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.
br>"Madness is for basketball lovers everywhere. Paikert and Mehler put you right in the middle of all the sneaker-squeaking, elbow-throwing, spine-tingling action—and also give you the overview of how it all came to be and what it all means. An absolute delight."
—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
"Madness is a great read for avid basketball fans. Mehler and Paikert tell the inside story of our wild ride to the championship game. I am proud to be a part of such an exceptional brotherhood and appreciate our story being shared so eloquently and truthfully.”
—Terry Mills, forward for the 1989 national champion Michigan Wolverines, 1986 Mr. Basketball of Michigan, and radio color analyst for University of Michigan basketball
“The narrative’s pace is brisk and the stories are entertaining.”