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The Butler story was a great one, no doubt, but kudos to Tim Layden for capturing the essence of the 2009--10 Duke team in the NCAA championship story. The Blue Devils, led by seniors Jon Scheyer, Lance Thomas and Brian Zoubek, embraced their roles, excelled at them and reaped the rewards for that effort and commitment.
Scott Viebranz, Nashville
The Final Four article was a nice comment on Duke's championship (Tough As They Come, April 12) but totally missed the most important aspect of the event. In the new age of one-and-done players vying for a single shot at winning the NCAA title, this was a finish devoid of such players. Both Duke and Butler (along with Michigan State and West Virginia) got back to the basics of team basketball. For purists of the game, this was one of the best finals ever.
Tim Wiley, Zionsville, Ind.
I had never been a Butler fan, but it was hard to root against the Bulldogs in the NCAA tournament. They played great team defense and showed trust in one another. When the final buzzer sounded, Butler had shown fans across the world that they had everything champions are made of.
Missing the NIT
As a Dayton fan and alum, I was disappointed that SI did not cover the Flyers' victory in the NIT. Despite a disappointing season, during which the team lost eight games by five points or fewer, Dayton beat some strong contenders in convincing fashion—including the 2009 NCAA champion, North Carolina.
Thomas Dean, Loveland, Ohio