The Road to Madness: How the 1973-1974 Season Transformed College Basketball

The Road to Madness How the Season Transformed College Basketball The NCAA men s basketball tournament is one of the iconic events in American sports In this fast paced in depth account J Samuel Walker and Randy Roberts identify the season as pivotal in th

  • Title: The Road to Madness: How the 1973-1974 Season Transformed College Basketball
  • Author: J. Samuel Walker
  • ISBN: 9781469630236
  • Page: 454
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The NCAA men s basketball tournament is one of the iconic events in American sports In this fast paced, in depth account, J Samuel Walker and Randy Roberts identify the 1973 74 season as pivotal in the making of this now legendary postseason tournament In an era when only one team per conference could compete, the dramatic defeat of coach John Wooden s UCLA Bruins by thThe NCAA men s basketball tournament is one of the iconic events in American sports In this fast paced, in depth account, J Samuel Walker and Randy Roberts identify the 1973 74 season as pivotal in the making of this now legendary postseason tournament In an era when only one team per conference could compete, the dramatic defeat of coach John Wooden s UCLA Bruins by the North Carolina State Wolfpack ended a decade of the Bruins dominance, fueled unprecedented national attention, and prompted the NCAA to expand the tournament field to a wider range of teams Walker and Roberts provide a richly detailed chronicle of the games that made the season so memorable and uncover the behind the scenes maneuvering that set the stage for the celebrated spectacle that now fixes the nation s attention every March.

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    1. As a growing adolescent, I was simply obsessed with NC State basketball star, David Thompson. His 1973-1974 team, one of the greatest in college basketball history, simply captured my imagination and made my years of viewing him oh so special. The fact that I live only 25 miles away from the Greensboro Coliseum, the site of the team's 1974 NCAA Championship makes it that much more special. This book is great, especially for the history of the behind-the-scenes maneuvering that led to the game oc [...]

    2. As a NC State alum (class of 1973), I appreciate the authors visit to that transitional year in college basketball. Two observations. It was David Thompson (and soon-to-follow Phil Ford at UNC) who got college basketball comfortably integrated in North Carolina. A major factor was because he was a North Carolina native. I was living in Greenville, SC when Furman defeated South Carolina in the first round of the 1974 NCAA tournament. When I drove through the Furman campus the next morning, the to [...]

    3. For those who know the names and saw some games, this book is a reminder that basketball can be enjoyable even without all the TV money and months-long hype. But without some context, readers may find this a bit boring or unnecessary. I count myself among the former.

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