Monday night's Duke-Butler matchup for the NCAA basketball national title is one of the most intriguing in modern history. There's no doubt Duke and coach Mike Krzyzewski represent the giants of the game while Butler, despite its season-long top 20 ranking, represents the mid-major Davids, especially coming out of the Horizon Conference.
But in reality, both are small, private schools. The NCAA today puts Butler's official enrollment at 4,200 students, making it the smallest school to reach the title game since tournament expansion and the fourth-smallest in history using current enrollments. Only Holy Cross (1947 -- 2,817 students), Jacksonville (1970 -- 3,173) and Dartmouth (1942 and '44 -- 4,196) are smaller.
However, Duke's enrollment is only 6,340, making the combined enrollment with Butler 10,540, which is the smallest for a national championship game since the 1955 final, which had a combined enrollment of 9,972 when San Francisco (5,525) defeated LaSalle (4,447).
Here are some other relevant numbers about the matchup, paying special attention to the defensive numbers for both teams:
- This is Duke's 10th time in the national title game and eighth under Krzyzewski, who previously won in 1991, '92 and 2001, but it is the first time for everyone in this group of Blue Devils players.
- Butler coach Brad Stevens is the second-youngest coach to reach the national title game. He is 33 years, 5 months and 11 days old entering the Final Four. The youngest was Indiana's Branch McCracken at 31 years, 9 months and 14 days in 1940.
- Butler is playing for its first national title, although the Bulldogs were awarded unofficial national titles in 1924 and 1929.
- Butler's 25-game winning streak is the longest coming into this game since Duke's 32-game streak was ended by Connecticut in the 1999 title game. If Butler wins, it would be the longest winning streak to close a season since Indiana went 32-0 in the 1975-76 season. UCLA had a 26-game streak when it won the 1995 title but only because a loss to California later was forfeited by the Bears.
- Butler is the first team since the shot-clock era began in the 1985-86 season to reach the national championship game by holding each of its five opponents under 60 points. Overall, the Bulldogs have held 12 of their past 13 foes under 60 and have a 20-0 record when they do that this season.
- Butler has committed 10 or fewer turnovers in four of five NCAA tourney games, and it now has 44 steals in those five games. The Bulldogs' 12 steals against Michigan State led to a 20-2 advantage in points off turnovers. Krzyzewski said his staff told him Butler has scored five times as many points off turnovers as any team in the tournament. Of course, only the Final Four each played five games, but it's a significant stat.
- Duke guards Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith each had six assists and zero turnovers against West Virginia in the semifinals, and the Blue Devils' six turnovers in the game marked the 11th time this season with less than 10.
- Duke is 21-0 this season when it holds opponents under 60 points per game, which it has done in four of five tournament games. That is the most times a Duke team has done that since 1950.
- Duke shot 52.7 percent from the field against West Virginia, but that was only the seventh time in 39 games this season the Blue Devils have done that. They shot 52 percent from three-point range, marking the seventh time they have done that this season, but it was their 11th game with at least 10 three-pointers, and their 13-of-25 performance was three more than the most previously allowed by the Mountaineers.