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Butler-Duke was TV hit

If Dick Enberg had called it, we would have gotten one last, "Oh my!"

If Gus Johnson had called it, his scream would have ruptured the nation's power grid, knocking CBS clear off the air.

No matter what you call it, it was a classic NCAA championship game, one that was inches from the most electric moment in the history of college sports.

TV viewers responded, with CBS averaging 16.0 percent of homes in 56 major markets measured in overnight ratings, up 34 percent from last year's final.

The 16.0 tied for the highest overnight since 1999, when Connecticut beat Duke in the championship game.

Monday's rating peaked at 20.3 from 11:30 to 11:45 p.m., with 35 percent of TVs in use watching the game.

Oh, my.

Mrs. WatchDog rooted for Duke because she had to, but I could sense her heart wasn't in it.

Here is Logan's story on the big game.

Here is Posnanski's story.

Former Newsday scribe Tim Layden of SI, with whom I covered the 1991 Final Four in Indy when Duke won its first title, wrote this on his Facebook page:

Just got back from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indy after writing my story on the Duke-Butler NCAA championship game. I feel privileged to have witnessed it. Thirty-two years at this job and that was among the top 10 events I've ever seen. Maybe top five. Maybe top three. Just for the record, I was sitting courtside with a perfect angle on Hayward's halfcourt shot at the buzzer and I absolutely thought it was going in.

Photo: AP

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