The beauty of college basketball extends far beyond the fact that the (unpaid) athletes actually play team defense during the regular season.
It transcends the greatest playoff system in sports.
The greatest part of college basketball is, and always will be, the fans.
The countless hours (and in some cases, days) that university students nationwide spend waiting for tickets, painting bodies and cheering on their school represents a devotion unlike any other in sports.
A sense of actual association with the team undeniably propels such behavior; the casual fan doesn't typically have such a direct connection to professional teams.
Sure, the NFL is going to accumulate desirable attendance numbers and television ratings.
But, the environment isn't the same. It's an entirely different experience all around.
Sometimes, 10,000 passionate, exuberant college students packed into a small arena has a far greater impact than 90,000 drunken spectators have in an enormous multi-billion dollar stadium.
And the numbers tend to agree.
Let's take a look at some of the country's greatest fanbases...