Inches from Immortality: How Gordon Hayward and Butler Almost Toppled Duke

  • It's been said more times than anyone can count, but Butler vs. Duke in 2010 epitomized the David vs. Goliath tale.
    But what if that script, that cliche, is all wrong?
    In reality, the plot-line from this century's most dramatic title game went way deeper, way wider than a hackneyed Cinderella narrative. There is far more to the ending than the oft-replayed half-court heave from the tips of Gordon Hayward's fingers.
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Comments • 80

  • Leonardo da Meechy
    Leonardo da Meechy 2 days ago

    Mob Ties - Drake

  • Speaking Truths
    Speaking Truths 4 days ago

    Duke’s draw was such a joke that year.


    *nice action*
    1:55 ❣❤🧡

  • Walt Schmidt
    Walt Schmidt 6 days ago

    I never wanted a basket to go in any more than that one right there.

  • stonecoldku
    stonecoldku 6 days ago

    Obviously it worked out for them, but I just don't like the strategy of intentionally missing a free-throw in that situation. You make the free-throw and the best that Butler can do is tie the game and send it to OT. You miss it and you leave the door open to get beat right then and there. Coach K would've never lived that down had that last shot gone in. In my opinion the only time you should intentionally miss a free-throw is when you need to try and get the offensive rebound for a put back.

  • Alex Lopez
    Alex Lopez 9 days ago

    Almost isn’t good enough!!!

  • Danny Williams
    Danny Williams 10 days ago

    All time underdog? NO WAY. That honor will always go to NC State in '83. And they WON the game. And I'm a UNC fan saying this. Lol. Sorry Butler fans.

  • Joey Diaz
    Joey Diaz 10 days ago


  • norlens noel
    norlens noel 13 days ago

    I can’t believe it’s been 10 years already since Butler made their run to the tourney. Time flies

  • Costa Zambaras
    Costa Zambaras 13 days ago

    "In reality, the plot-line from this century's most dramatic title game.."
    This video was released on March 31, 2016.
    4 days later...
    "Hold our beer"

  • Killian Ryan
    Killian Ryan 14 days ago

    Damnit it’s just not fair that shot was supposed to go in

  • Justin Nardine
    Justin Nardine 14 days ago

    Wow I forgot about this! I hate duke man butler threw down

  • Don A
    Don A 18 days ago

    Butler had the best player and were probably the better team. Kind of like when Lehigh beat Austin River’s Duke team. CJ McCollum was the best player on the floor.

  • HueyLewisFan22
    HueyLewisFan22 21 day ago

    I wanted that to go in so bad

  • Anton Tang
    Anton Tang Month ago

    Always come back to this video for some reason

  • Vinson1
    Vinson1 Month ago

    Lol Brad and Gordon were together in Butler and The Boston Celtics

  • sharksandsheep
    sharksandsheep Month ago

    Heyward had quite the glow-up, so he's got that going for him.

  • Arush Iyer
    Arush Iyer Month ago +1

    Brad Stevens looks like Pete Buttigieg

  • Ryan Weston
    Ryan Weston Month ago

    Matt Howard’s screen still to this day makes me smile

  • Ryan Weston
    Ryan Weston Month ago

    Quote at the end is phenomenal

  • J. Housman
    J. Housman 2 months ago

    He's going to make it up for Game 7 this year for the Celtics question is who would it be against Clippers or Lakers? and what would Mike Breen Say?

  • Nick Fisher
    Nick Fisher 2 months ago

    This showed me how cocky and arrogant Coach K is... now I know why my parents hate him

    CAPTAIN ANGELO 2 months ago

    It would be great if those two could have a chance to do it again in the 7th game of the NBA Championship game. That would be HISTORY.
    Who knows, it could happen if Hayward gets back to normal.

  • Mitchell Hess
    Mitchell Hess 3 months ago

    So happy he left Utah.

      CAPTAIN ANGELO 2 months ago

      Mitchell Hess
      Looking at you two weirdos, Utah sure would be glad if you two freaks left the United States.

  • Ronan Music
    Ronan Music 3 months ago +1

    Dude...Coach K is a genius

  • Name And Likeness
    Name And Likeness 3 months ago +2

    This will always go down as Butler’s almost legacy over any Duke season success story

  • Nuraby _
    Nuraby _ 3 months ago

    What Brad Stevens did at Butler was incredible. Duke spent more money per player than Butler did on their entire basketball team that season.

    SEVEN PIERCE 3 months ago

    Boston will win the NBA finals in 2020 with the HAYWARD shot

  • Dwight Cook
    Dwight Cook 3 months ago +1

    Should have been a foul before the shot. That bull shit moving screen. Corny ass loser butler.

  • AirsoftFaddy 385
    AirsoftFaddy 385 4 months ago +1

    At the start I thought he was talking about his pp

  • meetuinthelobby _
    meetuinthelobby _ 4 months ago +2

    Why is there a whole video based on something Butler lost....

  • asian Boii
    asian Boii 4 months ago

    Im a huge Duke fan but honestly i feel so bad for GH

  • Edmir Ramulic
    Edmir Ramulic 5 months ago

    So why the fuck was this made he missed both shots, I felt like there was no point in making this.

  • Daniel Taylor
    Daniel Taylor 5 months ago

    Crazy powerful.

  • AshHitbox
    AshHitbox 5 months ago

    And now brad Stevens coaches Gordon Hayward on the celtics

  • Conor Hurley
    Conor Hurley 5 months ago +1

    Does anyone know the name of the piano music playing when he drives up court

  • Dee You bitch
    Dee You bitch 5 months ago

    "With alot of swagger"

  • Campus Legends
    Campus Legends 5 months ago

    I think about this moment way more than I should. If it went in that would have been incredible

  • Oswald Williams
    Oswald Williams 6 months ago

    Might be the greatest championship game ever

  • jared Earle
    jared Earle 6 months ago

    This was the best college basketball game I’ve ever watched.

  • Christopher Allen
    Christopher Allen 6 months ago

    The basketball gods must not like Gordon for some reason.

  • Brian Rawlings
    Brian Rawlings 7 months ago

    I really wish this went down 😢

  • izanagi Mikoto
    izanagi Mikoto 7 months ago

    Ouch that hurts 😭😭😭. Im sooo hurt right now

    LOSERS*SAY*WHAT 7 months ago

    I remember watching this live was one hell of a game next to the UConn and Pitt game. March Madness is way better than the playoffs in the nba.

  • BM 17
    BM 17 8 months ago

    He can shoot threes like nobody’s business tho

  • Bertud Lupon
    Bertud Lupon 8 months ago

    I sure hope hayward comes back to his old shooting form soon

  • VickOlay_21
    VickOlay_21 8 months ago

    I really feel like crying😪

  • Bryceece
    Bryceece 8 months ago +1

    At that moment I had never felt my heart go so high and then drop so low at the same time.

  • Boston Chris
    Boston Chris 8 months ago

    I am so happy Gordon Hayward gets to finally focus on the full off-season of just basketball since coming to the Celtics. He’s going to have a great year and the Celtics will make it to the NBA finals Mark my words

  • Ryan Harrington
    Ryan Harrington 11 months ago

    Lafayette jeff beat hayward and Muvunga at Brownsburg for the HCC championship.

  • Flying Piglet
    Flying Piglet 11 months ago

    Holy shit, that guy sounds like the character on 2k

  • Alex Hernandez
    Alex Hernandez 11 months ago

    Anyone know the piano theme?

  • David Raymond
    David Raymond 11 months ago

    Who’s here after the injury, so sad though, he was such a fun good star. 😔

  • S Walker
    S Walker 11 months ago

    I agree with them not being underdog s. They were good, as a Duke fan I was worried. I had watched them play several times they were Scrappy smart team. Brad milked every bit of talent

  • S Walker
    S Walker 11 months ago

    Just a touch hard. Little softer off glass and it's in

  • Dylan Rademacher
    Dylan Rademacher 11 months ago

    Girl: how big is it?
    Boy: 0:00-0:04

  • Ben
    Ben 11 months ago


  • Lucas Aliança
    Lucas Aliança 11 months ago

    coach k is such a schmuck

  • bintu stjean
    bintu stjean 11 months ago

    I remember this. Ever since Butler I always had an admiration for Hayward and Brad Stevens. More so for Brad Stevens, I didn't see Hayward becoming the player he is now

  • Drew Harrison
    Drew Harrison 11 months ago

    When is it ever a good idea to try and miss a free throw to give the other team a chance to win?

  • Josiah Luke
    Josiah Luke Year ago +2

    Anyone here 2019?? Crazy how Stevens is now coaching Hayward again, except not it’s the NBA... crazy

  • uiolax1967
    uiolax1967 Year ago

    In my eyes Hayward won more with missing the shot. Showed tremendous courage in taking the shot!!

  • Lorenshyne
    Lorenshyne Year ago

    Imma say this : this was stupidity from Coach K i cant believe he told him to miss. If he makes it its a 3 point game. That would have taken also a miracle from Butler to score a 3 pt field goal. Whats the difference???

    • Jack Strand
      Jack Strand Year ago

      Lorenshyne if he made it they would have been able to throw it down the court off the inbound. If they had to grab the rebound they would need a quick push and shot from like half court, which happened

  • Ethan Moles
    Ethan Moles Year ago

    Fun fact: I was 5 years old and picked Butler to win that year only because they had “Butt” in their name. I won first place.

  • wtownes2
    wtownes2 Year ago


  • Dylan O
    Dylan O Year ago

    Cool that Gordon is back with coach Stevens

  • Benjamin Domenico
    Benjamin Domenico Year ago +1

    I bet Coach K told Zion to miss cause Tacko just fouled out

  • RodeTranx
    RodeTranx Year ago

    2018-2019 NBA Finals 6 second remaining in the clock Draymond Green on the Line made the first shot, made it into a 2 point game, missed the second shot, Gordon get the rebound, clocks starts winding down, Gordon throw it from the half court!!,, and boom!! The BOSTON IS YOUR NEW NBA CHAMPIONS!!..

  • LionLikeMessenger
    LionLikeMessenger Year ago +2

    Here after viewing the life lessons of the UCF vs. Duke game.

  • Idk
    Idk Year ago

    It's just a shot

  • Aces Oofgod
    Aces Oofgod Year ago +1

    Were my Indiana boys at‼️‼️‼️

  • Mateo
    Mateo Year ago

    Who’s watching this after UCF got robbed from upsetting Duke

  • Nathan Quinn
    Nathan Quinn Year ago

    how did i get chills, i don’t mind it at all

  • LeGoat James
    LeGoat James Year ago +1

    Rims are such bastards

    OMG HOBOBOB Year ago +62

    What if he made it. How would everything change. Would he be drafted earlier for what ever reason. Would he have never broken his leg

    • V1ral- Clip
      V1ral- Clip 11 months ago

      OMG HOBOBOB Bro Just imagine

  • Jkap 30
    Jkap 30 Year ago +1

    Your prediction did not last 1 year

  • Ethan Borener
    Ethan Borener Year ago

    What seed was Butler?

  • Alex Gordon
    Alex Gordon Year ago


  • Elmer Ramirez
    Elmer Ramirez Year ago

    Bro the fact that it was so close is even more heartbreaking

  • Justin Riray
    Justin Riray Year ago

    This is one of the best basketball story videos I've watched. Got the feels all the way through.