Storyline No. 1: Just how much of an evil genius is John Calipari?
Heading into the Final Four, we were all worshiping Florida's Billy Donovan. Six Elite Eights and three Final Fours in a span of nine years? Wow! What a legend!
But we all conveniently ignored the fact that Calipari has now been to seven Elite Eights and four Final Fours in the past nine years.
Sure, that second-place finish in 2008 has been officially expunged from the record books. However, you can't take away the money Memphis made during that run, or the fact that Calipari transformed Memphis from a team sputtering to .500 for more than a decade into a perennial threat to make a deep tournament run.
We hate Calipari for the same reason we hate the person who uses the rocket launcher in Halo, or whatever the kids are playing these days.
Is it cheating that Calipari is taking advantage of the NBA's insistence on making everyone play at least one year in college? With the exception of the scandals involving Marcus Camby and Derrick Rose, no, not at all. But it almost feels like cheating to the fans of teams with coaches trying to "win the right way."
Whether or not Kentucky wins Monday night, Calipari has made it abundantly clear that it's possible to win it all with a bunch of one-and-done players. Schools like Duke and North Carolina have finally taken note and have begun dipping their toes into that well.
Perhaps the more interesting storyline down the road is how much longer Calipari stays at Kentucky now that other teams are adopting his strategy.
Storyline No. 2: If voting for the Wooden Award didn't open until after the tournament, how different would the final standings have been?
Don't kid yourself; Doug McDermott would have won by a country mile no matter when they voted.
But Shabazz Napier in sixth place? Julius Randle not even a semifinalist? Come on, now.
If Connecticut wins it all and they voted again Tuesday, you'd have to think Napier would finish in second place.
Storyline No. 3: How much can a great tournament run actually increase a player's draft stock?
NBA scouts never seem to concern themselves with early exits. Should they all eventually declare for the draft, Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid will all still be drafted in the top five, despite failing to advance to the second weekend of the tournament.
But at the other end of the spectrum, it's pretty apparent that the professional teams have a tendency to fall head over heels in love with the key cogs on championship teams. Remember when North Carolina won it all in 2005 and Marvin Williams was the No. 2 overall draft pick and both Sean May and Rashad McCants were lottery picks?
Teams have certainly been smarter since then. However, Louisville's Gorgui Dieng wasn't even a projected first-round pick before last year's tournament, according to our Jonathan Wasserman, but he was taken 21st overall after the Cardinals' championship run.
One has to wonder just how much players like Aaron Harrison, Julius Randle and DeAndre Daniels have improved their draft stock with five incredible games. If Kentucky wins it all and Randle explodes for 22 points and 14 rebounds, could he catapult into the top three? Could Daniels jump into the first round and become an immediate Sixth Man of the Year for a contender?
Storyline No. 4: Will we see an influx of former NBA players becoming first-time head coaches at major programs?
Iowa State was nothing special when it hired Fred Hoiberg. Led by Greg McDermott, the Cyclones had finished their last four seasons with a sub-.500 record. But "The Mayor" came in and turned things around almost overnight.
Hoiberg had never been a head coach before. After a 10-year career in the NBA and a couple of years in the Timberwolves' front office, he went back to his alma mater in 2010. And were it not for Georges Niang's injury, we just might be talking about Iowa State this weekend.
Kevin Ollie took over the head coaching position at Connecticut amid turmoil.
Jim Calhoun had retired suddenly after the Huskies were slapped with a one-year tournament ban for low APR scores, and there was nonstop unrest over the future state of the Big East conference. Yet, Ollie swooped in just a few years removed from playing for the Thunder and led the Huskies to a championship game.
With that recent track record of success, why wouldn't teams with coaching vacancies reach out to guys like Ray Allen, Derek Fisher and Steve Nash when they finally decide to call it a career?
I don't know about you, but if I were a top recruit looking to advance to the NBA after just one season, I'd be infinitely more intrigued by a visit from Fisher or Nash than a college coaching legend like Jim Boeheim or Roy Williams.
If Larry Brown can get Emmanuel Mudiay to come to Southern Methodist, imagine what Fisher or Nash could do for a perennially underachieving major conference program like Georgia Tech or USC.