The Duke Blue Devils were knocked out of the NCAA Tournament in the Sweet 16 on Thursday night, bringing the 2011 tournament to an early — but wildly successful — end.
"I'd like to thank all of the teams who participated in this year's effort to have Duke's season end hilariously in defeat on national television, or — as it's better known: the NCAA Tournament," said NCAA president Mark Emmert. "I think this will go down as one of the greatest tournaments of all-time. I mean, they got killed. It was great!"
Emmert also extended a special mention to the Arizona Wildcats for "putting a stake through the heart of the great satan."
Arizona head coach Sean Miller said his team felt like champions.
"This is what any basketball player dreams about growing up: destroying Duke in the NCAA Tournament, repeatedly dunking on their heads and just humiliating them in front of the whole nation," said Miller. "My guys are on top of the world. Because Duke is on the bottom."
Miller said that he thought his team could have moved on and beaten more teams in the tournament, but didn't see the point.
"That's a weird question to ask," he said. "Duke is eliminated. Why would we keep playing? College basketball season is over. Now is the time we all enjoy Duke losing and celebrate."
With the NCAA Tournament at an end, CBS plans to air highlights shows of past Duke eliminations and clips of Arizona players dunking on Duke in place of the slots reserved for the Elite Eight and Final Four games. Those shows are expected to get equally high ratings.