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Watching Duke's Kyle Singler and Butler's Gordon Hayward play each other again next season would be a delight to college hoops fans.
Those eager to watch Duke-Butler rematch – judging by the TV ratings, there are plenty – may be in luck.
Bulldogs coach Brad Stevens says the schools are trying to schedule a game for the 2010-11 regular season. It'll probably be Top 5 showdown and a hit among fans.
"We have been approached about that but it all depends on the times and the dates," Stevens said Friday. "I think very few people want to play Duke, but if you have to play Duke in the national championship, you'll take it. Our hope is that this translates into more opportunities on neutral courts and getting home-and-homes, like Gonzaga."
It's not like Butler has previously scheduled cream puffs, either. The Bulldogs lined up non-conference games against Ohio State, Xavier, Georgetown and played Minnesota, UCLA and Clemson in the 76 Classic.
A game against Duke would be must-see viewing next season. That's not always the case in championship rematches, but every game was eagerly anticipated.
Since 1980, there have been 11 regular-season championship rematches between non-conference foes (Georgetown-Villanova in 1986 and Kansas-Oklahoma in 1989 were going to happen no matter what) and six were double-digit victories.
This season's North Carolina-Michigan State rematch was one of the few times the game actually came down to the final minutes as the Heels hit some key free throws for the home victory (and perhaps their best win of the year).
A 2007 rematch between Ohio State and Florida? Not nearly as good. Butler-Duke would be fabulous.
The rematch list:
North Carolina 89, Michigan State, 82 (2009-10 season)
Ohio State 62, Florida 49 (2007-08)
Florida 76, UCLA 66 (2006-07)
Illinois 68, UNC 64 (2005-06)
Indiana 80, Maryland 74 (2002-03)
Michigan State 99, Florida 83 (2000-01)
Connecticut 71, Duke 66 (1999-2000)
Arizona 89, Kentucky 74 (1997-98)
Kentucky 87, Syracuse 53 (1996-97)
Duke 79, Michigan 68 (1992-93)
Michigan 91, Seton Hall 86 (1989-90)
Houston 76, N.C. State 64 (1983-84)
(There were two unscheduled rematches that occurred, both in the Final Four. Duke got revenge vs. UNLV in '91, while Florida trounced UCLA again in 2007.)
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