Stanford Cardinal (16-8, 7-5 Pac-12)
USC Trojans (10-15, 1-11 Pac-12)
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 • 8 p.m.
Stanford, Calif. • Maples Pavilion (7,233)
Series History: USC leads 123-121
Last Meeting: Stanford 79, USC 71 - OT (Jan. 26, 2014 at Los Angeles, Calif.)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: Scott Reiss, Analyst: John Platz)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Shawn Tuteja, Analyst: John Treat)
TV: P12NET (PBP: JB Long, Analyst: Don MacLean)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (16-8, 7-5 Pac-12) is back at Maples Pavilion for four of its final six games, beginning the stretch on Thursday against USC (10-15, 1-11 Pac-12). The Cardinal is coming off another road split, defeating Washington State 69-56 on Saturday. There are three weeks remaining before the Pac-12 Tournament gets underway.
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 Shawn Tuteja (play-by-play) and John Treat (analyst). The contest will be televised on Pac-12 Networks, with JB Long (play-by-play) and Don MacLean (analyst) calling the action.
USC (10-15, 1-11 Pac-12) has lost six in a row, winning once since December. The Trojans’ only conference victory was a 77-69 home victory at California last month ... Only one of USC’s last six losses has been decided by more than 10 points ... The Trojans compiled a 9-5 record during non-conference play, posting notable wins over Xavier and Dayton ... USC is averaging 71.8 points and 38.0 rebounds while shooting 44.6 percent overall ... The Trojans allow 75.6 points and shoot a league-worst 29.4 percent from distance ... Keep an eye on: Byron Wesley (17.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 45.7 percent FG), Pe’Shon Howard (10.4 ppg, 73.0 percent FT, 103 assists, 37 steals), Omar Oraby (8.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 58 blocks).
Stanford All-Time vs. USC
USC leads the all-time series at 123-121. The last five meetings have been split, with Stanford claiming a 79-71 overtime victory in Los Angeles last month. USC swept last year’s series, prevailing 71-69 at the Galen Center and 65-64 at Maples Pavilion. Stanford is looking to sweep the season series for the first time since in 2012.
Notable Career Totals Against USC
Josh Huestis is averaging 9.8 points and 5.7 rebounds while shooting 26-49 (53.0 percent) from the field in seven games. His 69 total points against USC are his most against any Pac-12 club. Also in seven appearances, Dwight Powell has totaled nearly as many rebounds (51) than points (52) while averaging 7.4 points. Chasson Randle (11.4 ppg, 20-52 FG) and Anthony Brown (7.4 ppg, 13-40 FG) have each played five games against USC.
Takeaways From The Washington State Game
Anthony Brown scored a career-high 30 points, fueling Stanford past Washington State 69-56 on Saturday afternoon to sweep the season series for the first time since 2008 ... Brown scored 20 of his points in the first half, becoming the first player to reach that total since Dec. 15, 2012, when Dwight Powell scored all 20 second-half points against UC Davis ... Stanford led throughout the entire game, racing out to a 39-24 halftime lead and shooting 43.9 percent overall. The Cardinal shot 63.2 percent over the game’s first 20 minutes ... The Cardinal converted 27-36 from the foul line, led by Brown’s 10-11 performance ... Chasson Randle added 14 points for Stanford, which earned its third conference road split and improved to 7-1 in games following a loss ... Stanford won despite season-low totals in field goals (18) and field goal attempts (41) ... Washington State was limited to 31.4 percent shooting and made 9-29 from long range.
Pac-12’s Best Road Team Is Resilient
Two reasons why Stanford is projected as an NCAA Tournament team? First, the Cardinal has shown resiliency, posting a 7-1 record in games following a loss. That’s been most evident in Pac-12 play, where the Cardinal has won the second game of a road trip after losing the first on three occasions. It’s the first time any Cardinal team has accomplished that since Pac-10 play debuted in 1979. Second, it helps to have the best road record in the Pac-12. Stanford is 6-3 overall (4-3 in conference games, plus victories at Denver and No. 10/10 Connecticut).
Huestis On Verge Of Career Blocks Record
A strong candidate for Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Josh Huestis is averaging 10.8 points and a team-best 8.1 rebounds. But he’s also looking to make history. Huestis is sitting on 166 career blocks, two away from becoming Stanford’s all-time leader. The current record of 167 is held by Tim Young (1994-99). A few tidbits on Huestis’ quest for the record:
Six of Huestis’ 166 career blocks have come against USC over seven career games ... Huestis has done his damage in essentially three years, totaling 45 blocks this year after 71 as a junior and 43 as a sophomore. Huestis blocked only seven shots as a freshman ... At 6-7, Huestis is almost half a foot shorter than seven-footers Tim Young (167 - 1st), Robin Lopez (156 - 3rd) and Curtis Borchardt (146 - 4th) ... Huestis has blocked at least four shots in a game on 10 occasions, including a career-high 10 rejections against Seattle on Nov. 28, 2012 ... Only three players boast career marks of at least 500 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks: Huestis (877, 734, 166), Tim Young (1544, 1070, 167) and Howard Wright (1599, 860, 121).
Brown Latest To Cash In At Charity Stripe
Anthony Brown became the third Cardinal player this year to attempt at least 10 free throws in a game when he finished 10-11 from the foul line against Washington State. Dwight Powell (five times) and Randle (three times) have also accomplished the feat. Stanford is shooting 70.7 percent from the charity stripe while averaging 24.9 attempts per game.
Protecting The Basketball
Stanford was forced into 12 turnovers in the victory against Washington State, representing the first time in five games the Cardinal had committed more than nine miscues. Stanford has tallied 264 overall, ranking 31st in the nation for fewest turnovers.