Jan. 16, 2013
Stanford Cardinal (10-7, 1-3 Pac-12)
California Golden Bears (10-6, 2-2 Pac-12)
Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 1:30 p.m.
Stanford, CA Maples Pavilion (7,233)
Series History: California leads 143-114
Last Meeting: California 77, Stanford 71 (March 8, 2012 at Los Angeles, CA)
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, Sideline: Laura McKeeman)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (10-7, 1-3 Pac-12) hosts rival California (10-6, 2-2 Pac-12) at Maples Pavilion on Saturday afternoon in a pivotal matchup of two programs looking to build momentum. The Cardinal and Golden Bears were both projected for top-four conference finishes, but are instead still searching for consistency after the first four games.
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). The game will be televised on FSN with Justin Kutcher (play-by-play), Marques Johnson (analyst) and Laura McKeeman (sideline reporter).
California (10-6, 2-2 Pac-12) is coming off a 67-54 victory over Washington State, earning a split of its homestand after losing 62-47 to Washington ... The Golden Bears are 5-2 away from Haas Pavilion, boosted mostly after capturing the DirecTV Classic tournament title back in November ... California started the year 6-0 but has won back-to-back games only once since that point, with three losses over its last five games ... The Golden Bears were picked third in the Pac-12 preseason media poll, after finishing tied for second place last year at 13-5, falling to South Florida in the NCAA Tournament ... California is averaging 69.3 points, 39.4 rebounds and shooting 45.3 percent. The Golden Bears are shooting 45.3 percent overall but only 30.5 percent from long distance ... Be sure to watch: Allen Crabbe (20.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 48.2 percent FG, team-best 26 three-pointers), Justin Cobbs (14.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 63 assists, 84.4 percent FT) and David Kravish (7.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 25 blocks).
Stanford All-Time vs. California
In a series that dates back to the 1913-14 campaign, California owns a 143-114 edge. The Golden Bears have won six of the last 10 meetings. The rivals matched up three times last year, as the Golden Bears won 69-59 in Berkeley on Jan. 29 while the Cardinal notched a 75-70 triumph in the March 4 regular season finale at Maples Pavilion. California then posted a 77-71 victory in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals four days later.
Notable Career Totals Against California
Dwight Powell has enjoyed success in five career matchups, averaging 9.2 points and 5.2 rebounds while shooting 19-38 (50.0 percent) from the field. That includes a 20 point-effort (7-11 FG, 6-7 FT) in his debut against the Golden Bears back in 2011. Powell has totaled more buckets (19) against California than any other conference opponent. Chasson Randle averaged 14.6 points and 3.6 rebounds over three games last year. Stefan Nastic scored a career-high 11 points in the first of three games last year, thanks to a 7-10 free throw clip.
Upcoming Schedule Notes Saturday's game, televised nationally by FSN, will now also be aired on KICU in the Bay Area. KICU can be found on channel 6 on most cable systems and channel 36 on most satellite systems.
Stanford's Jan. 30 home game against Oregon will now be televised by ESPNU. Originally, the contest was slated to appear on Pac-12 Networks. The game will still tip at 8 p.m.
Stanford's Feb. 6 road game against Arizona has been shifted from ESPN2 to ESPNEWS. The start time remains at 6 p.m. PT.
Takeaways From The Washington Game
C.J. Wilcox scored 27 points while Aziz N'Diaye added 14 points, as Washington held off Stanford 65-60 in a game that featured 10 ties and 15 lead changes ... Both teams produced identical shooting marks in the first half, connecting on 15-29 from the field for 51.7 percent. However, Stanford was just 8-30 (26.7 percent) in the second half compared to Washington's 9-22 (40.9 percent) clip ... Dwight Powell led the Cardinal with 19 points on 7-14 shooting while grabbing five rebounds ... Chasson Randle added 16 points on 7-11 shooting in 28 minutes off the bench. Randle, who has started all but two games in his career, did not start after arriving late to shootaround ... Stanford was unable to connect from beyond the arc, making just 3-17 (1-8 in second half) ... The contest marked Washington's first visit to Maples Pavilion since Jan. 13, 2011, when Stanford notched a 58-56 upset while the Huskies were ranked No. 17/18 ... Stanford has now made at least one three-pointer in 372 consecutive games, dating back to an 0-6 performance against Purdue in the John Wooden Tradition on Nov. 24, 2001.
Rare Uphill Climb In Conference
Stanford has started conference play 1-3 for the first time since 2005, when the Cardinal lost its first three games before beating Arizona. Stanford finished 18-13 overall and placed third in the Pac-12 at 11-7 during that season while qualifying for the NCAA Tournament.
Randle Quietly Producing In Last Three Games
A season of early struggles for Chasson Randle was magnified against USC on Jan. 3, as the sophomore guard was held scoreless for the first time in his career. Since that game, Randle is averaging 16.3 points while shooting 19-38 (50.0 percent) from the field, 5-11 (45.5 percent) from beyond the arc and 6-10 (60.0 percent) from the foul line in a modest three-game stretch.
Allen Delivering From The Line
Rosco Allen has showed plenty of promise this season, averaging 4.2 points and 2.3 rebounds while making seven starts and coming off the bench in nine games. Allen's overall shooting totals are improving after a slow start, but the rookie has displayed a knack for drawing contact and getting to the free throw line. After converting 6-7 attempts from the charity stripe on Jan. 12 against Washington, Allen has totaled almost as many free throw attempts (42) as field goal attempts (49). Allen is 30-42 from the foul line, good for 71.4 percent.
Cardinal Productive From The Charity Stripe
Stanford has been exceptional from the free throw line this season, converting at a 73.6 percent clip that ranks 44th in the country. 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. Against Washington State on Jan. 9, Stanford finished 24-26 from the free throw line to produce the second-best mark in school history. Meanwhile, several players have enjoyed lengthy free throw shooting streaks, including Aaron Bright's current stretch of 24 consecutive made free throws.