An NCAA/College Basketball Reading List (Go Heels!)

If you’d like to do some reading up on past North Carolina Tar Heels seasons and successes, as well as learn about the history of the NCAA and college hoops in general, we offer you a curated baskeball reading list (plus take 40% off at checkout with promo code 01DAH40; valid for print books only).


Carolina Basketball: A Century of Excellence by Adam Lucas
Foreword by Dean Smith | Afterword by Roy Williams

“Of the manifold books on University of North Carolina basketball that have emerged between the retirement of former head coach Dean Smith and the return home of [former] head coach Roy Williams, Carolina Basketball is easily the best, a wide-ranging, comprehensive history that takes its journalism seriously. The definitive book to date.”—Charleston Post and Courier

Redemption: Carolina Basketball’s 2016–2017 Journey from Heartbreak to History by Adam Lucas, Steve Kirschner, and Matt Bowers
Foreword by Roy Williams

“There were seven seconds to play, and we had four guys on the court in tears…. The players’ emotions came pouring out in front of the whole world, and none of them cared because they were all in, all year, and they will carry those memories for all time.”—Head Coach Roy Williams, from the Foreword

Shattering the Glass: The Remarkable History of Women’s Basketball by Pamela Grundy and Susan Shackelford

“While not shy about pointing out the challenges that remain, including the dwindling attendance at WNBA games, Grundy and Shackelford see the history of women’s basketball as a triumph over adversity in which the best years may yet lie ahead.”—Publishers Weekly

ACC Basketball: The Story of the Rivalries, Traditions, and Scandals of the First Two Decades of the Atlantic Coast Conference by J. Samuel Walker

“A timely and enjoyable text that exposes tensions endemic to big-time college athletics and is a must-read for serious fans of men’s college basketball and the ACC.”—Journal of American History

One Fantastic Ride: The Inside Story of Carolina Basketball’s 2009 Championship Season by Adam Lucas, Steve Kirschner, and Matt Bowers
Foreword by Roy Williams

“Offers more behind-the-scenes stories, quotes and insights plus hundreds of color photos usually found in more expensive coffee table books. . . . The authors are UNC ‘insiders’ of long standing and share their access and historical knowledge with readers.”—Community Sports News