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Cinderella: Inside the Rise of Mid-Major College Basketball
The NCAA tournament has always been an enormous spotlight for the underdog. Bracket-clenching fans root for teams from smaller schools to upset the elite squads and score an unexpected win on their tournament sheet?if they picked them, that is. And normally that's all the fans expect-one or two incredible upsets. But in 2006, the underdogs broke through? Cinderella is an i ...more
Hardcover, 275 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Sourcebooks
(first published 2007)
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Litos' book is very informative, and brings back great memories of an improbable run by my Mason to the Final Four. However, the book is ultimately short on substance. He does a wonderful play by play, but does not achieve the ultimate point of his book, which is to document the rise of mid-majors in college basketball. Instead, he provides analysis of certain games and takes you through the entire 2005-06 CAA Season. And by doing that, he is embarrassingly short on substance to the CAA's most m ...more
Cinderella was a good informational book about how Mid Majors of college basket succeed to Compete and become good teams. The book talks about how the coaches’ lead there team against the big basketball teams in college. It informs on the topic of how Mid-major teams have to compete in recruiting with other teams around the US. It said that Mid-major teams always compete very well against each other and it is always a good game. It shows that Mid-major teams are getting better and can upset some ...more
Follows the season of the Colonial Athletic Conference in college basketball. It follows the plight of teams like Hofstra, Old Dominion, UNC-Wilmington, VCU and Drexel as they battle to win their conference and to bring some national exposure to mid-majors. It then follows George Mason on one of the most magical NCAA March Madness runs in the history of college basketball (which starts in its own conference tournament with a sucker punch). Look if you are still reading this review congratulation ...more
This book describes one season in the Colonial Athletic Association in great detail. It has way too much play-by-play and not nearly enough research that might have told us more about mid-majors. The book is also rife with errors (such as consistent misspellings of names). Only diehard fans of the CAA should read this book.
As an alumna of Old Dominion and a fan of the CAA from back then, this book definitely caught my attention. Overall, the book was an ok read, however it got tedious at time. The author jumped back and forth from team to team which made it hard to follow at times. I had to re-read passages often to figure out who or which teams he was referring to