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The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) tournament allows the 68 best men’s Division 1 college basketball teams to contend for a National Championship, and two of those representatives hail from the Garden State! Here’s the 4-1-1 on everything you need to know about Seton Hall University and Princeton University.
Seton Hall University
Seton Hall Pirates
This year marks the 11th NCAA tournament appearance for the Seton Hall Pirates.
Last year the Pirates were upset in the first round by the Gonzaga Bulldogs. This year, the ninth seeded Pirates are looking to make an upset of their own against the number eight seeded Arkansas Razorbacks. The Pirates were three points short of upsetting the number one overall seeded Villanova Wildcats in the Big East Conference finals.
The Pirates are led by their 6-10, 240 pound forward Angel Delgado. This is Delgado’s third season with the Pirates. Delgado currently is the nation’s best rebounder, averaging 13.1 rebounds per game.
Seton Hall’s best tournament run was in 1989, where they made it all the way to the national championship game. Their overall tournament record is 15 wins and 10 losses.
The Princeton Tigers are no stranger to the NCAA tournament, with this year marking their 25th appearance in the tournament.
This is the Tigers’ first appearance in March Madness since 2011. This year’s Tigers went undefeated within the Ivy League Conference, posting a 14-0 record against conference opponents. The Tigers finished the regular season with 23-6 overall record, making them a 12th seed in this year’s tournament. The Tigers will be looking to upset the fifth seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
The Tigers are currently on a 19 game win streak, including a conference championship. The Tigers have been one of the superior defensive teams all season; they are currently ranked 10th in fewest points allowed per game. The Tigers will have a tough matchup against the more experienced Fighting Irish, but have a good opportunity to cause an upset.
Princeton was able to make it to the Final Four in 1965. Their overall tournament record is 13 wins and 28 losses.
Here’s hoping for a Garden State championship! Follow our bracket and make one of your own here.