Stanford Cardinal (1-1, 0-0 Pac-12)
Northwestern Wildcats (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 • 8 p.m.
Stanford, Calif. • Maples Pavilion (7,233)
Series History: Stanford leads 5-2
Last Meeting: Stanford 70, Northwestern 68 (Dec. 21, 2012 at Evanston, Ill.)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: Scott Reiss, Analyst: John Platz)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Shawn Tuteja, Analysts: Kyle Palmer, Vihan Lakshman)
TV: ESPNU (PBP: Roxy Bernstein, Analyst: Sean Farnham)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (1-1, 0-0 Pac-12) concludes its three-game homestand on Thursday against Northwestern (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten) at 8 p.m. After defeating Bucknell 72-68 in its season opener, the Cardinal dropped a 112-103 shootout to BYU. With a road game at Denver on tap for Sunday, Stanford is navigating through a four-game, 10-day stretch.
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 ESPNU, with Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play) and Sean Farnham (analyst) on the call. KZSU 90.1 FM also provides coverage with Shawn Tuteja, Kyle Palmer and Vihan Lakshman.
Northwestern (1-0) is coming off a 72-55 home victory over Eastern Illinois in its season opener ... Drew Crawford notched a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds while JerShon Cobb contributed nine points and a career-high eight assists ... The Wildcats finished 13-19 overall last year and 4-14 Big Ten competition. The year began with a six-game winning streak and ended with an eight-game losing skid ... Northwestern played short-handed for a large portion of last year but has been boosted by the return of Crawford, Cobb, Sanjay Lumpkin and Chier Ajou ... Led by first-year head coach Chris Collins, Northwestern is seeking its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. Duke graduates Collins (1996) and Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins (1986) were also former assistant coaches with the Blue Devils.
Stanford All-Time Against Northwestern
Stanford owns a 5-2 edge in the all-time series. The teams will be meeting for the sixth time in eight seasons, with Stanford having won four of the last five tilts. Stanford won last year’s meeting in Evanston 70-68, thanks to a late three-pointer from Aaron Bright and double-double from Josh Huestis. Stanford is 3-1 all-time at home in the series, winning the most recent contest 65-59 on Dec. 20, 2008.
Takeaways From The BYU Game
Tyler Haws scored 31 points to lead six players in double digits as BYU pulled away 112-103 ... Stanford connected on 45.9 percent shooting and placed four players in double figures ... Chasson Randle’s career-high 33 points (12-23 FG, 7-9 FT) were the most for a Cardinal player since Landry Fields scored 35 against UCLA back on Feb. 4, 2010 ... Dwight Powell contributed 28 points (10-15 FG, 7-10 FT) and seven rebounds ... BYU shot 53.5 percent from the field overall, thanks mainly to Haws connecting on 10-18 attempts and Matt Carlino adding 26 points on 8-16 shooting. The Cougars made 8-15 from beyond the arc and 28-43 from the foul line ... The Cougars led 54-46 at halftime, used a 19-8 second-half scoring run to take their largest lead at 91-72 and eventually held off a late Cardinal charge ... John Gage scored 12 points in 17 minutes off the bench, knocking down four three-pointers in a game for the third time in his career ... The 215 combined points were the most since since Stanford edged UCLA 116-110 (226 points) in double-overtime on Dec. 23, 1987 ... The 215 combined points were the most in regulation since Dec. 6, 1985, when Stanford defeated Yale 129-108 ... It was the 28th 100-point game in Stanford history ... The 103 points were the most Stanford had scored overall since Jan. 19, 2002: a 105-60 win against Washington ... The 103 points were the most Stanford had scored at home since Dec. 28, 2008: a 111-66 rout of Texas Tech.
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 two games. In both contests, each starter with the exception of Nastic has played at least 32 minutes.