INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski bristles at the notion that Butler relied more on emotion than talent to reach the final of the NCAA Tournament, refusing to underestimate them as a Cinderella story.

While Duke (34-5) will seek their fourth title under Krzyzewski on Monday, their opponents, a private liberal arts university in Indianapolis, had never been to the Final Four before this year.

“They’re one of the best teams in the country or else they wouldn’t be playing for the national championship,” said Krzyzewski. “Cinderella would be if somebody had eight, nine losses and pulled some upsets. They’ve won 25 in a row.”

Butler squeezed by last year’s finalist Michigan State 52-50, while Duke pummeled Big East champion West Virginia 78-57 on Saturday to set up Monday’s intriguing final.

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