When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketball by Seth Davis

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Thirty years ago, college basketball was not the sport we know today. Few games were televised nationally and the NCAA tournament had just expanded from thirty-two to forty teams. Into this world came two exceptional players: Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Larry Bird. Though they played each other only once, in the 1979 NCAA finals, that meeting launched an epic rivalry, transformed the NCAA tournament into the multibillion-dollar event it is today, and laid the groundwork for the resurgence of the NBA.

In When March Went Mad, Seth Davis recounts the dramatic story of the season leading up to that game, as Johnson’s Michigan State Spartans and Bird’s Indiana State Sycamores overcame long odds and great doubts that their unheralded teams could compete at the highest level. Davis also tells the stories of their remarkable coaches, Jud Heathcote and Bill Hodges—who were new to their schools but who set their own paths to build great teams—and he shows how tensions over race and class heightened the drama of the competition. When Magic and Bird squared off in Salt Lake City on March 26, 1979, the world took notice—to this day it remains the most watched basketball game in the history of television—and the sport we now know was born.

Title : When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketball
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ISBN : 0805088105
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 pages


Nicolo rated it ★★★★☆

February 22, 2016

I started following professional basketball when Michael Jordan was transcending the game with his dominating talent. But he only inherited an NBA already defined by the rivalry of two personalities, Magic and Bird. The games of these two superstars where they go head to head, especially in the N...

Mike rated it ★★★☆☆

December 27, 2008

This book succeeds and fails at the same time. First, Davis does an exceptional job of recreating the 1979 NCAA Championship game and the build up to that game. The reader really gets a feel for the players and coaches of the two seemingly unlikely teams: the Michigan State University Spartans an...

Mahlon rated it ★★★★☆

April 09, 2010

In When March Went Mad, Seth Davis offers a narrative account of the 1979 College Basketball season through the eyes of it's two greatest players, Larry Bird of the Indiana State Sycamores, and Magic Johnson of the Michigan State Spartans, whose teams eventually met in the finals of the NCAA Tour...

Jamie rated it ★★★☆☆

July 11, 2009

The 1979 NCAA Basketball Championship was arguably the most important event in college basketball history. Its success spurred the growth of ESPN and excited sports fans all over the country (1/4 of the nation's televisions were tuned to the final game). But more than anything, this is a story of...

Rob rated it ★★★★★

February 20, 2012

I tell people that this game was the first game I ever watched on TV, and as far as I can remember, I'm not lying. I lived in Bloomington, Indiana when this game was played, and was a staunch Larry Bird fan (and continue to root for the Celtics to this day). The rivalry that this game birthed gav...

Jake rated it ★★★★★

October 27, 2011

One of the best basketball books out there. A small Indiana school led by the Hick from French Lick goes up against a Big Ten powerhouse in the NCAA Finals. Compulsively readable. Or readably compulsive.

Stacey rated it ★★★★☆

March 23, 2013

I enjoyed this book and definitely thought it was appropriate to read at this time of year. Since I grew up in Terre Haute and was born right before the 78-79 season, so I had heard some of what was in the book, but still thought it was interesting.

Lexi rated it ★★★☆☆

April 14, 2012

Really interesting read. It's rare to find a sports book that deals with such a familiar topic and yet provides so much new information. (Or at least new for me.)

Liben rated it ★★★★☆

October 30, 2017

During the 1970's College basketball didn't have that much flare or drama to, it ever since greats like Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain went to the NBA. That was until Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Larry Bird, two all time greats, entered the NCAA for their college seasons. They met in the 1979 NC...

Todd rated it ★★★★★

June 08, 2015

For folks of a certain age, 1979 wasn't that long ago, but it is hard to fathom how much the entertainment and sports world has changed since March went Mad. Seth Davis's new book covers the 1979 NCAA championship basketball game between Michigan State and Indiana State that introduced the world...

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