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.
Gonzaga, Baylor and Michigan are early March Madness favorites
Gonzaga, Baylor and Michigan are the early favorites to cut down the nets at the NCAA Tournament in Indianapolis, according to sportsbettingdime.com
Gonzaga is at +253, Baylor at + 358 and Michigan at +432.
No. 1 Gonzaga enters the Big Dance as the first undefeated team since Kentucky in 2014-15 after rallying to beat Brigham Young 88-78 in the West Coast Conference Tournament title game on Tuesday night.
Featuring three finalists for the Wooden and Naismith Awards in Corey Kispert, Jalen Suggs and Drew Timme, Gonzaga has won a school-record 30 straight games over two seasons and will be the 16th team overall to enter the NCAA Tournament undefeated. The last team to win the tournament while going unbeaten was Bob Knight’s Indiana team in 1976. The Zags won their eighth WCC title in nine years and 17th under coach Mark Few.
“They’re really good,” BYU coach Mark Pope told reporters. “They played a great game and competed the whole way. They do a terrific job.”
Led by Jared Butler, No. 2-ranked Baylor won the Big 12 regular-season title for the time and opens play as the No. 1 seed in the Big 12 Tournament on Thursday afternoon.
Featuring projected NBA Draft picks Franz Wagner and Isaiah Livers and freshman big man Hunter Dickinson, Michigan won the Big Ten regular-season title and will be a No. 1 seed in the Big Dance for the first time since the “Fab Five” team in 1992-93 when current coach Juwan Howard was a player.
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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.