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Last year’s college basketball season was full of surprises.

Duke was supposed to run through everyone. Its archrival did instead.

Frank Mason of Kansas was considered a good-but-not-great point guard coming into his senior year. He would take home the Naismith.

Kansas was supposed to win the Big 12 again, and…. oh, wait. That happened. For the 13th time in a row.

Some of the stuff we expect to happen in the 2017-18 season will. Others are possible, but stray from consensus.

We’re trying to pinpoint the latter here. Here is the first half of our 2017-18 bold predictions.

*Angel Delgado will average 15 rebounds per game

Seton Hall’s Delgado was essentially Caleb Swanigan of Purdue last year without all the hoopla. Check out the numbers:




2016-17 Per 40 Minutes, Swanigan vs. Delgado
Player Points Rebounds FG%
Caleb Swanigan 22.7 15.3 52.7
Angel Delgado 18.5 15.8 54.3

Delgado was a monster in conference play, averaging 14.1 boards a game. Delgado is 6-foot-10, 240 pounds, which helps. But he also understands angles better than just about everyone on the court. Combine that with a non-stop motor and you get the best rebounder in the game.

Watch this play against DePaul. A Seton Hall guard pushes in transition and throws up a wild floater. Normally a bad shot, right?

Not when Delgado is on your side. When he’s in the game, just about anything you can get to the rim is a worthy shot. Delgado is out of the play here, but sprints to the glass as two defenders converge on the ball-handler. He outhustles everyone and knows exactly where the ball will land: