Stanford Cardinal (18-10, 9-7 Pac-12)
Colorado Buffaloes (20-9, 9-7 Pac-12)
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 • 6 p.m.
Stanford, Calif. • Maples Pavilion (7,233)
Series History: Stanford leads 9-5
Last Meeting: Colorado 65, Stanford 63 (Feb. 27, 2013 at Stanford, Calif.)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: Scott Reiss, Analyst: John Platz)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Shawn Tuteja, Analyst: Kyle Palmer)
TV: ESPN2 (PBP: Dave Pasch, Analyst: Bill Walton)
The Opening Tip
The final week of the regular season begins with Stanford (18-10, 9-7 Pac-12) hosting Colorado (20-9, 9-7 Pac-12) on Wednesday at 6 p.m. It’s the first meeting of the season between the two programs, and both remain in contention for a coveted first-round bye in next week’s Pac-12 Tournament.
The game can be heard on KNBR 1050 AM, featuring the insightful duo of Scott Reiss (play-by-play) and John Platz (analyst). KZSU 90.1 FM provides coverage with Shawn Tuteja (play-by-play) and Kyle Palmer (analyst). The contest will be televised on ESPN2, with Dave Pasch (play-by-play) and Bill Walton (analyst) describing the action.
Colorado (20-9, 9-7 Pac-12) has dropped three of its last five overall and is 4-7 (0-2 neutral) away from Boulder this year ... The Buffaloes spent five weeks in the national rankings, rising to a season-best No. 15 in January following notable non-conference wins over Harvard, Kansas and Georgia ... Colorado was slowed after losing standout Spencer Dinwiddie and has compiled a 6-6 record during conference play in his absence ... Colorado is averaging 73.2 points and 37.6 rebounds while making 44.3 percent. But the Buffaloes allow 69.4 points and 43.4 percent shooting while averaging 13.4 turnovers ... Be sure to watch: Josh Scott (14.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 53.9 percent FG, 82.5 percent FT), Askia Booker (14.0 ppg, 102 assists, 81.3 percent FT), Xavier Johnson (11.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg).
Stanford All-Time vs. Colorado
Stanford holds the all-time edge at 9-5. After the Cardinal won both 2012 meetings by 20+ points, the Buffaloes responded with a sweep of last year’s season series. That included a 65-63 victory at Maples Pavilion in late February, when Colorado received a career-high 24 points from Andre Roberson to trigger an 18-2 second-half surge. It was the first road victory in four tries for the Buffaloes.
Notable Career Totals Against Colorado
Colorado has struggled to stop Chasson Randle, who is averaging 17.2 points on 24-53 (45.2 percent) shooting from the field in four career games. Dwight Powell (7.7 ppg, 11-33 FG) and Josh Huestis (6.2 rpg, 10-27 FG) have each pulled down 27 rebounds in four career appearances.
Why Stanford Is An NCAA Team...
Stanford checks in at No. 42 in the latest edition of the NCAA’s RPI, one of six Pac-12 clubs ranked in the top-50. The Pac-12 is regarded as one of the nation’s strongest conferences ... According to ESPN.com, Stanford boasts solid strength of schedule (26) and BPI (36) totals ... Stanford is 3-2 against top-25 squads this year, defeating No. 23/25 UCLA (83-74) at home while winning road games at No. 10/10 Connecticut (53-51) and No. 17/13 Oregon (82-80) ... Stanford has tallied six overall road victories, second in the Pac-12 behind Arizona’s seven ... The Cardinal, which has dropped back-to-back games only twice this season, has been able to consistently avoid lengthy slumps ... Stanford’s challenging non-conference slate included matchups against BYU, Pittsburgh, Connecticut and Michigan. The Cardinal also made two separate trips to the East Coast.
Stanford’s Next Victory Will...
Equal last year’s win total, when the Cardinal finished 19-15 overall and reached the NIT ... Match the 10 Pac-12 wins compiled in 2012, representing the best finish (10-8) in conference play during head coach Johnny Dawkins’ tenure.
Nice To CU and U On The Schedule
This scheduling nugget from radio analyst and longtime program historian John Platz: in hosting Colorado and Utah to close out the Pac-12 regular season, Stanford will be facing the Buffaloes and the Utes for the first time in 2014. The last time Stanford faced a conference foe for the first time in the last week of the regular season schedule was 23 years ago, when the Cardinal played a home-and-home with California (March 2 at Stanford, March 7 at Berkeley) to close out the 1991 Pac-10 regular-season slate.
Takeaways From The No. 3/3 Arizona Game
No. 3/3 Arizona led wire-to-wire in a 79-66 victory over Stanford, as the Cardinal suffered back-to-back losses for only the second time this year ... Stanford received a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds from Josh Huestis. It was Huestis’ seventh double-double of the year and third in as many games against Arizona ... The game was a sharp contrast from the first meeting on Jan. 29, when Arizona escaped with a 60-57 victory after Stanford endured a lengthy second-half scoring drought ... Stanford lost for the first time in six Sunday games this year. The Cardinal had won nine Sunday games in a row dating back to Nov. 18, 2012 in a 70-62 loss to Belmont ... Stanford was swept on the road for the first time this year. The Cardinal had recorded three splits prior to Sunday, losing the first game and winning the second game in each instance .... Chasson Randle added 12 points on 4-8 FG after scoring 12 points on 3-15 in the first game .... Stanford has lost nine in a row to Arizona, with the last victory coming on March 13, 2008 ... Arizona was led by Aaron Gordon’s 19 points and 15 rebounds, as the Wildcats held a 40-31 rebounding edge and connected on 21-29 from the foul line.
Production Over Last Five Games
Anthony Brown and Josh Huestis have been heating up for Stanford over the last five games. Brown is averaging a team-high 19.2 points during that stretch, shooting 63.6 percent (28-44) overall, 50.0 percent (12-24) from beyond the arc and 82.4 percent (28-34) from the foul line. Huestis is averaging a double-double over that stretch with 14.2 points and 11.0 rebounds while registering 14 blocks.
Home Sweet Home
Stanford is 75-26 at home under head coach Johnny Dawkins. Stanford is 11-3 at home this year and looking to reach the 10-win mark at Maples Pavilion for the 21st consecutive season. The Cardinal finished 12-5 at home last year.