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The Road to Madness: How the 1973-1974 Season Transformed College Basketball

J. Samuel Walker and Randy Roberts


The NCAA basketball tournament is one of the iconic events in American sports. Now known for its size (sixty-eight teams) and myriad upsets, before the tournament expanded in 1974, it consisted of twenty-five teams (one per college conference) and had been dominated by one team, the UCLA Bruins, for over a decade. By the time the 1973-74 season started, coach John Wooden and UCLA had become symbols of success and stability during a time of cultural, political, and economic turmoil in the United States. But North Carolina State’s defeat of UCLA in the 1974 tournament--and subsequent capture of ... More

Keywords: March Madness, college basketball, John Wooden

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469630236
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469630236.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Samuel Walker, author

Randy Roberts, author