An­gel Del­gado Cen­ter, Se­ton Hall

The Washington Post Sunday - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL -

The 6-foot-10 na­tive of the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic had 20 points and 16 re­bounds Satur­day, his 23rd dou­ble­dou­ble in the past 24 games. He av­er­ages 15.7 points and leads the na­tion with 13.1 re­bounds but didn’t even make the 20-player watch list for the Ka­reem Ab­dul-Jab­bar Award given to the na­tion’s top cen­ter. But with the Pi­rates 20-10 and most likely NCAA-tournament bound af­ter their vic­tory at No. 13 But­ler, he might not be over­looked much longer.


The magic num­ber is 14. Go through the his­tory of the NCAA tournament, and 14 losses is the fur­thest the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee has ever gone in pick­ing an at­large team. It’s hap­pened on 11 oc­ca­sions since the field ex­panded to 64 teams in 1985, and not once since 2011. Which brings us to this space. Van­der­bilt earned a cru­cial vic­tory over No. 12 Flor­ida, giv­ing it a ré­sumé that be­lies its mid­dling 17-14 record. The Com­modores played the tough­est non­con­fer­ence sched­ule in the coun­try and en­tered the week­end at 50th in the Rat­ing Per­cent­age In­dex and No. 40 in the rank­ings. They are 6-9 away from home, not out­stand­ing but not ter­ri­ble com­pared to oth­ers near the edge of the field. They swept the Ga­tors, won at Arkansas and pre­vailed at home against Iowa State and South Carolina.

— Pa­trick Stevens


Four­teen de­feats look worse on Ge­or­gia Tech, which dropped to 17-14 with a 29-point blowout loss at Syra­cuse (18-13), which at least tem­po­rar­ily fended off Group of 14 sta­tus. There’s no ar­gu­ing with the best of the Yel­low Jack­ets’ port­fo­lio: home wins over North Carolina, Flor­ida State and Notre Dame. But they’re just 2-10 out­side At­lanta and own a non­con­fer­ence sched­ule ranked 259th.

— Pa­trick Stevens


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