Stanford Cardinal (10-5, 1-2 Pac-12)
Washington State Cougars (8-8, 1-3 Pac-12)
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 • 7 p.m.
Stanford, Calif. • Maples Pavilion (7,233)
Series History: Stanford leads 70-59
Last Meeting: Stanford 78, Washington State 67 (Jan. 9, 2013 at Stanford, Calif.)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: Scott Reiss, Analyst: John Platz)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Shawn Tuteja, Analysts: Kyle Palmer, Vihan Lakshman)
TV: P12NET (PBP: Ted Robinson, Analyst: Ernie Kent)
The Opening Tip
Fresh off its second road win over a top-25 opponent, Stanford (10-5, 1-2 Pac-12) looks to build on that momentum Wednesday against Washington State (8-8, 1-3 Pac-12) at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal begins a welcomed stretch that features four of its next six games on The Farm.
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 Network, with Ted Robinson (play-by-play) and Ernie Kent (analyst) on the call. KZSU 90.1 FM also provides coverage with Shawn Tuteja, Kyle Palmer and Vihan Lakshman.
Scouting Washington State
Washington State (8-8, 1-3 Pac-12) opened Pac-12 play with three straight losses before collecting a 49-46 victory over Utah on Sunday ... The Cougars, who play four of their next seven away from home, have not won back-to-back games since mid-December ... Washington State completed non-conference play with a 7-5 record. The Cougars tallied notable wins over Purdue and Pepperdine ... Be sure to watch: Que Johnson (9.4 ppg, 24 three-pointers), Royce Woolridge (9.4 ppg, 50 assists), D.J. Shelton (7.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 76.5 percent FT).
Stanford All-Time vs. Washington State
Stanford holds the edge at 70-59 in a series that dates back to 1916-17. The Cardinal has won six of the last 10 meetings overall. Stanford and Washington State have matched up only twice in the last two years, with the Cougars winning 81-69 in Pullman (2012) and the Cardinal prevailing 78-67 at Maples Pavilion (2013).
Notable Career Totals Against Washington State
In four career games, Dwight Powell has been effective against Washington State, averaging 11.5 points and 7.7 rebounds while shooting 16-30 (53.3 percent) from the field. Anthony Brown (three games) and Chasson Randle (two games) have both totaled 31 points, with Brown shooting 11-25 and Randle 10-19.
No Other Team Can Boast This
With victories at No. 10/10 Connecticut (53-51) and No. 17/13 Oregon (82-80), Stanford is the only team in the nation with a pair of true road wins against top-25 opponents. Also, Stanford has now registered two road victories against top-25 opponents for the first time since 2002, when the Cardinal won at No. 13/13 UCLA and No. 14/14 Arizona.
Takeaways From The Oregon Game
Anthony Brown scored a career-high 24 points and Chasson Randle added 23 as Stanford knocked off No. 17/13 Oregon for its second true road win over a top-25 team this year ... The Cardinal’s last road win over a top-25 team in conference play was a 74-64 victory at No. 21/21 Arizona State on March 5, 2009 ... After a 1-10 outing at Oregon State on Thursday, Anthony Brown knocked down his first seven shots on the way to a 10-12 performance ... On an afternoon where Josh Huestis (0-7, 7 rebounds) and Stefan Nastic (1-3, 4 points, fouled out) struggled inside, Dwight Powell picked up the slack by chipping in with 14 points, six assists and five rebounds for Stanford ... Chasson Randle registered his seventh 20-point game of the year and 17th of his career. He has scored in double figures in all but one game this year ... The Cardinal grabbed the lead with four minutes left in the first half and held it the rest of the way. The Ducks missed a chance to tie on the game’s final possession ... Stanford shot 52.6 percent overall and 6-14 from three-point territory while owning a 32-26 rebounding edge. The Cardinal dished out 16 assists and forced 15 turnovers ... Stefan Nastic is shooting 15-21 (71.4 percent) overall and 13-15 (86.7 percent) from the field over his last four games ... For the fourth time this year, Stanford received at least 20 points from two players ... John Gage has made seven of his last eight shots from beyond the arc ... The Cardinal has made at least one three-pointer in 403 consecutive games dating back to an 0-6 outing against Purdue on Nov. 24, 2001 in the John Wooden Tradition.
Finally, Some Production From Bench...
Head coach Johnny Dawkins has employed a starting lineup of Chasson Randle, Anthony Brown, Josh Huestis, Dwight Powell and Stefan Nastic in all 15 games. Every member of the experienced starting five, which has accounted for 86.7 percent of Stanford’s overall scoring, is averaging double figures with the exception of Nastic (8.5 ppg). It’s been no secret that the bench must provide a lift. That was exactly the case in Sunday’s upset of Oregon. The Cardinal’s reserves accounted for 16 points, nearly matching the team’s total (21) over the last five games combined. Leading the charge were John Gage (nine points, 3-4 3FG) and Robbie Lemons (five points, snapped 1-11 skid over last seven games).
...But Here’s The Primary Reason
Why the lack of bench production? Stanford has been decimated by injuries to key players that were significant contributors at this time last year. Three players have missed the entire season, with Aaron Bright (dislocated right shoulder) the most recent addition to a list that already included Andy Brown (torn right ACL) and Christian Sanders (hip). Meanwhile, Rosco Allen (stress fracture) returned against Cal Poly on Dec. 29 but has since suffered a setback.