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.
Now that top-ranked Kentucky has dropped from the ranks of the unbeaten, there will be a new No. 1 team in the land next Monday.
Along with No. 2 Kansas, two Big East teams — No. 3 Villanova and No. 4 Syracuse — are in the mix to take over the top spot in the wake of Kentucky’s loss Tuesday at South Carolina.
“After watching Villanova against us in the second half get into that rhythm, they would get my vote,” said Notre Dame coach Mike Brey, whose team was beaten by the Wildcats, 90-72, on Wednesday.
“I would be a little partial to Syracuse because of the way they’ve dominated every team they’ve played,” Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said. “To me, on a neutral floor, they would be favored over anybody.”
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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.