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 — Syracuse didn’t land top recruit Tobias Harris Thursday night, but the Orange did score a blowout victory over a Top 25 team that traveled 3,000 miles for the beatdown.
Before a huge pro-Orange crowd at Madison Square Garden that included former Syracuse great Derrick Coleman, the Orange dispatched No. 13 Cal, 95-73, to advance to the championship game of the 2K Sports Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Scoop Jardine put up 22 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and Wesley Johnson posted 17 points and 11 rebounds for Syracuse, which will meet No. 6 North Carolina, the defending NCAA champion, in Friday’s final at 7 p.m.
“There’s nothing like playing in the Garden,” said Jardine, a Philadelphia native who said he could see his parents in the stands throughout the game. “We play here two days but I would just rather play every day.”
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.