How to watch, listen, or stream
Time: 6:30 p.m ET
TV: FS2 (Dave Sims and Len Elmore are on the call)
Radio: AM970 The Answer, Pirate Sports Network
Streaming: Fox Sports Go
Seton Hall leads the all-time series, 18-4. These two teams also met in last season’s opener, when Seton Hall picked up a 91-70 victory at their on-campus home, Walsh Gym.
Line: Seton Hall opened as 24.5 point favorites.
O/U: There is no over/under on the board for this game.
It’s incredibly hard to remember the last time the Seton Hall Pirates had this much hype surrounding the program heading into the season. They’re ranked to open the year for the first time since 2000-01, and it’s easy to see why. Seton Hall returns the bulk of last year’s squad, including Angel Delgado, Khadeen Carrington, Desi Rodriguez, and Ismael Sanogo.
Delgado has received nearly every accolade imaginable in the past two seasons, ranging from All-Big East First Team to multiple All-American selections from publications across the nation. He led the Big East in rebounds per game last season at 13.1 and nearly doubled the total of Tre’Darius McCallum’s second place finish (6.8). That wasn’t all, though. Delgado was unstoppable on offense, as well, averaging 15.3. points per game on 55% shooting. The crazy thing? That 15.3 PPG was third on the Pirates! Rodriguez finished with 15.9 per game and Carrington 16.9. The only thing that went wrong for Seton Hall last year was the season ending in the NCAA Tournament with a bitter loss to Arkansas, something Delgado and the other seniors will certainly be looking to remedy this year.
Meanwhile, the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights will be playing the role of the jobber, in professional wrestling terms, for Seton Hall in what will likely be a squash. The Knights return eight players from last year’s 11-19 squad, but lost second and third leading scorers Stephan Jiggetts and Earl Potts to transfers. One name to watch? Darian Anderson, who had tied Carrington for a game-high 27 points in last year’s contest.