Jan. 8, 2013
Stanford Game Notes
Washington State Game Notes
Stanford Cardinal (9-6, 0-2 Pac-12)
Washington State Cougars (9-5, 0-1 Pac-12)
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 7 p.m.
Stanford, CA Maples Pavilion (7,233)
Series History: Stanford leads 69-59
Last Meeting: Washington State 81, Stanford 69 (Jan. 19, 2012 at Pullman, WA)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Andrew Santana, Analyst: Lucas Prokopiak)
TV: P12NET (PBP: Ted Robinson, Analyst: Ernie Kent)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (9-6, 0-2 Pac-12) returns to Maples Pavilion for its longest homestand of the conference season, a three-game stretch that begins Wednesday against Washington State (9-5, 0-1 Pac-12). The Cardinal protected its home court last year during Pac-12 competition, chalking up a 7-2 record.
Wednesday's game can be heard live on KNBR 1050 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com, featuring the chemistry-rich duo of John Platz (play-by-play) and Drew Shiller (analyst). KZSU 90.1 FM also provides coverage. The game will be televised on Pac-12 Networks with Ted Robinson (play-by-play) and Ernie Kent (analyst).
Scouting Washington State
Washington State (9-5, 0-1 Pac-12) will be playing only its second true road game of the year on Thursday. The Cougars lost at Pepperdine in overtime back on Nov. 16 ... The Cougars have won seven of their last 10 games overall, with the only losses coming to Washington, Gonzaga and Texas A&M ... The Cougars were picked 10th in the Pac-12 preseason media poll after finishing tied for eighth last year at 7-11 ... Washington State is averaging 63.9 points, 35.8 rebounds and shooting 43.9 percent overall. The Cougars boast the Pac-12's best defense, allowing only 56.1 points per game ... Keep an eye on: Brock Motum (19.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 49.5 percent FG), DaVonte Lacy (11.6 ppg, team-best 19 three-pointers) and Mike Ladd (9.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 35 assists, 13 steals).
Stanford All-Time vs. Washington State
Stanford holds the edge at 69-59 in a series that dates back to 1916-17. The Cardinal has won six of the last 10 meetings overall. After the previous three seasons resulted in splits, Washington State collected an 81-69 victory in the only meeting between the two schools last year. The matchups have been competitive, with 11 of the last 15 games decided by 10 points or less. The Cougars won the most recent matchup at Maples Pavilion, 61-58 in 2011.
Notable Career Totals Against Washington State
In three career games, Dwight Powell has been effective against Washington State, averaging 10.0 points and 6.7 rebounds while shooting 12-23 (52.1 percent) from the field. Chasson Randle poured in 15 points last year in his debut against Washington State, with all five buckets coming from beyond the arc. Aaron Bright will look to improve upon a 4-24 (16.7 percent) shooting mark in three career games.
Home Sweet Home
Stanford is 74-20 dating back to the start of the 2007-08 campaign that ended in an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. The Cardinal won a school-record 17 home games last year. Stanford has won its last three Pac-12 openers at home, including a 60-59 victory over UCLA last year. The Cardinal has not lost a conference opener at home since the 2009 campaign.
Takeaways From The UCLA Game
Shabazz Muhammad scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half when UCLA pulled away to defeat Stanford 68-60 on Saturday, extending its winning streak to seven games ... Stanford's defense limited UCLA to 12 points under its season average and 41.2 percent shooting. However, the Cardinal scored a season-low 60 points and shot 34.4 percent overall ... UCLA built a 15-point lead with 6:33 remaining, but Stanford scored nine of the next 11 points to close within 57-49 ... Dwight Powell notched his third double-double of the year, matching a career high with 13 rebounds to go along with 17 points (5-10 FG, 6-9 FT) in a season-best 38 minutes ... Chasson Randle's 17 points were his most since a 21-point outing against Northern Iowa back on Nov. 23. Randle was 7-19 from the field and scored 15 of his points after halftime ... John Gage added 10 points and five rebounds in a career-high 27 minutes ... Josh Huestis pulled down 10 boards, representing the sixth time this season he has reached double figures in rebounds. Huestis added seven points on 3-11 shooting ... Stanford entered the game shooting 72.8 percent from the foul line, but converted only 9-16 from the charity stripe compared to UCLA's 23-33 clip ... Stanford has now made at least one three-pointer in 370 consecutive games, dating back to an 0-6 performance against Purdue in the John Wooden Tradition on Nov. 24, 2001.
Time For A Bounce Back
Stanford has demonstrated the ability to bounce back after a tough defeat over the past two seasons, posting a combined 11-5 record (3-2 this year, 8-3 last year) in games following a loss.
Rare Uphill Climb In Conference
The Cardinal has dropped its first two conference games for the first time in seven years. During the 2006 season, Stanford was also swept on the road by the Southern California schools, falling to UCLA (71-54) on Dec. 29 and USC (82-71) on Dec. 31.
Huestis Simply Dominating The Glass
Josh Huestis has developed into one of the Pac-12's premier defensive performers. Huestis, who tallied 10 blocks against Seattle back on Nov. 28, leads the team in that category with 35 and his 2.5 swats per game rank 33rd nationally. Huestis has registered 85 career blocks, tied for 10th in the school record books. Lately, it's been his rebounding that has attracted attention. Huestis grabbed 10 boards in Stanford's loss at UCLA, representing the fourth consecutive game in which he has registered a double-figure rebounding total.
A Solid Five-Game Stretch For Gage
While several players are mired in cold-shooting slumps, John Gage has contributed offensively over the last five games. Gage is averaging 7.6 points during that stretch, while shooting 11-21 (52.4 percent) from the field, 8-15 (53.3 percent) from three-point territory and 8-10 (80.0 percent) from the foul line. He has also been effective on the glass, averaging 3.2 rebounds.