Monday, May 3, 2010

Duke, Butler schedule rematch

Duke and Butler will play Dec. 4 in East Rutherford, N.J., in a rematch of the 2010 NCAA championship game.

ESPN announced Monday that it will televise the game. Duke edged Butler 61-59 in the NCAA title game on April 5, and both teams are expected to be among the five best teams in college basketball next season.

Duke returns two of its top three scorers, Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith, from the championship team and adds a top point guard recruit in Kyrie Irving. Butler has three starters returning; leading scorer Gordon Hayward has declared for the NBA draft, but there's still a chance he will return to school because he hasn't yet hired an agent.

Duke has a long history of success in East Rutherford with a record of 18-1, including five NCAA East Regional final victories. Butler has never played at the arena, which is now called the IZOD Center.

Ken Tysiac


Anonymous said...

great news. im a huge duke fan and gained a ton of respect for butler after that game so i will be looking forward to this one. go duke.

Anonymous said...

duke who?

Anonymous said...

@anonymous at 7:44pm

lol - u must be a tarhole fan. you know, the duke team that swept the heels, won the acc championship, and the ncaa championship.

i know your team quit back in january, but hey, they almost won the loser tournament lol

Anonymous said...

How gutsy of Coach K playing a game in Cameron Indoor Stadium North.

Anonymous said...

Considering they played the championship in Butlers backyard, I see nothing wrong with playing this one in "Cameron Indoor Stadium North".

Anonymous said...

"duke who?"


Even as a Duke fan, I wish this game was at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Could you imagine the atmosphere in that place?

Should be a great game...Duke rolls!


MichaelProcton said...

Yes, god knows that Duke will have a HUGE homecourt advantage hundreds of miles away from Durham. Probably even more than Butler had in the national championship fifteen minutes from campus.