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The Final Four: The Pursuit of College Basketball Glory


Series
Spectacular Sports

by
Matt Doeden

Edition
Library edition
Publisher
Lerner
Imprint
Millbrook
ISBN
9781467787802
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“For more than three-quarters of a century, the Final Four has given fans thrills, chills, and more than a share of heartbreak.” Here is the history of “college basketball’s biggest stage”—and some of its greatest games. Glossary. Source notes. Further reading. Index. Black-and-white and full-color photographs.

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Format

Print

Page Count

64

Trim Size

9" x 9"

AR

6.7: points 2

Lexile

1040L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2016

Book Genres


Topics

History of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Basketball. College basketball.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Each chapter of this NCAA basketball overview explores a different facet of the competition, such as the history of interscholastic college basketball from the first match-up in 1895 (Minnesota’s School of Agriculture defeated Hamline University nine to three) to the current 68-team March Madness spectacle. Another chapter is devoted to the greatest games, such as University of North Carolina’s triple overtime victory over Kansas and the great Wilt Chamberlain in 1957. A chapter on “Memorable Moments” highlights the first team to start five black players, the Texas Western (now UTEP) Miners, who defeated Kentucky for the championship in the face of brutal racial hostility both during and after their appearance. Sidebars outline related subjects such as the history of winning teams cutting down the nets or the significance of tournament brackets. Ample photographs span both the contemporary (the 2015 semi-final between Kentucky and Wisconsin) and the archival (a 1968 rebound by UCLA’s Lew Alcindor, who would soon be known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). Though brief mention is made of the women’s tournament, the focus is strictly the men’s game. VERDICT Though the book’s appeal will be limited to serious basketball fans, the historical perspective and engaging presentation make it a solid choice.—Bob Hassett, Luther Jackson Middle School, Falls Church, VA

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Each chapter of this NCAA basketball overview explores a different facet of the competition, such as the history of interscholastic college basketball from the first match-up in 1895 (Minnesota’s School of Agriculture defeated Hamline University nine to three) to the current 68-team March Madness spectacle. Another chapter is devoted to the greatest games, such as University of North Carolina’s triple overtime victory over Kansas and the great Wilt Chamberlain in 1957. A chapter on “Memorable Moments” highlights the first team to start five black players, the Texas Western (now UTEP) Miners, who defeated Kentucky for the championship in the face of brutal racial hostility both during and after their appearance. Sidebars outline related subjects such as the history of winning teams cutting down the nets or the significance of tournament brackets. Ample photographs span both the contemporary (the 2015 semi-final between Kentucky and Wisconsin) and the archival (a 1968 rebound by UCLA’s Lew Alcindor, who would soon be known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). Though brief mention is made of the women’s tournament, the focus is strictly the men’s game. VERDICT Though the book’s appeal will be limited to serious basketball fans, the historical perspective and engaging presentation make it a solid choice.—Bob Hassett, Luther Jackson Middle School, Falls Church, VA

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