As a bonus, five more games that just missed the cut are also examined. Madness goes beyond the games to tell the the backstories of these classics, each entirely unique unto itself. For example, Jim Valvano taking his impossible dream of a national title and making it come true for the 1983 North Carolina State Wolfpack; Rollie Massimino turning spaghetti and clam sauce into inspiration for his underachieving 1985 Villanova team; and Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, breaking down in tears while taking a Broadway curtain call in front of a wildly-applauding audience who two hours earlier didn't know who these two guys were decades after their head-to-head matchup in 1979.
Some of these stories also resonate far beyond the basketball court, including the 1966 triumph by the Texas Western Miners, which helped chisel away the college basketball color line and stamped their victory as "Glory Road." Over sixty years of college basketball history is brought to life in this must-have for all basketball fans.
SubtitleThe Ten Most Memorable NCAA Basketball Finals
AuthorBy Mark Mehler, By Charles Paikert
Published13 February 2018
Dimensions6.00 x 9.00in.
IllustrationsB&W photos throughout.
About the author
Charles Paikert is a journalist based in New York City. He wrote the text for the history of professional basketball exhibit in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and has written about basketball for Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, and the Village Voice. He resides in South Orange, New Jersey.
—Kevin Baker, author of Becoming Mr. October, Paradise Alley, and America the Ingenious
"Madness is one of the best basketball books, college or pro, of the century.”
—Allen Barra, author of That's Not the Way It Was: (Almost) Everything They've Told You About Sports is Wrong and The Last Coach: A Life of Paul 'Bear' Bryant
"If you want to get into the minds of the coaches and players who played at the highest level of college basketball, and understand what it was like to be on the court for the ultimate game, then "Madness" is for you. I know. I was there - trying to figure out how we could stop Wilt Chamberlain. And we did!"
—Lennie Rosenbluth, captain of the 1957 NCAA champion North Carolina Tar Heels.