Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
NEW YORK – For all the talk of Louisville’s talented forwards Earl Clark, Terrence Williams and Samardo Samuels, it was their guards who willed the Cardinals into the Big East Championship game.
Jerry Smith and Andre McGee combined for five second-half 3-pointers and 19 points after the break to help the top-seeded Cardinals overcome an eight-point halftime deficit en route to beating No. 4 Villanova 69-55 in the Big East semifinals at Madison Square Garden.
“In the past couple years with this group we haven’t had a lot of success in the Garden,” said Smith, who hit two clutch 3-pointers during a 17-2 game-changing run to open the second half. “For us to get to the Big East Championship in the Garden, it’s saying a lot for us.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.