It's after midnight, the enormous Lucas Oil dome is half empty and Mike Krzyzewski is sitting on a stool while Tom Izzo is smirking over refs' calls.
Two legendary coaches, two historic franchises in a marquee NCAA tournament game, and at least 20,000 people who paid March Madness prices have decided to leave a one-point game at halftime to go home and go to bed.
Or maybe to watch Florida Gulf Coast and a coach they've never heard of on TV.
I'm sorry, but something was missing from this moment, something more than Michigan State's offense. Duke won, 71-61, Friday night to advance to the regional final against Louisville. And Krzyzewski, who had said he would hug Izzo when the game was over, gave him a meaningful handshake, instead.
It might be NCAA took the fun out of the game by milking it for everything possible. When you put games in football stadiums, they lose something, even if more seats are for sale. Greed robbed intimacy.
It might be a willingness to put a game on so l...