Feb. 23, 2012
STANFORD, Calif.- Stanford (18-9, 8-7 Pac-12) embarks on its first-ever conference road trip to Colorado and Utah this weekend, with an opportunity to sweep the season series against both programs.
First up for the Cardinal is a Thursday night matchup against Colorado (18-8, 10-4 Pac-12), with both schools trying to build momentum heading into next month's Pac-12 Tournament.
The Cardinal Channel's Matt Morrison recently caught up with head coach Johnny Dawkins for a preview of Stanford's upcoming road trip while looking back at last week.
Some other noteworthy items heading into this weekend:
Takeaways From The Oregon Game
E.J. Singler scored 10 consecutive points in the final six minutes, including a go-ahead three-pointer with 2:45 remaining, as Oregon held off 68-64. Singler finished with 20 points ... Josh Owens led the Cardinal with 20 points on 8-13 shooting while also grabbing five boards ... Dwight Powell chipped in with 11 points (5-6 free throws) and three steals ... John Gage was productive off the bench, adding eight points and a career-high six rebounds ... Stanford led 31-28 at halftime and 60-54 with 6:20 remaining in the game. However, the Cardinal was held scoreless over the final 3:45 as the Ducks pulled away down the stretch ... Free throw shooting plagued Stanford, which was 11-22 from the charity stripe. Oregon also owned the rebounding advantage at 37-32, resulting in a 16-5 edge in second-chance points ... Stanford and Oregon both shot 44.4 percent from the field. The last game in which Stanford and its opponent shot an equal field goal percentage was Dec. 21, 2010, as the Cardinal and Oklahoma State both made 43.8 percent ... Chasson Randle (3-11, 7 pts.) and Aaron Bright (1-8, 4 pts.) struggled offensively. Three nights earlier, Randle (8-14, 24 pts.) and Bright (5-12, 20 pts.) combined to score 44 points.
Brown A Key Factor In Offense
Stanford is hoping Anthony Brown can deliver performances like last Thursday's 11-point effort against Oregon State on a more consistent basis. Even if Brown isn't always the Cardinal's first option, his positive outings usually coincide with a victory. When Brown reaches double figures in scoring this year, Stanford is 8-0. When Brown is held to under 10 points, the Cardinal is 10-8.
Most Recent Conference Additions
On July 1, 1978, Arizona and Arizona State were added as conference members and the Pac-8 transitioned to the Pac-10. Stanford opened its 1979 Pac-10 campaign with road games against both schools, falling 74-64 to Arizona in Tucson on Jan. 4 before dropping an 80-68 decision to Arizona State in Tempe two days later in the first meetings as official conference rivals.
70 A Key Number For Stanford
Stanford improved to 12-0 when scoring at least 70 points after last week's win over Oregon State. The Cardinal is 22-2 combined over the last two years when hitting the 70-point plateau.
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 at www.ESPN.com/Infiniti closes Feb. 27.