Stanford Cardinal (19-11, 10-8 Pac-12)
Washington State Cougars (10-20, 3-15 Pac-12)
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 • 8:30 p.m.
Las Vegas, Nev. • MGM Grand Garden Arena
Tournament Seeds: Stanford (6), Washington State (11)
Series History: Stanford leads 72-59
Last Meeting: Stanford 69, Washington State 56 (Feb. 15, 2014 at Pullman, Wash.)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: Scott Reiss, Analyst: John Platz)
TV: P12NET (PBP: Ted Robinson, Analyst: Don MacLean, Sideline: Yogi Roth)
The Opening Tip
The postseason gets underway on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. as Stanford (19-11, 10-8 Pac-12) squares off against Washington State (10-20, 3-15 Pac-12) in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament. The winner draws No. 3 seed Arizona State on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals.
The game can be heard on KNBR 1050 AM, featuring the insightful duo of Scott Reiss (play-by-play) and John Platz (analyst). The contest will be televised on Pac-12 Networks with Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst) and Yogi Roth (sideline) describing the action.
Scouting Washington State
Washington State (10-20, 3-15 Pac-12) had lost eight straight games before notching a 73-55 upset of UCLA on Saturday in Pullman ... The Cougars opened conference play with three straight losses before beating Utah. A four-game losing skid followed before a home win over Washington ... Washington State, which is 2-12 away from 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 62.4 points while making 40.1 percent overall and 65.2 percent from the foul line. The defense allows only 66.9 points ... Be sure to watch: DaVonte Lacy (19.1 ppg, 42.8 percent FG, 38.9 percent 3FG), Que Johnson (9.9 ppg, 39.6 percent FG) and D.J. Shelton (9.9 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 21 steals).
Stanford All-Time vs. Washington State
Stanford holds the edge at 72-59 in a series that dates back to 1916-17. The Cardinal has won six of the last 10 meetings overall, including a sweep of this year’s season series. In six career games, Dwight Powell has been effective against Washington State, averaging 10.8 points and 7.7 rebounds while shooting 20-40 (50.0 percent) from the field.
Game 1: Stanford 80, Washington State 48 (Jan. 15, 2014)
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 ... Chasson Randle was held to single digits, finishing with six points on 2-6 shooting.
Game 2: Stanford 69, Washington State 56 (Feb. 15, 2014)
Anthony Brown scored a career-high 30 points, fueling Stanford past Washington State 69-56 in Pullman to sweep the season series for the first time since 2008 ... Brown scored 20 of his points in the first half, the first player to total 20+ in a half since Dec. 15, 2012, when Dwight Powell scored 20 second-half points against UC Davis ... Stanford led throughout the entire game, racing out to a 39-24 halftime lead and shooting 43.9 percent. The Cardinal shot 63.2 percent over the game’s first 20 minutes ... The Cardinal converted 27-36 from the foul line, led by Brown’s 10-11 performance ... Chasson Randle added 14 points for Stanford, which earned its third conference road split and improved to 7-1 in games following a loss ... Stanford won despite season-low totals in field goals (18) and field goal attempts (41) ... Washington State was limited to 31.4 percent shooting and made 9-29 from long range.
Stanford All-Time In Conference Tournament Action
Stanford now holds a 13-15 all-time record in conference tournament competition ... Stanford and Washington State will be hooking up in the conference tournament for the first time since March 14, 2008, when the Cardinal notched a 75-68 victory in the semifinals ... Stanford has been tabbed the No. 6 seed for the first time since 2007. The Cardinal suffered an 83-79 overtime loss to USC ... The winner of Wednesday’s contest will face No. 3 seed Arizona State on Thursday in an 8:30 p.m. tip on Fox Sports 1 ... Stanford has not won at least two games in the conference tournament since a runner-up finish to UCLA in 2008 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Why Stanford Is An NCAA Team...
Stanford checks in at No. 43 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 (15) and BPI (37) 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 eight ... 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 Well Represented Among All-Pac-12 Team
Dwight Powell and Chasson Randle both earned spots on the All-Pac-12 First Team, Josh Huestis was tabbed to the five-member All-Defensive Team and Anthony Brown was named the Most Improved Player of the Year. Stanford’s four all-conference selections are the most since four players also received accolades during the 2010-11 campaign. It’s the first time two Cardinal players have been named to the 10-member All-Pac-12 team since the 2005-06 season.
- Powell, who was also named last year’s Most Improved Player, is a two-time All-Pac-12 First Team honoree. Powell is averaging 14.1 points and 7.2 rebounds while leading the Cardinal in 103 assists (3.4 per game) and 38 steals. He has tallied seven double-doubles while scoring in double figures 23 times.
- Named an all-conference pick for the first time in his career, Randle is performing at a similar level to 2011-12, when he produced one of the best rookie seasons in school history. Randle is averaging a team-high 18.8 points (ranks third in the Pac-12) while shooting 48.7 percent from the field and 75.7 percent from the foul line. Randle has also scored in double figures 28 times, matched his career high of 33 points twice and notched 12 20-point games.
- Huestis continues to prove why he is one of the Pac-12’s premier defensive performers, earning All-Defensive Team accolades for the third consecutive season. Stanford’s all-time leading shot-blocker with 179 career swats, Huestis is averaging 11.5 points and a team-best 8.7 rebounds per game. Huestis has racked up seven double-doubles and stands 39 points shy of 1,000 and one rebound away from 900 for his career.
- Brown becomes the second Cardinal player to claim the conference’s Most Improved award in as many seasons, following Powell’s selection in 2013. He has successfully returned to action after missing all but four games last year due to a hip injury. Reaching double figures in 21 games, Brown is averaging 13.1 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 49.4 percent from the field and 46.1 percent from three-point territory. His slashing, attacking style of play has resulted in an 79.8 percent ledger from the foul line. Brown is also Stanford’s best perimeter defender and draws the assignment of locking down the opponent’s top scorer.