How to watch and stream
Game Time: 7 p.m. ET
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Spread: Seton Hall opened as 3.5-point favorites. The line bumped up to 4.
Records ATS: Stanford (3-3) | Seton Hall (1-3)
The Pirates and Cardinal have met seven times in their history. The Cardinal hold a 4-3 advantage over the Pirates over the course of those contests, with the last meeting coming back in December 1996. The Cardinal, then ranked No. 22, defeated the Pirates 83-81.
Inside the Numbers
- 4-1 record
- 43rd on KenPom
- 27th in eFG%, 81st in TO%, 90th in OR%, 31st in FTRate
- 77th in 3PT FG%, 37th in 2PT FG%, 297th in FT%
- 5-1 record
- 69th on KenPom
- 246th in eFG%, 275th in TO%, 134th in OR%, 67th in FTRate
- 196th in 3PT FG%, 239th in 2PT FG%, 199th in FT%
Three Things to Watch
Stanford’s tough-minded defense
The Pirates will have their hands full against Stanford’s defense on Sunday night. Thus far, in most metrics, the Cardinal lies in the Top 40 with their best marks coming along the perimeter, eFG% allowed and DR%. The Pirates, who are shooting 37.8 percent from the 3-point line, will go up against a Cardinal defense who’s allowing just 27.3 percent of 3-point opportunities to be made six games into the season. It doesn’t get much better inside as only 40.3 percent of 2-point shots have been made against the Cardinal defense. Seton Hall will have to get creative if they want to make shots against one of the top defenses in the country in the early portion of the 2016-17 season.
Not so slim pickins against Pickens
Reid Travis might get all the attention in Palo Alto, but Dorian Pickens isn’t too far behind. Pickens has gotten off to a blistering start to the season posting marks of 48.1 percent from beyond the 3-point line, 50 percent inside and 80 percent from the free throw line. He’s posted double figure numbers in each of the first six games of the year including a 19-point outburst in Stanford’s most recent win over Indiana State. The junior hooper from Phoenix will certainly command lots of attention from the Pirates defense and could give them fits if they are not careful.
Feasting off turnovers?
Stanford has had its fair share of issues keeping the ball in their hands thus far. Jerod Haase’s team is committing turnovers at a rate of 21.6 percent, which puts them at 275th in the nation, and that’s no place that they’d prefer to be. Seton Hall hasn’t particularly picked anybody’s pockets at a high rate, with a defensive turnover rate of just 16.5 percent so far, so they will have to hope that Stanford makes a few unforced errors as they may be prone to doing during this matchup. If they do, it would behoove the Pirates to capitalize.