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.
There will be no change in the Big East men’s basketball tournament, after all.
The league’s coaches voted unanimously in May to eliminate the double-bye in the tournament held each March at Madison Square Garden, but no change will take place.
For the past two seasons, the top four seeds have received a double-bye into the quarterfinals.
Yet five of the top eight seeds were upset in the first round, prompting criticism of the format.
Under the proposed new format, the top four seeds would have played the bottom four seeds on Tuesday at the Garden. Seed Nos. 5-12 would have squared off in first-round games Wednesday.
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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.