Dec. 3, 2011
Stanford Cardinal (7-1, 0-0 Pac-12)
NC State Wolfpack (5-2, 0-0 ACC)
Date: Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011 1 p.m.
Site: Maples Pavilion (7,329) Stanford, CA
Series History: First Meeting
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analysta: Drew Shiller)
TV: FSN (PBP: Joel Meyers, Analyst: Ernie Kent)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (7-1, 0-0 Pac-12) welcomes NC State (5-2, 0-0 ACC) to Maples Pavilion for the first time on Sunday in a 1 p.m. contest televised nationally on FSN. The Cardinal looks to stay unbeaten at home and secure another key non-conference victory before its upcoming 13-day break for final exams. NC State is playing its first true road game of the year while Stanford opens a stretch that includes six consecutive home games. The Cardinal will not hit the road again until a Jan. 5 contest at Oregon.
Sunday's game can be heard live on KNBR 1050 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com, featuring the insightful tandem of John Platz (play-by-play) and Drew Shiller (analyst). The contest will also be televised nationally on FSN, with Joel Meyers (play-by-play) and Ernie Kent (analyst) handling the broadcast chores.
Stanford is receiving three votes in the latest edition of the Associated Press poll and one vote in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll.
Scouting NC State
NC State (5-2, 0-0 ACC) is coming off an 86-75 loss to Indiana on Wednesday night ... The Wolfpack were unable to hold a seven-point lead with 7:48 left to play ... Stanford and NC State will be hooking up for the first time on the hardwood ... NC State's only other loss was a hard-fought 86-79 defeat to then-No. 20 Vanderbilt at the TicketCity Legends Classic. The Wolfpack responded two days later by beating Texas 77-74 ... After finishing 15-16 overall and 5-11 in ACC play last year, NC State was tabbed to finish eighth in this year's ACC preseason media poll ... Five players are averaging at least 10.0 points per game in a balanced scoring effort ... The Wolfpack are averaging 78.3 points and 39.3 rebounds per game while shooting 47.8 percent from the field. A 17.1 assists per game clip has also factored into the success ... Players to watch include: CJ Leslie (15.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 55.3 percent FG), Richard Howell (12.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 18-25 free throws) and Scott Wood (12.2 ppg, 18-30 three-pointers).
Takeaways From The Seattle Game
Anthony Brown scored a game-high 15 points on 6-10 shooting with three three-pointers, leading four players in double figures ... Josh Huestis almost notched his second double-double of the season, tallying nine points and a team-high nine rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench ... Andrew Zimmermann scored in double figures for the first time since pouring in 12 points on 5-12 shooting against Virginia on Nov. 18, 2010 ... Despite being outrebounded 44-36 for the first time this year, Stanford racked up 10 steals and forced the Redhawks into 22 turnovers ... Seattle's Eric Wallace grabbed 15 rebounds, the most for an opposing player since Arizona State's Eric Boateng also hauled down 15 boards on Mar. 11, 2010 ... Stanford has now made at least one three-pointer in 326 consecutive games, dating back to a 0-6 performance against Purdue in the John Wooden Tradition on Nov. 24, 2001 ... Leading 40-17 halftime, Stanford stretched its advantage to 57-26 with 11:44 remaining.
Plenty Of Breathing Room
Stanford has enjoyed an extended run of recent dominance, with each of its last 10 victories coming by double digits. The Cardinal has won all seven of its games this year by at least 12 points, coupled with double-digit victory margins in its final three wins from last year.