For some of us, Big Ten basketball will always mean the original ten great teams that comprised the league. But for all fans, the teams during this time period bring back memories of some of the best teams and players that have ever played basketball.
In the sweeping history of two decades of Big Ten basketball, Murry Nelson chronicles the conference when it was the most successful of any basketball conference in the nation. Coaches such as Lute Olson, Lou Henson, Johnny Orr, Gene Keady, and Bob Knight led the nation in national titles, influencing the league with their playing styles, changes to rules, recruitment and, of course, intensity. Follow Joe Barry Carroll as he leads the Purdue Boilermakers to the Final Four in 1980, Steve Alford as he takes the Hoosiers to a national championship win, Kent Benson's undefeated conference record, and Magic Johnson as he leads the Michigan State Spartans to multiple titles and championships.
With chapters devoted to each season from 1972 to 1992, you can relive the action as if you were attending the games.
1. The Early 1970s: The Big Ten Asserts its Strength as a League
2. Indiana All the Way: Big Ten Basketball Between Seasons
3. Coaching in the 1970s in the Big Ten: The Knight Effect
4. The Big Ten in the late-1970s
5. The 1978-79 Season: The Big 10 Proves Its Mettle and Tenacity
6. Into the 1980s: The Big Ten Remains Assertive
7. The Big Ten: 1981-83
8. Rules and Referees
9. The Big 10 in the Mid-1980s
10. Ending the 1980s: The Big 10 Renewal
11. The End of the 80s and into the 90s
12. The Last Years of Just Ten: 1990-92
"There is no doubt, year in and year out, the Big Ten is always one of the best. Murry Nelson's book captures the excitement of Big Ten basketball, as he points out the highlights of each season in great detail. It is a look back over the years that is great fun for any Big Ten fan."~Bruce Parkhill, former coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions basketball team.