Feb. 8, 2012
STANFORD, Calif.- Stanford (16-7, 6-5 Pac-12) travels to Southern California this weekend hoping to regain its winning ways.
The Cardinal has dropped four of its last five overall, sliding down to sixth place in the Pac-12 after sitting in a tie for first place in mid-January. The road trip begins with a matchup against UCLA (13-10, 6-5 Pac-12).
The Cardinal Channel's Matt Morrison recently caught up with head coach Johnny Dawkins for a preview of Stanford's upcoming games while looking back at last week.
Some other noteworthy items heading into this weekend:
Six years have passed since Stanford last won a road game against either of the Southern California schools (0-6 against UCLA, 0-6 against USC). The Cardinal completed a road sweep through L.A. during the 2004-05 campaign, defeating UCLA 75-64 on Jan. 20 before winning at USC 78-70 two days later. However, Stanford is 0-12 in L.A. (regular season) since that road trip.
Takeaways From The Arizona Game
Aaron Bright, Josh Owens and Chasson Randle scored 10 points apiece as Stanford produced one of its worst offensive performances in recent memory (43 points, 25.4 percent shooting) ... Stanford was held to under 50 points at home for the first time since a 62-46 loss to Santa Clara on Dec. 16, 2006 ... Stanford's 43 points were its fewest at Maples Pavilion since a 43-41 double-overtime loss to Cal back on Feb. 16, 1985 ... Stanford's defense was solid, limiting Arizona to its second-lowest output (56 points) of the year. The Wildcats also shot just 38.3 percent overall ... Josh Huestis played a career-high 32 minutes, scoring six points and snagging eight rebounds ... Chasson Randle was held without an assist for the second time this year. He also did not record an assist in Stanford's near-upset of Syracuse on Nov. 25 ... Stanford trailed 24-23 at halftime, but crept within 49-43 with 1:48 remaining ... Arizona owned a 43-40 rebounding edge, representing only the fifth time this year Stanford has been outrebounded ... Stanford attempted 63 shots compared to Arizona's 47 ... Saturday's 12 p.m. start represented 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.
Slump Linked To Shooting, Not Turnovers
Tied for the Pac-12 lead in mid-January, Stanford has dropped four of its last five games to slide into a tie for sixth. The main culprit has been a lack of offense, with the Cardinal averaging 60.4 points per game while shooting 36.9 percent overall and 24.0 percent from beyond the arc. However, Stanford has generally protected the basketball, committing 10 turnovers or fewer in each of the last five games. Meanwhile, Stanford has been forcing 12.2 turnovers per game.
Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge
Head coach Johnny Dawkins is proud to support the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula through his participation in Infiniti's ongoing partnership with the NABC, the NCAA and ESPN in the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge. The program includes a $100,000 donation to the winning coach's designated charity. Fan participation will determine the winner over an eight-week period that runs until Feb. 27 on www.ESPN.com/Infiniti. Fans can vote for up to four coaches per day. The winning coach will be announced March 9.
Owens A Dependable Post Option
Josh Owens is enjoying the best season of his career, leading Stanford in both scoring (12.6 ppg) and rebounding (6.2 rpg) while starting all 23 games. An active player on both ends of the floor, Owens has also racked up a team-high 25 steals. In addition to scoring in double figures 18 times, Owens has led Stanford in scoring on 10 occasions. Perhaps most impressive, Owens' 59.7 percent field goal percentage (120-201) ranks 13th in the nation.
Randle Making An Impact In Rookie Season
Through the first two months of the year, freshman Chasson Randle was leading Stanford in minutes played. However, he now ranks second (29.6) to Aaron Bright (29.7) 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. Meanwhile, Randle is averaging 11.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game while ranking second in steals (24).