Dec. 20, 2011
Stanford Cardinal (10-1, 0-0 Pac-12)
Butler Bulldogs (5-7, 0-1 Horizon League)
Date: Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011 6 p.m.
Site: Maples Pavilion (7,329) Stanford, CA
Series History: Tied 1-1
Last Meeting: Butler 83, Stanford 50 (Dec. 18, 2010)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Kevin Zhang, Analyst: Joe Lami)
TV: FSN (PBP: Joel Meyers, Analyst: Don MacLean)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (10-1, 0-0 Pac-12) would love nothing more than to enter the upcoming holiday break on a positive note. With the exception of a 69-63 loss to then No. 5/5 Syracuse, the Cardinal has steamrolled through non-conference play. One final hurdle remains, with Butler (5-7, 0-1 Horizon League) scheduled to visit Maples Pavilion on Thursday.
Thursday'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 Don MacLean (analyst) calling the action.
Stanford is receiving 61 votes in the latest edition of the Associated Press poll, good for 28th overall, and nine votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll.
Butler (5-7, 0-1 Horizon League) is coming off a 71-55 loss at Gonzaga on Tuesday night ... The Bulldogs shot just 36.9 percent and were led by Erik Fromm's 16 points ... Prior to its loss at Gonzaga, the Bulldogs snapped a season-worst three-game losing streak with a 67-65 victory over Purdue in the Crossroads Classic on Dec. 17 ... Picked as the Horizon League favorite for the third straight year, Butler finished last year as the national runner-up for the second straight season. Butler is the first team in NCAA history to reach back-to-back Final Fours as a No. 3 seed or lower ... The Bulldogs, led by head coach Brad Stevens, are now 0-4 on the road this year ... Butler is averaging 64.8 points and 36.6 rebounds per game. The Bulldogs have made only 38.8 percent from the field and 28.5 percent from three-point territory ... Be sure to watch: Khyle Marshall (10.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 57.1 percent FG), Andrew Smith (9.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg) and Chase Stigall (8.8 ppg, team-best 26 three-pointers).
Stanford All-Time vs. Butler
The all-time series is even at 1-1. Stanford claimed a 99-86 victory back on Nov. 30, 1997, in the last of three games at the Big Island Invitational in Hilo, Hawaii. Meanwhile, Butler's only win came last December, with the Bulldogs routing the Cardinal 83-50 in the first-ever nationally-televised game played at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Takeaways From The Bethune-Cookman Game
Anthony Brown scored a season-high 16 points, pacing Stanford to a 75-56 victory ... The Cardinal also received 11 points and seven rebounds from Josh Owens ... Aaron Bright and Chasson Randle each added nine points and combined for six assists ... Stanford is 7-0 at home this year and has now won 15 home games in a row against non-conference foes dating back to Dec. 16, 2009, in a 71-70 loss to Oklahoma State ... The Cardinal led by as many as 23 points in the second half after taking a 33-22 lead into halftime. Stanford shot 50 percent overall, made 7-14 tries from three-point territory and benefited from a 20-29 clip at the foul line ... Bethune-Cookman dressed only eight players, as four starters played at least 30 minutes ... Josh Owens was 5-7 from the foul line and is now 19-25 from the charity stripe over his last three games ... Stanford has now made at least one three-pointer in 329 consecutive games, dating back to a 0-6 performance against Purdue in the John Wooden Tradition on Nov. 24, 2001.