It's hard to imagine any scenario better than the first five games played on Thursday.
After an underwhelming start with the inaugural First Four, the madness came back with a vengeance during the round of 64.
Surprises, buzzer-beaters and down-to-the wire battles highlighted the first day, and the first weekend for that matter. Of the first five games played Thursday, three were decided by two points, one was decided by one point and the other was a three-point game late before ending in an eight-point spread.
Heroes Juan Fernandez, Matt Howard and Demonte Harper carved their respective niches in NCAA lore with shots that propelled their teams to opening-round wins. Other heroes emerged as well, in different roles but with a similar impact on the game.
While the pace(makers) slowed somewhat as the weekend wore on, there were still a number of well-played, down-to-the-wire contests.
At the end of Sunday night, the Sweet 16 remain. Check out B/R's reports for matchups and analysis.