Tobacco Road: Duke, Carolina, N.C. State, Wake Forest, and the History of the Most Intense Backyard Rivalries in Sports

April 8, 2010 at 11:35 pm Leave a comment

Tobacco Road: Duke, Carolina, N.C. State, Wake Forest, and the History of the Most Intense Backyard Rivalries in Sports
by Alwyn Featherston (Paperback, 272 pages, 2006)

Earlier this week, Duke University won the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships — beating Butler University by 61-59 in a thrilling game.

Tobacco RoadFive years ago, a similarly exciting March Madness played out: As the 2005 NCAA basketball season entered conference tournament play, 3 of the nation’s top 5 rated teams were from the famed basketball hotbed in North Carolina known as “Tobacco Road.”

Between 1981-2005, teams from the 4 basketball powerhouses — Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State, and Wake Forest — reached the Final Four 19 times and won 7 national championships.

These four college programs have staged classic battles throughout the decades, featuring stars like David Thompson, Michael Jordan, Johnny Dawkins, and Tim Duncan, and coaches such as Dean Smith, Jim Valvano, Mike Krzyzewski, and Roy Williams.

This book covers the rich traditions of Tobacco Road basketball — and the rivalries that become more intense with every year. Photos.

“[F]or a hoops junkie like me…there are some neat stories I did not know,” writes Ed’s Book Reviews on the One Bad Knee sports blog. “The recruiting battles over some of the more well-known recruits throughout the years. I would highly recommend…[this] book.”

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