Tobacco Road: Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State, Wake Forest and the History of the Most Intense Backyard Rivalries in Sports

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Tobacco Road: Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State, Wake Forest and the History of the Most Intense Backyard Rivalries in Sports

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As the 2005 NCAA basketball season entered conference tournament play, three of the nations top five rated teams were from the famed basketball hotbed in North Carolina known as Tobacco Road. Between 1981 and 2005, teams from the four basketball powerhouses - Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Wake Forest - reached the Final Four nineteen times and won seven national championships. Not since the Yankees, Dodgers, and Giants all played in New York City have rivalries so passionate been contained within such a small geographical region. These four college programs grew up within just thirty-four miles of each other (though Wake eventually moved across the state to Winston-Salem) and have staged classic battles throughout the decades, featuring stars like David Thompson, Michael Jordan, Johnny Dawkins, and Tim Duncan, and legendary coaches such as Dean Smith, Jim Valvano, Mike Kryzewski, and Roy Williams, Tobacco Road covers the rich traditions of Tobacco Road basketball - and the backyard rivalries that become more and more intense with every year.As the 2005 NCAA mens college basketball season entered conference tournament play, three of the nations Top Five rated teams came from the state of North Carolina--a fact that highlighted the sports-rich tradition along the famed Tobacco Road. Not since the Yankees, Dodgers, and Giants all played in New York City has so intense a sports rivalry been contained within such a small geographical area. Four basketball powerhouses--Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Wake Forest--grew up within just thirty-four miles of each other (though Wake eventually moved across-state to Winston-Salem), and theyve staged classic battles throughout the decades. Most recently, at least one of these four teams has made the Final Four in nineteen of the past twenty-three seasons, and won the national championship seven times during that period in 2005, three of the four schools advanced to the Tournaments Sweet 16. These interstate rivalries have featured such great college players as Michael Jordan, David Skywalker Thompson, Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley, Tim Duncan, Grant Hill, Rasheed Wallace, Jerry Stackhouse, and Johnny Dawkins, while also including legendary coaches such as Dean Smith, Jimmy Valvano, Mike Krzyzewski, and Roy Williams. Meanwhile, the greatness of these four teams has created intense backyard rivalries often described as civil wars by sportswriters and cultural critics alike. Alwyn Featherston, a seasoned sportswriter and historian, examines the history of college basketball along Tobacco Road.

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As the 2005 NCAA basketball season entered conference tournament play, three of the nations top five rated teams were from the famed basketball hotbed in North Carolina known as Tobacco Road. Between 1981 and 2005, teams from the four basketball powerhouses - Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Wake Forest - reached the Final Four nineteen times and won seven national championships. Not since the Yankees, Dodgers, and Giants all played in New York City have rivalries so passionate been contained within such a small geographical region. These four college programs grew up within just thirty-four miles of each other (though Wake eventually moved across the state to Winston-Salem) and have staged classic battles throughout the decades, featuring stars like David Thompson, Michael Jordan, Johnny Dawkins, and Tim Duncan, and legendary coaches such as Dean Smith, Jim Valvano, Mike Kryzewski, and Roy Williams, Tobacco Road covers the rich traditions of Tobacco Road basketball - and the backyard rivalries that become more and more intense with every year.As the 2005 NCAA mens college basketball season entered conference tournament play, three of the nations Top Five rated teams came from the state of North Carolina--a fact that highlighted the sports-rich tradition along the famed Tobacco Road. Not since the Yankees, Dodgers, and Giants all played in New York City has so intense a sports rivalry been contained within such a small geographical area. Four basketball powerhouses--Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Wake Forest--grew up within just thirty-four miles of each other (though Wake eventually moved across-state to Winston-Salem), and theyve staged classic battles throughout the decades. Most recently, at least one of these four teams has made the Final Four in nineteen of the past twenty-three seasons, and won the national championship seven times during that period in 2005, three of the four schools advanced to the Tournaments Sweet 16. These interstate rivalries have featured such great college players as Michael Jordan, David Skywalker Thompson, Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley, Tim Duncan, Grant Hill, Rasheed Wallace, Jerry Stackhouse, and Johnny Dawkins, while also including legendary coaches such as Dean Smith, Jimmy Valvano, Mike Krzyzewski, and Roy Williams. Meanwhile, the greatness of these four teams has created intense backyard rivalries often described as civil wars by sportswriters and cultural critics alike. Alwyn Featherston, a seasoned sportswriter and historian, examines the history of college basketball along Tobacco Road.
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Title Tobacco Road: Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State, Wake Forest and the History of the Most Intense Backyard Rivalries in Sports Height 226 mm
Alwyn Featherston Width 159 mm
ISBN-13 9781592289158 Binding Paperback
ISBN-10 #1592289150 Spine Width 22 mm
Publisher Lyons Press Pages 272
Edition 2010 Availability Out Of Stock

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