Cardinal Has Eye On Pac-10 Title As They Visit Huskies

Feb 13, 2002

Seattle, WA - Stanford has first place in the Pac-10 in its sights again, but to have achance the Cardinal will have to start winning on the road.

The 12th-ranked Cardinal begin their final stretch of the season - with fourof those games away from Maples Pavilion - visiting Washington at the Bank ofAmerica Arena on Thursday. Stanford is just 3-3 on the road this season in theconference.

Saturday night's 77-55 win over Oregon State, Stanford's (15-6, 8-4) secondstraight victory after a costly 88-82 overtime loss at No. 10 andleague-leading Arizona, made a tight Pac-10 race even tighter.

'The standings are like nothing I've ever seen before,' senior point guardTony Giovacchini said. 'Anybody's got a shot to win this thing. We're in thehunt. I like our chances down the stretch.'

Stanford now sits in a tie for third place with California, SouthernCalifornia and No. 15 UCLA. All four schools are one and a half games behindconference-leader No. 11 Arizona and only a half-game behind Oregon.

Against Oregon State, junior Curtis Borchardt led a balanced scoring attackwith 20 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks.

On Thursday, Stanford will be facing a team that it overwhelmed by a 105-60tally on Jan. 19 in Palo Alto.

The game features a matchup of the Pac-10's top two scorers, Cardinal juniorCasey Jacobsen (22.0 ppg) and Washington sophomore Doug Wrenn (20.4 ppg).

Jacobsen surpassed 40 points in two of his last four games while Wrenn has acurrent streak of three straight 30-point performances.

Washington (8-15, 2-11) has not fared well against Stanford, trailing theall-time series 60-53, and have been swept in the last four season series.

Wrenn has been the bright spot in what has been a brutal season for theHuskies, and his 20.4-points per game scoring average is the highest for aHusky since Chris Welp averaged 20.8 points in 1996-97.

The athletic 6-foot-8 power forward has topped the 30-point barrier fourtimes in the last five games including a career-high 35 in the team's lastcontest, a 86-74 loss at Arizona State.

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