Stanford Cardinal (13-7, 4-4 Pac-12)
Arizona State Sun Devils (16-5, 5-3 Pac-12)
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 • 1 p.m.
Stanford, Calif. • Maples Pavilion (7,233)
Series History: Stanford leads 44-31
Last Meeting: Arizona State 89, Stanford 88 - OT (March 13, 2013 at Las Vegas, Nev.)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: Scott Reiss, Analyst: John Platz)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Dev Bhargava, Analyst: John Treat)
TV: P12NET (PBP: JB Long, Analyst: Jarron Collins)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (13-7, 4-4 Pac-12) and Arizona State (16-5, 5-3 Pac-12) clash in a pivotal mid-season conference game on Saturday afternoon at Maples Pavilion. Stanford is looking to turn the page following Wednesday’s near-upset of No. 1/1 Arizona, in which the Cardinal was edged 60-57.
The game can be heard on KNBR 1050 AM, featuring the insightful duo of Scott Reiss (play-by-play) and John Platz (analyst). KZSU 90.1 FM provides coverage with Dev Bhargava (play-by-play) and John Treat (analyst). The contest will be televised on Pac-12 Networks, with JB Long (play-by-play) and Jarron Collins (analyst).
Scouting Arizona State
Arizona State (16-5, 5-3 Pac-12) has won three in a row and five of its last seven overall ... Arizona State defeated California 89-78 in overtime on Wednesday, holding on despite blowing a 16-point lead in the second half and receiving 29 points from Jahii Carson ... The Sun Devils average 77.2 points while shooting 47.0 percent overall but only 69.6 percent from the foul line. The defense has been solid, opponents are averaging 66.4 points while shooting only 40.8 percent overall and 30.3 percent from long range ... Be sure to watch: Jahii Carson (18.9 ppg, 42.4 percent 3FG, 98 assists), Jermaine Marshall (15.0 ppg, 48.8 percent FG), Jordan Bachynski (11.6 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 89 blocks).
Stanford All-Time vs. Arizona State
Stanford holds a 44-31 edge over Arizona State in the all-time series, which originated in 1957. The Cardinal, which has won seven of the last 10 meetings, had its six-game winning streak snapped when the Sun Devils prevailed 89-88 in overtime last March in the opening round of the Pac-12 Tournament. Stanford won last year’s only regular-season meeting, defeating Arizona State 62-59 in Tempe.
Notable Career Totals Against Arizona State
In six appearances, Dwight Powell is averaging 12.0 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 28-58 (48.3 percent) overall. In four career games, Chasson Randle is averaging 13.0 points while shooting 16-39 (41.0 percent). Much of that damage was done in the 2012 Pac-12 Tournament, when Randle exploded for 30 points (27 in a record-setting first half). Josh Huestis (7.6 ppg, 18-28 FG, six games) and John Gage (6.8 ppg, 13-24 FG, five games) have also enjoyed offensive success.
Coaches To Participate In Autism Awareness Day
Head coach Johnny Dawkins is one of nearly 100 men’s basketball coaches throughout the country that will be wearing the “Autism Speaks” pin on his suit jacket today. Towson’s Pat Skerry and Marshall’s Tom Herrion, each who have sons on the autism spectrum, have started a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about this disease.
Takeaways From The Arizona Game
In front of an electric sellout crowd, Stanford gave No. 1/1 Arizona all it could handle before the Wildcats survived a Chasson Randle three-point try and escaped with a 60-57 victory ... Arizona received a clutch three-pointer from Nick Johnson with 51 seconds remaining to move in front 58-55. Johnson scored a game-high 16 points ... Josh Huestis posted his fifth double-double of the year, finishing with 13 points and 11 rebounds while Dwight Powell scored 13 points. Stefan Nastic added 10 points ... Stanford limited Arizona to its lowest point total of the year while allowing 36.0 percent shooting. The Cardinal never fell behind by more than five points and held a seven-point advantage on two occasions, the final instance coming at 49-42 with 13:15 left to go ... However, the Cardinal was victimized by a second-half scoring drought that lasted nearly 10 minutes. After a jumper from Huestis put Stanford in front 53-49 at the 10:03 mark, the next bucket didn’t come until a layup from Powell with 1:21 remaining ... For the first time in 11 games, Stanford lost a game when leading at halftime ... Chasson Randle, who entered the game averaging 19.2 points, was limited to just 12 points on 3-15 shooting overall. Randle played 40 minutes for the third time this season ... The Cardinal was limited to under 40.0 percent shooting for only the third time this year ... Stanford is now 4-8 against No. 1 teams over the last four decades and 4-26 overall. The Cardinal was looking for its first win against a No. 1 team since defeating Kansas 64-58 on Dec. 6, 2003 in Anaheim, Calif., at the John Wooden Classic. Stanford was hosting its first No. 1 team since March 1, 2003, a 72-69 win over Arizona ... Stanford finished with five assists, its fewest since dishing out three in a 58-56 win over Washington on Jan. 13, 2011 ... 14 of the last 20 games in the series have been decided by 10 points or less.
Coming Up On The Turn
With a victory on Saturday, Stanford will have posted a 5-4 record at the turn in Pac-12 play for the third straight season. The Cardinal’s previous best mark at the conference midway point was a 7-2 ledger in 2008.