March 2, 2013
Stanford Cardinal (16-13, 7-9 Pac-12)
Utah Runnin' Utes (11-16, 3-12 Pac-12)
Sunday, March 3, 2013 2 p.m.
Stanford, CA Maples Pavilion (7,233)
Series History: Utah leads 15-9
Last Meeting: Stanford 87, Utah 56 (Jan. 27, 2013 at Salt Lake City, UT)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Andrew Santana, Analyst: Lucas Prokopiak)
TV: P12NET (PBP: Paul Sunderland, Analyst: Ernie Kent)
| Gabriel Harris will be honored in a pregame Senior Day ceremony. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Harris has played in 81 career games while making six starts and averaging 2.0 points. Buy Tickets | Promotions
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The Opening Tip
Stanford (16-13, 7-9 Pac-12) hosts Utah (11-16, 3-12 Pac-12) on Sunday afternoon in its final home game of the year. The Cardinal, which plays at California on Wednesday, needs victories in both of its final games to avoid a losing record in conference play. Stanford is also looking to avoid its first four-game losing streak at home since 2010.
Sunday's game can be heard live on KNBR 1050 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com, featuring the insightful duo of John Platz (play-by-play) and Drew Shiller (analyst). KZSU 90.1 FM also provides coverage. The game is televised on Pac-12 Networks, with Paul Sunderland (play-by-play) and Ernie Kent (analyst).
Utah (11-16, 3-12 Pac-12) has lost three games in a row and seven of its last 10 overall ... This week's road trip began with a 64-46 loss at California on Thursday. Utah was limited to just 29.1 percent shooting overall and was 3-17 from three-point territory ... The Runnin' Utes, who are 2-9 on the road overall, have just one conference road win ... Utah is averaging 63.5 points and 34.7 rebounds while shooting 43.9 percent overall and 74.7 percent from the foul line. Utah's defense is tops in the league, allowing 62.2 ppg ... Keep an eye on: Jarred DuBois (11.7 ppg, 84.2 percent FT, 78 assists), Jordan Loveridge (11.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg), Jason Washburn (11.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 56.0 percent FG, 40 blocks).
Stanford All-Time vs. Utah
Utah owns a 15-9 edge. In the earlier matchup, Stanford blitzed Utah 87-56 for its first road win in the series in 79 years. Last year's meetings were split, with Stanford pulling away for a 68-65 home victory before Utah sneaked out a 58-57 triumph in the rematch. Utah is searching for its first win at Maples Pavilion since Jan. 23, 1971, when the Runnin' Utes collected a 99-91 victory.
Notable Career Totals Against Utah
In three career appearances against Utah, Chasson Randle is averaging 15.6 points while making 16-37 (43.2 percent) from the field. Nine of Randle's 16 baskets have come from beyond the arc. Also in three contests, Josh Huestis is averaging 9.3 points and 7.3 boards while connecting on 12-17 (70.6 percent) from the field.
Senior Day Tribute
Gabriel Harris, Stanford's lone senior, will be honored in a pregame ceremony. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Harris has played in 81 career games while making six starts and averaging 2.0 points. After participating in 17 games as a freshman, Harris competed in 26 contests in 2010-11. Harris appeared in 12 games during an injury-shortened junior year, matching his career-high scoring mark of 12 points on two occasions. Stanford is 7-3 over its last 10 Senior Day contests, including last year's 75-70 victory over California.
Classroom Cardinal Supports Read Across America Day
Stanford players were out in the community on Friday to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with Read Across America Day, a national campaign designed to promote literacy among elementary schools. The team's visits capped a month-long Classroom Cardinal program that inspired Bay Area students with their reading. During its inaugural year, Classroom Cardinal engaged 63 classrooms from 15 local schools. More than 706 students completed the program, reading 10 or more books in the month of February to earn a ticket to Sunday's game against Utah. More than 11,700 books were read by students in grade levels K-6, with six schools reading more than 1,000 books and one school totaling 2,284 books.
Takeaways From The Colorado Game
Andre Roberson scored a career-high 24 points and helped spark an 18-2 second-half run as Colorado pulled away for a 65-63 victory ... Dwight Powell finished with 12 points and nearly forced overtime on the last possession, however his game-tying dunk was ruled after the buzzer. Powell added seven rebounds ... Andy Brown matched his career high with 17 points on 7-11 shooting while also pulling down eight rebounds. Chasson Randle added 16 points on 6-11 shooting with four three-pointers ... Colorado shot 42.9 percent compared to Stanford's 39.0 percent clip. The Buffaloes owned a 36-22 points in the paint advantage ... Stanford held 10-point leads in both halves, up 15-5 in the first and 43-33 in the second ... Colorado swept this year's season series after Stanford swept both meetings last year with victories of 20+ points ... Stanford is 2-4 in games decided by two points or less ... In four career games against Colorado, Chasson Randle is averaging 17.3 points and shooting 24-53 (45.2 percent) from the field ... The Cardinal has now made at least one three-pointer in 384 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. Prior to Wednesday's loss to Colorado, Stanford had 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.