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This year’s NCAA Tournament lived up to everyone’s expectations by providing some of the most exciting basketball you can find. As with every year, the tournament is filled with upsets, nail-biters, buzzer-beaters and incredible athleticism all around. The Butler Bulldogs won the hearts of many new fans on their way to the championship game, and during their journey, Butler defeated the 4th, 7th, and 13th ranked teams in the nation.

In the final, they faced perennial college powerhouse Duke. The game was nothing short of spectacular and went down to the last shot. Gordon Hayward of the Bulldogs heaved a half court prayer and the shot seemed to be headed in for the final chapter of their Cinderella Story. However, the shot fell to the floor, and a team had finally scored over 60 points against Butler in the tournament, and apparently that was all that was needed, as the Blue Devils came out victorious, 61-59.

Brian Zoubek in the Nike Blue Chip II and Kyle Singler in the Nike Zoom Kobe V PE.

Miles Plumlee of Duke dunks wearing the Nike Air Max LeBron VII against West Virginia.

Shawn Vanzant of Butler wearing the Nike Zoom Soldier III drives against Korie Lucious of Michigan State in the Nike Hyperize.

Ronald Nored of the Butler Bulldogs, wearing the Nike Hypermax against Michigan State.

Ronald Nored #5 of Butler wearing the Nike Hypermax goes up for a shot against Lance Thomas #42 in the Nike Air Max LeBron VII.

Nolan Smith #2 of the Duke Blue Devils in the Nike Zoom Kobe V PE.

Brian Zoubek #55 of the Duke Blue Devils in the Nike Blue Chip II.

Celebration time for Duke fans and their mascot.