When the Legends Classic field was announced, this was the presumed finals match-up. Pitt did its part with some ease. Stanford had a little more work against Houston. Never fully shaking the Cougars in the second half — but seemingly never in real danger.
Stanford is easily the best team Pitt will have faced to this point. They play an uptempo offense, but are very vulnerable on defense. They are also not particularly deep. They go maybe 7 deep — depending on foul trouble in the frontcourt.
Despite being an up-tempo team, they can be slowed down. Both Bucknell and Northwestern (teams with comparable tempos to Pitt) forced Stanford to play at their pace.
I expect Pitt to use a fair amount of zone tonight. Stanford likes to use 3 guards and are not shy about trying to attack the basket.
The game is slated for a 9:30 start on ESPNU. It could be later depending on what happens with Texas Tech-Houston in the undercard. And the game might be late getting shown if the DePaul-Texas game on ESPNU ahead of Pitt runs long.