Jan. 20, 2012
Stanford Cardinal (15-4, 5-2 Pac-12)
Washington Huskies (11-7, 4-2 Pac-12)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 3 p.m.
Site: Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000) Seattle, WA
Series History: Stanford leads 70-66
Last Meeting: Washington 87, Stanford 76 (Feb. 12, 2011)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: David Lombardi)
TV: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (PBP: Glen Kuiper, Analyst: Dan Belluomini)
ROOT Sports (PBP: Kevin Calabro, Analyst: Lenny Wilkens)
The Opening Tip
After entering the week tied for first place, Stanford (15-4, 5-2 Pac-12) slipped out of the top spot following an 81-69 loss at Washington State on Thursday night. The Cardinal's focus now becomes a road split, and that will be tough task against one of the league's top home teams in Washington (11-7, 4-2 Pac-12). Stanford is navigating through its most challenging stretch of the year, playing the second of three straight road contests. The sequence wraps up next weekend in Berkeley against conference leader Cal.
Washington (11-7, 4-2 Pac-12) is coming off a 69-66 loss to California on Thursday night ... The Huskies trailed by 13 points early in the second half but could not close the gap despite placing four players in double figures ... The Huskies have won three of their last four. Saturday's game is the last contest of a three-game homestand for Washington, which travels to the Arizona schools next week ... Washington was picked to finish fourth in this year's Pac-12 preseason media poll. The Huskies have qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each of the last three seasons ... Boasting an explosive offense and one of the conference's most talented arsenal of players, Washington is averaging 78.1 points and 40.3 rebounds per game while shooting 45.3 percent overall. But the defense has struggled, with opponents averaging 72.8 points per game and shooting 42.2 percent from the field ... Look out for: Tony Wroten (16.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 36 steals), Terrence Ross (15.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 40.7 percent three-pointers) and Aziz N'Diaye (8.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 23 blocks).
Stanford All-Time vs. Washington
Stanford owns a 70-66 advantage in the all-time series, which dates back to the 1915-16 campaign. The Huskies have won seven of the last 10 meetings. Stanford is just 1-7 against Washington under head coach Johnny Dawkins, with the only victory coming last January in a 58-56 home triumph when the Huskies were ranked No. 17/18. Stanford's most recent win in Seattle came back on Jan. 31, 2008, in the form of a 65-51 triumph.
Who To Watch Against Washington
In seven career meetings, Josh Owens has averaged 5.2 points but surprisingly only 2.0 rebounds while shooting 17-33 from the field. Anthony Brown averaged 11.5 points off 9-15 shooting in his first two appearances against the Huskies last year. Meanwhile, Jack Trotter has grabbed more rebounds (20) against Washington than any other Pac-10 club.
Looking For A Road Split
Stanford has yet to lose back-to-back games this season, displaying a resiliency and focus so far in its four games immediately following a loss. Since the Pac-10's first season in 1978, there have been 25 instances overall in which the Cardinal rebounded to win the second game of a conference road trip after losing the first. If Stanford defeats Washington on Saturday, it will signal only the third time Stanford has accomplished the feat twice in a season.