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by David Borges

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This book was interesting in telling the story of UConn's return. As a person who is not a UConn fan I wasn't that interested in the overall story and felt it glossed over their infractions and the fact that they were never really underdogs to begin with. The author is clearly a fan and wants to present the best view of the team he can. ( )
  campbs1 | Sep 10, 2015 |
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I got this book for my teenage son, who is a huge basketball fan. He LOVED it and thoroughly enjoyed the minute level of detail. I read it as well- though not a big basketball fan. I learned a lot about the team and the players and about basketball in general. This book is best for basketball and especially UCONN fans. ( )
  GaltJ | Jun 7, 2015 |
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This is a book for UConn basketball fans, through and through. I happen to be one of those people, and so I bring that perspective to the book. It is a straightforward retelling of the season which reads in beat writer fashion (indeed, the author was a beat writer for the team during the season). If you are not interested in UConn, it is hard to imagine you'd care much about game by game details, or the relatively straightforward sports-interview-talk of the athletes themselves. The book is also full of minor annoyances - it feels at times to be cobbled together from columns from the season with information repeated in usual ways. For example, on one page, we are told about UConn's record against a program over its history, before shortly being told its record against that team in conference play. The records are close to identical, and they are not explicitly contrasted with each other. Or, we are told about Kentucky's run to meet UConn in the title game in one chapter, only to be retold the same story at the beginning of the next. The book is not particularly well written, and the editing is often poor.

That said - a book like this has a primary function, and that is to entertain fans of the team by allowing us to relive the championship season. As a fan, I really enjoyed reading the book. If you are not interested in UConn basketball, there is not a lot here to catch your interest. If you are a fan, then the chance to relive the season is well worth the minor annoyances.
  jeff.maynes | May 9, 2015 |
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Excellent review of Ucon's downfall and subsequent 2014 championship season. I enjoyed learning about Kevin Ollie and his coaching style, more about life than basketball. However, I did skim through some of the basketball game minutae. ( )
  kdkelly92 | Apr 27, 2015 |
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Borges provides a thorough look at UConn’s 2014 championship. It always helps to have a view from a writer that is part of the fray throughout season, even if he did inadvertently get the writers kicked out of practice. The only thing I wonder about is the subtitle, “from Defeat to Dominance,” since the defeat was something of their own making. But all in all this is a good read for fans of college basketball. ( )
  mrmapcase | Apr 26, 2015 |
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