Looking for tingling TV drama? How about 65 characters with storylines that change by the minute. If Alfred Hitchcock were alive, his set would have been tuned to the tournament for the past month. "Drama is life with the dull bits cut out," Hitchcock said, which is a perfect description of the NCAA tournament, especially the first two rounds, in which 48 dramas play out over 96 hours. The NBA Finals? Each game has three quarters of usually irrelevant action as well as Ahmad Rashad. The Super Bowl? Like Kevin Costner movies, it usually disappoints. With the NCAAs viewers get the good stuff. We'll leave the dull bits to the pros.
— Richard Deitsch
Not only is the NCAA Tournament not the best sporting event on TV, it's not even television's best basketball tournament. That would be the NBA playoffs. The NCAAs had a nice run. Watching players like Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing and Hakeem Olajuwon chase the NCAA title in the early 1980s was high drama, but those days are gone. The best young players now come from high school ( Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Tracy McGrady) or Europe ( Dirk Nowitzki, Peja Stojakovic, Tony Parker), not college. Give me a Magic-Nets series with T-Mac windmills and J. Kidd conducting the break like Mahler's Eighth. The NCAAs? Please, they're so '80s.