Feb 13, 2002
Seattle, WA - Stanford has first place in the Pac-10 in its sights again, but to have a chance the Cardinal will have to start winning on the road.
The 12th-ranked Cardinal begin their final stretch of the season - with four of those games away from Maples Pavilion - visiting Washington at the Bank of America Arena on Thursday. Stanford is just 3-3 on the road this season in the conference.
Saturday night's 77-55 win over Oregon State, Stanford's (15-6, 8-4) second straight victory after a costly 88-82 overtime loss at No. 10 and league-leading Arizona, made a tight Pac-10 race even tighter.
"The standings are like nothing I've ever seen before," senior point guard Tony Giovacchini said. "Anybody's got a shot to win this thing. We're in the hunt. I like our chances down the stretch."
Stanford now sits in a tie for third place with California, Southern California and No. 15 UCLA. All four schools are one and a half games behind conference-leader No. 11 Arizona and only a half-game behind Oregon.
Against Oregon State, junior Curtis Borchardt led a balanced scoring attack with 20 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks.
On Thursday, Stanford will be facing a team that it overwhelmed by a 105-60 tally on Jan. 19 in Palo Alto.
The game features a matchup of the Pac-10's top two scorers, Cardinal junior Casey Jacobsen (22.0 ppg) and Washington sophomore Doug Wrenn (20.4 ppg).
Jacobsen surpassed 40 points in two of his last four games while Wrenn has a current streak of three straight 30-point performances.
Washington (8-15, 2-11) has not fared well against Stanford, trailing the all-time series 60-53, and have been swept in the last four season series.
Wrenn has been the bright spot in what has been a brutal season for the Huskies, and his 20.4-points per game scoring average is the highest for a Husky since Chris Welp averaged 20.8 points in 1996-97.
The athletic 6-foot-8 power forward has topped the 30-point barrier four times in the last five games including a career-high 35 in the team's last contest, a 86-74 loss at Arizona State.