The Back Roads to March: The Unsung, Unheralded, and Unknown Heroes of a College Basketball Season


John Feinstein has already taken readers into the inner circles of top college basketball programs in The Legends Club. This time, Feinstein pulls back the curtain on college basketball's lesser-known Cinderella stories--the smaller programs who no one expects to win, who have no chance of attracting the most coveted high school recruits, who rarely send their players on to the NBA.
Feinstein follows a handful of players, coaches, and schools who dream, not of winning the NCAA tournament, but of making it past their first or second round games. Every once in a while, one of these coaches or players is plucked from obscurity to continue on to lead a major team or to play professionally, cementing their status in these fiercely passionate fan bases as a legend. These are the gifted players who aren't handled with kid gloves--they're hardworking, gritty teammates who practice and party with everyone else.
With his trademark humor and invaluable connections, John Feinstein reveals the big time programs you've never heard of, the bracket busters you didn't expect to cheer for, and the coaches who inspire them to take their teams to the next level


I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Reading about the East Coast schools, for the most part, was not a problem for me even though I live on the West Coast. The way Mr. Feinstein spoke of Palestra makes me want to make another trip back East during basketball season just to be in the stands to see a game there. He's talking about and with the different coaches that first he has been around for decades and the stories he told about them reminds me of those times years past when my grandfather and I would listen to “Big Red” football (cornhuskers) on Saturdays and hear his stories from when he went to college there in the early 1900s. reading about the different players working there way from player to coach was also very interesting.
Really for me, there was not a part of this book that I did not like, except for the fact that he took me back to when I remembered a simpler time and when the game was the game and not about money, T.V. deals and all of the rest of the new wave of college basketball.
Because of the money, you are also shown how some schools have suffered by leaving one conference joining another because of their football program and the hopes of maybe an FBS bowl game. Really though in most cases it won’t happen it is just alumni wishing and forcing new presidents to make the move not looking at the total package but just one program.
Really though the author takes you through the different games and maybe just maybe we can have another 16 seed upset a number 1 seed. He also goes into his not so fair selection by the committee which I also think is a fair assessment of the selection committee. A very good book and very much worth the read. I received this book from I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at

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