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.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. –– So much for the idea that a single loss can help a team by relieving pressure.
Knicks star Carmelo Anthony said Syracuse would have preferred to go unbeaten rather than lose a game during the regular season.
“I don’t think nobody want to lose games,” Anthony said Monday at Knicks practice. “I mean, we wanted to go undefeated. I know they wanted to go undefeated. It happened, they lost. We’ll see how they rank us now. We might drop to seven now.”
After losing their first game of the season Saturday at Notre Dame, previously unbeaten Syracuse (20-1) fell to No. 3 in the AP poll behind No. 1 Kentucky and No. 2 Missouri, and No. 4 in the coaches’ poll behind Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio State.
Still, Anthony, who led Syracuse to an NCAA title as a freshman in 2003, believes the veteran Orange are deep enough to win it all.
“Without a doubt, we’re still one of the deepest teams in college,” he said. “Without a doubt.”
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.