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.
With both No. 1 Kentucky and No. 2 Ohio State losing Saturday, Syracuse stands on the brink of becoming the new No. 1 team in the land come Monday.
Behind a career-high 19 points and a couple of SportsCenter-worth dunks from Dion Waiters, the No. 3 and unbeaten Orange (10-0) beat George Washington, 85-50. They don’t play again until Dec. 17 against N.C. State.
“Whatever happens, happens,” Orange coach Jim Boeheim said. “We’ll just have to be ready for next week.”
Carmelo Anthony texted Syracuse point guard Scoop Jardine to offer his congratulations: “Great job. We are #1. Time to focus in. This what we wanted. We have it now. Time to turn it up a notch and lock in.”
Kentucky fell at Indiana, 73-72, on a last-second 3-pointer by Christian Watford, while a Jared Sullilnger-less Ohio State lost at No. 13 Kansas, 78-67.
No. 4 North Carolina beat Long Beach, 84-78, and No. 5 Louisville remained undefeated after an 80-58 thrashing of FDU.
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.