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Glory Road: My Story of the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship and how One Team Triumphed against the Odds and Changed America Forever
Don Haskins
1401307914
November 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Sportswriter Wetzel confronted an odd kind of problem when coauthoring the autobiography of Don Haskins, Texas college basketball icon and inadvertent civil rights pioneer. Instead of embellishing his story or telling the account of how, as a coach, he single-handedly changed college basketball in 1966 by winning the NCAA championship with five black starters, the comically humble Haskins "pretends it didn't matter, or, most often, that it didn't even happen in the first place." Such is the charm of Haskins, who became a living legend by coaching at Texas Miners College (now University of Texas–El Paso) from 1961 to 1999, but never let the fame get to him (although Haskins is not a saint: he's a vicious pool hustler and a terrorizing coach who wouldn't even let his players have water during practice)....


Raise the Roof
Pat Head Summitt
0767903293
Oct 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
It seems fitting that the most successful college basketball coach since John Wooden is named Summit, because that's exactly where she's taken the women's program at the University of Tennessee. In Raise the Roof, she recounts the Lady Vols' astonishing 1997-98 campaign. The team went 39-0, won its third straight NCAA crown and sixth overall under her direction, and, most importantly to Summitt, "played as if they had no internal or physical boundaries." If the team's unprecedented success is the engine that runs Summitt's story, the fuel that powers it goes a good deal deeper than what happened on the court.

"With this team," she admits, "I was different." From two-time All-American forward Chamique Holdsclaw to the four freshmen from broken homes on whose talents the future rested, Summitt realized early that she had to...



Blue Blood: Duke-Carolina: Inside the Most Storied Rivalry in College Hoops
Art Chansky
0312327870
November 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
What's interesting about the Duke-North Carolina basketball rivalry is that it's not the product of some marketing-savvy hypemeister. It's the real deal: there's respect, but dammit, them folks just don't like each other and haven't since whenever. Duke is a tony private school with high academic standards. North Carolina is a state school justifiably proud of its academic traditions, no matter what those Dukies say. Duke dominated basketball in the sixties, Carolina did so from the mid-seventies to the early nineties, and Duke was once again ascendant in the nineties and into this decade--except that North Carolina is now the defending national champion. Chansky provides an engaging overview of the rivalry--filled with great anecdotes--emphasizing the last 30 years, which encompass the reigns of dominant coaches Dean...


University of Kentucky Basketball - 101 Years
UK Basketball Museum
1563119242
Oct 2004
(Hardcover) - Limited Ed.
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Outside Shot
Walter Dean Myers
0440967848
December 1986
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
When Lonnie Jackson leaves Harlem for a basketball scholarship to a midwestern college, he know he must keep his head straight and his record clean. That's the only way he'll have a chance of making it to the pros someday.



But his street smarts haven't prepared him for the pressures of tough classes, high-stakes college ball, and the temptation to fix games for local gamblers. Everyone plays by a whole new set of rules -- including Sherry, who's determined to be a track star. Her independence attracts Lonnie, but their on-again, off-again relationship is driving him crazy.



Lonnie has one year to learn how to make it as a "college man." It's his outside shot at a bright future. Does he have what it takes?

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Indiana University Basketball Encyclopedia
Jason Hiner
1582616558
Nov 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
The tradition of college basketball excellence that reigns at Indiana University can only be matched by a handful of other elite programs, while the fierce devotion of IU basketball fans has been selling out arenas and inspiring generation after generation of Hoosier fans for over a century. The Indiana University Basketball Encyclopedia captures the glory, the tradition, and the championships, from the team’s inaugural games in the winter of 1901 all the way through the 2003-04 season. The most comprehensive book ever written about IU basketball, this encyclopedia covers every season and every game the Hoosiers have played throughout their illustrious history, including all of the program’s Big Ten Conference championships and NCAA championships. It is a must-have for the library of every devoted IU...


Geno: In Pursuit of Perfection
Geno Auriemma
0446577642
January 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
If nothing else, Auriemma, coach of the UConn women's basketball team since 1985, explains how little girls in Connecticut inherited the dreams of little boys in Indiana. The rise of a program with a leaky gym and roll-away bleachers to become a powerhouse with five national championships is a Hoosier-like tale. But Auriemma's book is merely the bones of the story, a slapdash chronicle of seasons. In his talky style, he is unable to flesh out the characters, and his anecdotes are stiff. One exception is his depiction of star Diana Taurasi cracking during a challenging season: "sitting on a bench, swaying back and forth and banging her elbows against the wall.... She is in withdrawal, like some kind of drug addict." On Auriemma's team, breakdowns are a good sign because they mean hunger. He prods individuals by...


Panther Pride
Sam Sciullo, Jr.
0738510696
Aug 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
The University of Pittsburgh first fielded an intercollegiate basketball team in 1905, but an entire generation of fans has only heard or read about a small number of these colorful and outstanding players. An invitation to join the prestigious Big East Conference in 1982 opened the eyes of the nation to Panther basketball. Continuing a tradition of growth and excellence, the 2001ñ2002 Panthers again put University of Pittsburgh basketball on the map. Picked by the league coaches to finish sixth in the seven-team Big East Conferenceís West Division, Ben Howland directed the team to an overall record of 29-6, earning the Panthers the West Division regular-season championship. The Panthers then advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in twenty-eight years. ÝÝPanther...


They Call Me Coach
John Wooden
0071424911
September 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
The critically acclaimed, classic autobiography of UCLA basketball's legendary coach "What Knute Rockne was to football, Connie Mack to baseball, and Wilbur and Orville Wright to flying, John Wooden is to basketball." -- Los Angeles Times " They Call Me Coach is grassroots Americana, a story bigger than basketball. One of those rare sports books that is must reading for everyone." -- Chicago Tribune Now featuring a great new look and a Foreword by hoop Hall of Famer Bill Walton, this classic bestselling sports bio by America's "winningest coach" is back. Still charming fans everywhere, college basketball legend John Wooden reflects on his record-breaking career, his inspired life behind the scenes, and how his top players went on to shape and change the NBA. With worldly wisdom, Wooden offers a very personal...


Runnin Rams
William Woodward
073851070X
Sept 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
One hundred years ago, the game of basketball was introduced to Rhode Island State College, a small agricultural school in the village of Kingston. The sport became the centerpiece of the collegeís athletic program. With the arrival in 1920 of coach Frank W. Keaney, the student body, faculty, and community embraced the teams with enthusiastic support, and a tradition of excellence was launched. With his incorporation of the fast break and the full court press, Keaney led his Rams to national prominence, with high-scoring teams and a challenge for a national championship in 1946. ÝÝAfter the college became the University of Rhode Island in 1951, the traditions of basketball excitement and excellence continued. Conference championships, postseason bids, and All-Americans have enriched the history of Rhode...


Krzyzewskiville Tales
Aaron Dinin
0822336332
August 2005
Hardcover
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Chad W. Post, The Believer
"In the grand Southern tradition, Dinin has taken a postage stamp of land and created a world."

Marilyn Dahl, Shelf Awareness
"Dinin's book can be treasured for its wit and charm."

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Golden Hurricane Basketball at the University of Tulsa
Chad Bonham
0738533467
Dec 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
When Kendall College fielded its first basketball team in 1907, no one could predict what great sports moments were in store for the city of Tulsa. All-American caliber athletes such as Bob Patterson, Jim King, Bobby “Bingo” Smith and Willie Biles laid the foundation under the direction of groundbreaking coaches like Clarence Iba, Joe Swank and Ken Hayes. The past 25 years have arguably seen some of the best court action in The University of Tulsa’s history. Paul Pressey, Steve Harris, Tracy Moore, Shea Seals, Michael Ruffin and Kevin Johnson are just a few of the marquis players that have donned the Blue and Gold. They have been led into battle by a “who’s who” of big time coaches including Nolan Richardson, Tubby Smith and Bill Self.

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Bruce Weber: Through My Eyes: An Inside Look at the Man, the Coach and the Greatest Season in Illinois History
Bruce Weber
0975876945
June 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The 2004-2005 college basketball season provided University of Illinois fans with some of the greatest moments in program history. In Head Coach Bruce Weber’s words and with his insights, Bruce Weber: Through My Eyes provides the Illini Nation with a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most amazing seasons in college basketball history, including a 29-0 start, 15 weeks atop the national rankings, an NCAA record-tying 37 victories and a compelling style of play that captivated the country. Through My Eyes also offers a revealing look at the man who orchestrated such an unforgettable season. Find out how Weber learned the game from a father who coached, the adjustments he needed to make to get the team to buy into his style when he first arrived at Illinois, how he kept his squad focused on St. Louis and the Final...


The Orangemen
Mike Waters
0738534765
Nov 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
The Orangemenósay the name and basketball fans everywhere immediately recognize the team from Syracuse University. For more than one hundred years, they have been playing basketball up on ìthe Hill.î Their history is one of growth and continued success, all of which is documented with rare archival photographs in The Orangemen: Syracuse University Menís Basketball. ÝÝSyracuse University fielded its first menís basketball team in 1900 and enjoyed many successes in the programís early years. Legendary players highlighted the time: Lewis Castle, the first of Syracuseís thirty-two All-Americans; Vic Hanson, the only player enshrined in both the College Football and Naismith Memorial Basketball Halls of Fame; and Wilmeth Sidat-Singh, the first African American to play at...


I Am Charlotte Simmons
Tom Wolfe
0312424442
August 2005
Paperback
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Product Description: Dupont University--the Olympian halls of learning housing the cream of America's youth, the roseate Gothic spires and manicured lawns suffused with tradition... Or so it appears to beautiful, brilliant Charlotte Simmons, a sheltered freshman from North Carolina. But Charlotte soon learns, to her mounting dismay, that for the uppercrust coeds of Dupont, sex, Cool, and kegs trump academic achievement every time.

As Charlotte encounters Dupont's privileged elite--her roommate, Beverly, a Groton-educated Brahmin in lusty pursuit of lacrosse players; Jojo Johanssen, the only white starting player on Dupont's godlike basketball team, whose position is threatened by a hotshot black freshman from the projects; the Young Turk of Saint Ray fraternity,...



University of North Carolina Basketball
Adam Powell
0738541508
Nov 2005
Paperback
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Hoop Tales: UConn Huskies Women's Basketball
Terese Karmel
0762735015
September 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
A producer of national titles and numerous female basketball icons, the UConn Huskies women's basketball teams have thrilled regional and national audiences alike. With their spirited play over the years and their equally spirited current coach, Geno Auriemma, these women have transformed the game into a major event. Stories include a feature on Kerry Bascom, the "kid from the crossroads;" a piece on the diehard fans who follow the team all around the country; a poignant profile on the ups and downs in the career of star Shea Ralph; and an insightful look at UConn's biggest star of all time, Diana Taurasi.


Tennessee Volunteers Men's Basketball
Randy Moore
0762737026
Sept 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
The Volunteers of Tennessee have a long and lively tradition in the college hoops arena--from their humble beginnings in gyms that only held a few hundred spectators to national prominence and strong showings in the NCAA "Big Dance" tournaments of today. In this book readers will meet Ray Mears, the "Barnum of college basketball"; Gene Tormohlen, a rebounder who routinely squeezed the air out of the basketball; and Allan Houston, a modern-day superstar in the NBA.


UConn Huskies Men's Basketball
Wayne Norman
0762737859
Mar 2005
Paperback
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Review
"I've been hooked on UConn basketball since I was a newly-arrived 17-year-old freshman at Litchfield Hall in the Jungle in 1961 and I spotted another newly-arrived freshman named Toby Kimball. He was 6-feet-9 and bald and I decided my new school might be pretty good at this sport. The ride since then has been nothing but a wonder and Bob Porter and Wayne Norman describe it all in this terrific book. I not only have read it, but sleep with it under my pillow every night."

--Leigh Montville, former Sports Illustrated senior writer and coauthor of Dare to Dream: Connecticut's Remarkable March to the National Championship


True Blue: A Tribute to Mike Krzyzewski's Career at Duke
Dick Weiss
1596701056
September 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Coach Mike Krzyzewski has been Duke University's men's basketball coach for 25 years concluding the 2004-2005 season. To honor his silver anniversary, Dick Weiss has interviewed everyone from former player Christian Laettner to Duke athletic director Joe Alleva piecing together the success Coach K has achieved and how he has become the face of college basketball.

About the Author
Dick Weiss is a sportswriter for the New York Daily News and previously worked for 19 years at the Philadelphia Daily News. He is a past president of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and current president of the College Football Writers of America. Weiss has received the Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Media Award, the NIT Media Award and the Big East Media Award. He has coauthored books...

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