Jan. 17, 2012
Stanford Cardinal (15-3, 5-1 Pac-12)
Washington State Cougars (9-8, 1-4 Pac-12)
Date: Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 7 p.m.
Site: Beasley Coliseum (11,671) Pullman, WA
Series History: Stanford leads 69-58
Last Meeting: Stanford 75, Washington State 62 (Feb. 10, 2011)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: David Lombardi)
The Opening Tip
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. Winners of three straight, Stanford is playing with confidence.
Thursday's game can be heard live on KNBR 1050 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com, featuring the chemistry-rich tandem of John Platz (play-by-play) and Drew Shiller (analyst). KZSU 90.1 FM also provides rare road coverage with David Lombardi (play-by-play) calling the action. There is no television for this game.
Scouting Washington State
Washington State (9-8, 1-4 Pac-12) will be playing its first game in Pullman since Dec. 18 ... The Cougars played host to Oregon and Oregon State in Spokane ... Washington State has dropped three in a row and four of its last five overall. The recent slide comes on the heels of a six-game winning streak that spanned most of December ... Washington State was picked to finish 10th in this year's Pac-12 preseason media poll. The Cougars are coming off a 22-13 season that ended with a loss in the NIT semifinals ... Washington State is averaging 70.8 points and 33.4 rebounds per game while shooting 47.3 percent overall. However, opponents are averaging 65.8 points per game while shooting 41.3 percent from the field ... Keep an eye on: Brock Motum (15.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 56.1 percent FG), Faisal Aden (13.1 ppg, 20 steals, 23-27 free throws) and DaVonte Lacy (9.8 ppg, team-best 30 three-pointers).
Stanford All-Time vs. Washington State
Stanford holds the edge at 69-58 in a series that dates back to 1916-17. The Cardinal has won six of the last 10 meetings overall. Stanford won all three meetings during the 2008 campaign, but the last three years have resulted in splits. The matchups have been competitive, with 11 of the last 14 games decided by 10 points or less. Stanford won last year's meeting in Pullman by a 75-62 margin.
Who To Watch Against Washington State
Anthony Brown and Dwight Powell performed well against Washington State last season in their rookie seasons. In two games, Brown averaged 12.0 points while shooting 8-17 from the field. Of those eight buckets, six came from three-point territory. Powell was just as effective in two contests, averaging 12.5 points and 9.0 rebounds.