Jan. 25, 2012
STANFORD, Calif.- The first half of conference play comes to a close this weekend, with Stanford (15-5, 5-3 Pac-12) traveling to Berkeley for a Sunday night clash against rival California (16-5, 6-2 Pac-12). The top six teams in the Pac-12 are separated by one game in the loss column.
The Cardinal Channel's Matt Morrison recently caught up with head coach Johnny Dawkins for a preview of Stanford's upcoming contest while also taking a look back at last week's action.
Some other noteworthy items heading into this weekend:
Stanford All-Time vs. California
In a series that dates back to the 1913-14 campaign, California owns a 141-113 edge. The Golden Bears have won four of the last five matchups overall, with Stanford's only victory coming in the form of an 82-68 win last January in the Pac-10 opener for both teams. Stanford has dropped three in a row at Haas Pavilion, searching for its first road win in the series since an 82-77 victory on Jan. 26, 2008. The Cardinal has not lost four straight games in Berkeley since a five-year stretch from 1968-1972.
Who To Watch Against California
Dwight Powell enjoyed the best game of his career against California, scoring a career-high 20 points in the first meeting between the schools last year. Powell did everything but sell popcorn in that game, making 7-11 from the field, 6-7 from the foul line and grabbing seven rebounds in 28 minutes. Jack Trotter has averaged 6.0 points over four games while shooting 11-18 from the field. Meanwhile, Josh Owens has yet to make his presence felt against Cal like he has other opponents, scoring just 15 points on 7-17 shooting with 11 rebounds overall in five career meetings.
Ending the longest stretch of any Pac-12 team this season, Stanford's eight-week stretch of receiving votes in the Associated Press poll finally came to an end this week. The Cardinal had also been receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll for seven consecutive weeks before dropping out last week.