The Villanova Miracle and 63 Other Dreams: A Game-by-Game Guide to the 1985 NCAA Tournament
While many of the great games and heroes produced by the NCAA tournament are well-known to sports fans, there are countless stories that have been forgotten. That changes with 'The Villanova Miracle and 63 Other Dreams'. This book, which was produced after countless hours of meticulous research, chronicles every game played in the NCAA tournament in 1985, when the field was expanded to 64 teams, setting the stage for the explosive growth in popularity of an event that rivals the Super Bowl as America's favorite sports spectacle.
The familiar stories, such as Villanova's improbable run to the championship, are all here and told in rich detail. But what makes 'The Villanova Miracle and 63 Other Dreams' special is that it delves into every game that was played in that unforgettable tournament, with summaries that bring to light surprising facts and memorable moments from each step in the championship chase. From Fairleigh Dickinson's near-miracle upset of Michigan to Wayman Tisdale's rim-hugging game-winner in the Sweet 16 to Joe B. Hall's strange ride off into the sunset – this book includes all of these great stories and many, many more.
The book starts with a lengthy recap of the 1984-85 regular season that helps set the stage for the detailed review of the NCAA tournament. There is also a short essay on the '85 tournament Most Outstanding Player, Ed Pinckney; a full list of the tournament statistical leaders; the complete standings of every conference; and finally a listing of all players from the tournament who were selected in the 1985 NBA draft.
This book will prove to be a treasure trove of information for the die-hard hoops fan but also a fascinating history of one of this country's great events that all sports fans can enjoy.
- John Schaefer, March 2011
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