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.
Your NCAA Tournament bracket may be in shreds, but Joe Pearlman’s isn’t.
An East Brunswick, N.J., native, Pearlman is one of just two people in ESPN.com’s bracket tournament — out of more than 5.9 million entries — who has the correct Final Four.
Yes, Pearlman picked UConn, Kentucky, Butler and Virginia Commonwealth.
“That was just luck,” he told Lynn Zinser of The New York Times.
Pearlman told her he picked teams with coaches he had high opinions of. He initially wanted to pick USC, but VCU beat the Trojans in a First Four game. He stuck with VCU throughout and now leads the ESPN tournament and stands to win $10,000.
“When I asked [my 15-year-old son] if I could join, he said, ‘Oh, Dad, don’t join any group,'” Pearlman told the Times.
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.