Feb. 24, 2012
Stanford Cardinal (19-9, 9-7 Pac-12)
Utah Runnin' Utes (5-22, 2-13 Pac-12)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 5:30 p.m. PT
Site: Huntsman Center (15,000) Salt Lake City, UT
Series History: Utah leads 14-8
Last Meeting: Stanford 68, Utah 65 (Jan. 12, 2012)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
TV: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (PBP: Barry Tompkins, Analyst: Stan Morrison)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (19-9, 9-7 Pac-12) has an opportunity to record its first conference road sweep of the year on Saturday night with a victory at Utah (5-22, 2-13 Pac-12). A win will also represent Stanford's 20th of the year overall and 10th in Pac-12 play, translating into a winning conference record for the first time since 2008. The Cardinal finds itself in this spot after steamrolling Colorado 74-50 two nights ago in Boulder.
Saturday'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 game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, with Barry Tompkins (play-by-play) and Stan Morrison (analyst) calling the action.
Utah (5-22, 2-13 Pac-12) has dropped eight consecutive games since notching its second conference win of the year back on Jan. 21 against Arizona State ... The Runnin' Utes dropped a 60-46 decision to California on Thursday night, shooting just 34.8 percent and committing 18 turnovers. Chris Hines scored 15 points as three players reached double figures for Utah, which was outrebounded 36-33 ... Utah was picked to finish 12th in the Pac-12 preseason media poll ... All five of the Utes' victories have come at home. Utah has strung together back-to-back wins only once this year ... Utah is averaging 55.8 points and 29.0 rebounds per game while shooting 40.5 percent ... Meanwhile, the Utes are allowing 69.6 points per game and 47.2 percent shooting ... Keep an eye on: Jason Washburn (10.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 55.6 percent shooting), Chris Hines (9.4 ppg, team-best 55 three-pointers) and Cedric Martin (7.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 51 assists).
Stanford All-Time vs. Utah
Utah owns a 14-8 edge in the all-time series. Stanford pulled away for a 68-65 victory in the earlier meeting back on Jan. 12 at Maples Pavilion. Josh Huestis' double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds led the way, as the Cardinal shot 53.8 percent and held a 34-22 advantage in the rebounding department. That was the first meeting between the schools since March 20, 1987, when Utah posted an 82-77 overtime victory in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.