▪ Wichita State center Anton Grady is warming up. WSU will see how he feels before tip before deciding if he plays. Then, it’s up to coach Gregg Marshall to determine how he fits Grady into a rotation of big men that’s played well in recent games.
Grady last played on on Nov. 27 against Alabama, when he suffered a spinal concussion in the final few minutes of the game.
▪ It is a huge day for college hoops in this pro-dominated area. Besides WSU’s game, Utah plays No.7 Duke at Madison Square Garden, No. 11 North Carolina plays No. 22 UCLA at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, followed by No. 4 Kentucky vs. Ohio State.
▪ A crowd of around 8,000 is expected, which would be a big draw for the Pirates. The upper level of the Prudential Center, which seats 18,500 for basketball, is curtained off. Seton Hall averages 5,292 fans this season with a high of 6,553 for a win over Georgia.
▪ Both teams regard this game as an important piece of an NCAA Tournament resume.
Seton Hall’s best win is over No. 66 Georgia and while it will get numerous big games in the Big East, an impressive non-conference win is always helpful.
The same goes for Wichita State, which could add a solid road win to its resume. Seton Hall enters the game No. 50 in the RPI.
▪ Fox will broadcast today’s game, making it the first over-the-air, national, regular-season broadcast of a Missouri Valley Conference team since Jan. 28, 1989, when the Shockers lost at BYU.