The Big Dance: The Story of the NCAA Basketball Tournament

The Big Dance: The Story of the NCAA Basketball Tournament

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by Barry Wilner, Ken Rappoport
     
 

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Covered by four networks, allowing every game to be televised, “March Madness” has become an American phenomenon. This is the story of the tournament, from its beginnings seventy-three years ago as an eight-team "bracket" to today's sixty-eight-team format—from "Cinderella" teams, to perennial powerhouses, to buzzer-beaters, upsets, and

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Covered by four networks, allowing every game to be televised, “March Madness” has become an American phenomenon. This is the story of the tournament, from its beginnings seventy-three years ago as an eight-team "bracket" to today's sixty-eight-team format—from "Cinderella" teams, to perennial powerhouses, to buzzer-beaters, upsets, and dynasties.

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Publishers Weekly
The NCAA basketball tournament has evolved into one of the most prominent annual sporting events in the United States, but its colorful, far-reaching history proves too big for veteran sports writers Wilner (Harvard Beats Yale 29-29) and Rappoport to handle. Only a few pages are devoted to the tournament's humble eight-team beginnings in 1939; instead, Wilner and Rappoport rely on dozens of smaller stories divided into chapters such as "Great Performances," "The Coaching Giants," "Classic Confrontations," and "Tourney Blunders." Highlights include North Carolina's back-to-back triple-overtime wins in the 1957 semifinal and national championship games; the evolution of UCLA's dynasty, which won 10 national titles in 12 seasons between 1964 and 1975; major upsets by North Carolina State in 1983 and Villanova two years later; and a condensed history of the women's tournament. Similar in format and style to Rappoport's The Little League That Could, this selective account shoots and misses with dull copy ("How would you describe one of college basketball's legendary coaches? A winner.") and little attribution. However, in a perceptive epilogue the duo addresses the potential expansion of the tournament field beyond 68 teams, TV's role in Selection Sunday, and eliminating campus sites in favor of domed stadiums. This book serves as a nice primer for the 2012 tournament, but is far from a definitive history of the event. Photos.
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Christian Science Monitor
Wilner and Rappaport’s fan energy is the book’s driving force: they glow in the light of a game they love. Their eagerness to talk ball is contagious, and their detailing of game-by-game strategy is enlightening.
Jim O'Connell
The Big Dance is a great chance to hear and learn from the sport's best teachers—John Wooden, Coach K, Pat Summitt, Geno Auriemma—and hear the opinions of a man who helped make the game so popular: Dickie V. And I'm on page 163.
The Christian Science Monitor
Wilner and Rappaport’s fan energy is the book’s driving force: they glow in the light of a game they love. Their eagerness to talk ball is contagious, and their detailing of game-by-game strategy is enlightening.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589796225
Publisher:
Taylor Trade Publishing
Publication date:
02/16/2012
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
444,991
File size:
4 MB

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