Stanford Cardinal (14-7, 5-4 Pac-12)
California Golden Bears (15-7, 6-3 Pac-12)
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 • 6 p.m.
Berkeley, Calif. • Haas Pavilion (11,877)
Series History: California leads 144-116
Last Meeting: California 69, Stanford 62 (Jan. 2, 2014 at Stanford, Calif.)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: Scott Reiss, Analyst: John Platz)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Dev Bhargava, Analyst: John Treat)
TV: ESPN2 (PBP: Dave Pasch, Analyst: Bill Walton)
The Opening Tip
The second half of conference play has Stanford (14-7, 5-4 Pac-12) visiting California (15-7, 6-3 Pac-12) in a rematch of the Jan. 2 contest won by the Golden Bears. This time around, Wednesday’s matchup represents the start of three straight road games for the Cardinal, which travels to the Washington schools next week.
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 ESPN2, with Dave Pasch (play-by-play) and Bill Walton (analyst) calling the action.
California (15-7, 6-3 Pac-12) split last week’s homestand but the victory was a 60-58 upset of No. 1/1 Arizona on Saturday night ... The upset of Arizona snapped a three-game losing streak. In a game that featured seven ties and six lead changes, Justin Cobbs knocked down the game-winner ... The Golden Bears wrapped up non-conference play at 9-4, collecting a notable win against Arkansas while suffering losses to Syracuse, Dayton and UC Santa Barbara ... California is averaging 75.1 points and 36.9 rebounds per game while shooting 46.3 percent overall. The opposition is averaging 68.5 points and shooting 41.0 percent ... Keep an eye on: Justin Cobbs (15.7 ppg, 81.4 percent FT, 133 assists), David Kravish (11.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 54.1 percent FG, 39 blocks), Richard Solomon (11.6 ppg, 10.6 rpg).
Stanford All-Time Against California
In a series that dates back to the 1913-14 campaign, California owns a 144-116 edge. Stanford has won three of the last five meetings overall, but California claimed a 69-62 on Jan. 2 in the season opener for both teams. The Cardinal swept last year’s season series for the first time since 2008, winning 69-59 at home and 83-70 in Berkeley. Stanford has dropped four of its last five games played at Haas Pavilion.
Notable Career Totals Against California
In eight career matchups, Powell is averaging 11.2 points and 5.8 rebounds while his 90 points against the Golden Bears are the most against any Pac-12 foe. Randle’s offensive production has come over six career games, averaging 15.6 points while his 20 rebounds are the most against any league foe. In three games, Stefan Nastic (5-13 FG, 9-13 FT) has scored more points against Cal (19) than any other Pac-12 club.
At The Turn In Pac-12 Play
Stanford has 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 midway point was a 7-2 Pac-10 ledger in 2008.
Takeaways From The Arizona State Game
Stanford defeated Arizona State 76-70 on Saturday at Maples Pavilion, coming away with a home split and bouncing back from a tough 60-57 loss to No. 1/1 Arizona ... Stanford was fueled by the aggressiveness of Dwight Powell, who matched his season high with 28 points, to go along with five rebounds and five assists. Powell, who scored 17 of his game-high 28 points in the second half, was 10-12 from the foul line ... Chasson Randle also bounced back from a tough shooting night against Arizona, scoring 21 points on 8-14 shooting ... Despite shooting 39.3 percent overall, Stanford owned a 28-12 points in the paint edge, grabbing 15 offensive rebounds to help gain a 15-4 edge in second chance points. Josh Huestis and Anthony Brown led the charge, pulling down nine boards apiece ... Leading 41-36, Stanford embarked on a 14-6 scoring run that resulted in its largest lead of the contest following a three-pointer from Powell to make it 55-42 with 12:14 left ... For the fifth game this year, Stanford received at least 20 points from two players ... Stanford has reached the 70-point plateau in 15 games this year ... The Cardinal is now 6-1 in games following a loss ... Stanford has won seven out of the last 10 overall and three in a row at home against Arizona State ... The Cardinal has made at least one three-pointer in 409 consecutive games dating back to an 0-6 outing against Purdue on Nov. 24, 2001 in the John Wooden Tradition.
Powell’s “Take Over” Mentality
Dwight Powell matched his season high with 28 points against Arizona State, notching his fourth 20-point game of the season and 14th of his career. Powell erupted for 17 of his 28 points in the second half, displaying an explosive side of his game that opponents have seen before. A matchup nightmare for opponents when focused and aggressive, Powell has scored at least 17 points in a half on six occasions during his career. Stanford is 4-2 in those games.
Protecting The Basketball
Stanford, which was forced into only nine turnovers against Arizona State, has committed fewer than 10 miscues in five of its last seven games. During that stretch, the Cardinal boasts a 1.3 assist/turnover ratio and owns a 5-2 record, with the only losses to Arizona and UCLA.
Cardinal Seeing 20/20 For Fifth Time
Dwight Powell (28) and Chasson Randle (21) both reached the 20-point plateau in the victory against Arizona State, signaling the fifth time this year Stanford has received at least 20 points from two players in the same game.