March 5, 2013
Stanford Cardinal (17-13, 8-9 Pac-12)
California Golden Bears (20-9, 12-5 Pac-12)
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 8 p.m.
Berkeley, CA Haas Pavilion (11,877)
Series History: California leads 143-115
Last Meeting: Stanford 69, California 59 (Jan. 19, 2013 at Stanford, CA)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Andrew Santana, Analyst: Lucas Prokopiak)
TV: ESPN2 (PBP: Dave Pasch, Analyst: Bill Walton)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (17-13, 8-9 Pac-12) will be looking to complete its first sweep of California (20-9, 12-5 Pac-12) since 2008 when the teams meet Wednesday night in Berkeley. It's the regular-season finale for both clubs, who will have one full week of rest before the Pac-12 Tournament gets underway next Wednesday in Las Vegas.
Wednesday'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 will be televised on ESPN2, with Dave Pasch (play-by-play) and Bill Walton (analyst).
California (20-6, 12-5 Pac-12) enters the week as the Pac-12's hottest team, having won seven in a row while remaining in contention for the regular-season title ... The Golden Bears, who are 11-4 at home this year, last suffered a loss back on Feb. 7, falling 62-46 at Arizona State ... Defense has recently guided the Golden Bears, who have held opponents to exactly 46 points in three of the last four games ... California started 6-0 and captured the DirecTV Classic tournament title in November ... 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 67.4 points, 37.3 rebounds and shooting 44.6 percent overall ... However, the Golden Bears connect at only 30.3 percent from long distance ... Be sure to watch: Allen Crabbe (18.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 46.5 percent FG, 57 three-pointers), Justin Cobbs (14.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 137 assists), David Kravish (8.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 48 blocks).
Stanford All-Time vs. California
In a series that dates back to the 1913-14 campaign, California owns a 143-115 edge. The Golden Bears have won six of the last 10 meetings. However, Stanford won the earlier meeting 69-59 and is looking for its first season sweep in the series since 2007-08. The Cardinal has dropped four straight games in Berkeley since a five-year drought from 1968-1972. 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 six career matchups, averaging 10.5 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 23-50 (46.0 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. In four career games, Chasson Randle has averaged 14.7 points despite shooting 19-48 (39.5 percent). In last year's meeting in Berkeley, Stefan Nastic came off the bench to score a career-high 11 points, thanks mainly to a 7-10 free throw clip.
Looking Back: Stanford 69, California 59 (Jan. 19, 2013)
Dwight Powell scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds, fueling Stanford's 69-59 victory over California at Maples Pavilion on Jan. 19. Chasson Randle added 15 points while John Gage came off the bench to score 14 points, hitting four three-pointers. Josh Huestis had 12 rebounds to go along with nine points. Stanford shot 35.8 percent overall, slightly ahead of California's 34.9 percent clip. The Cardinal cashed in at the free throw line, making 25-31 attempts while the Golden Bears were 11-15 from the free throw line. Stanford was 19-53, winning a game despite making less than 20 buckets for the first time since Dec. 31, 2011, when the Cardinal shot 18-44 in a 51-43 victory over USC.
Cardinal Has Performed Well In March
Stanford is now 14-8 in games played during the month of March under head coach Johnny Dawkins. The Cardinal won a school-record seven games in March last year, including its final five contests en route to capturing the 2012 NIT championship.
Takeaways From The Utah Game
Chasson Randle poured in 22 points while Dwight Powell added 15, leading Stanford to an 84-66 victory over Utah on Sunday at Maples Pavilion ... Gabriel Harris enjoyed a breakthrough performance on Senior Day, totaling career highs in points (14) and rebounds (7) in 23 minutes off the bench ... Stanford shot 48.3 percent overall and connected on 11-26 attempts from three-point range ... The Cardinal also made 15-16 from the free throw line ... Crisp ball movement was the key, as Stanford's 20 assists represented a season-high total ... Dwight Powell has scored in double figures in 17 consecutive games ... Stanford has won seven of its last 10 Sunday games, including four straight victories ... Stanford led by 17 points before taking a 44-31 advantage into halftime. Utah cut the deficit to 51-47 with 15:16 left before the Cardinal embarked on an 18-4 scoring run to pull away ... In four career games against Utah, Chasson Randle is averaging 17.3 points while shooting 23-51 (45.1 percent) from the field with 13 three-pointers ... The Cardinal has now made at least one three-pointer in 385 consecutive games, dating back to an 0-6 performance against Purdue in the John Wooden Tradition on Nov. 24, 2001.
Harris A Surprise Factor On Senior Day
Gabriel Harris entered Sunday's Senior Day game having averaged 2.0 points and reaching double figures in scoring only three times in 81 career games. However, Harris enjoyed his best game in a Cardinal uniform against Utah, totaling career highs in points (14) and rebounds (7) in 23 minutes off the bench. Harris was 6-7 from the field, knocked down his only three-point try and was 1-2 from the foul line. He was also a factor on defense, coming up with two steals.
Balanced Scoring Key To Cardinal Attack
Stanford placed four players in double figures in Sunday's 84-66 win over Utah, representing the ninth time this year the Cardinal has accomplished the feat. One of those players was Gabriel Harris, who reached double digits for the first time this year. 11 of Stanford's 13 available players have scored at least 10 points once this year.
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 last week'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.