Buzzer-beaters and blow-outs. Record-breakers and brain sprains. Cinderellas and powerhouses. Upsets and comebacks. No sporting event captivates hoops fans more than the NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball tournament. Early every March, sixty-five teams are invited to the Big Dance. They all share the same goal—to win the national championship. They sweat, scrap and clash in a quest to be the last team standing in the do-or-die tourney.
March to Madness presents a lineup of fascinating stories, remarkable records and offbeat quotes from the stars, coaches, heroes and goats of the tumultuous, three-week playoffs. Inside this book you will relive some of those lump-in-your-throat, pull-out-your-hair, leap-from-your-chair moments, from 1939 when the first champions, the Oregon Ducks, were handed a broken trophy to 2006 when underdog George Mason University made its magical run to the Final Four. This book is packed with stories of the triumphs and heartbreak, the weird and the wacky on and off the court such as:
- North Carolina’s zany attempt to psyche out opposing center Wilt Chamberlain
- Michigan’s winless coach who led his team to the 1989 title
- Louisville starter Wiley Brown’s frantic search for his missing artificial thumb
- Bill Walton’s nearly flawless 21-of-22 shooting in UCLA’s 1973 title-winning game
Yes, March is the showcase month for college basketball. All that’s needed to make watching the next tournament even better is to have March to Madness by your side.