Stanford Cardinal (17-8, 8-5 Pac-12)
No. 23/25 UCLA Bruins (21-5, 10-3 Pac-12)
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 • 3 p.m.
Stanford, Calif. • Maples Pavilion (7,233)
Series History: UCLA leads 139-91
Last Meeting: UCLA 91, Stanford 74 (Jan. 23, 2014 at Los Angeles, Calif.)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: Scott Reiss, Analyst: John Platz)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Kyle Palmer, Analyst: John Treat)
TV: ESPN2 (PBP: Dave Flemming, Analyst: Sean Farnham)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (17-8, 8-5 Pac-12) welcomes No. 23/25 UCLA (21-5, 10-3 Pac-12) to Maples Pavilion on Saturday at 3 p.m. The Cardinal has won eight of its last 11, including an 80-59 rout of USC on Thursday night. Stanford has the benefit of playing three of its final five games at home.
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 Kyle Palmer (play-by-play) and John Treat (analyst). The contest will be televised on ESPN2, with Dave Flemming (play-by-play) and Sean Farnham (analyst) on the call.
Scouting No. 23/25 UCLA
Back in the national rankings, UCLA (21-5, 10-3 Pac-12) is coming off an 86-66 rout of California on Wednesday night in Berkeley. The Bruins have won seven of eight overall ... The Bruins won their first eight games of the year and finished non-conference play with an 11-2 mark, with the losses coming to Missouri and Duke ... UCLA is averaging 83.2 points while shooting 49.7 percent overall, while leading the conference in assists (17.6) and steals (10.0) per game, along with turnover margin (+4.4). Opponents are averaging 70.0 ppg and converting at a 42.1 percent clip ... Be sure to watch: Jordan Adams (17.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 83.3 percent FT, 78 steals), Kyle Anderson (15.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 6.8 apg), Zach LeVine (10.4 ppg, 42.6 percent 3FG).
Stanford All-Time vs. UCLA
UCLA owns a 139-91 edge in the series, which dates back to the 1924-25 campaign. The Bruins have won eight of the last 10, including a 91-74 home victory over the Cardinal last month. UCLA completed a sweep of last year’s series with a 68-60 victory at Pauley Pavilion and an 88-80 triumph at Maples Pavilion. Stanford’s most recent victory against UCLA was a 60-59 home decision on Dec. 29, 2011.
Notable Career Totals Against UCLA
UCLA has had a difficult time containing Dwight Powell, who is averaging 11.1 points and 7.6 rebounds while shooting 26-59 (44.0 percent) over seven games, including a 17-point, 13-rebound outing last month at Pauley Pavilion. Chasson Randle has totaled 78 points against the Bruins in five games despite shooting 25-74 (33.7 percent). Anthony Brown is averaging 9.8 points in five games.
Looking For A Third Top-25 Victory
Stanford has already notched two victories over top-25 squads this year, winning road games at No. 10/10 Connecticut (53-51 on Dec. 18) and No. 17/13 Oregon (82-80 on Jan. 12). The Cardinal also suffered a 60-57 home loss to No. 1 Arizona on Jan. 29. Three victories over ranked opponents would be the most for Stanford since the 2007-08 campaign, when the NCAA Sweet 16-bound Cardinal knocked off six top-25 clubs. Stanford owns a 6-14 record all-time against top-25 teams under head coach Johnny Dawkins.
Takeaways From The USC Game
Josh Huestis notched his sixth double-double of the year and became the leading shot-blocker in school history as Stanford coasted past USC 80-59 on Thursday night ... Stanford converted just 28.6 percent in the first half before connecting on 52.9 percent over the final 20 minutes to put the game out of reach ... Chasson Randle poured in a game-high 18 points (4-15 FG, 10-10 FT) ... Stanford improved to 10-3 at home, reaching the 10-win mark at Maples Pavilion for the 21st consecutive season ... USC committed 18 turnovers and was held to 36.2 percent shooting. The Trojans were whistled for 29 fouls, the most by an opponent since Fresno State’s 30 on Nov. 14, 2011 ... The Cardinal built a 32-23 halftime lead, owned a 45-40 rebounding edge and committed only seven turnovers ... Stanford improved to 13-2 when leading at halftime.
Huestis Owns Stanford’s Career Block Record
In addition to scoring 11 points and grabbing a career-high 18 rebounds against USC, Huestis tallied three blocks to increase his career total to 169 and surpass the previous school record of 167 established by Tim Young (1994-99). Huestis’ record-breaking block came at the 18:08 mark of the second half, swatting a layup attempt from Strahinja Gavrilovic. Other notes:
All three of Huestis’ blocks in the game came against Gavrilovic ... Nine of Huestis’ 169 blocks have come against USC spanning eight career games ... Huestis has done his damage in essentially three years, totaling 48 blocks this year after 71 as a junior and 43 as a sophomore. He blocked only seven shots as a freshman ... At 6-7, Huestis is almost half an foot shorter than seven-footers Tim Young (167 - 2nd), 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 (888, 752, 169), Tim Young (1544, 1070, 167) and Howard Wright (1599, 860, 121).
Cashing In From The Charity Stripe, Part 1
Stanford has attempted 36 free throws in back-to-back games, with Thursday’s 22-36 outing against USC following a 27-36 performance at Washington State last Saturday. Throw in a 28-35 effort against California two weeks ago, and Stanford has attempted at least 35 freebies in three of its last four contests. Stanford is shooting 70.2 percent from the charity stripe while averaging 25.4 attempts per game.
Cashing In From The Charity Stripe, Part 2
For the seventh time this year, a Stanford player made at least 10 free throws in a game. Chasson Randle (10-10 against USC) and Dwight Powell have each accomplished the feat three times while Anthony Brown has done it once.
Protecting The Basketball
Stanford has committed fewer than 10 turnovers in eight of the last 11 games. The Cardinal has tallied 271 miscues overall, ranking 27th in the nation for fewest turnovers.
Pac-12’s Best Road Team Is Also 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 a share of the best road record among Pac-12 clubs. Stanford is 6-3 overall (4-3 in conference games, plus victories at Denver and No. 10/10 Connecticut) away from home while Arizona was 6-2 entering Saturday’s game at Colorado.
Starters Account For 86.4 Percent Of Scoring...
Head coach Johnny Dawkins has employed a starting lineup of Chasson Randle, Anthony Brown, Josh Huestis, Dwight Powell and Stefan Nastic in all 25 games. Every member of the experienced starting five, which has accounted for 86.4 percent of Stanford’s overall scoring, is averaging double figures with the exception of Nastic (7.5 ppg). Stanford has received less than 10 points from its bench in 14 games this year.
...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.