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.
Rhode Island Advances to A-10 Title Game as Dan Hurley Seeks First NCAA Tournament Bid
Rhode Island cruised into the Atlantic 10 Tournament championship game, giving coach Dan Hurley a chance to coach in the NCAA Tournament for the first time.
The No. 4-seed Rams destroyed No. 9 Davidson, 84-60, in the first semifinal in Pittsburgh and will face the VCU-Richmond winner on Sunday’s title game.
E.C. Matthews paced the Rams with 19 points, Hassan Martin added 16 and Kuran Iverson 12.
ESPN’s Joe Lunardi now has Rhode Island among his “Last Four In,” along with Syracuse, Wake Forest and Kansas State.
But the Rams (23-9, 13-5) can ensure themselves of a tournament invite by winning on Sunday.
“It was great, we haven’t been healthy the whole year, we got healthy late in the year,” Hurley told Allie LaForce of CBS Sports. “We’re on a great roll right now. Our guys are very confident, we’re locked in and playing at a high level.”
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.