Feb. 1, 2012
Stanford Cardinal (15-6, 5-4 Pac-12)
Arizona State Sun Devils (7-14, 3-6 Pac-12)
Date: Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 7 p.m.
Site: Maples Pavilion (7,329) Stanford, CA
Series History: Stanford leads 41-30
Last Meeting: Stanford 83, Arizona State 75 (Feb. 5, 2011)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Jacob Jaffe, Analyst: Zach Zimmerman)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (15-6, 5-4 Pac-12) opens the second half of conference play on Thursday night against Arizona State (7-14, 3-6 Pac-12). It's the only meeting of the year between the programs, as Stanford does not play the Arizona schools on the road. Aiming to snap a three-game losing skid, the Cardinal stands two games back of first place in the Pac-12.
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 provides coverage with Jacob Jaffe (play-by-play) and Zach Zimmerman (analyst). There is no television for Thursday's game.
Scouting Arizona State
Arizona State (7-14, 3-6 Pac-12) is coming off a 71-67 victory over Washington State in its most recent contest, snapping a three-game losing skid in the process ... The Sun Devils have not won back-to-back games this year and are 3-6 away from home ... Arizona State and Stanford faced one common opponent in non-conference play. The Cardinal defeated Fresno State 75-59 on Nov. 14 in the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off while the Sun Devils dropped a 68-65 home decision to the Bulldogs on Dec. 21 ... Picked to finish ninth in the Pac-12 preseason media poll, Arizona State placed 10th in the conference last season ... Arizona State is averaging 62.4 points per game but ranks fifth in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage at 46.7. However, the Sun Devils have struggled with turnovers and rank last in the conference in turnover margin (-5.1) ... Keep an eye on: Trent Lockett (13.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 54.7 percent FG), Carrick Felix (11.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, team-best 33 three-pointers) and Kyle Cain (8.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg).
Stanford All-Time vs. Arizona State
Stanford holds a 41-30 edge over Arizona State in the all-time series, which originated back in 1957. The Cardinal has held the upper hand in this matchup, winning six of the last 10 and 22 of the last 28 contests overall dating back to 1998. Stanford swept the season series last year, collecting a defensive-minded 55-41 win in Tempe before winning an 83-75 shootout at Maples Pavilion one month later.
Who To Watch Against Arizona State
In four career meetings, Josh Owens is averaging 10.2 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 14-22 from the field. Jarrett Mann has scored 39 career points versus Arizona State, his most against any Pac-12 opponent. Meanwhile, Jack Trotter is 11-22 from the field in six meetings against Arizona State.
5-4 At The Turn
Stanford is 5-4 at the turn in league play, representing the first time in four years the Cardinal has owned a winning record through the first nine games of conference play.