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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402212526
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402212529
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,396,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up—The remarkable 2006 NCAA tournament run of the little-known George Mason University men's basketball team sparked a national wake-up call on the quality and status of less-celebrated, "mid-major" Division I collegiate basketball programs. This sportswriter's account of the 2005–2006 season in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) focuses primarily on the roller-coaster wins, losses, rivalries, and aspirations of the top six teams in the league: Old Dominion, George Mason, UNC-Wilmington, Hofstra, VCU, and Northeastern. As they vie for more than one league bid to the NCAA tournament, dedicated coaches like Jim Larranaga, Tom Pecora, Jeff Capel, and Blaine Taylor; key players like T.J. Carter, Isaiah Hunter, Tony Skinn, and Lamar Butler; and League Commissioner, Tom Yeager, recognize the impact of RPI ratings, non-conference scheduling, TV exposure, and limited finances. Ultimately and fortuitously, two CAA teams got bids for the first time in 20 years. Both the league tournament winner, UNC-Wilmington, and conference champ, George Mason, entered the NCAA's storied and lucrative "March Madness" tournament. This title provides a valuable perspective on the economic and competitive struggles of mid-major teams to build their programs and to demonstrate their parity with perennial powers. Litos's insights on mid-major issues and dilemmas are embedded in a lively chronicle of CAA games, personalities, and traditions. Although basketball fans in general will gain a better understanding of the breadth of Division 1 basketball, this title will appeal primarily to fans who are already acquainted with the CAA teams.—Gerry Larson, Durham School of the Arts, NC
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From Booklist

This chronicle of the rise of "mid-major college basketball" (teams in the middle strata of the NCAA) chronicles the historic and headline-grabbing Final Four drive of the George Mason Patriots during the 2005-06 season. The author writes with enormous enthusiasm, almost breathlessly, as though he's so excited about the story he is telling that he can barely contain himself. Litos was granted full access to the Colonial Athletic Association's teams--players, coaches, the works--and he stumbled into some major news stories along the way, such as the rape trial of one of the players and the shooting of another. Some readers may be reminded of the energetic 1994 documentary Hoop Dreams, which also captures the thrill of the game, and the dreams of its young players. The book fairly bubbles over with excitement, an underdog story so uplifting that readers will cheer--out loud, mind you--at the end. A must-read for college basketball fans. David Pitt
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We hear a great deal about major college basketball, but Cinderella gives you an idea of how tough it is for a mid-level team to compete.
The problems of scheduling and trying to recruit the right players is discussed in detail.
You gain an appreciation of the mid-level college basketball teams
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By Mike H. on March 23, 2012
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Really enjoy this look into mid-major basketball. As a mid-major college basketball fan, Cinderella gives a behind the seens look at the CAA, arguably the best mid-major conference in the nation.
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By Chucker D on April 24, 2011
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I really enjoyed this book. I have alway's been a fan of Mid-Major College Basketball. The inside look at the 05-06 was very interesting. The profiles of the league coaches such as Tom Pecora,Jeff Capel,and especially Blaine Taylor and the humor Jim Larranaga stood out.Taylor's battle with his mysterious ailment was inspiring. V.C.U. player Jesse Pellot Rosa showed a side that is not often shown about a college player,he is someone you cannot help but root for.
I highly recommend this book for any fan of college basketball,or for any basketball fan for that matter.
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I thought this was a very enjoyable book and an easy read. The style/format is reminiscent of the better Feinstein basketball books (i.e. Season on the Brink, A Season Inside, The Last Amateurs, etc.). The book opens at the 2006 CAA tournament (which I attended), then spends several chapters talking about the major issues surrounding the mid-majors (such as the difficulties scheduling games with BCS schools). These chapters tended to drag a little but were informative. The remainder of the book follows the 2005-06 CAA season in-depth in the style of the aforementioned Feinstein books. This book will be especially enjoyed by fans, students, and alumni of the CAA schools. I admit to being biased in that I am a graduate of VCU. As someone who really enjoys this genre of writing; however, I believe the average fan of college basketball will enjoy this book as well.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Barat on December 24, 2008
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As a college basketball aficionado, I WANTED so badly to like this book. Sadly, there are a large number of painful errors of fact (e.g., referring to a well-known CBS broadcaster as "Greg Gumball") and, even more to the point, the writing is maladroit in far too many places. George Mason deserved a better chronicler for its 2006 Final Four run. Hopefully, the next mid-major team to break through the "glass ceiling" will be more fortunate.
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