March 2007

Reading Recommendations · March Madness

March Madness, otherwise known as the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships has kicked into gear. Stay on top of the action with these online resources and when you’re ready for a break from fast breaks, check out some of the basketball-related titles in our collection.

On the Web

In addition to March Madness, the NCAA site also covers the Division II and Division III tournaments.

Sports Illustrated: NCAA Tournament

Exhaustive coverage of the tournament, regional breakdowns, expert picks, and blogs.

NCAA Hoops Blog

Count on lots of coverage of the local teams progress in this blog from Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Dustin Dow.

The Bracket Blog

Reporters from the New York Times will be traveling the country to bring “you all the news, inside stories and analysis leading up to the Final Four.”

The Sporting News: Mike DeCourcy

TSN's college basketball expert, Mike DeCoursey, is a former sports writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer.

National Invitation Tournament (NIT)

If the NCAA men’s basketball tourney is the “big dance,” then the NIT, the older of the two events, remains a gala ball for those teams snubbed by the NCAA selection committee.


cover of Last Dance: Behind the Scenes at the Final Four

Last Dance: Behind the Scenes at the Final Four

John Feinstein
With his usual brio, Feinstein (“perhaps America’s premier sports event journalist”) delves into the drama, heartbreak, and glory of the NCAA basketball tournament.

CBS Sports Presents Stories from The Final Four

Edited by Matt Fulks
Players, coaches, broadcasters, and sportswriters relive some of the most thrilling and heartbreaking moments from Final Four games of the 1950s through the 1990s.

NCAA March Madness: Cinderellas, Superstars, and Champions from the NCAA Final Four

An official NCAA publication with great stories and photos from “The Big Dance” from 1939 to 2004.

Shattering the Glass: The Remarkable History of Women’s Basketball from the Turn of the Century to the Present

Pamela Grundy and Susan Shackelford
Grundy and Shackelford offer readers an engaging, informative overview of the history of women’s basketball—from its debut at Smith College in 1892, to the rise and fall of the professional and amateur teams in the post-WW II years, to the emergence of the WNBA in the 1990s.

Getting Open: The Unknown Story of Bill Garrett and the Integration of College Basketball

Tom Graham and Rachel Graham Cody
The story of the first African American to play major college basketball. Playing for Indiana University in 1947, Garrett broke the color line in the Big Ten and opened the door for black players around the country.

Bearcats! The Story of Basketball at The University of Cincinnati

Spanning 1896 to 1998, this detailed history of the men’s and women’s basketball programs at U.C. is filled with wonderful archival and contemporary photographs.

Big Blue: 100 Years of Kentucky Wildcats Basketball

Michael Bradley
The history of the most successful program in college basketball highlights exciting moments, legendary coaches, and players.

A Coach’s Life: My 40 Years in College Basketball

Dean Smith
The top coach in college basketball history explains his coaching philosophy and looks back over his long career.

The Last Amateurs: Playing for Glory and Honor in Division I College Basketball

John Feinstein
The love of the game and glory of the school can still motivate and inspire players and fans as seen during a season of play in the Patriot League, where athletic scholarships are not offered.

The Men of March: A Season Inside the Lives of College Basketball Coaches

Brian Curtis
Follow four top college coaches from Midnight Madness to the Final Four.

Sporting News Selects Legends of College Basketball

Mike DeCourcy
The profiles of 100 great college performers will spark memories and debates. And by the way, what U.C. player is ranked #3?

Tales from Cincinnati Bearcats Basketball

Michael Perry
Anecdotes and stories from former U.C. players, coaches, and fans.

Walk of a Lifetime: An Inspirational Journey from a Shattered Dream to the Cincinnati Bearcats

Alex Meacham
A “walk-on” player on one of the top basketball programs in the country, Cincinnati native Meacham shows how it is still possible to be a true student-athlete.


cover of Last Shot by John Feinstein

Last Shot

John Feinstein
After winning a sports writing contest, young journalists Stevie and Susan Carol travel to New Orleans to cover the NCAA basketball championship. Nosing about with their press credetials, they uncover a plot to blackmail a player. Stevie and Susan have only forty-eight hours until tipoff to find the facts to support the biggest story of their lives. Celebrated sportswriter John Feinstein offers a teen mystery with Final Four excitement.

Full Court Press

Mike Lupica
The owner of the worst franchise in the NBA signs the league’s first woman player as a marketing ploy in this blackly comic poke at greed and vanity in professional basketball.

The Conquering Heroes

Peter Gent
Basketball teammates in high school and college in the 1960s, Pat Lee and Barry Sand are middle-aged coaches at an NCAA basketball powerhouse in Texas and are chin-deep in the monetary corruption associated with the recruitment of players.

Ruby & Spear

Todd Walton
A burnt-out San Francisco sportswriter discovers renewal through a friendship with Ruby, an octogenarian ex-schoolteacher, and her adopted son, Spear, a 27-year-old, 7' 3" basketball legend from the asphalt proving ground of Oakland’s Tillsbury Park.

Barney Polan’s Game

Charles Rosen
Sportswriter Barney Polan hears rumors concerning gamblers engaged in fixing college basketball games in this fictional treatment of the 1951 point-shaving scandals that rocked New York City.

Passing Off

Tom LeClair
Minor-league point guard Michael Keever lacks the physical skills for the NBA, but he extends his career by lying about his Greek heritage to qualify to play for Athens in the Greek Basketball Association. The deceit leaves him vulnerable to blackmail by architects of a deadly conspiracy.

The House of Moses All-Stars

Charley Rosen
In the midst of the Great Depression, a Jewish professional basketball team departs the Bronx on a wild and unforgettable coast-to-coast barnstorming tour.


David Shields
Small-town journalist Al Biederman, mired in the doldrums of middle age, finds his spirit lifted by the arrival of a basketball prodigy at River State University. He confronts an ethical dilemma, however, when he learns of academic irregularities involving the recruit.

Rise of the Phoenix

Kenneth J. Whetstone
Whetstone offers a revealing look at a young women’s summer basketball league in New York City and the many problems and challenges that confront a coach and his players.

Movies & Documentaries

cover of Hoop Dreams

Glory Road

Coach Don Haskins leads his controversial 1965-1966 Texas Western Miners team to the National Championships in this dramatization of a true story. Haskins recruited both black and white athletes, a choice that resulted in success on the court, but generated fierce criticism, particularly in the South.

Hoop Dreams

Two high school basketball stars pursue their dream of playing professional basketball. A powerful and rewarding documentary about basketball and inner city life, five years in the making.


Two young men in with different ambitions take their chances in the game of basketball and game of life.


A professional college coach, disciplined for losing his temper, takes a position at the only place that will hire him—a junior high school. Martin Lawrence and Wendy Robinson star in this family comedy.

Coach Carter

Based on a true story, Samuel Jackson plays Ken Carter, a man who accepts the challenging task of coaching an underachieving high school basketball team.

Harlem Globetrotters: The Team that Changed the World

The Harlem Globetrotters, founded in 1926 by Abe Saperstein, have been a force of athletic performance and entertainment for over 90 years! This documentary chronicles the sensational victory of the Globetrotters over the Minneapolis Lakers and the historic 1951 Berlin exposition.


A new high school basketball coach in a sleepy Indiana town inspires his small squad to defeat a big-school team in the state championship game. An instant classic based on the story of the 1954 Milan (Indiana) H.S. basketball team.

Red Sneakers

A high school student becomes a basketball powerhouse when he is given a pair of red sneakers by a mysterious junk dealer.

The Boys of 2nd Street Park

Hoopsters from New York City, who grew up around the same urban basketball park, reflect on their lives during the 1960’s
Need more suggestions? Contact your local library and a reference librarian will be happy to assist you.