An underdog team went up against a school that has won the title several times, but not in quite a few years.
An aging super-star coach competed against a young rising star coach.
Duke versus Butler reached mythic proportions.
Duke won, (my alma mater, as it happens) but only by a two-point basket and the game was still undecided in the last 13 seconds. And all involved played their parts with gumption (which is to say, a combo of dignity and fire.)
It was exciting and lovely to see, if you like basketball, as most people in my home state of North Carolina do.