to 26 points from Louis Dale, another 24 from Ryan Wittman, and a 61 percent shooting effort overall--the highest percentage ever allowed by the Badgers in Bo Ryan's nine-year tenure in Madison--the Big Red became the first team from the Ivy League to reach the round of 16 in more than 30 years.
|(11) Washington Huskies 56, (2) West Virginia Mountaineers 69|
|Scoring by half: 29-27, 27-42|
|Pts: J. Holiday 14
Rebs: M. Bryan-Amaning, J. Holiday 8
Asts: I. Thomas 4
|Pts: K. Jones 18|
Rebs: K. Jones 8
Asts: D. Ebanks 5
Referees: Tom Eades, Mike Eades, Brian Dorsey
|(12) Cornell Big Red 45, (1) Kentucky Wildcats 62|
|Scoring by half: 16-32, 29-30|
|Pts: L. Dale 17
Rebs: J. Foote 6
Asts: 3 players with 2
|Pts: D. Cousins 16|
Rebs: P. Patterson 12
Asts: J. Wall 8
Referees: Mike Sanzere, James Breeding, John Higgins
The clock struck midnight for 12 seed Cornell and 11 seed Washington. Kentucky put an end to the Big Red's Cinderella run with a 62-45 win in Syracuse, New York. The game started promising for Cornell, as they took a 10-2 lead to the delight of the partisan-Big Red crowd. But a talented Wildcats squad spoiled the party after that with 16 points from DeMarcus Cousins, 12 rebounds from Patrick Patterson and 8 assists from John Wall. West Virginia's 69-56 defeat of the Huskies set up the only 1 vs. 2 regional final in the tournament. The Mountaineers' Da'Sean Butler led all scorers with 18 points, as West Virginia recorded its 30th win, the most in school history.
|(2) West Virginia Mountaineers 73, (1) Kentucky Wildcats 66|
|Scoring by half: 28-26, 45-40|
|Pts: D. Butler 18
Rebs: K. Jones 8
Asts: J. Flowers, W. Smith 4
|Pts: J. Wall 19|
Rebs: P. Patterson 13
Asts: J. Wall 5
Referees: Jamie Luckie, Ted Valentine, Curtis Shaw
Second-seeded Villanova survived a scare in Providence, needing overtime to beat Robert Morris, 73-70. Scottie Reynolds was kept from the starting lineup for undisclosed reasons (Coach Jay Wright said he wanted to make a "teaching point"), and even though he scored 20 points, he only made 2 of 15 shots from the field. Mezie Nwigwe had a chance to send the game to a second overtime for the Colonials, but missed a 3-pointer as time ran out. Villanova plays Saint Mary's of California in the second round. The Gaels beat Richmond, 80-71, advancing for the first time in over 50 years.
Contributing to the Big East Conference's woes on day one of the tournament was Notre Dame's 51-50 loss to Old Dominion in New Orleans. The Fighting Irish opened the second half with a 30-22 lead before the Monarchs went on a 9-0 run to take the lead. The game remained close until the end, when Notre Dame's Carleton Scott attempted a 3-point basket that ended up rattling around the rim before falling out. A putback from Luke Harangody at the buzzer was not enough for the Irish. Old Dominion advanced to face Baylor in the round of 32. In a close game with Sam Houston State, the Bears used an 8-0 run in the final minutes to take the 68-59 victory.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff won the play-in game on March 16, 2010, by beating Winthrop, 61-44. But they proved to be no match for the No. 1-seed Duke Blue Devils, who blew the Golden Lions out, 73-44, in Jacksonville. Kyle Singler had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Duke, who led 39-20 at the break. Duke advanced to face California in the second round. The Golden Bears rode a rollercoaster with Louisville, leading the Cardinals by 18 before having their lead cut to 6, then pulling back out to a 14-point advantage before Louisville brought it back to within 4. But Cal ended the game with a 15-4 run to win, 77-62.
Finally, in Spokane, the fourth-seeded Purdue Boilermakers had a go of it with upset specialist Siena, trailing the Saints 32-29 at halftime before racing to a 14-point lead to open the second half. Siena would pull within 3 with just over a minute remaining, but Purdue held on for the 72-64 win, spoiling the predictions of some fans and even President Barack Obama that Siena would make the Boilers their latest victim. They advanced to play Texas A&M, who defeated Utah State, 69-53, behind 19 points from freshman Khris Middleton.
After barely beating Robert Morris in the first round, Villanova could not withstand the Gael storm from St. Mary's. Omar Samhan scored 32 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the No. 10 seed took down Nova, 75-68. Afterwards, Samhan called the game his "best win ever." Wildcat Scottie Reynolds remained in his funk to end the season, netting just 8 points. Trailing by as many as 14 in the first half and 38-28 at halftime, Old Dominion went on a 9-0 run against Baylor at the start of the second half, then took the lead, 49-47, on free throws from Kent Bazemore. But Baylor would close the door on the upset bid with an 8-1 run to end the game, winning 76-68. The Bears' LaceDarius Dunn led all scorers with 26 points, while 7-foot center Josh Lomers had eight rebounds to go with his career high 14 points.
Chris Kramer's layup with 4.2 seconds left in overtime gave Purdue a 63-61 win over Texas A&M. Kramer finished with 17 points as the Boilermakers came back from a 7-point deficit at halftime. They advanced to face Duke in the Sweet 16. The Blue Devils beat California, 68-53, behind 20 points from Nolan Smith, 17 points from Kyle Singler and 14 points and 13 rebounds from Brian Zoubek. This was the 19th time under head coach Mike Krzyzewski Duke reached the round of 16.
|(10) Saint Mary's Gaels 49, (3) Baylor Bears 72|
|Scoring by half: 17-46, 32-26|
|Pts: B. Allen 16
Rebs: O. Samhan 9
Asts: M. Dellavedova 7
|Pts: L. Dunn 23|
Rebs: E. Udoh 11
Asts: 3 players with 3
Referees: Leslie Jones, Mike Wood, Roger Ayers
|(4) Purdue Boilermakers 57, (1) Duke Blue Devils 70|
|Scoring by half: 23-24, 34-46|
|Pts: J. Johnson 23
Rebs: J. Johnson 5
Asts: L. Jackson, K. Grant 4
|Pts: K. Singler 24|
Rebs: B. Zoubek 14
Asts: J. Scheyer, N. Smith 4
Referees: Doug Shows, Ed Corbett, Joe Lindsay
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|(3) Baylor Bears 71, (1) Duke Blue Devils 78|
|Scoring by half: 35-32, 36-46|
|Pts: L. Dunn 22
Rebs: E. Udoh 10
Asts: E. Udoh 6
|Pts: N. Smith 29|
Rebs: B. Zoubek, L. Thomas 9
Asts: K. Singler, J. Scheyer 4
Referees: Scott Thornley, Mike Stuart, Doug Sirmons
Duke defeated Baylor 78-71, in front of a practically home crowd for Baylor in Houston, Texas. Nolan Smith was named game MVP with 29 points, while Lance Thomas also had a career high 8 offensive rebounds.
|(W5) Butler Bulldogs 52, (M5) Michigan State Spartans 50|
|Scoring by half: 28-28, 24-22|
|Pts: G. Hayward 19
Rebs: G. Hayward 9
Asts: R. Nored and S. Vanzant 2
|Pts: D. Summers 14|
Rebs: D. Summers 10
Asts: K. Lucious 4
Lucas Oil Stadium
Referees: Leslie Jones, Jamie Luckie, Mike Stuart
|(E2) West Virginia Mountaineers 57, (S1) Duke Blue Devils 78|
|Scoring by half: 31-39, 26-39|
|Pts: W. Smith 12
Rebs: W. Smith, K. Jones 5
Asts: W. Smith 4
|Pts: J. Scheyer 23|
Rebs: B. Zoubek 10
Asts: J. Scheyer, N. Smith 6
Lucas Oil Stadium
Referees: Randall McCall, Curtis Shaw, John Higgins
On April 3, 2010, Butler Bulldogs, playing in their hometown, faced off against the Michigan State Spartans. In a tough, physical game, the Bulldogs, despite going more than 11 minutes without a field goal, were able to hang on after forcing Michigan State into 16 turnovers and holding the Spartans to zero fast-break points. The Bulldogs also out-rebounded Michigan State on the offensive glass, 11 to 8. With the victory, Butler became the fourth team in NCAA tournament history to hold its first five opponents under 60 points.
On April 3, 2010, Duke, the #1 seed from the South and West Virginia Mountaineers, the #2 seed from the East, squared off in the second of the Final Four games. Duke showed its full potential in the game, hitting 52.7 percent of its shots (and 52 percent of its three-pointers) while shredding West Virginia's 1-3-1 zone trap. Duke led 39-31 at the half and maintained its red-hot shooting in the second half. The highlight of the game came when Nolan Smith missed a contested, fast-break layup, but Kyle Singler and Miles Plumlee combined to slam home the rebound to give Duke a 14-point lead. Plumlee was credited with the dunk. Kyle Singler scored 21 points for the Blue Devils and Nolan Smith added 19 points and six assists. With the victory, Duke advanced to its 10th NCAA Championship game.
|(W5) Butler Bulldogs 59, (S1) Duke Blue Devils 61|
|Scoring by half: 32-33, 27-28|
|Pts: G. Hayward, S. Mack 12
Rebs: G. Hayward 8
Asts: W. Veasley 3
|Pts: K. Singler 19|
Rebs: B. Zoubek 10
Asts: J. Scheyer 5
Lucas Oil Stadium
Referees: John Cahill, Tom Eades, Ted Valentine
On April 5, 2010, Butler and Duke faced off in what The New York Times called "the most eagerly awaited championship game in years". Butler became the first team to play in the championship game in its home city since UCLA in 1968.
Duke jumped out to a quick 6-1 lead to start the game, but Butler rallied back, taking a 12-11 lead at the 12:28 mark of the first half. At the under eight-minute TV timeout, Butler held a 20-18 lead. After the timeout, Duke went on an 8-0 run to take a 26-20 lead. Butler coach Brad Stevens then called a timeout. With starters Matt Howard and Ronald Nored on the bench in foul trouble, backup center Avery Jukes came up big for Butler. Jukes hit two three-pointers and a made tip-in en route to 10 first half points, tying his single-game season high. At half time, Duke's lead stood at 33-32.
The second half was played very closely, with neither team taking a lead larger than two points until a Brian Zoubek layup put Duke up 47-43 with 12:27 remaining. Butler stayed close, keeping within 5 points the rest of the way. With 3:16 to play, Duke took a 60-55 lead on two made free throws by Nolan Smith. Butler missed its next shot, but forced a missed shot and turned Duke over after an offensive rebound. Matt Howard made a layup for Butler to make it a 60-57 game with 1:44 remaining. Smith missed a layup for Duke and Howard got another layup after collecting an offensive rebound on a missed three-pointer by Shelvin Mack. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski then called a time out. Kyle Singler missed an open jump shot with 36 seconds remaining, giving Butler a chance to take the lead. Butler was unable to initiate their offense and Stevens called a timeout to set up a play. They were then forced to call their last timeout when they were unable to get the ball in-bounds. Gordon Hayward then missed a short fade-away jumper. Zoubek came down with the rebound, forcing Butler to foul with 3.6 seconds remaining. Zoubek made the first foul shot and then intentionally missed the second, knowing Butler had no timeouts remaining. Hayward was forced to throw up a desperation shot from half court. The ball bounced off the backboard and then the rim. According to analysis by ESPN, Hayward's aim was off by three inches, or less than one degree, on the x-axis. Because a made three-point shot would have resulted in a loss for Duke, some pundits criticized Krzyzewski for his decision to have Zoubek miss the second free throw intentionally. Other pundits, however, ran various analyses that indicated that it was statistically the correct call.
The 61-59 victory earned Krzyzewski his fourth national championship crown, his second in ten years. The game was the most watched finale in more than 10 years, pulling in average of viewers in the United States. Kyle Singler earned Most Outstanding Player honors with 19 points and eight rebounds.
|Conference||# of Bids||Record||Win %||R32||S16||E8||F4||CG|
|One and done teams*||13||0-13||.000||-||-||-||-||-|
**Arkansas-Pine Bluff won the Opening Round game.
The columns R32, S16, E8, F4, and CG respectively stand for the Round of 32, Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, Final Four, and Championship Game. The number in each field represents an appearance in that round by a team from that conference.
For the 29th consecutive year, CBS Sports again televised a majority of the event, with the exception of the opening round game, which was televised by ESPN, and first-round games played in the late afternoon, which CBS College Sports Network aired so CBS affiliates could break for local and network news. The championship game scored a Nielson rating of 16.0.
In addition to the main CBS affiliates, many stations opened digital subchannels for additional coverage. Also, on these four occasions, CBS opened the coverage to additional channels to settle conflicts:
Westwood One again broadcast the tournament.
John Tautges again served as host of the broadcasts.
|Date||Teams||Flagship station||Play-by-play announcer||Color analyst(s)|
|2010||Duke||WDNC||Bob Harris||John Roth|
Broadcasters used the CBS feed unless stated otherwise.
Consider this argument for why it should go down as the greatest early-round shot in NCAA tournament history... He [Farokhmanesh] chose greatness -- and the potential censure that would have come with a miss. He made a completely voluntary decision to tee up a 3 with 30 seconds on the shot clock and 35 seconds in the game and his team holding a one-point lead. While on a personal seven-shot miss streak. With nobody there to rebound offensively. And the biggest tourney upset in years hanging in the balance.