Stanford Cardinal (8-3, 0-0 Pac-12)
Cal Poly Mustangs (4-7, 0-0 Big West)
Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 • 4 p.m. PT
Stanford, Calif. • Maples Pavilion (7,233)
Series History: Stanford leads 5-1
Last Meeting: Stanford 70, Cal Poly 53 (Nov. 15, 2009 at Stanford, Calif.)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: Scott Reiss, Analyst: John Platz)
TV: P12NET (PBP: JB Long, Analyst: Jarron Collins)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (8-3) wraps up non-conference play on Sunday, Dec. 29, at 4 p.m., hosting Cal Poly (4-7) at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal has been idle since dropping a hard-fought 68-65 loss to Michigan in the nightcap of the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational at the Barclays Center. After its matchup against the Mustangs, the Cardinal opens Pac-12 play four days later against California.
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.
Scouting Cal Poly
Cal Poly (4-7) has alternated back-to-back wins and losses over its last eight games. The Mustangs are coming off road setbacks against Loyola Marymount and Pittsburgh ... The Mustangs, who travel to Delaware on Jan. 4 for their final non-conference contest, have already suffered road losses to Pac-12 squads Arizona (73-62) and Oregon (82-61) ... Cal Poly is averaging 64.5 points while shooting 42.7 percent overall but only 28.9 from long distance and 66.7 from the foul line. Opponents are averaging 62.5 points ... Be sure to watch: Chris Eversley (13.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg), Dave Nwaba (12.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 64.6 percent FG, 18 steals), Kyle Odister (9.4 ppg, 15 assists, team-best 24 three-pointers) ... Cal Poly finished 18-14 last year, upsetting UCLA on the road and earning a CIT bid.
Stanford All-Time Against Cal Poly
Stanford owns a 5-1 advantage in the all-time series. Cal Poly posted a 79-61 win in the first meeting back on Nov. 27, 1976, but Stanford has since won five in a row. All of the previous six matchups have taken place at Maples Pavilion. The teams last hooked up on Nov. 15, 2009, when the Cardinal posted a 70-53 victory in its home opener.
Randle Named Pac-12 Player of the Week
Chasson Randle was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for Dec. 16-22, playing a key role in helping Stanford earn a split of its challenging East Coast road swing, which began with a 53-51 upset of No. 10 Connecticut and ended with a hard-fought 68-65 loss to Michigan in Brooklyn. It’s the first career honor for Randle and first for a Cardinal player since Josh Huestis (Feb. 2013). Randle’s Pac-12 honor is the first for a Cardinal player during non-conference play since Matt Lottich garnered recognition on Dec. 22, 2003. Randle averaged 20.0 points, shooting 46.1 percent overall and 85.7 percent from the foul line.Randle played 40 minutes in both games, becoming the first Cardinal player since Landry Fields in February of 2010 to log at least 40 minutes in back-to-back contests. Against Connecticut, Randle scored a game-high 22 points as Stanford erased a 13-point deficit in the second half. He knocked down four of the Cardinal’s six three-pointers, as Stanford snapped Connecticut’s 54-game winning streak against non-conference foes. Three days later against Michigan, Randle scored a team-best 18 points and nearly rallied the Cardinal from a 10-point deficit late in the second half. Randle did the bulk of his damage from the free throw line (10-11) while his potential game-tying three-pointer fell just short.
Takeaways From The Michigan Game
Stanford nearly erased another double-digit second-half deficit before falling to Michigan 68-65 in the nightcap of the Brooklyn Holiday Hoops Invitational at the Barclays Center ... Chasson Randle scored a team-high 18 points, all in the second half. He finished 4-10 from the field but was 10-11 from the charity stripe ... Michigan built its largest lead at 56-46 with 7:32 to go. The Cardinal cut the deficit to two points three times in the final three minutes. A three-point play from Randle brought Stanford within 66-65 with nine seconds left before two Wolverine free throws ... Stefan Nastic matched his career high with 14 points (5-6 FG, 4-5 FT) before fouling out. His presence in the middle helped put all three of Michigan’s post players in foul trouble ... For the first time in four games, Stanford notched fewer assists (9) than turnovers (12). Conversely, Michigan totaled 16 assists and eight turnovers ... Stanford received only seven points from its bench, three days after its reserves were held scoreless against Connecticut ... Stanford and Michigan were meeting for the first time since a 59-52 Cardinal victory back on Dec. 29, 1959 at the Pacific Coast Tournament in Los Angeles, Calif ... The Cardinal has now made at least one three-pointer in 399 consecutive games, dating back to an 0-6 outing against Purdue in the John Wooden Tradition on Nov. 24, 2001.
Stanford traveled 14,591 miles during non-conference play. After playing its first true road game at Denver (2,584 miles round trip) on Nov. 17, the Cardinal embarked on the first of two trips to Brooklyn (5,896 miles round trip) one week later. Two weeks ago, Stanford flew to Hartford (3,043 miles one-way) before facing Connecticut and arrived in Brooklyn (120 miles one-way) via bus the following day. Stanford’s final leg home from Brooklyn (2,948 miles one-way) last Sunday completed arguably one of the more grueling non-league road swings in Division I.
Bright Is Latest Injury Casualty
Three players are out for the year, with Aaron Bright (dislocated right shoulder) the most recent addition to a list that already includes Andy Brown (torn right ACL) and Christian Sanders (hip). Bright, who will undergo season-ending surgery later this week, is completing coursework toward an undergraduate degree in science, technology and society and is expected to graduate in June. The MVP of Stanford’s 2012 Postseason NIT championship run, Bright averaged 8.7 points and 3.0 assists in 105 career games while his 316 career assists rank 10th in school history. Meanwhile, Rosco Allen (stress fracture) is expected back for the Pac-12 opener.
Offense Has Been Clicking
Stanford has excelled offensively through the first 11 games, reaching the 70-point plateau seven times. It’s a sharp contrast to last year’s early-season struggles. Also, the Cardinal is ranked 37th nationally in field goal percentage and 15th in three-point field goal percentage.
Starting Five Has Been Impressive
Head coach Johnny Dawkins has employed a starting lineup of Chasson Randle, Anthony Brown, Josh Huestis, Dwight Powell and Stefan Nastic in all 11 games. It’s easy to see why, as Stanford boasts an experienced starting five that is capable of reaching double digits every time out. All four starters with the exception of Nastic (7.7 ppg) are averaging double-figure scoring. That being said, the Cardinal must find a way to jump-start its bench.