I can remember being at the Palestra, at the first NCAA Tournament game I ever saw in person. It was La Salle against Villanova in 1978 and it was an absolute knife fight. You can imagine what it was like in the building that day, hot, hell, a Big 5 game whose winner would head to the Sweet 16. It still might be the best first half I’ve ever seen: La Salle 49, Villanova 46. (Villanova ended up winning.)
Monday night was not like that, not at all, but it was beautiful in its own way. Carolina was that good. It's 55 points in the first half against Michigan State was a championship game record. They have every piece: inside (Tyler Hansbrough), outside (Wayne Elllington), igniter (Ty Lawson).
It was a bad game but that was memorable.