Encyclopedia: The Sweetest 16
Here in the Western world, the Brothers Grimm are widely credited with popularizing the Cinderella story. In 1812, they published the macabre German folklore version in which a toe is amputated, a heel is mutilated and eyeballs are plucked out by avenging birds. Soothing bedtime material for the kids.
In the nearly two centuries since, only Walt Disney has done more than college basketball to keep Cinderella in the American mainstream. For some reason, the slipper fits March Madness ...
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ESPN COLLEGE BASKETBALL ENCYCLOPEDIA
It's all in the title ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History Of The Men's Game. Quite simply, the book covers it all. As the college season progresses, ESPN.com will be bringing you excerpts from the encyclopedia, including Jeff Sagarin's all-time ranking of 330 programs and essays written by Pat Forde, Andy Katz and Steve Rushin.