March To Madness

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.

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Among the reasons why Princeton lost to Michigan in the semifinals of the 1965 NCAA Tournament was the sleeping arrangements at the team’s hotel.
 At least that’s what Princeton star Bill Bradley said. The night before the Michigan game, the Princeton squad flew from New Jersey to College Park, Maryland, site of the Final Four. “When we checked into a motel—I think it was a Howard Johnson—my roommate and I discovered there were no beds,” Bradley recalled. “All we had were pull-out sofas. That’s what they had us sleeping on. We thought, ‘Here we are in the finals, and they can’t even give us a reasonable bed.’”
 Despite a restless night, Bradley scored 29 points the next day, but his bleary-eyed teammates couldn’t keep up with the Michigan Wolverines and lost, 93-76.