The Perfect Season

The Perfect Season : A Memoir of the 1964-1965 Evansville College Purple Aces

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In 1964, the Evansville College Purple Aces raced undefeated through the Indiana Collegiate Conference, posting a perfect 24-0 regular-season record and winning the College Division NCAA championship. The skeleton of this season exists in newspaper archives and in books that capture the on-court action, but the flesh and blood has never been written-until now. This is the story of Russell Grieger, a starting guard, and his observations, feelings, reactions, and struggles of that season. It provides a game-by-game look into the team, showcasing Grieger's teammates, Coach Arad McCutchan, and Evansville's love for the Aces. The Perfect Season is an insider's inspiring story of a team whose motto-"If you're going to go, go big time or don't go at all"-inspired them to achieve their more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 14.22mm | 349g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 16 b&w illus.
  • 0253022762
  • 9780253022769

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"The Perfect Season is a winner! Russ Grieger was part of the 1964-65 Purple Aces Evansville College perfect season and takes us through that magical time. Grieger also shares how the lessons learned on the court with a team helped him later succeed in life." -Kyle Keiderling, author of Trophies and Tears, The Story of Evansville and the Aces "Russ Grieger's poignant memoir is more than just a sports book. It is a book about how a quiet, genius coach and five very different personalities melded to produce something extraordinary, and how one of those personalities came to understand that he was not just a basketball player-he was a unique person who happened to play basketball." -Tom Tuley, retired journalist "Relying upon his considerable skill as a master psychologist and his unique experience as an integral part of a star-studded national championship team, Russ Grieger not only captures all the excitement and thrills of the Evansville Aces perfect season of 1964-65 but also provides a very personal and in-depth analysis of what it meant to grow up in Indiana with a passionate love of basketball. Along the way, we get fascinating insider's portraits of Coach Arad McCutcheon and superstars Jerry Sloan, Larry Humes, and the rest of that slick and talented team that accomplished the ultra-rare feat of an undefeated national championship season. This is the story of a basketball odyssey filled with ups and downs and challenges both internal and external-a great story and a great read!" -Mike Roos, author One Small Town, One Crazy Coach: The Ireland Spuds and the 1963 Indiana High School Basketball Season "We've all wondered what really goes on inside a player's mind during the tension of a close game, in a wild arena, when big things are on the line. We've all wondered if these "kids" have egos and self-doubts. Russ Grieger answers those questions and more while introducing us to one of college basketball's all-time underappreciated great teams-and a season and a coach to match." -Bob Hammel, author of All The Way: NCAA Indiana "Russell Grieger has lovingly captured a time and a place-Indiana a half-century ago-when basketball mattered so much to that part of the world, and when a boy who happened to be very good at the game enjoyed the sweetest season that any player anywhere could dream of." -Frank Deford , author and commentatorshow more

About Russell Grieger

A native of Evansville, Indiana, Russell Grieger was a starting guard on the undefeated 1964-1965 Evansville College Purple Aces NCAA Championship basketball team. A licensed clinical psychologist, he now resides in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsPrologue Part One: The Aces Get Ready1. The Armory Days2. Carson Center Preparation 3. The Iowa Hawkeyes Part Two: The Aces Grows Up4. The Beginnings 5. From Bullpup To Bulldog 6. Flailing and Falling 7. Flying 8. St. Louis Blues 9. Return to Evansville 10. A Dream Comes True-Almost Part Three: The Aces Succeed11. Northwestern 12. Notre Dame 13. Holiday Feast 14. The Black Hills and The Badlands 15. Larry, Then The Holy Grail 16. Fans into Redshirts 17. Southern Illinois Surprise 18. DePauw and More 19. Five Games, Five Snapshots 20. Southern Illinois Redux Part Four: The Aces Triumph21. The NCAA Regional 22. The NCAA Finalsshow more

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