Angel Delgado Center, Seton Hall
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 KenPom.com 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