AuthorHouse Releases eBook of Bob Hammel’s Perfect

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Combination of Two Books Chronicles IU Basketball's Greatest Era: 1974-75 Rise to No. 1, Perfect 1975-76 Season

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“Today, champions must play six games,” Hammel writes, “but a No. 1 seed at best would meet a 16 seed in the first round, 8 in the second, 4 in the third, then possibly 2-1-1 in the last three.”

AuthorHouse, the leading provider of self-publishing and marketing services for authors around the globe, has released for the first time ever in eBook format Perfect: Bob Knight & Indiana’s Two Year Quest – sports journalist and Bob Knight biographer Bob Hammel’s contemporary account of the Indiana Hoosiers' spectacular but ill-fated 1974-75 season and the 1975-76 championship season, college basketball's last "perfect season." The 35th anniversary edition includes a revised foreword from Hammel that looks back on the historic feat and suggests a team today would have a less difficult, not more difficult, than the '76 Hoosiers overcame.

Tournaments were unseeded in 1976, so Indiana ran through a tournament route that included teams that today, Hammel speculates,would have been no worse than Nos. 6, 2, 1, 2 and 3 -- and possibly 5-2-1-1-3.

“Today, champions must play six games,” Hammel writes, “but a No. 1 seed at best would meet a 16 seed in the first round, 8 in the second, 4 in the third, then possibly 2-1-1 in the last three.”

And that Indiana team did it with the pressures of an unbeaten season and yearlong No. 1 ranking as a bullseye on its back.

Included in Indiana's 1976 tournament run was the only regional meeting ever of teams that ended the regular season ranked 1 and 2 (Marquette No. 2). That pre-Final Four collision led to the introduction of national tournament seeding in 1979, Hammel says.

The re-release of Hammel’s retrospectives comes after Indiana’s third consecutive season without an NCAA Tournament invitation – the longest such drought since a 30-year-old coach named Bob Knight arrived in Bloomington as the university opened its brand new basketball home, Assembly Hall. There had been four such years then. In Bloomington today, at now-hallowed Assembly Hall, hope is alive that in-state recruiting successes and pledges to Coach Tom Crean promise a bright light at the end of the present tunnel. As "Perfect" shows, it can happen -- because it has.

To view the foreword for Perfect, log on to http://www.scribd.com/doc/51750012. To purchase a Kindle copy for $4.99, visit http://amzn.to/fAYDX5 or a Nook copy for $3.99, visit http://bit.ly/dYXuTc. To begin publishing your book with AuthorHouse today, log on to http://www.authorhouse.com or call 888-519-5121.

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