Stanford Cardinal (20-10, 10-8 Pac-12)
Arizona State Sun Devils (10-20, 6-12 Pac-12)
Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 6 p.m. Site: Staples Center Los Angeles, CA Tournament Seeds: Stanford (7), Arizona State (10) Series History: Stanford leads 42-30 Last Meeting: Stanford 68, Arizona State 44 (Feb. 2, 2012) Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Jacob Jaffe, Analyst: Sam Fisher) TV: FSN (PBP: Steve Physioc, Analyst: Marques Johnson, Courtside: Rebecca Haarlow)
The Opening Tip
The postseason gets underway as Stanford (20-10, 10-8 Pac-12) squares off against Arizona State (10-20, 6-12 Pac-12) in the first round of the inaugural Pac-12 Tournament. The winner draws No. 2 seed California on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the quarters.
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 provides coverage with Jacob Jaffe (play-by-play) and Sam Fisher (analyst). The game is televised nationally on FSN, with Steve Physioc (play-by-play), Marques Johnson (analyst) and Rebecca Haarlow (courtside).
Scouting Arizona State
Arizona State (10-20, 6-12 Pac-12) enters the Pac-12 Tournament having won back-to-back games for the first time this year. That includes an 87-80 stunner over Arizona on Sunday ... Arizona State was picked to finish ninth in the Pac-12 preseason media poll ... Arizona State is averaging only 60.9 points per game despite shooting 45.6 percent overall from the field. Arizona State grabs only 31.4 rebounds per game, but its opponents haul down only 29.8. However, the Sun Devils sport a -5.1 turnover margin ... Keep an eye on: Trent Lockett (13.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 37 steals, 50.2 percent FG), Carrick Felix (10.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg) and Kyle Cain (7.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg).
Stanford All-Time vs. Arizona State
Stanford holds a 42-30 edge over Arizona State in the all-time series, which originated back in 1957. The Cardinal has held the upper hand in this matchup, winning six of the last 10 and 23 of the last 29 contests overall dating back to 1998. Stanford has won four straight in the series, including a convincing 68-44 rout back on Feb. 2 at Maples Pavilion.
Who To Watch Against Arizona State
In five career meetings, Josh Owens is averaging 9.8 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 18-28 (64.2 percent) from the field. Aaron Bright is averaging 9.3 points while connecting on 10-24 (41.6 percent) attempts with 10 assists through three contests. Meanwhile, Jack Trotter is 15-27 (55.5 percent) from the field in seven meetings against Arizona State.
The First Meeting: Stanford 68, Arizona State 44 (Feb. 2 at Stanford, CA) Aaron Bright scored a team-high 16 points, making 6-12 overall and 4-8 from three-point territory. Also scoring in double-digits were Chasson Randle (14) and Anthony Brown (11) ... Stanford shot 45.0 percent from the field while limiting Arizona State to 34.2 percent shooting and its second-lowest point total of the year ... The Cardinal held a commanding 38-24 rebounding edge, grabbing as many defensive boards (22) as the Sun Devils overall ... Arizona State finished with just four assists, the fewest for a Stanford opponent since Cal Poly was limited to just two handouts in a 70-53 loss on Nov. 15, 2009 ... Leading 28-20 at halftime, Stanford outscored Arizona State 40-24 down the stretch.
Stanford All-Time In Conference Tournament Action
Stanford owns a 12-13 all-time record in conference tournament competition ... The Cardinal suffered an early exit last year, falling 69-67 to Oregon State in the play-in round. A furious second-half comeback was not enough to offset an 11.8 percent shooting mark in the first half ... Stanford is looking for its first
victory in the conference tourney since beating Arizona State 70-61 two years ago in the quarters ... Stanford captured the 2004 Pac-10 Tournament title. As the
tournament's No. 1 seed, the Cardinal defeated Washington 77-66 in the championship.
Owens, Randle, Huestis Represented Among All-Pac-12 Picks Josh Owens was named to the All-Pac-12 Team, earning Second Team accolades to highlight Stanford's selections among this year's All-Pac-12 men's basketball award winners. Chasson Randle was honored as one of five picks for the All-Freshmen Team, while Josh Huestis received Honorable Mention status as a member of the All-Defensive Team. Owens' selection as an all-conference pick is the second of his career, as he also earned Honorable Mention status last year. Randle becomes the fourth player to earn All-Freshman Team status during head coach Johnny Dawkins' tenure following a six-year period in which only two Cardinal rookies were honored. Huestis was named an all-league selection for the first time in his career.
70 A Key Number For Stanford
Stanford improved to 14-0 when scoring at least 70 points after a 75-70 victory against California on Sunday. The Cardinal is now 24-2 combined over the last two years when reaching the 70-point plateau.