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.
NEWARK — Angel Delgado backed down Tariq Owens on the block midway through the second half and overpowered him for a soft layup off the glass.
Owens was giving up about 40 pounds to the 6-foot-10, 240-pound Delgado, who over-matched and over-powered Owens and the entire Red Storm front line to the tune of 21 points and 20 rebounds in a 86-73 Pirates’ win at Prudential Center.
It was the Big East’s first 20-20 game since Providence’s Jamine “Greedy” Peterson in 2010. Delgado’s 14th double-double ties him for third nationally.
“It feels great, that was my dream,” said Delgado, adding that he had a 19-point, 19-rebound game as a freshman. “As soon as I came to the school, I say one day I gotta get 20 and 20, and I did it. I feel great right now.”
Mark Carter, one of Bamba’s coaches with the Nike-sponsored PSA Cardinals, thinks Bamba is a special player who could follow in the footsteps of recent Kentucky bigs Anthony Davis, Boogie Cousins and Karl-Anthony Towns.
“Mohamed has one of the most unique skillsets in the country,” Carter told ZAGSBLOG. “His ridiculous length allows him to be one of the premier defensive players our time has seen. He has made strides continuously on the offensive end. Once he puts it all together, it’s lights out.
Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox left Saturday’s game against South Carolina in the first half after sustaining a right ankle injury, but the injury doesn’t appear to be serious.
Fox, who is averaging 16.7 points, 6.3 assists, and 5.0 rebounds per night, came out of the locker room at halftime on crutches and sporting a walking boot. The 6-foot-3 floor general, one of the fastest players in the country, scored 6 points on 3-of-3 shooting in eight minutes of action prior to going down.
“It’s not swelled,” coach John Calipari said about Fox’s injury after the game. “I think it might’ve been a stinger. I don’t know. But something hit his ankle.”
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