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.
At 4-0, Pitt is Big East’s Big Surprise; Pitino on the Coaching Carousel, Derrick Caracter
After losing four starters from last year’s Elite Eight team, Pittsburgh was picked ninth in the Big East Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
Yet two weeks into the Big East season, the Panthers (14-2, 4-0) are one of just two unbeaten teams in the league, Villanova (15-1, 4-0) being the other.
“It’s all these predictions,” said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, whose team lost to Pitt on Jan. 2. “It’s all based on who you lost. And if you don’t have like five McDonald’s All-Americans coming in like North Carolina, you’re picked low. And Pitt’s got very good players.”
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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.