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Four Corners: How UNC, N.C. State, Duke, and Wake Forest Made North Carolina the Center of the Basketball Universe
by Joe Menzer
For sheer intensity and excitement, few contests can match a college basketball game—unless it's one played between two in-state, longtime conference foes separated by only a few miles of the hoops highway known as"Tobacco Road." The four major Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) schools in North Carolina have won eight NCAA titles and continue to dominate the modern college g ...more
Paperback, 326 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by University of Nebraska Press
(first published January 14th 1999)
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Four Corners: How UNC, N.C.State, Duke, & Wake Forest Made North Carolina the Center of the Basketball Universe by Joe Menzer (Simon and Shuster 1999)(796.32363). This is a well-told story of how the ACC became the pinnacle of college hoops with a focus on the history of the conference. As Coach Mike Kryzewski of Duke pointed out, "People can talk all they want about the Big Ten. About Michigan and Ohio State and Indiana and Kentucky or whatever, but there's no way that compares. They're in ...more
UNC-CH, NC State, Duke, and Wake Forest, the titular ‘four corners’ of ACC basketball, have won 50 of 58 (and 17 of the first 18) ACC tournament championships. North Carolina’s spot at the center of college basketball universe was driven by the rivalry between the four schools. Both storied venues, NC State’s Reynolds Coliseum was modeled on Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium. When legendary Indiana high school coach Everett Case arrived to coach the Wolfpack, he looked at the bare girders that had s ...more
Feb 03, 2017 Joy Messinger rated it liked it
When I got this book from the library, my partner said, "I don't think they'll hate Duke enough in that book for you to like it." Well, they were right. Got a few chapters in then gave up on the rest.