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That wound up being the final field goal of the season for the Blue Devils, whose only three points the rest of the way came on free throws.
"It really wasn't about me shooting the ball," Singler said. "It's about the team, and we needed everyone in these last two games to get where we are right now."
Some more than others. Duke's bench went scoreless against Butler, and managed only three shots, while the guys who do the dirty work -- Zoubek and forward Lance Thomas -- struggled inside for a while.
The Bulldogs had outrebounded the Blue Devils by seven at halftime and threatened to become the first team in the tournament to hold a rebounding edge against the biggest team in Coach K's three decades in Durham.
The Blue Devils eventually eked out a 37-35 edge on the boards -- perhaps none bigger than the one Zoubek grabbed after Hayward's forced fall-away jumper in the final seconds.
"I knew that me getting a rebound would be a huge play," Zoubek said. "We really stepped it up in the second half."
That, and Hayward's last-gasp miss, helped put these Blue Devils in the elite company of players who have hung championship banners at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Krzyzewski won consecutive titles in 1991 and '92, then waited nine years before his next one in 2001.
Nine years later, and another banner is going into Cameron's rafters -- and some new names will join those of Laettner, Hurley, Hill and Battier. Smith, Scheyer and Singler helped Duke avoid the supporting role in Butler's real-life version of "Hoosiers."
"I think we won because of these guys," Krzyzewski said. "And as good as the Butler story is and was, their story is pretty good, too."
When it was finally over, those clever Cameron Crazies who made the trip to Hoosier Country busted out their chant, letting everyone know how many titles they have. They're only one behind top rival North Carolina, which claimed its fifth tournament crown last year. Then the Crazies chanted "one more year" toward Singler, who hasn't said yet whether he will return for his senior season.
But clearly, that can wait. Once again, there's a championship to celebrate at Cameron.
"I love this team and it's our last day together, and what a way to celebrate our last day together," Krzyzewski said.
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