Stanford Cardinal (15-7, 6-4 Pac-12)
Washington Huskies (13-11, 5-6 Pac-12)
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 • 6 p.m.
Seattle, Wash. • Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000)
Series History: Stanford leads 71-68
Last Meeting: Stanford 79, Washington 67 (Jan. 18, 2014 at Stanford, Calif.)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: Scott Reiss, Analyst: John Platz)
TV: ESPN2 (PBP: Dave Pasch, Analyst: Bill Walton)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (15-7, 6-4 Pac-12) continues its longest road stretch in conference play, facing Washington (13-11, 5-6 Pac-12) on Wednesday. The Cardinal has won back-to-back games and moved into the upper half of the Pac-12 standings.
The game can be heard on KNBR 1050 AM, featuring the insightful duo of Scott Reiss (play-by-play) and John Platz (analyst). The contest will be televised on ESPN2, with Dave Pasch (play-by-play) and Bill Walton (analyst) calling the action.
Washington (13-11, 5-6 Pac-12) has dropped five of its last seven conference games after getting swept on the road last week by Utah and Colorado ... The Huskies are undefeated at home in conference play and 11-2 overall in Seattle ... Washington concluded non-conference play at 8-5. The challenging slate included losses to Indiana, San Diego State and Connecticut ... Washington averages 75.3 points while shooting 44.3 percent overall and 75.7 percent from the foul line. But the Huskies are allowing 76.5 points and 48.2 percent shooting ... Keep an eye on: C.J. Wilcox (19.3 ppg, 46.7 percent FG, 41.9 percent 3FG, 87.6 percent FT), Nigel Williams-Goss (13.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 95 assists), Perris Blackwell (10.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg).
Stanford All-Time vs. Washington
Stanford owns a 71-68 advantage in the all-time series, which dates back to the 1915-16 campaign. The Huskies have won eight of the last 10 meetings overall and four in a row in Seattle. Stanford is just 2-9 against Washington under head coach Johnny Dawkins. The Cardinal posted a 79-67 victory at Maples Pavilion in the first meeting and can secure its first season sweep in the series since 2008.
Notable Career Totals Against Washington
Dwight Powell has averaged 12.0 points and 6.2 rebounds in five career contests while making 17-37 (45.9 percent) from the field. Chasson Randle matched his career high with 33 points when the teams met in January and is averaging 19.0 points while shooting 20-38 (52.6 percent) from the field in three appearances. Josh Huestis is looking to get on track, shooting 13-33 (39.3 percent) from the field in five contests.
Takeaways From The California Game
Dwight Powell notched a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds, pacing Stanford to an 80-69 victory over California to open the second half of Pac-12 play ... Stanford, which received 19 points from Chasson Randle and 16 points from Anthony Brown, led the contest for all but two minutes, stretching its lead to 18 in the first half and putting the game out of reach midway through the second stanza ... Stanford produced season-high totals in makes (28) and attempts (35) from the foul line ... The performance was a sharp contrast from Stanford’s 10-20 total in the first meeting at Maples Pavilion. Powell did the bulk of the damage, making 11-14 from the charity stripe ... A three-pointer from Randle gave the Cardinal its biggest lead at 38-20 before the Golden Bears embarked on a 16-4 scoring run prior to halftime ... Stanford has reached the 70-point plateau in 16 games this year ... The Cardinal improved to 11-1 when leading at halftime ... Stanford has won four of the last six games against California and two straight on the road ... The Cardinal has made at least one three-pointer in 410 consecutive games dating back to an 0-6 outing against Purdue on Nov. 24, 2001 in the John Wooden Tradition.
Cashing In At The Charity Stripe
Stanford’s 79-67 victory over Washington at Maples Pavilion back on Jan. 18 was fueled by an aggressive, attacking mindset that resulted in frequent trips to the foul line. Chasson Randle (10-13) and Dwight Powell (11-15) led the way for the Cardinal, which converted 24-34 free throws compared the Huskies’ 6-9 clip. Stanford has been steady from the foul line this year, shooting 70.8 percent and averaging 24.7 trips to the charity stripe per game. All five Cardinal starters have attempted at least 50 free throws.
Protecting The Basketball
Stanford, which was forced into only nine turnovers against California last week, has committed fewer than 10 miscues in six of its last eight games. During that stretch, the Cardinal owns a 6-2 record, with the only losses coming to Arizona and UCLA.
Defense Making A Difference
Over the last four games, Stanford and its opponents are shooting an identical 40.3 percent from the field. But the Cardinal is allowing only 67.5 points per game, with USC’s 71 points the most by any foe during the stretch. Stanford has not allowed an opponent to shoot better than 42.1 percent since Jan. 23, when UCLA connected at a 52.3 percent rate.
Offense Has Been Much Improved
Stanford has excelled offensively, reaching the 70-point plateau in 16 games and shooting at least 50.0 percent on nine occasions. Credit a shift in philosophy to the triangle offense, which has showcased the team’s versatility and athleticism. The Cardinal is ranked 55th nationally in field goal percentage (47.0) and 17th in three-point field goal percentage (39.8).
Starters Account For 86.3 Percent Of Scoring...
Head coach Johnny Dawkins has employed a starting lineup of Chasson Randle, Anthony Brown, Josh Huestis, Dwight Powell and Stefan Nastic in all 22 games. Every member of the experienced starting five, which has accounted for 86.3 percent of Stanford’s overall scoring, is averaging double figures with the exception of Nastic (8.0 ppg). Stanford has received less than 10 points from its bench in 12 games this year.