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.
La Salle Coach Says Regular-Season Conference Champs Should Make NCAA Tournament
NEW YORK — La Salle coach Dr. John Giannini has an idea to shake up the NCAA Tournament.
He believes that teams that win the regular-season title in the automatic qualifying leagues should automatically advance to the Big Dance, as opposed to only teams that win the postseason tournament.
“I think it’s awful when teams have great years and they prove over three months and 16, 18 games that they’re the best team in a conference and then they get knocked off and they don’t get to go to something that they’ve really earned,” Giannini told SNY.tv recently.
Asked if there was a specific instance that stuck out in his mind, he said: “You could go every year. There’s typically 7-10 conference champions in the NIT that are in that situation.”
La Salle made the NCAA Tournament in 2013 with an at-large bid out of the Atlantic 10 Conference, while St. Louis won the conference tournament. The Explorers reached the Sweet 16.
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.