Stanford Cardinal (5-2, 0-0 Pac-12)
South Dakota State Jackrabbits (3-5, 0-0 Summit)
Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 • 5 p.m.
Stanford, Calif. • Maples Pavilion (7,233)
Series History: First Meeting
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: Scott Reiss, Analyst: John Platz)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Shawn Tuteja, Analysts: Kyle Palmer, Vihan Lakshman)
TV: P12NET (PBP: JB Long, Analyst: Jarron Collins)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (5-2) hosts South Dakota State (3-5) on Sunday evening in a regional round game of the Progressive Legends Classic at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal is coming off an 88-67 loss to Pittsburgh, which snapped a four-game winning streak. Stanford is aiming to secure another nonconference victory before its upcoming 12-day break for final exams. For the second straight year, Stanford will play only five games in December.
The game can be heard on KNBR 1050 AM, featuring the tandem of Scott Reiss (play-by-play) and John Platz (analyst). The contest will be televised on Pac-12 Networks, with JB Long (play-by-play) and Jarron Collins (analyst) on the call. KZSU 90.1 FM also provides coverage with Shawn Tuteja, Kyle Palmer and Vihan Lakshman.
Progressive Legends Classic Format
Sunday represents Stanford’s final game of the seventh annual Progressive Legends Classic, which wrapped up earlier this week in Brooklyn. Pittsburgh defeated Stanford 88-67 in the championship game. The Cardinal’s matchup against South Dakota State is a regional round game that was played on an open date for both teams.
Recent Preseason Tournament History
The Cardinal is participating in its fifth preseason tournament under head coach Johnny Dawkins. Stanford has compiled an 10-8 record in such games, with its best performances coming in the form of runner-up finishes at the 2009 Cancun Challenge and 2011 Dick’s Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off.
Scouting South Dakota State
South Dakota State (3-5) is coming off an 83-64 loss at UC Santa Barbara on Friday ...The Jackrabbits have posted a 2-1 record during tournament play in the Progressive Legends Classic, with wins over Howard and Lehigh. The lone loss came at Texas Tech ... South Dakota State dropped its first three games of the year- all by 10 points or less ... The Jackrabbits average 72.5 points while shooting 42.2 percent overall and 73.5 percent from the foul line. Opponents are averaging 73.5 points and making 45.2 percent ... Make sure to watch: Jordan Dykstra (16.9 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 42.2 percent FG), Cody Larson (12.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 11 blocks) and Brayden Carlson (12.5 ppg, 45.6 percent FG, 24 assists) ... South Dakota State is coming off a 25-10 campaign that resulted in a Summit League crown and NCAA Tournament berth ... Stanford and South Dakota State will be meeting for the first time on the hardwood.
Takeaways From The Pittsburgh Game
Lamar Patterson’s 24 points led five players in double digits as Pittsburgh beat Stanford 88-67 in the championship game of the Progressive Legends Classic at Barclays Center ... Despite shooting 50.0 percent overall and receiving a second straight 20-point game from Dwight Powell, Stanford had its four-game winning streak snapped. Powell (7-12 FG, 6-9 FT) fell one rebound shy of a double-double and also dished out six assists in 37 minutes ... Powell was also named Stanford’s lone representative on the All-Tournament Team ... Stanford lost for the first time when shooting at least 50.0 percent since Feb. 24, 2011, when the Cardinal connected on 52.7 percent in an 87-80 loss at Oregon State ... Pittsburgh’s 30 made free throws were the most for a Stanford opponent since Dec. 22, 2009, when Texas Tech converted on 33-48 in a 100-87 victory ... Anthony Brown added 16 points and knocked down four three-pointers (all in the second half) while Chasson Randle added 10 points. The Cardinal was hurt by 14 turnovers ... Stanford lost to a nonconference foe by double-digits for only the fifth time in four years ... Josh Huestis tallied only four rebounds, representing only the fourth time over the last two years he has finished a game with four rebounds or fewer ... Pittsburgh, which shot 45.5 percent overall and led 43-28 at intermission, did the bulk of its damage from three-point territory (8-17) and the foul line (30-34) ... The Cardinal has now made at least one three-pointer in 395 consecutive games, dating back to an 0-6 outing against Purdue in the John Wooden Tradition on Nov. 24, 2001.
Searching For Win No. 100
Head coach Johnny Dawkins stands one win away from career victory No. 100. Dawkins is looking to join Mike Montgomery (393), Howard Dallmar (256), Everett Dean (167) and John Bunn (108) as the only coaches in school history with 100 wins on The Farm.
Cardinal Cashing In At The Foul Line
Stanford is converting at a 70.2 percent clip (125-178) from the foul line while averaging 17.9 attempts per game. Chasson Randle (33-42, 78.6 percent) is leading the way, but he’s just one of six different players who have already tallied at least 15 free throw attempts. The aggressive backcourt has done a solid job of driving the lane while the frontcourt is battling on the glass and routinely drawing contact. Also effective from the charity stripe: Anthony Brown (21-27, 77.8 percent), Dwight Powell (21-33, 63.6 percent) and Stefan Nastic (18-27, 66.7 percent). Stanford shot free throws at a 74.3 percent clip last year, good for 35th in the nation and the best mark in school history since the 2005-06 squad made 76.3 percent.
Randle Returns To Form Of Rookie Year
Chasson Randle appears to have put last year’s struggles behind and is performing at a similar level to 2011-12, when he produced one of the best rookie seasons in school history. Randle is averaging 18.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game while shooting 48.9 percent (43-88) from the field and 78.6 percent (33-42) from the foul line. Randle has scored in double figures six times, including a career-high 33-point outing against BYU on Nov. 11.
Brown’s Return Provides Immediate Boost
Returning to action after missing all but four games last year due to a hip injury, Anthony Brown has been a definite factor early on, averaging 16.1 points and 6.6 rebounds while shooting 56.1 percent from the field and 62.1 percent from three-point territory. His slashing, attacking style of play has resulted in a 77.8 percent (21-27) clip from the foul line. Brown has reached double-figure scoring in all seven games. A 2011 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team selection, Brown provides Stanford with added length and athleticism while also serving as a terrific perimeter defender.
Nastic Effective In Starting Role
Playing regularly for the first time in his career, Stefan Nastic is averaging 7.4 points and 2.3 rebounds per game through seven starts. Nastic has reached double figures in scoring three times, a feat he had accomplished only twice overall in 53 career games entering this year. In Monday’s win over Houston, Nastic poured in a career-high 14 points on 4-5 shooting and 6-9 from the foul line. Nastic is shooting 54.8 percent and has totaled almost as many free throw attempts (27) as field goal attempts (31). However, Nastic has also compiled more free throw attempts than rebounds (16).
Top-15 Recruiting Class Signed For Next Year
Head coach Johnny Dawkins announced the signing of four incoming student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. The group will join the Cardinal for the 2014-15 campaign. The class is recognized as one of the best in the country, currently ranked as high as No. 9 by ESPN.com, No. 14 by Scout.com and No. 15 by Rivals.com. Robert Cartwright (Pasadena, Calif.), Michael Humphrey (Phoenix, Ariz.), Dorian Pickens (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Reid Travis (Minneapolis, Minn.) are projected as top-100 players and four-star recruits by multiple services. This year’s group represents the second top-15 class for Stanford in five years.
Home Sweet Home
Stanford is 67-24 at home under head coach Johnny Dawkins. The Cardinal won a school-record 17 home games in 2011-12 en route to capturing the NIT championship. Stanford has reached the 10-win mark at Maples Pavilion for 20 consecutive seasons.
Stanford is now 57-19 against nonconference foes under head coach Johnny Dawkins.
Powell Displaying A “Do-It-All” Game...
Dwight Powell has picked up where he left off last year, showcasing the type of dynamic all-around game everyone expected when he first arrived on The Farm. In seven starts, Powell is averaging 16.0 points and 7.7 rebounds per game while shooting 53.0 percent (44-83) from the field. Powell’s free throw percentage (63.6 percent) is slightly behind last year’s pace, but his 27 assists and 11 steals lead the team. In 2012-13, Powell averaged a team-best 14.9 points while ranking second on the squad with 8.4 rebounds. More impressively, he was the only player to earn a spot on both the Pac-12 All-Academic Team and All-Pac-12 First Team.
...While Garnering Preseason Recognition
Dwight Powell has been named to the John R. Wooden Award preseason watch list, comprised of 50 players vying for the sport’s most prestigious honor. Players listed are considered strong candidates for the midseason list and the finalists will be included on the official voting ballot in March. Powell is one of six Pac-12 players selected as a preseason candidate. The national recognition is nothing new for Powell, who was also selected as one of 30 candidates for this year’s Senior CLASS Award, which rewards notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
Huestis’ Strong Defensive Play Continues
A front-runner for Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Josh Huestis is averaging 11.1 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in his quest to become the first Cardinal player to average a double-double since Curtis Borchardt (16.9 ppg, 11.4 rpg) in 2001-02. Huestis nearly accomplished the feat last year, averaging 10.5 points and a team-best 9.0 rebounds while compiling nine double-doubles. Huestis has been slowed offensively (44.3 percent FG) through the first seven games, but his calling card of stingy defense has been a mainstay. With 17 blocks already this year, Huestis ranks fourth in school history with 138 career swats. Only three players boast career marks of at least 500 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks: Huestis (695, 595, 138), Tim Young (1544, 1070, 167) and Howard Wright (1599, 860, 121).
Starters Seeing Bulk Of Action
Head coach Johnny Dawkins has employed a starting lineup of Chasson Randle, Anthony Brown, Josh Huestis, Dwight Powell and Stefan Nastic over the first seven games. Every starter with the exception of Nastic is averaging at least 30 minutes per game, led by Brown’s 34.4 clip.