The stars of this saga are the players, coaches, and even referees who have reached the pinnacle of the Final Four, the tournament's culminating weekend.
There's Dean Smith, the second-winningest coach in history, who nevertheless routinely tries to spin the media into painting his team as the underdog.
There's the late coach Jim Valvano of North Carolina State, given to quoting Carl Sandburg in his recruiting videos, who achieved basketball immortality by racing wildly around the court looking for someone to hug after his team won a championship.
This is a Feinstein production, so there are plenty of stories to tug at the heart, including the solemn recitation of how players, coaches, and even veteran sportswriters got "tingles" before a big game.
There are also the obligatory stories about memorable moments that have passed into college hoops lore, like the time the late, beloved broadcaster Al McGuire interviewed Georgetown coach John Thompson's storied towel. Mostly, they fit nicely into the tapestry.