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.
Louisville, Syracuse need ACC Tournament runs to make the Big Dance
Louisville and Syracuse both need to make at least a mini-run in this week’s ACC Tournament in Brooklyn in order to make the NCAA Tournament, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi said Monday night.
Both schools “need to win a pair to feel safe,” Lunardi said on ESPN.
On his latest mock bracket, Lunardi has eight ACC teams in the Big Dance, but has Louisville among the “First Four Out” and Syracuse among the “Next Four Out.”
Notre Dame is also among the “First Four Out.”
Syracuse is the No. 11 seed and opens Tuesday night against No. 14 Wake Forest. The winner then gets No. 6 North Carolina on Wednesday night.
No. 8 Louisville opens Wednesday at noon against No. 9 Florida State, with the winner facing No. 1 Virginia on Thursday.
No. 10 Notre Dame, which now has Bonzie Colson back, opens Tuesday night against No. 15 Pitt, with the winner facing No. 7 Virginia Tech.
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.