Stanford Cardinal (15-8, 6-5 Pac-12)
Washington State Cougars (9-15, 2-10 Pac-12)
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 • 4 p.m.
Pullman, Wash. • Beasley Coliseum
Series History: Stanford leads 71-59
Last Meeting: Stanford 80, Washington State 48 (Jan. 15, 2014 at Stanford, Calif.)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: Scott Reiss)
TV: P12NET (PBP: Jim Watson, Analyst: Lamar Hurd)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (15-8, 6-5 Pac-12) aims for its third road split of the year, visiting Washington State (9-15, 2-10 Pac-12) on Saturday at 4 p.m. The Cardinal is trying to sweep Washington State for the first time since the 2008 campaign.
The game can be heard on KNBR 1050 AM, featuring Scott Reiss (play-by-play) rolling solo on the call. The contest will be televised on Pac-12 Network, with Jim Watson (play-by-play) and Lamar Hurd (analyst) describing the action.
Stanford is home for four of its final six games, starting on Thursday against USC.
Scouting Washington State
Washington State (9-15, 2-10 Pac-12) is coming off an 80-76 overtime loss to California on Wednesday to open its homestand ... The Cougars have lost seven of their last eight games and have reached the 70-point mark only three times since the start of 2014 ... Washington State, which is 7-6 at home, completed non-conference play with a 7-5 record. The Cougars tallied notable wins over Purdue and Pepperdine ... The Cougars have struggled offensively, averaging 63.1 points while making 41.2 percent overall and 63.9 percent from the foul line. The defense allows only 66.5 points ... Be sure to watch: DaVonte Lacy (19.8 ppg, 46.9 percent FG, 43.0 percent 3FG), Que Johnson (10.3 ppg, 40.0 percent FG) and D.J. Shelton (9.8 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 20 steals).
Stanford All-Time vs. Washington State
Stanford holds the edge at 71-59 in a series that dates back to 1916-17. The Cardinal has won six of the last 10 meetings overall. Stanford’s most recent victory in Pullman came back on Feb. 10, 2011, when the Cardinal prevailed 75-62. In the first meeting this year at Maples Pavilion, Stanford coasted to an 80-48 rout, representing its biggest victory in conference play since a 105-60 home win over Washington on Jan. 19, 2002.
Notable Career Totals Against Washington State
In five career games, Dwight Powell has been effective against Washington State, averaging 11.2 points and 7.8 rebounds while shooting 18-35 (51.4 percent) from the field. Josh Huestis (5 games, 6.2 ppg, 13-26 FG) and Anthony Brown (4 games, 11.4 ppg, 16-32 FG) have also enjoyed success. Marcus Allen added 11 points off the bench in the first meeting.
The First Meeting: Stanford 80, Washington State 48 (Jan. 15, 2014 - Stanford, Calif.)
Josh Huestis and Anthony Brown scored 15 points apiece as Stanford cruised to an 80-48 victory over Washington State at Maples Pavilion ... Marcus Allen added a career-high 11 points off the bench while Dwight Powell turned in another solid all-around outing with 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Cardinal, which shot 57.7 percent overall and knocked down eight triples ... Stanford posted its biggest victory in conference play since defeating Washington 105-60 at home on Jan. 19, 2002. Meanwhile, Washington State’s 48 points were the fewest allowed to a Pac-12 foe since a 59-47 Stanford road win against USC on Feb. 12, 2012 ... Stanford dished out 17 assists and received at least one bucket from 10 players ... The first half, which featured three ties and 14 lead changes, was competitive until a 13-2 Stanford scoring run over the final four minutes to grab a 40-27 halftime lead ... For only the second time this year, Chasson Randle was held to single digits. He finished with six points on 2-6 shooting but totaled six rebounds and four assists ... Chasson Randle’s layup to end the first half put the Cardinal ahead 40-29, its first double-digit lead since defeating Cal Poly 79-62 back on Dec. 29.
Takeaways From The Washington Game
Washington used a strong second half to pull away from Stanford 64-60 on Wednesday night, earning a split of the season series after the Cardinal won 79-67 at Maples ... Trailing 34-27 at halftime, the Huskies shot 47.6 percent over the final 20 minutes while limiting the Cardinal to 30.8 percent shooting over that stretch ... Dwight Powell scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds while Chasson Randle added 17 points and a career-high four steals. Powell has scored in double figures 20 times this year and in all 11 Pac-12 games ... Stanford forced 16 turnovers but was hindered by a 3-16 mark from long range and an 11-18 clip from the foul line. In the first meeting, Stanford was 24-34 from the foul line ... Trailing 62-60 with 17 seconds left, Randle drove to the rim but Simmons slid off his man and was set in position to draw the charge ... Stanford stretched its lead to five on four occasions in the second half but could not increase the margin ... For only the second time this year, Stanford lost a game when leading at halftime. The contest featured 11 ties and eight lead changes ... C.J. Wilcox became the first opposing player to log all 40 minutes in a regulation game since Stephen F. Austin’s Taylor Smith last March in the opening round of the NIT.
More On The Road Split
Stanford has dropped back-to-back games only once this year and is 6-1 in games following a loss. Since the Pac-10’s first season in 1978, Stanford has rebounded to win the second game of a road trip after losing the first on four occasions. If Stanford defeats Washington State on Saturday, it will be the first time the Cardinal has achieved the feat three times in a season.
Protecting The Basketball
Stanford, which was forced into only nine turnovers against Washington on Wednesday, has committed fewer than 10 miscues in seven of its last nine games. During that stretch, the Cardinal owns a 6-3 record.