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YouTube Gold: The 2001 Duke-Arizona Title Game

As Shane Battier sets a standard for passion and leadership

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Duke Rolls Over Lamar in NCAA Action
N366226 07: Duke University forward Shane Battier, right, drives into the lane against Landon Rowe of the Lamar Cardinals during Duke’s 82-55 first-round victory in an NCAA East Regional game in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, March 17, 2000.
Photo by Craig Jones

After Duke’s brilliant comeback vs. Maryland in the 2001 Final Four, the Blue Devils still had to defeat Lute Olson’s Arizona team to win.

Shane Battier put on a brilliant performance, one for the ages. Look for his fingernail block (think about it for a second)and (we can’t remember if it was the same play) a block where he caught the ball falling out of bounds and passed it back to a teammate.

Also worth noting: watch for the point where Jason Williamson falls over Jason Gardner but puts his hands on the floor without contacting Garder. You’ll know it when it happens because it’s quite early and Billy Packer, in full stooge mode, goes “Duke’s getting the calls tonight!” Or words to that effect.

It was about 3:00 minutes in. You’ll see it before too long.

All in all, a superb performance by Duke and not least of all Mike Dunleavy.

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