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The Back Roads to March: The Unsung, Unheralded, and Unknown Heroes of a College Basketball Season

By: John Feinstein

John Feinstein has already taken readers into the inner circles of top college basketball programs in The Legends Club. This time, Feinstein pulls back the curtain on college basketball’s lesser-known Cinderella stories—the smaller programs who no one expects to win, who have no chance of attracting the most coveted high school recruits, who rarely send their players on to the NBA.

Feinstein follows a handful of players, coaches, and schools who dream, not of winning the NCAA tournament, but of making it past their first or second round games. Every once in a while, one of these coaches or players is plucked from obscurity to continue on to lead a major team or to play professionally, cementing their status in these fiercely passionate fan bases as a legend. These are the gifted players who aren’t handled with kid gloves—they’re hardworking, gritty teammates who practice and party with everyone else.

With his trademark humor and invaluable connections, John Feinstein reveals the big time programs you’ve never heard of, the bracket busters you didn’t expect to cheer for, and the coaches who inspire them to take their teams to the next level.

ISBN: 9780385544481

JLG Release: Jul 2020


Sensitive Areas: Language: Infrequent Use , Language: Strong Language
Topics: College sports , Basketball teams , NCAA Basketball Tournament , Sports history

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To discover the intimacy of an earlier period of college basketball before money and television became involved, best-selling author Feinstein (A Season on the Brink) examines the 2018–19 season from the perspective of coaches at smaller, mid-major schools that rarely send players to the NBA. Feinstein includes stories about the unseen parts of c To discover the intimacy of an earlier period of college basketball before money and television became involved, best-selling author Feinstein (A Season on the Brink) examines the 2018–19 season from the perspective of coaches at smaller, mid-major schools that rarely send players to the NBA. Feinstein includes stories about the unseen parts of college basketball: watching the Philadelphia Big 5 face off against one another, profiling a second-year law student as they compete for the College William & Mary, and discussing former UConn head coach Jim Calhoun’s move to a smaller school. Also highlighted is the unexpected success of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s team. Feinstein shows how coaches recruit overlooked high school players, while worrying they may transfer to bigger programs later on. He effectively explains how smaller teams are often left out of the NCAA and NIT tournaments because of two factors: power and money. Feinstein’s geographic scope may be limited to schools in the mid-Atlantic and New England regions, but this insider look into college basketball should nevertheless draw in fans seeking more about teams and coaches outside the power conferences.

Book Details

ISBN

9780385544481

First Release

July 2020

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

796.323

Trim Size

9 1/4" x 6"

Page Count

432

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Doubleday (Adult)

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Infrequent Use , Language: Strong Language

Topics

College sports, Basketball teams, NCAA Basketball Tournament, Sports history,

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