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Long Shots
Long Shots

Long Shots

Jay Wright, Villanova, and College Basketball’s Most Unlikely Champion
Foreword by Jay Bilas, By Dana O'Neil

SPORTS & RECREATION

256 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $22.95)

ISBN 9781629374598

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Feb 2017)

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Overview

31 years after the Perfect Game – Villanova’s shocking national championship upset over Georgetown – Nova struck again with the Perfect Shot, taking down North Carolina in one of the most thrilling finishes in sports history. The shot and second national title in school history were the culmination of 15 years of Coach Jay Wright painstakingly building the unheralded program, through ups and downs, heartbreak and triumph. In Long Shots: Jay Wright, Villanova, and College Basketball’s Most Unlikely Champion, ESPN senior writer Dana O’Neil uses exclusive access to Coach Wright and Nova basketball to delve into the inner-workings of a championship program. In the spirit of A Season on the Brink, O’Neil not only explores behind-the-scenes of the historic 2015-2016 NCAA championship season but also the improbable path that the Nova program took to college basketball immortality. In overcoming a disappointing NCAA Tournament track record, the breakup of the Big East conference as we knew it, and Nova’s underdog status among traditional college hoops powerhouses, Jay Wright and his team provided the blueprint for how a “have-not” can prevail over the blue bloods the right way – the Villanova Basketball Way.

Author Biography

Jay Bilas has gained prominence as a national college basketball analyst for ESPN and is also a lawyer. He resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dana O’Neil is a senior writer at ESPN and one of the most respected college basketball writers in the industry. She has extensive experience covering sports and Villanova in the Philadelphia area and for a national audience on ESPN. She lives in Newtown, Pennsylvania.

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Long Shots

Jay Wright, Villanova, and College Basketball’s Most Unlikely Champion

By Dana O’Neil / Foreword by Jay Bilas

 

Contact: Bill Ames, Triumph Books, 312.676.4256, b.ames@triumphbooks.com

 

Villanova basketball made history with their second-ever national championship in 2016. But their journey to victory was neither short nor simple: it’s what Coach Jay Wright has been working towards for 15 years. It was the painstaking culmination of wins, losses and always doing the little things right in order to make a huge impact.

 

In Long Shots: Jay Wright, Villanova, and College Basketball’s Most Unlikely Champion (Triumph Books, February 2017), Dana O’Neil delves into this championship program, what makes it tick and how it overcame underdog status among the typical powerhouses. Highlights include:

 

  • A passionate foreword by Jay Bilas, award-winning college basketball analyst
  • Insight into head coach, Jay Wright, and how he carefully molded Villanova’s program and players
  • The effects of the realignment of the Big East in 2013
  • A recount of the Perfect Game, Villanova’s first championship in 1985
  • The stunning end to the 2016 NCAA Tournament Championship against North Carolina where Villanova captured their second title

 

In Long Shots: Jay Wright, Villanova, and College Basketball’s Most Unlikely Champion, Dana O’Neil uses exclusive access to Coach Wright and Nova basketball to delve into the inner-workings of this championship program. O’Neil explores behind-the-scenes of the historic 2015-2016 NCAA championship season and the Villanova Basketball Way that took the Nova program to college basketball immortality.

 

About the Author:

Dana O’Neil is a senior writer at ESPN and one of the most respected college basketball writers in the industry. She has extensive experience covering sports and Villanova in the Philadelphia area and for a national audience on ESPN. She lives in Newtown, Pennsylvania.

 

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