March Madness Picks!

March Madness is the termed coined for the NCAA Men’s Division 1 College Basketball tournament. On Saturday March 31st, Loyola Chicago will play against Michigan and Villanova will play against Kansas. Monday April 2nd, the final 2 teams will face off against each other to determine the NCAA champion for the 2017-2018 season.

Here is a selection of sports-themed books with a focus on basketball, previous stories of NCAA wins and noteworthy players and coaches.

Cheated – Jay M. Smith
In 2010 allegations of an utterly corrupt academic system for student-athletes emerged from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus, home of the legendary Tar Heels.

Don’t Put Me In, Coach – Mark Titus
An irreverent critique of big-time NCAA basketball describes how the author’s ambition to become a doctor was sidelined so that that he could join the elite Buckeyes in spite of his lesser talents, which left him perpetually benched.

Dream Team – Jack McCallum
The untold story of the greatest team ever assembled: the 1992 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team that captivated the world, kindled the hoop dreams of countless children around the planet, and remade the NBA into a global sensation.

Indentured – Joe Nocera
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has come under fire in recent years. Millions of teenagers accept scholarships to chase their dreams of fame and fortune at the price of an organization that puts their interests dead last. Indentured tells the story of a dramatic group of rebels that fought against the NCAA.

March 1939: Before the Madness – Terry Frei
In 1939, the Oregon Webfoots, stormed through the first NCAA basketball tournament, which was viewed as a risky coast-to-coast undertaking and perhaps only a one-year experiment. Seventy-five years later, following the tournament’s evolution into a national obsession, the first champions still are celebrated as “The Tall Firs.”

The Big Dance – Barry Wilner
Covered by four networks, allowing every game to be televised, “March Madness” has become an American phenomenon as anticipated as the Super Bowl. This is the story of the tournament from its beginnings seventy-three years ago as just an eight-team “bracket” to today’s sixty-eight-team format.

True Blue: A Tribute to Mike Krzyzewski’s Career at Duke – Dick Weiss
It’s been over thirty years since Mike Krzyzewski became the head basketball coach at Duke University. And on November 15, 2011, Coach K became the most successful coach in NCAA Division I men’s basketball history with his 903rd victory.

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