Cinderella: Inside the Rise of Mid-Major College Basketball

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The NCAA tournament has always been an enormous spotlight for the underdog. Bracket-clenching fans root for teams from smaller schools to upset the elite squads and score an unexpected win on their tournament sheet...if they picked them, that is. And normally that's all the fans expect-one or two incredible upsets. But in 2006, the underdogs broke through...

Cinderella is an inside look at the NCAA's mid-major basketball programs, which fight for one shot to battle the elite teams for the national championship. The rise of mid-majors has been one of the most thrilling sport stories of the past few years, and it's only getting bigger.

Michael Litos spent the 2005-06 season on the frontlines of the Colonial Athletic Association, home of such mid-major standouts as Old Dominion, Hofstra, and George Mason. With complete access to coaches and players, he found incredible tales of pressure and passion. He saw coaches and players struggling to put together a championship drive in spite of uncompromising schedules and half-filled arenas. And he was there when the ultimate underdog turned the world of college basketball upside-down-George Mason's historic run to the Final Four.

In what was dubbed "The Year of the Mid-major," Cinderella delivers the ultimate look at what it means to be an underdog, and how the sport of college basketball is being transformed. In the last great league of amateur athletes, this is the story those who play for the love of the game...and the thrill of achieving the unbelieveable

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The NCAA tournament has always been an enormous spotlight for the underdog. Bracket-clenching fans root for long shots to upset the elite squads and score an unexpected win on their tournament sheetÖif they picked them, that is.

And normally thatís all the fans expectóone or two incredible upsets. But these days, the underdogs are breaking throughÖ

Cinderella is an inside look at the NCAAís mid-major basketball programs, which fight for their shot to battle the elite teams for the national championship. The rise of mid-majors has been one of the most thrilling sports stories in recent years, and itís only getting bigger.

Michael Litos spent the 2005ñ06 season on the frontlines of the Colonial Athletic Association, home of such mid-major standouts as Old Dominion, Hofstra, VCU and George Mason. With complete access to coaches and players, he found incredible tales of pressure and passion. He saw coaches and players struggling to put together a championship drive in spite of uncompromising schedules and half-filled arenas. And he was there when the ultimate underdog turned the world of college basketball upside-downóGeorge Masonís historic run to the Final Four.

In what was dubbed ìThe Year of the Mid-Major,î Cinderella delivers the ultimate look at what it means to be an underdog and how the sport of college basketball is being transformed.

In the last great league of amateur athletes, this is the story of those who play for the love of the gameÖand the thrill of achieving the unbelievable.

Michael Litos spent the first eight years of his career as a magazine writer and editor for several sports and sports memorabilia titles with Landmark Communications. He has interviewed sports celebrities from Mickey Mantle to Alex Rodriguez to Brett Favre.

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Cinderella is a riveting inside look at the NCAA&'s mid-major basketball programs. &
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With complete access to coaches and players, Michael Litos found incredible tales of pressure and passion, with teams struggling to put together a championship drive in spite of uncompromising schedules and half-filled arenas. And he was there when the ultimate underdog turned the world of college basketball upside-down-George Mason&'s historic run to the Final Four.&
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Cinderella delivers the ultimate story of what it means to be an underdog, and how the sport of college basketball is being transformed. In the last great league of amateur athletes, this is the story of those who play for the love of the game . . . and the thrill of achieving the unbelievable.&
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&?A must-read for college basketball fans.&?-Booklist&
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&?If you want a real feel for mid-major basketball, read Michael Litos&'s book.&?-Dick Vitale&
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&?A valuable perspective on the economic and competitive struggles of mid-major teams.&?-School Library Journal&

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