Jan. 11, 2013
Stanford Cardinal (10-6, 1-2 Pac-12)
Washington Huskies (10-5, 2-0 Pac-12)
Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 8 p.m.
Stanford, CA Maples Pavilion (7,233)
Series History: Stanford leads 70-67
Last Meeting: Washington 76, Stanford 63 (Jan. 21, 2012 at Seattle, WA)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Andrew Santana, Analyst: Lucas Prokopiak)
TV: FSN (PBP: Justin Kutcher, Analyst: Marques Johnson)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (10-6, 1-2 Pac-12) continues its three-game homestand on Saturday, hosting Washington (10-5, 2-0 Pac-12) at Maples Pavilion. After getting swept by the Southern California schools last week, Stanford rebounded with a 78-67 win three days ago versus Washington State. It was the Cardinal's fourth straight win in a Pac-12 home opener.
Saturday'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 FSN with Justin Kutcher (play-by-play) and Marques Johnson (analyst).
Washington (10-5, 2-0 Pac-12) is coming off a 62-47 victory at California earlier this week ... Despite shooting 36.8 percent, the Huskies held a commanding 48-33 rebounding edge ... The Huskies, who are 3-1 on the road and will be playing their fourth consecutive away game on Saturday, have won eight of their last 10 games ... Washington was picked fifth in the Pac-12 preseason media poll. The Huskies captured last year's regular season conference title, compiling a 14-4 mark ... Washington is averaging 70.1 points, 36.7 rebounds and shooting 44.5 percent. However, the Huskies are surrendering a Pac-12-worst 41.7 percent shooting mark to opponents ... Look out for: C.J. Wilcox (18.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 46.2 percent FG, team-best 38 three-pointers), Abdul Gaddy (12.3 ppg, 57 assists, 10 steals), Aziz N'Diaye (11.1 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 63.6 percent FG).
Stanford All-Time vs. Washington
Stanford owns a 70-67 advantage in the all-time series, which dates back to the 1915-16 campaign. The Huskies have won eight of the last 10 meetings. Stanford is just 1-8 against Washington under head coach Johnny Dawkins, although the only victory was a memorable one back on Jan. 13, 2011, when the Huskies were ranked No. 17/18. Washington will be making its first trip to Maples Pavilion since that game.
Notable Career Totals Against Washington
Dwight Powell has averaged 8.0 points and 5.3 rebounds in three career contests and connected on 7-16 (43.8 percent) from the field. Included in those numbers was an 11-point, seven-rebound outing in 33 minutes during Stanford's upset win two years ago. Aaron Bright is averaging 6.7 points in three games, although his three assists are the fewest against any Pac-12 opponent.
Washington's Most Recent Visit To Maples
Two years have passed since Washington's last visit to Maples Pavilion, but the contest represented one of the most memorable victories of head coach Johnny Dawkins' tenure. Back on Jan. 13, 2011, Stanford rallied for a 58-56 upset of No. 17/18 Washington, which had won the previous six meetings. Washington's calling card entering the game had been a high-octane offense that was averaging 88.9 points per game while shooting 49.1 percent overall. Stanford's early-season success that year was due to a stingy defense allowing only 60.0 points per game to rank among the top-25 in the nation. In a classic "offense vs. defense" battle, Stanford prevailed when Josh Owens scored the go-ahead bucket with 29 seconds left. Not only did the Cardinal hold the Huskies nearly 30 points below their average, but Washington's 56 points and 36.2 percent shooting were season-lows.
Takeaways From The Washington State Game
Aaron Bright scored a season-high 21 points (5-7 FG, 3-4 3FG, 8-8 FT), fueling a 20-4 run that spanned five minutes to put Stanford in control en route to a 78-67 victory ... Dwight Powell notched his fourth double-double of the year, finishing with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Powell was 8-8 from the foul line and added three assists and four blocks ... In four career games against Washington State, Dwight Powell is averaging 11.5 points and 7.8 rebounds while shooting 16-30 (53.3 percent) ... Chasson Randle added 16 points (5-8 FG, 2-3 3FG, 4-4 FT), scoring in double figures for the second straight game and 12th overall ... Josh Huestis pulled down seven rebounds, snapping a streak of four consecutive games of 10+ rebounding. Prior to Huestis, the last Cardinal player to record four 10+ rebounding games in a row was Brook Lopez in March of 2008 ... Stanford shot 52.3 percent overall, connected on 8-12 attempts from beyond the arc and made 24-26 from the foul line, including its first 24 attempts. It was only the second time this year in which the Cardinal shot above 50.0 percent ... The Cardinal held a 35-27 edge on the glass, outrebounding its opponent for the 10th time this year ... Stanford has not lost a conference home opener since 2009 ... Stanford has now made at least one three-pointer in 371 consecutive games, dating back to an 0-6 performance against Purdue in the John Wooden Tradition on Nov. 24, 2001.
Cardinal Productive From The Charity Stripe
Stanford's 24-26 performance from the free throw line against Washington State ranks as the second-best mark in school history. The Cardinal knocked down its first 24 attempts before Andy Brown misfired on his two tries with 25 seconds left. The exceptional free throw shooting has been there all season for Stanford, which has converted at a 73.4 percent clip to rank fourth in the Pac-12. Only once in the last six years has Stanford finished the season making at least 70.0 percent or better, and that came in 2008-09 when the Cardinal was slightly over the mark at 70.5 percent.
Sharp Shooting The Difference
Stanford connected at 52.3 percent from the field during Wednesday's 78-67 victory over Washington State, representing only the second time this year the Cardinal has shot at least 50.0 percent in a game. The Cardinal converted at a season-high 53.3 percent in a 71-58 win over Denver back on Dec. 2. Stanford shot at least 50.0 percent in game 11 times last year.
Home Sweet Home
Stanford is 75-20 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.