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Stanford Cardinal (16-12, 7-8 Pac-12)
Colorado Buffaloes (18-8, 8-6 Pac-12)
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 8 p.m.
Stanford, CA Maples Pavilion (7,233)
Series History: Stanford leads 9-4
Last Meeting: Colorado 75, Stanford 54 (Jan. 24, 2013 at Boulder, CO)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Andrew Santana, Analyst: Vihan Lakshman)
TV: ESPN2 (PBP: Dave Pasch, Analyst: Bill Walton)
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The Opening Tip
Stanford (16-12, 7-8 Pac-12) prepares for its final homestand of the season, hosting Colorado (18-8, 8-6 Pac-12) on Wednesday at 8 p.m. The Cardinal has three games left to improve its seeding for the Pac-12 Tournament, which gets underway in two weeks. Stanford is looking to avoid its first three-game losing streak at home since 2010.
Wednesday's game can be heard live on KNBR 1050 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com, featuring the insightful tandem of John Platz (play-by-play) and Drew Shiller (analyst). KZSU 90.1 FM also provides coverage. The game will be televised on ESPN2, with Dave Pasch (play-by-play) and Bill Walton (analyst) on the call.
Colorado (18-8, 8-6 Pac-12) has won seven of its last 10 games after a 1-4 Pac-12 start ... The Buffaloes spent time in the national rankings after starting 6-0, boosted mostly after defeating Dayton, Baylor and Murray State to claim the Charleston Classic title ... Colorado is averaging 68.8 points, 37.2 rebounds and shooting 45.2 percent. But the Buffs shoot only 67.3 percent from the foul line and commit 13.8 turnovers per game ... Be sure to watch: Spencer Dinwiddie (15.3 ppg, 81.0 percent FT, 78 assists), Askia Booker (13.4 ppg, team-best 39 three-pointers), Andre Roberson (10.3 ppg, 11.8 rpg, 59 steals).
Stanford All-Time vs. Colorado
Stanford holds the all-time edge at 9-4. The Cardinal had won five in a row overall until the Buffaloes posted a 75-54 victory in Boulder back on Jan. 24. Stanford swept last year's season series, winning both meetings by 20+ points. Colorado is looking for its first road victory against Stanford in four tries.
Notable Career Totals Against Colorado
Colorado has struggled to stop Chasson Randle, who is averaging 17.7 points on 18-42 (42.9 percent) shooting from the field in three career games. Aaron Bright is averaging 10.0 points and 4.3 assists in three meetings. The backcourt duo did most of its damage against Colorado last year, with Randle nailing seven three-pointers and Bright five.
Takeaways From The Oregon Game
Carlos Emery scored 19 points, leading four players in double figures as Oregon defeated Stanford 77-66. The Ducks avenged a 24-point loss at Maples Pavilion last month ... Oregon shot 48.4 percent and led by as many as 24 late in the second half ... Stanford shot 37.7 percent overall and 4-17 from three-point territory. The Cardinal was hurt by 17 turnovers, its highest total since committing 22 miscues against Denver on Dec. 2 ... Josh Huestis produced his ninth double-double of the year, finishing with 12 points and 13 rebounds in 35 minutes. Huestis has registered a double-double in three straight games ... Despite playing through foul trouble, Dwight Powell led the Cardinal with 16 points on 6-11 shooting to go with six rebounds ... Stanford connected on 22-27 attempts from the charity stripe, with Chasson Randle (4-4), Christian Sanders (4-4), Dwight Powell (3-3) and Stefan Nastic (2-2) enjoying perfect nights ... Stanford limited Oregon State and Oregon to a combined 4-22 mark from three-point territory during the road trip ... The Cardinal has now made at least one three-pointer in 383 consecutive games, dating back to an 0-6 performance against Purdue in the John Wooden Tradition on Nov. 24, 2001.
Dwight Powell and Josh Huestis continue to pile up double-doubles on a nightly basis, with both players able to score consistently while controlling the game defensively. Stanford has received at least one double-double from either Powell or Huestis in eight straight games. Powell and Huestis are one of four duos nationally to have notched at least nine double-doubles apiece.
...And It Doesn't Stop There
It's not just the double-doubles. Aside from Josh Huestis (9.6 rpg) and Dwight Powell (8.3 rpg), only one other tandem in Division I can boast better rebounding averages. Colorado State's duo of Colton Iverson (9.8) and Pierce Hornung (9.4) are the nation's top rebounding pair.
Powell Continues To Pace The Cardinal
Fully healthy and contributing consistently, Dwight Powell is showcasing the type of dynamic all-around game many expected when he first arrived on The Farm. Powell has notched double-doubles in four of the last six games, including a 17-point, 17-rebound effort against USC on Feb. 14. In addition to averaging a team-best 15.4 points and ranking second with 8.3 rebounds, Powell is shooting 47.8 percent overall and 79.5 percent from the foul line.
Huestis Dominating The Paint
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 55 and his 2.0 swats per game rank fourth in the Pac-12. Huestis has registered 105 career blocks, good for sixth all-time in school history. Meanwhile, Huestis is averaging 10.7 points and a team-best 9.6 boards per game, looking to become the first player to average a double-double since Curtis Borchardt (16.9 ppg, 11.4 rpg) in 2001-02.
Bright Facilitating, Protecting The Basketball
Aaron Bright is shooting 34.4 percent overall and 30.0 percent from three-point territory, a noticeable difference from last year's marks of 43.2 percent overall and 43.6 percent from beyond the arc. Despite the offensive struggles, Bright has displayed the ability to get his teammates involved while protecting the basketball. Over the last 10 games, Bright has totaled 41 assists and only 19 turnovers, good for an assist/turnover ratio of 2.2.
Perimeter Shots Falling In Pac-12 Play
Given the number of talented shooters on this year's squad, it was only a matter of time before the shooting percentages improved. That's especially true regarding Stanford's three-point shooting in Pac-12 games, as the Cardinal has connected on a league-best 40.0 percent. In fact, it's not even close. USC checks in second, at 36.7 percent. However, Stanford is shooting only 41.8 percent overall in Pac-12 games, a mark that ranks 11th in the conference.
Cardinal Exceptional From The Charity Stripe
Stanford is converting at a 73.0 percent clip that ranks 52nd 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 at 70.5 percent. Aaron Bright, who leads Stanford at 85.2 percent, made 29 consecutive freebies before missing the second of two attempts against Oregon on Jan. 30.