If you're an NBA fan, then the NCAA championship bout between Louisville and Michigan is more than just the conclusion of March (and April) Madness. It's even more than the Association's return to the forefront of the basketball sphere.
It's a time to reminisce about what once was and ponder what will inevitably be.
Etched in the history of both collegiate enterprises are NBA roots. Past players who have traveled beyond Louisville and Michigan and played amongst the best in the Association, in some cases, actually playing as the best.
Both teams (especially the Wolverines) are also flush with NBA-caliber talent. These are the young guns who will be gracing the pros with their presence sooner rather than later.
What should you be watching for and thinking about as this championship matchup unfolds?
The NBA is everywhere. College basketball's biggest stage included.
*All stats used in this article were compiled from Basketball-Reference, Synergy Sports, 82games.com and NBA.com unless otherwise noted.