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ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game Hardcover – October 6, 2009
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"ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game" (1,213 pages) is a delight for any fan of men's college basketball. This massive (and did I say massive?) coffee-table book is in fact several books into one. The first 50 pages or so bring various essays about the men's college basketball history, including a nice one from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on how blacks made it into the game. There is also an irrevent look on some totally unexpected Sweet 16 teams, just fun to read. The next 500 pages or so bring a team-by-team review of the top 250 programs in the country (each getting 2 pages). The next 600 pages or so bring a review of the NCAA tournaments from the first days until last year's and again it is a delight to flip through and read whatever strikes your fancy.
The book also brings a rating of the all-time best programs (UK is rated No. 1, ahead of UCLA), as well as a rating decade-by-decade. As a fan of the Xavier Musketeers (the small Jesuit school here in Cincinnati), I was quite pleased to see the program rated No. 24 in the most recent decade. That aside, this book has a treasure of information for any college basketball fan. Can't wait to get the new season started!
First about the book's format and content. The book begins with an introduction and several essays written by famous people from the college basketball world, both players and coaches. Then the meat of the book is the page by page alphabetical profiles of all the schools that play Division 1 college basketball. Each profile is concise and informative. Profiles provide the school's best season, coach, player, a game for the ages, a heartbreaker game to remember, notes about the fanbase, biggest rival, and then has a yearly breakdown of the team's record, as well as some stats on all-time won-loss record, NBA first round picks, All-American players, etc. This is the core of the book, and could entertain a fan for weeks. I have been reading this book during some mealtimes, going alphabetically and reading a few profiles in each sitting. It's a lot of fun to see the history that each school has, and one really develops an appreciation for how this great sport means so much to so many, and how it brings different people together. Regardless of how different the various fans are, each school has had heartbreak, triumph, and some tradition.
The next section of the book is an annual breakdown of every college basketball season. This includes the final standins of every conference, box scores of every NCAAT game starting with the Sweet Sixteen round, and final AP rankings.Read more ›
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This is a great all around book. It has every single NCAA team, as well as their history, best player, etc. Read morePublished on April 21, 2010 by SD Sports Guy
This book is so much fun to pick up and read. Packed full of NCAA hoops info. Must item for any college hoops fan.Published on February 11, 2010 by Michael J. Kent
Actually, this book wasn't for us, but for our 24-year-old college basketball fanatic son. He had mentioned wanting it, so we gave it to him for Christmas. Read morePublished on January 14, 2010 by D. Blake
I purchased this book for my husband for Christmas after hearing a sports announcer talk about it. My husband loves this book and was really excited to get it as a present. Read morePublished on January 5, 2010 by C. Dull
Great book for avid college basketball fans. Gives every bit of information you'd ever want and then some! Much larger in size than I anticipated. Read morePublished on January 3, 2010 by K. Shindelar
Gave this as a gift to my son, a true sports fanatic. It was on his Christmas list and he was thrilled to get it! Accurate information and statistics!Published on December 28, 2009 by UpNorth Angler