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When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketballby Seth Davis
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“A must-read for anybody who considers themselves a basketball fan.”—Michael Wilbon, The Washington Post
On March 26, 1979, basketball as we know it was born. The NCAA championship game played that day launched an epic rivalry between two exceptional players: Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird. Though they played each other only once as college athletes, that game transformed the NCAA tournament into a multibillion-dollar enterprise and laid the foundation for the resurgence of the NBA. To this day it remains the highest-rated basketball game, college or pro, in the history of television.
In the national bestseller When March Went Mad, Seth Davis recounts the dramatic story of the season leading up to that game, as Johnsons Michigan State Spartans and Birds Indiana State Sycamores overcame long odds and great doubts to reach the games grandest stage. Davis also tells the stories of their remarkable coaches, Jud Heathcote and Bill Hodges, and he shows how tensions over race and class heightened the drama of the competition.
Davis combed through several years worth of newspaper and magazine coverage, interviewed nearly one hundred people, and watched dozens of games to reconstruct the colorful, historic, and improbable narrative of how Larry Bird and Magic Johnson burst on the scene—a coming-of-age story that continues to resonate. The Final Four, the NBA, and the game of basketball have never been the same.
In this national bestseller, Davis recounts the dramatic story of the season leading up to the March 26, 1979 game that changes pro basketball forever and launched an epic rivalry between two exceptional players: Earvin Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.
About the Author
Seth Davis is an on-air studio analyst for CBS Sports coverage of NCAA basketball and is an on-air host, reporter, and analyst for the CBS College Sports network. He is also a staff writer at Sports Illustrated and SI.com, where he has worked since 1995, primarily covering college basketball and golf. A graduate of Duke University, Davis lives with his family in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
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