When March Went Mad: A Celebration of NC State's 1982-83 National Championship by Tim Peeler, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
When March Went Mad: A Celebration of NC State's 1982-83 National Championship
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When March Went Mad: A Celebration of NC State's 1982-83 National Championship

by Tim Peeler
     
 
"As soon as Lorenzo Charles' dunk ended the 1983 championship game with a 54-52 NC State victory, [Valvano] began a sprint across the floor of The Pit that has become immortalized as the pinnacle of joy in college basketball for the last quarter century. The coach was hoping to jump into the arms of Whittenburg, as he did after nearly all of the Wolfpack's

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"As soon as Lorenzo Charles' dunk ended the 1983 championship game with a 54-52 NC State victory, [Valvano] began a sprint across the floor of The Pit that has become immortalized as the pinnacle of joy in college basketball for the last quarter century. The coach was hoping to jump into the arms of Whittenburg, as he did after nearly all of the Wolfpack's come-from-behind, postseason victories. But on the greatest night of his life, Valvano found his star player already in Lowe's arms. Valvano had no one to hug.

He jumped on a pile of other celebrants, one of whom may have been NC State athletic director Willis Casey. As Valvano told the story time after time over the next 10 years, his crusty old boss leaned over and kissed him right on the mouth. Like most of Valvano's stories, that's probably a wild exaggeration. Still, it started the most compelling postgame celebration in NCAA Tournament history."

Editorial Reviews

According to basketball pundits, Jim Valvano's North Carolina State Wolfpack didn't have a chance at the 1983 NCAA national championship. Even their own fans were surprised when the team, which had finished a lowly fourth in their own conference, somehow powered to upset opponent after opponent in the tournament. When NCS reached the finals, the hometown faithful braced themselves for inevitable defeat against the Houston Cougars. With their aggressive play and high-flying acrobatics, the legendary "Phi Slamma Jamma" combine was considered unbeatable. But the Wolfpack proved that they weren't. This is the story of March Madness raised to a new level.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596701885
Publisher:
Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date:
11/01/2007
Pages:
295
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Peeler is an award-winning sportswriter in both North and South Carolina. Tim has written about college and professional athletics for nearly 20 years. He began his career working with Technician, the student newspaper at N.C. State, where he first covered Jim Valvano and Wolfpack basketball.

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