Jan. 19, 2012
STANFORD, Calif.- Fresh off its second home sweep in conference play, Stanford (15-3, 5-1 Pac-12) embarks on its toughest stretch of the year with three consecutive road games. Having already matched last year's win total, the Cardinal enters the week tied for first place in the Pac-12 standings with Cal.
The Cardinal Channel's Matt Morrison recently caught up with head coach Johnny Dawkins for a preview of Stanford's upcoming road trip while also taking a look back at last week's action.
Some other noteworthy items heading into this weekend:
Stanford is receiving votes in the Associated Press poll for the eighth consecutive week, tallying 16 votes (33rd overall). However, despite last week's homestand sweep, the Cardinal is no longer receiving votes in the latest edition of the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll.
Huestis Paces Stanford To Sweep
In only 20 minutes of action against Utah on Jan. 12, Josh Huestis notched his team-leading second double-double with a career-high 13 points on 6-6 shooting and 10 rebounds. Two days later in 23 minutes against Colorado, Huestis poured in another 13 points on 5-9 shooting with four rebounds and four blocks, the most swats for a Stanford player since Josh Owens recorded the same number against Oregon last February. Showing off his rapidly-developing perimeter game, Huestis was also 3-4 from beyond the arc.
Rookie Playing Key Minutes
It will be interesting to monitor the workload of Chasson Randle as the season progresses. Heading into last week's homestand, Randle was leading Stanford in minutes played but he now ranks second (30.1) to Aaron Bright (30.2) in that category. Randle is bidding to become the first freshman to lead Stanford in minutes played since Casey Jacobsen's 28.5 average during the 1999-2000 campaign. The last freshman to average at least 30.0 minutes played in a season was Brevin Knight at 32.7 in 1993-94.
John Gage = Efficiency
As he did late in the season last year, John Gage has provided a boost off the bench. Despite playing in only 15 games and 175 minutes, Gage's season average (pro-rated totals based on a 40-minute game) actually ranks him as one of Stanford's most efficient players: 19.2 points per game (first), 3.9 three-pointers per game (first) and 6.9 field goals per game (second behind Josh Owens' 7.5). Gage is averaging 5.6 points and 1.7 rebounds per game while shooting 50.0 percent overall and 43.6 percent from long range.
Takeaways From The Colorado Game
Chasson Randle scored a game-high 18 points on 6-11 shooting, making four three-pointers ... Josh Huestis matched his career high with 13 points, while also contributing four boards and four blocks. Aaron Bright (14 points) and Josh Owens (10 points) were also in double figures ... Tied at 42-42 three minutes into the second half, Stanford embarked on a 32-5 scoring run that spanned 10 minutes and ended with Jarrett Mann's layup for a 74-47 lead ... Stanford held a 35-27 rebounding edge and limited Colorado's Andre Roberson to only four boards. Roberson entered the game averaging 11.9 rebounds per game- best in the Pac-12 ... The Cardinal shot 52.9 percent, making 10 three-pointers and finishing 20-31 from the line ... Stanford improved to 11-1 at home, reaching the 10-win mark at Maples Pavilion for the 19th straight year. The Cardinal is 62-17 at home since the start of the 2007-08 campaign ... Stanford has now made at least one three-pointer in 336 consecutive games, dating back to a 0-6 performance against Purdue in the John Wooden Tradition on Nov. 24, 2001.