The NCAA men's basketball tournament is one of the iconic events in
American sports. In this fast-paced, in-depth account, J. Samuel
Walker and Randy Roberts identify the 1973–74 season as
pivotal in the making of this now legendary postseason tournament.
In an era when only one team per conference could compete, the
dramatic defeat of coach John Wooden's UCLA Bruins by the North
Carolina State Wolfpack ended a decade of the Bruins' dominance,
fueled unprecedented national attention, and prompted the NCAA to
expand the tournament field to a wider range of teams. Walker and
Roberts provide a richly detailed chronicle of the games that made
the season so memorable and uncover the behind-the-scenes
maneuvering that set the stage for the celebrated spectacle that
now fixes the nation's attention every March.