Feb. 3, 2012
Stanford Cardinal (16-6, 6-4 Pac-12)
Arizona Wildcats (15-8, 6-4 Pac-12)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 12 p.m.
Site: Maples Pavilion (7,329) Stanford, CA
Series History: Arizona leads 53-29
Last Meeting: Arizona 78, Stanford 69 (Feb. 3, 2011)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Lucas Prokopiak, Analyst: Eli Katz)
TV: FSN (PBP: Steve Physioc, Analyst: Marques Johnson, Sideline: Rebecca Haarlow)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (16-6, 6-4 Pac-12) hosts Arizona (15-8, 6-4 Pac-12) on Saturday afternoon in a critical conference tilt as both programs try to remain in the upper-half of the standings. The Cardinal and Wildcats stand two games behind first-place Washington (8-2).
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). Lucas Prokopiak (play-by-play) and Eli Katz (analyst) have the call for KZSU 90.1 FM. The contest will be televised nationally on FSN, with Steve Physioc (play-by-play), Marques Johnson (analyst) and Rebecca Haarlow (sideline) describing the action.
Arizona (15-8, 6-4 Pac-12) came up with an impressive road win on Thursday night, edging California 78-74 in Berkeley to hand the Golden Bears their first home loss of the year ... Saturday's game represents the only meeting of the year between Stanford and Arizona ... The Wildcats have alternated wins and losses over their last seven games ... Arizona was 9-4 in non-conference action, playing a challenging schedule that included losses to Mississippi State, San Diego State, Florida and Gonzaga ... Picked to finish third in the Pac-12 preseason media poll, Arizona advanced to the NCAA Tournament West Regional final last year ... Arizona is averaging 70.2 points and 35.9 rebounds per game while shooting 44.8 percent ... Traditionally strong on the perimeter, five different Wildcats have made at least 20 treys ... Be sure to watch: Kyle Fogg (12.4 ppg, 43.0 percent 3FG, 24 steals), Solomon Hill (12.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 63 assists, 49.7 percent FG), and Jesse Perry (11.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg).
Stanford All-Time vs. Arizona
Arizona owns a 53-29 all-time advantage in the series, which dates back to the 1937-38 campaign. The Wildcats swept last year's season series, winning 67-57 in Tucson and 78-69 at Maples Pavilion. Even though Arizona has won five in a row overall, close games have been the norm as 20 of the last 25 contests decided by 10 points or less. Stanford's most recent victory over Arizona came back on Jan. 4, 2009, in a 76-6- triumph at home.
Who To Watch Against Arizona
Jarrett Mann has also enjoyed offensive success against the Wildcats, having made 14-20 (70.0 percent) from the field while averaging 7.8 points in five career meetings. Josh Owens has averaged 10.2 points in four career matchups. John Gage's only appearance against the Wildcats last year was a success, as he knocked down three triples in 13 minutes.
Perimeter Shots Finally Fall
Stanford had been proficient from three-point territory throughout the year prior to its recent three-game road swing that included trips Washington State, Washington and California. During that stretch, the Cardinal shot only 13-67 (19.4 percent) from long distance. Playing in its first game back at Maples Pavilion on Thursday, Stanford was 9-25 from beyond the arc. The biggest contributions came from Aaron Bright, Chasson Randle and Anthony Brown.
A Rare Maples Matinee
Saturday's 12 p.m. start will represent the earliest tip-off at Maples Pavilion in six years. The Cardinal opened its season at home against UC Irvine in a 12 p.m. tip back on Nov. 19, 2005. That same day, Stanford's football team hosted California in the 108th Big Game at 4 p.m. However, early starts have been a common occurrence this year at Maples Pavilion, as Stanford has already hosted NC State and Colorado in a pair of 1 p.m. tips this year- winning both games.
5-4 At The Turn
Stanford was 5-4 at the turn in league play, representing the first time in head coach Johnny Dawkins' tenure that the Cardinal owned a winning record through the first nine games of conference play. Stanford's previous best mark was 7-2 at the turn in 2008.