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Bracketology
Bracketology

Bracketology

March Madness, College Basketball, and the Creation of a National Obsession
By Joe Lunardi, By David Smale, Foreword by Mark Few

SPORTS & RECREATION

256 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Cloth, $28.00 (CA $38.00) (US $28.00)

ISBN 9781629378817

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Mar 2021)

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Overview

Lunardi delves into the early days of Bracketology, details its growth, and dispels the myths of the process The NCAA Tournament has become one of the most popular sports events in the country, consuming fans for weeks with the run to the Final Four and ultimately the crowning of the champion of college hoops.? Each March, millions of Americans fill out their bracket in the hopes of correctly predicting the future.Yet, there is no true Madness without the oft-debated question about what teams should be seeded where—from the Power-5 Blue Blood with some early season stumbles on their resume to the mid-major that rampaged through their less competitive conference season—and the inventor of Bracketology himself, Joe Lunardi, now reveals the mystery and science behind the legend.  While going in depth on his ever-evolving predictive formula, Lunardi compares great teams from different eras with intriguing results, talks to the biggest names in college basketball about their perception of Bracketology (both good and bad), and looks ahead to the future of the sport and how Bracketology will help shape the conversation. This fascinating book is a must-read for college hoops fans and anyone who has aspired to win their yearly office pool.

Author Biography

Joe Lunardi is a college basketball analyst for ESPN. The foremost expert in predicting NCAA tournament results, he hosts a The Bracketology Show weekly on ESPN+.David Smale has been writing about college and professional sports for more than 40 years. He is the author of several books, including The AhearnTradition and Pauley Pavilion: College Basketball's Showplace.Mark Few has been the head men's basketball coach at Gonzaga University since 1999.

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Past Events


Mar
18
Bracketology ›
Phoenixville, PA
7:00pm
Join author Joe Lunardni for a virtual event for his book, "Bracketology," hosted by Reads & Company. <br /> <br /> https://bit.ly/3u8IzR3
Mar
03
Bracketology ›
Wayne, PA
7:00pm
Join author Joe Lunardni for a virtual event for his book, "Bracketology," hosted by Main Point Books.<br /> <br /> https://bit.ly/2NFbATC<br />
Feb
12
Bracketology ›

4:00pm
Join authors Joe Lunardni and David Smale for a virtual prelaunch event for their book, "Bracketology." <br /> <br /> Link: https://bit.ly/3tGwouv<br /> Meeting ID: 943 5889 4981<br /> Passcode: 170545

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Bracketology

March Madness, College Basketball, and the Creation of a National Obsession

By Joe Lunardi with David Smale

 

Contact: Bill Ames, Triumph Books, 312-676-4256, b.ames@triumphbooks.com

 

Each March, about 70 million people fill out a bracket for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. For a few weeks each spring, America obsesses over March Madness. Everyone, from the casual fan who picks by mascot to the diehard who can spell Krzyzweski, wants to win their office pool. Joe Lunardi can help.

 

In Bracketology: March Madness, College Basketball, and the Creation of a National Obsession (Triumph Books, March 2, 2021), ESPN’s Joe Lunardi explores the history and evolution of March Madness, uncovering how forecasting the annual tournament grew to become a cultural phenomenon. Lunardi delves into the medley of art and science that produces the tournament field on Selection Sunday, explains the formulae he employs for his innovative Bracketology analysis and looks back at past tournaments and how they shaped the sport and its fans. Highlights include:

 

  • A thoughtful foreword from Mark Few, head coach at Gonzaga University
  • The selection committee: a look at how teams qualify for the tournament, and why some have it easier than others
  • Insights and anecdotes from some of the biggest personalities, players and coaches in college basketball
  • A thoughtful examination of the history of the NCAA Tournament, and how its growth and popularity surged with the advent of ESPN and increased coverage of college hoops
  • Debunking the myths, understanding the language and mastering the insiders’ tips for filling out a winning bracket

 

Bracketology offers a comprehensive history and thorough assessment of March Madness and its place in American sports and culture. No hoops fan’s library is complete without it.

 

About the Authors:

Joe Lunardi is a college basketball analyst for ESPN. The foremost expert in predicting NCAA tournament results, he hosts a The Bracketology Show weekly on ESPN+.

 

David Smale has been writing about college and professional sports for more than 40 years. He is the author of several books, including The Ahearn Tradition and Pauley Pavilion: College Basketball's Showplace.

 

 

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