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The Back Roads to March: The Unsung, Unheralded, and Unknown Heroes of a College Basketball Season (edition 2021)

by John Feinstein (Author)

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"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."--… (more)
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Title:The Back Roads to March: The Unsung, Unheralded, and Unknown Heroes of a College Basketball Season
Authors:John Feinstein (Author)
Info:Anchor (2021), 448 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:March Madness, mid-majors

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

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This was an interesting journey through the 2018-19 NCAA men's basketball season from start to March Madness through the lens of the mid-majors in a variety of lower-level conferences such as the Patriot League, MEAC, Ivy League, Atlantic 10 and many others. Author John Feinstein follows several games in depth, talks to coaches, and introduces readers to some great players with great stories that they would otherwise have never heard of. ( )
  coachtim30 | Apr 20, 2024 |
John Feinstein spent the year going on the road to the lessor known schools that play NCAA Division 1 basketball. These are schools where the games are played to smaller crowds. The gyms seat somewhere between 2,500 to 5,000 fans. Teams are usually not on television regularly and the team have one shot to make the big dance in March. Feinstein allows the players, coaches and the stadiums shine. ( )
  foof2you | May 16, 2023 |
You can never go wrong with a sports book written by John Feinstein. Feinstein covers mid major basketball teams not Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and all the usual basketball powerhouses. Instead he follows teams like Army, Temple, LaSalle, Lafayette, Harvard etc. who are competitive but don’t have the resources, huge arenas and TV exposure.

The interesting parts of the book are the challenges that the coaches face in the smaller schools. Limited recruiting budgets and opportunities, transfers, modest travel arrangements, staffing etc. Feinstein has a special affection for the Palestra and The Big Five. He covered the last year of coaching for Fran Dunphy and Phil Martelli. Feinstein intimates that Dunphy got a raw deal on his way out.

All these teams and coaches are under pressure to win their conferences in order to get into the NCAAs as very few of them get at large bids. If their teams don’t get into the NCAA tournament or the NIT, coaches will generally get fired.

Most of Feinstein’s travels are for teams in NY, NJ, PA, DE, VA, NC, CT that are driving distance from his home. There are a number of great profiles and Feinstein recounts interesting stories of coaches like Lefty Driesell, Bobby Knight and Jim Calhoun.

If you like college basketball, you’ll really enjoy this book... ( )
  writemoves | Oct 26, 2021 |
Final Four title by good author
  MarianneAudio | Sep 6, 2020 |
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"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."--

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