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.
Don’t expect Jim Calhoun and John Calipari to go out for drinks at Nick and Stef’s Steakhouse adjacent to Madison Square Garden after their teams meet Wednesday night in the SEC/Big East Invitational.
The two men have a history that dates back to the late ’80s and early ’90s, when Calipari was a brash young coach at UMass trying to wrest supremacy of New England from the older, more established Calhoun at UConn.
“John came in from Moon Township in Pennsylvania and he said that UMass was the King of New England, that their program was King of New England,” said Calhoun, whose No. 14 Huskies (6-1) face No. 4 Kentucky (8-0) in the second game of a doubleheader that also features St. John’s and Georgia.
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.