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21 Greatest Underdogs In Sports History


2. 2010 Butler Basketball Team

The thing with underdogs is that it’s not just about winning it all. You don’t have to go all the way in order to be an inspiring underdog story. It’s all about doing what many, and maybe even yourself included, didn’t believe was possible.

And that is what Butler did in 2010. In fact, if they had gone on to defeat mighty titans of college basketball Duke in the NCAA finals, this story could have possibly rivaled the US hockey team of 1980. And really, they almost did. It all came down to one shot in the end.

But what was remarkable is that they had no business in the final. Most people figured that Butler wouldn’t even make it out of the first round of the NCAA tournament that year. But they went out and shocked everyone and finally fell to Duke in the final seconds of the game.

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