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.
DETROIT – As a fifth-grader growing up in Poplar Bluff, Mo., Tyler Hansbrough used to lower the hoop in his back yard to eight feet and pretend he was competing for the National Championship.A decade later, and on a stage infinitely larger than his back yard, Hansbrough and his North Carolina teammates fulfilled their childhood dreams Monday night by routing hometown favorite Michigan State 89-72 to win the NCAA championship before a record-crowd of 72,922 at Ford Field.
Hansbrough soon climbed a ladder, cut down a piece of the net and held it up toward the Carolina faithful, a tear in his eye.
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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.