The Final Four: The Pursuit of College Basketball Glory
The Final Four: The Pursuit of College Basketball Glory
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Annotation: Describes the history of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, from the first intercollegiate basketball game in 1895 to the thrills and drama of the most recent Final Four competition.
Catalog Number: #600390844
Format: Interactive Ebook
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Special Formats: Ebook USL Ebook Ebook USL Ebook Unlimited School License
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Pages: 64
Territory: World
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-512-42630-X
ISBN 13: 978-1-512-42630-4
Dewey: 796
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
Arriving just in time for March Madness is this fresh look at the NCAA men's division I college basketball tournament and, in particular, the Final Four championship games. The book opens with a quick historical overview, from an interesting account of the sport's first intercollegiate game in 1895 to an action photo taken during a 2015 semifinal match-up between Duke and Michigan State. Next, Doeden recaps the greatest Final Four games of all time, followed by the most memorable moments in Final Four history. Finally, he discusses recent changes and hypothetical future developments in intercollegiate athletics. The book's wide format allows the text and photos to appear side by side. The older photos are in black-and-white, while later pictures are in color. With vivid, play-by-play descriptions of pivotal games and final points, basketball fans will find plenty to enjoy here. Drawing on his years in sports journalism, Doeden writes colorful accounts of the action, while filling in background on important players, past and present. An informative, enjoyable addition to the sports shelves.
School Library Journal
Gr 48 Each chapter of this NCAA basketball overview explores a different facet of the competition, such as the history of interscholastic college basketball from the first match-up in 1895 (Minnesota's School of Agriculture defeated Hamline University nine to three) to the current 68-team March Madness spectacle. Another chapter is devoted to the greatest games, such as University of North Carolina's triple overtime victory over Kansas and the great Wilt Chamberlain in 1957. A chapter on "Memorable Moments" highlights the first team to start five black players, the Texas Western (now UTEP) Miners, who defeated Kentucky for the championship in the face of brutal racial hostility during and after their appearance. Sidebars outline related subjects such as the history of winning teams cutting down the nets or the significance of tournament brackets. Ample photographs span both the contemporary (the 2015 semi-final between Kentucky and Wisconsin) and the archival (a 1968 rebound by UCLA's Lew Alcindor, who would soon be known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). Though brief mention is made of the women's tournament, the focus is strictly the men's game. VERDICT Though the book's appeal will be limited to serious basketball fans, the historical perspective and engaging presentation make it a solid choice. Bob Hassett, Luther Jackson Middle School, Falls Church, VA
Word Count: 10,506
Reading Level: 6.7
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 6.7 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 178919 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:8.3 / points:5.0 / quiz:Q67922
Lexile: 1040L

Audisee® eBooks with Audio combine professional narration and sentence highlighting to engage reluctant readers! When basketball fans hear the words Final Four, they probably think of the buzzer-beaters, Cinderella stories, and bracket-busters that have thrilled people for years. However, you don't need to be a die-hard fan to know that the NCAA men's basketball tournament is one of the most popular sports events in the United States. By the time the tournament of 64 teams has been whittled down to the Final Four, excitement reaches a fever pitch. From the first intercollegiate basketball game played in 1895 all the way to the thrills and drama of the most recent Final Four, read about the shocking moments and stunning upsets that give March Madness its name.


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