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

  • Published on Mar 31, 2016
  • 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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  • Ryan Harrington
    Ryan Harrington Month ago

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

  • Flying Pigglet III
    Flying Pigglet III Month ago

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

  • G G
    G G Month ago

    Anyone know the piano theme?

  • David Raymond
    David Raymond Month ago

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

  • S Walker
    S Walker Month 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 Month ago

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

  • Dylan Rademacher
    Dylan Rademacher Month ago

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

  • Ben Metal
    Ben Metal 2 months ago


  • Lucas Aliança
    Lucas Aliança 2 months ago

    coach k is such a schmuck

  • bintu stjean
    bintu stjean 2 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 2 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 2 months ago +1

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

  • uiolax1967
    uiolax1967 2 months ago

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

  • Lorenshyne
    Lorenshyne 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago


  • Dylan O
    Dylan O 2 months ago

    Cool that Gordon is back with coach Stevens

  • Benjamin Domenico
    Benjamin Domenico 2 months ago +1

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

  • RodeTranx
    RodeTranx 2 months 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 2 months ago +2

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

  • Daboymehki
    Daboymehki 2 months ago

    It's just a shot

  • Aces Oofgod
    Aces Oofgod 2 months ago +1

    Were my Indiana boys at‼️‼️‼️

  • Mateo
    Mateo 2 months ago

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

  • Nathan Quinn
    Nathan Quinn 2 months ago

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

  • LeGoat James
    LeGoat James 2 months ago +1

    Rims are such bastards

    OMG HOBOBOB 2 months ago +21

    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

  • Jkap 30
    Jkap 30 2 months ago +1

    Your prediction did not last 1 year

  • Ethan Borener
    Ethan Borener 2 months ago

    What seed was Butler?

  • Alex Gordon
    Alex Gordon 2 months ago


  • Elmer Ramirez
    Elmer Ramirez 2 months ago

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

  • Justin Riray
    Justin Riray 2 months ago

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

  • the GOAT
    the GOAT 2 months ago

    Watched this game and yeah my heart was like ooooohhhh do not go out then it missed and I was like whoa the fuck almost had me there

  • aircom 26
    aircom 26 3 months ago

    Duke won the title but butler got way more attention by losing on a close shot.. no1 talks about how Duke won the title😄

  • Meme
    Meme 3 months ago

    So close yet go far

  • Dustin Zhu
    Dustin Zhu 3 months ago


  • Punch Drunk Sports
    Punch Drunk Sports 3 months ago

    Looking at the roster and who they played, that Duke team was one of the weakest to win the title in recent memory.

  • VET Louis
    VET Louis 3 months ago +1

    Regret is also a kind of beauty, the greatest drama is always tragedy.

  • James Matthews
    James Matthews 4 months ago

    Man I was rooting so hard for them.

  • Tyler Hensley
    Tyler Hensley 4 months ago

    Almost. Move on.

  • Harry CHEUNG
    Harry CHEUNG 4 months ago

    i love how human he is

  • Leo Gatz
    Leo Gatz 4 months ago

    This was one of the first years I actually gave Coach K credit for winning a chip... the other years he has always had dominant players and they either won the chip or choked... this team looked very beatable and he held his own for once

  • Plush Core
    Plush Core 5 months ago

    Hayward is amazing better than Kobe cope curry. Lebron and lavar ball

    MIDGETBOY 5 months ago

    All I got say is DAMN

  • chris smith
    chris smith 5 months ago

    If that shot had gone in, it would have been 1 of the greatest moments in American sports history. Maybe the greatest. The unfortunate reality was so cruel though. Soooooo close. & it would have been so PERFECT. So deserved too, for Butler.

  • Jonny Love
    Jonny Love 5 months ago

    Singler was always such a puss....hated watching that punk play

  • Armed Titanium
    Armed Titanium 5 months ago

    Crazy how after all these years Hayward is being coached by Brad Stevens again

  • MrEnwando
    MrEnwando 5 months ago

    And now he plays for brad

  • Chief Ryback
    Chief Ryback 5 months ago

    Matt Howard was just atrocious that night. Zoubek's size really had him out of sorts. Hayward went 2-11 from the field as well. Butler was the better team, just not on that night. It happens ( N.C. State, Villinova, etc.) sometimes the better team is off that night. Beauty of the Tournament.

  • Time2Panik
    Time2Panik 5 months ago

    Inches from Immortality is what I call my penis.

  • Guess Who
    Guess Who 5 months ago +1

    To think Butler at that time Butler was still considered a mid major team not only went to the championship game once, but twice in back to back years.

  • Mem3_Lord
    Mem3_Lord 5 months ago


  • Chris Carter
    Chris Carter 5 months ago

    The next season was more of an underdog. Butler had a strong season in 2010. Should've been higher than a #4 seed. I was just disappointed they beat K-State in elite 8 since that's my dad's alma mater.

  • Jonathan Rosa
    Jonathan Rosa 5 months ago

    Cry me a river foo....go duke!!!!

  • Trent Watkins
    Trent Watkins 5 months ago

    What is the piano music?? At 4:07-6:10

  • Nathan Branson
    Nathan Branson 5 months ago +1

    Brian Zoubek needs a video made about his season at Duke. Won't be as cool as this, but it would represent the kind of old-school players that Duke was known for before the one and done era.

  • Vannara Phoeuk
    Vannara Phoeuk 5 months ago

    anyone else get goosebumps watching this?

    • Jonathan Rosa
      Jonathan Rosa 5 months ago

      Nah I got gassy but thats about it. Go duke

  • Vannara Phoeuk
    Vannara Phoeuk 5 months ago

    still don’t see why they didn’t try and go for an easy layup instead of shooting a heavily contested fader

    • Jonathan Rosa
      Jonathan Rosa 5 months ago

      Defense played on him....dudes not fast

  • Sijan Grg
    Sijan Grg 5 months ago +1

    Man this is crazy😪

  • Trent Mason
    Trent Mason 5 months ago +1

    Gordon talking at start about his 3 inch penis.

  • Trent Mason
    Trent Mason 5 months ago +1

    Hayward is a loser. He is always oh so close ...

  • Ball.Player.3000
    Ball.Player.3000 5 months ago +1

    0:01 that’s what she said

  • Matt Burkart
    Matt Burkart 5 months ago +1

    Jon Scheyer was on that team!? Woah..

  • Vikinguy
    Vikinguy 6 months ago +1

    The David vs. Goliath meme is total BS. I believe at the beginning of this season Duke was ranked 5th and Butler 7th or 8th.

  • Michael D
    Michael D 6 months ago +1

    oh yeah , this was the game that the refs blew the foul call against MSU lol worries, butler deserved to be there, in 2000 Butler didnt get a charge call that Mike Miller committed against Thomas Jackson

  • Benny Senises
    Benny Senises 6 months ago

    he is an absolute monster

  • Adman Plays
    Adman Plays 6 months ago +1

    Wow what an amazing person

  • OP Cl4YT0N
    OP Cl4YT0N 6 months ago +1

    Hmm now Hayward and Stevens play together very interesting

  • Theo Bush
    Theo Bush 6 months ago +1

    “If that shot goes in I’m gonna get killed”

  • Kellen Townsend
    Kellen Townsend 6 months ago +1


  • Lil Boat
    Lil Boat 6 months ago +3

    You can see the pain in his eyes man

    QUADRICORN3 6 months ago +1

    this didn’t age well

  • Jack Lewis
    Jack Lewis 6 months ago


  • Orieus
    Orieus 6 months ago +1

    I come back and watch this every month

  • Chris Simmons
    Chris Simmons 6 months ago

    But there already is a “shot heard ‘round the world” in college basketball. Arkansas vs. Duke in 1994. WPS

  • Arvin Senthilnathan
    Arvin Senthilnathan 6 months ago

    First 3 seconds

  • Max Watne
    Max Watne 6 months ago

    dati boy 2010

  • Abdul Syed
    Abdul Syed 6 months ago

    "If it goes in I'm gonna be killed" sounds like a conspiracy

  • Gavin Dabkowski
    Gavin Dabkowski 6 months ago +1

    Gordon Hayward a whole fetus in here

  • UZ_ROMA10
    UZ_ROMA10 6 months ago +1

    Explains why Gordon Hayward is a Celtic

  • Jack Dean
    Jack Dean 6 months ago

    "And i missed the shot so that's what happened." -Gordon Hayward

    TEAM AXEES 6 months ago +1

    I love Kyle singler

    TEAM AXEES 6 months ago +1

    Kyle singler

  • uhti john
    uhti john 6 months ago

    And now Gordon finna get traded 😩, he should have stayed in Utah smh

  • W S
    W S 6 months ago

    Coach K is a legend

  • Jacob Thompson
    Jacob Thompson 6 months ago

    Poor guy😭😭

  • isac yeeterson
    isac yeeterson 6 months ago

    now I'm crying wtf?

  • FB I
    FB I 7 months ago +1

    And now brad Stevens coaches him

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov
    Khabib Nurmagomedov 7 months ago +1

    Stevens-hayward connection I feel bad for them after watching this you can see in both their eyes that they still feel the pain of not winning that game they are still hurting

    • Khabib Nurmagomedov
      Khabib Nurmagomedov 7 months ago +1

      I wish gordon hayward returns to his old self and together with Kyrie and al, carry celtics to the finals

  • Spencer Jeffcoat
    Spencer Jeffcoat 7 months ago

    Now Gordon Hayward plays for the same coach from college

  • Tylar Coger
    Tylar Coger 7 months ago

    Now they are the same team so great and kyrie and Tatum there going to finals

  • Look at my suit
    Look at my suit 7 months ago

    Gordon has his coach back now

  • Adam Tealdi
    Adam Tealdi 7 months ago

    Lol. Who else thought it was Gordon Hayward and Jimmy Butler

  • RCR FAN 27
    RCR FAN 27 7 months ago

    Gordon and Coach Brad will meet again in the Celtics

  • Max The Rat
    Max The Rat 7 months ago

    He carried butler to the final 4 twice

  • Jay Wade
    Jay Wade 7 months ago

    Being a guy that was born and raised in Indiana but a Duke fan... it really was a win win situation.... either Duke wins another one or Butler (the school that was miles from the arena that game was played in) wins.... I’m glad the Dukies won though 🙃

  • 9000
    9000 7 months ago

    that butler team was something else... damn

  • Robert Jacobson
    Robert Jacobson 7 months ago

    Butler is one of the greatest teams period. They went back to back championship games

  • just jumpy
    just jumpy 7 months ago

    I just watch this for he can miss

  • Thor The God Of Thunder, Hoes, and Beer

    Not gonna lie I'm so high I thought they were talking about Jimmy Butler lmaooo

  • bostero y boliviano
    bostero y boliviano 7 months ago

    This is so booooooooooring.