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.
Pittsburgh remained No.1 in the both the AP and USA Today/ESPN college basketball coaches’ polls released Monday.One of three remaining undefeated teams in Division I, Pittsburgh (15-0) reached the top ranking for the first time in school history seven days ago.
Following an eight-day layoff, the Panthers maintained the No. 1 spot after crushing St. John’s, 90-67, on Sunday afternoon.
“(Being ranked first) is certainly a wonderful accomplishment,” Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon said after the game. “But you don’t want things like that to distract you from the ultimate goal.”
Undefeated Wake Forest (14-0) received two first-place votes in each poll.
Former No. 1 North Carolina, which has lost two of three, dropped to No. 5 in the AP poll and No. 6 in the coaches’ poll.
One week after nine Big East teams were ranked in both polls, West Virginia dropped out, leaving eight teams remaining in both.
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.