The Greatest Upset Never Seen: Virginia, Chaminade, and the Game That Changed College Basketball


Product Details

$27.95  $25.99
University of Nebraska Press
Publish Date
11.3 X 0.9 X 4.7 inches | 0.9 pounds
BISAC Categories:

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

Jack Danilewicz began his writing career as a correspondent for the Daily Southtown in Chicago. His articles have appeared in the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Honolulu Magazine, the Omaha World-Herald, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, and other newspapers.


"Entertaining, carefully researched. . . . Mr. Danielwicz has it right: The 'sun has never set' on Chaminade's glorious win. Chances are, it never will."--Fred Barnes, Wall Street Journal--Fred Barnes "Wall Street Journal" (11/22/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"Whether a reader wants to remember the game, learn what the schools were like before the historic game, or what became of them and the players afterward, this book is a very good accounting of the biggest upset in college basketball history. Readers who like to read about the history of that sport will want to add it to their libraries."--Lance Smith, Guy Who Reviews Sports Books--Lance Smith "Guy Who Reviews Sports Books" (11/18/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"Jack Danilewicz's book provides rare insight into what transpired before, during, and after the contest."--Jason Zasky, Failure--Jason Zasky "Failure" (1/6/2020 12:00:00 AM)
"Chaminade beating Virginia is a marquee event in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' great basketball history. There should be a statue of Merv Lopes on the campus, and the story of that night should be required reading in Hawaii schools."--Neil Everett, anchor of ESPN's SportsCenter

--Neil Everett "Failure" (2/23/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"Nearly four decades after the colossal upset that both astounded and charmed the college basketball world, The Greatest Upset Never Seen provides a front-row ticket to relive tiny Chaminade University's 1982 takedown of No. 1 Virginia and the towering Ralph Sampson. Jack Danilewicz takes us into the two programs, into the locker room, and onto the court--but also into the minds of many of the key figures. Far more than a recap of the game, [it] also profiles participants of what was an instant classic long before anyone thought to call them that."--Mike Deacon, veteran Chicago sportswriter of the Daily Southtown and the Chicago Tribune
--Mike Deacon "Failure" (2/23/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"I remember this epic game with crystal-like clarity! I was a young Division I assistant coach and this game gave all of us at the mid-major level hope that we too could someday shock the college basketball establishment. Jack's book is an outstanding look back at a once-in-a-lifetime upset and a must-read for any sports fan."--David Kaplan, host of Kap and Company, ESPN 1000--David Kaplan "Failure" (2/23/2019 12:00:00 AM)