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.
NEW YORK — As John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” blared over the speakers at Madison Square Garden and the West Virginia players, fans and cheerleaders enjoyed a prolonged celebration on the floor, it felt for an instant as if Morgantown, West Va., had moved to New York City.
And that seemed only fitting considering the basketball team has essentially transplanted to Morgantown from New York.
With 4.2 seconds left in a tie game, Da’Sean Butler, one of five West Virginia starters from the New York metropolitan area, drove the lane and hit a layup that ultimately gave the No. 3 Mountaineers a 60-58 victory over No. 8 Georgetown in the Big East championship.
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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.