Seton Hall will take on Wichita State in front of what is expected to be a huge crowd at The Rock in Newark. The Pirates were beaten by the Shockers 77-68 in Wichita last season and are looking to return the favor this time around against a team with plenty of NCAA Tournament experience.
The Prudential Center will be rocking, Seton Hall will be wearing their throwback 1989 jerseys and the Pirates will look to pick up their biggest win of the season.
How to watch, listen, or stream
Game Time: Noon ET
TV: FOX (Tim Brando and Jim Jackson on the call)
Online Streaming: Streaming is available via FOX Sports Go (where available).
Spread: All of the major bookies have Wichita State as a 3- or 3.5-point favorite, per OddsShark.
Records ATS: Wichita State is 2-5 against the spread, while Seton Hall is 5-4.
Three things to watch
1. Brooklyn stand up: Lincoln and Bishop Loughlin High Schools in Brooklyn should be very proud as Lincoln's Isaiah Whitehead and Desi Rodriguez along with Bishop Loughlin's Khadeen Carrington have all had strong starts to the season. Whitehead is averaging 15.5 points and 3.7 assists per game and has been the team's most important player.
Rodriguez has improved so much when it comes to shooting from deep, slashing and ballhandling from last year. The sophomore is averaging 12.3 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game and is shooting 44.8 percent from downtown. Rodriguez has picked his spots well when it comes to taking good 3-point shots and it has paid off for him to this point in the season.
Meanwhile, Carrington continues to develop into a solid second scorer for this team. His 14.5 points and 2.1 assists per game are huge and so is his penetration into the paint. When Carrington drives into the paint he can score himself or set up a teammate. He will have to do plenty of that against the Shockers.
2. The Shockers are healthy: Wichita State was without All-American guard Fred VanVleet, but he is back after missing some time due to injury. The Shockers were able to beat two talented teams last week in UNLV and a then-ranked Utah team to show the country that, when healthy, they are just as good as those great teams of the past three years. Those teams went to the Final Four, Sweet 16 and won 35 games in one year during this great run that Gregg Marshall's crew has had recently.
Don't let the 5-4 record fool you.
Ron Baker is back again after having a great game against the Pirates last season. Baker had 22 points on 9-for-11 shooting, four assists and three rebounds in a dominating win. The Shockers will also look to players like New Jersey native Markis McDuffie for some scoring, efficient shooting and rebounding. Seton Hall plays well at home in the nonconference, but expect the Shockers to not be phased by the big crowd.
3. Pirates look to dominate the paint: This is a massive chance for The Hall to get a quality win during the nonconference season against a team that was ranked in the Top 10 before falling off due to those injuries. If they are going to win this game, a trio of big men down low will need to have big afternoons. Angel Delgado, Michael Nzei and Ismael Sanogo have made huge impacts on games defensively, rebounding and scoring in the paint.
Delgado is averaging 9.9 rebounds a night and had started putting together double-doubles like he did last season when he was named the Big East Rookie of the Year. Sanogo and Nzei are both averaging around a block per game, but their combined 11 rebounds per game have been even more vital.
The most important part is that they are contesting every shot in the paint and making difficult on the guards inside to this point of the season. They will need to make life difficult for Baker, VanVleet and anyone who wants to drive in the paint against the Pirates.