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The true story of the game that never should have happened--and of a nation on the brink of monumental changeIn the fall of 1943, at the little-known North Carolina College for Negroes, Coach John McLendon was on the verge of changing basketball forever. A protégé of James Naismith, the games inventor, McLendon taught his team to play the full-court press and run a fast break that no one could catch. His Eagles would become the highest-scoring college team in America--a basketball juggernaut that shattered its opponents by as many as sixty points per game. Yet his players faced danger whenever they traveled backcountry roads.Across town, at Duke University, the best basketball squad on campus wasnt the Blue Devils, but an all-white military team from the Duke medical school.

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