Stanford Cardinal (2-1, 0-0 Pac-12)
Denver Pioneers (0-1, 0-0 Summit League)
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 • 11 a.m. PT
Denver, Colo. • Magness Arena (7,200)
Series History: Stanford leads 8-2
Last Meeting: Stanford 71, Denver 58 (Dec. 2, 2012 at Stanford, CA)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: Scott Reiss)
TV: ROOT SPORTS (PBP: Vic Lombardi, Analyst: Greg Lackey)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (2-1, 0-0 Pac-12) wraps up its four-game, 10-day stretch on Sunday at Denver (0-1, 0-0 Summit). It’s the first road contest of the year for the Cardinal, which defeated Northwestern 71-58 on Thursday to conclude a three-game homestand.
The game can be heard on KNBR 1050 AM, with Scott Reiss handling the play-by-play duties. The contest will be televised on ROOT SPORTS, with Vic Lombardi (play-by-play) and Greg Lackey (analyst) on the call.
Denver (0-1), which lost at California 77-50 on Tuesday, will be playing its home opener ... Transitioning into the Summit League, Denver claimed a share of last year’s WAC championship and matched its school record with 22 victories despite being the eighth-youngest team in the nation ... The Pioneers return 10 players, including their top two scorers, from last year’s squad that went 22-10 overall and won a game in the NIT for its first-ever postseason victory ... Picked to finish second in conference play, Denver returns Preseason All-Summit League First Team member Chris Udofia and Second Team selection Brett Olson.
Stanford All-Time Against Denver
This will be the 11th meeting with Stanford owning an 8-2 record. The Cardinal has won five straight in the series, including a 71-58 victory at Maples Pavilion last December in the most recent meeting. Denver’s two victories both came at home, with its most recent triumph a 77-74 decision back on Dec. 18, 1972. Stanford is 3-2 all-time in Denver.
Cardinal Cashing In At The Foul Line
Stanford is converting at a 72.8 percent clip (59-81) from the foul line while averaging slightly under 20 tries per game. Chasson Randle (19-23, 82.6 percent) is leading the way, but he’s just one of five different players that have already tallied at least 10 free throw attempts. Also cashing in from the charity stripe: Anthony Brown (14-15, 93.3 percent), Dwight Powell (9-15, 60.0 percent), Stefan Nastic (8-12, 66.7 percent) and Aaron Bright (7-10, 70.0 percent). Stanford shot free throws at a 74.3 percent clip last year, good for 35th in the nation and the best mark in school history since the 2005-06 squad made 76.3 percent.
Set Your Alarms, Pre-Pack Your Bags
Stanford will be tipping off at 12 p.m. local time or earlier for the ninth time during head coach Johnny Dawkins’ tenure. The Cardinal has chalked up a 3-5 record in such games. Sunday’s 12 p.m. start is early, but keep in mind the Cardinal still has an 11:30 a.m. start on the docket for its regular season finale against Utah on March 8 at Maples Pavilion.
Takeaways From The Northwestern Game
Josh Huestis scored 18 points to lead four players in double figures as defensive-minded Stanford raced past Northwestern 71-58 on Thursday night at Maples Pavilion ... Chasson Randle (14), Anthony Brown (12) and Stefan Nastic (11) also reached double digits in scoring, as Stanford (2-1) shot 51.1 percent overall. The Cardinal was also 5-10 from the 3-point line and 18-26 from the charity stripe ... The story of the game was a lock-down defensive effort in the second half. Leading 29-27 at halftime, Stanford smothered Northwestern (1-1) over the final 20 minutes, limiting the Wildcats to 33.3 percent shooting and a 2-13 mark to open the period ... It was exactly the type of performance head coach Johnny Dawkins was looking for following Monday’s 112-103 loss to BYU in which the Cougars made 53.5 percent from the floor and scored the most points by an opponent since UCLA’s 114 back in 1977 ... Stanford jumped its lead to double digits at 43-33 following two free throws from Brown at the 11:15 mark of the second half. The Cardinal’s biggest advantage came with just over three minutes to play when a lay-up from Randle increased the margin to 64-46 ... 11 different Cardinal players appeared in the game. Marcus Allen and Schuyler Rimmer made their collegiate debuts while Jack Ryan appeared in his first game since 2012 ... Stanford is now 54-18 against non-conference foes under head coach Johnny Dawkins ... Chasson Randle played less than 30 minutes for only the third time in the last 20 games ... The Cardinal has now made at least one three-pointer in 392 consecutive games, dating back to an 0-6 outing against Purdue in the John Wooden Tradition on Nov. 24, 2001.