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.
Pitino: Syracuse’s Departure from Big East Opens Up Tickets for Louisville Fans
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Louisville coach Rick Pitino has never understood why the powers that be at Syracuse chose to leave the Big East for the ACC.
But there is a bright side as far as he’s concerned.
“It doesn’t make any sense to me but at least we’re going to finally be able to get some tickets after the first round in the [Big East Tournament at Madison Square] Garden,” Pitino told SNY.tv at the recent Nike Global Challenge. “So we get rid of all the Syracuse fans. This will be the last year.”
Syracuse traditionally draws huge crowds for the Big East Tournament at MSG, and inspired a virtual home crowd for last year’s semifinal loss to Cincinnati.
Syracuse and Pittsburgh depart the Big East for the ACC in July 2013.
“The interesting thing is how many people they’ll bring to Tobacco Road,” Pitino said of Syracuse at the Big East Tournament in March. “That will be interesting. There’s not many Syracuse alums on Tobacco Road.”
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.