INDIANAPOLIS — The ball sailed from halfcourt with the buzzer sounding — bounced off the backboard, the rim, the floor.
Most of the 70,000 fans on Butler’s side let out an “Ohhhhhh,” and the Duke players piled onto forward Kyle Singler at center court. What a game! And what a way to end the season, even if America’s favorite underdog came up a little short.
Duke beat Butler 61-59 for the national championship Monday night, a win that wasn’t secure until after the buzzer sounded — when Gordon Hayward’s halfcourt, 3-point heave for the win barely missed to leave tiny Butler one cruel basket short of the Hollywood ending.