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

J. Samuel Walker and Randy Roberts

Abstract

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

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Samuel Walker, author

Randy Roberts, author