Cardinal Opens Homestand With Arizona Thursday Night
Jan. 15, 2008
Stanford Cardinal (13-3, 2-2 Pac-10)
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Arizona Wildcats (11-5, 1-2 Pac-10)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PxP: Ben Spielberg, Analyst: Daniel Novinson)
(PxP: Ted Robinson, Analyst: Marques Johnson, Sideline: Jim Watson)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (13-3, 2-2 Pac-10) will be looking for its first win over Arizona (11-5, 1-2 Pac-10) in six tries when the two squads hook up on Thursday night at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal, which last defeated the Wildcats 87-76 back on Jan. 8, 2005, are coming off a split road trip that included a lop-sided win over Oregon State and a hard-fought defeat at Oregon. Stanford is 9-1 at home this year.
Thurday's game can be heard live on KNTS 1220 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com. Dave Flemming handles play-by-play duties while John Platz provides color commentary. KZSU 90.1 FM provides coverage with Daniel Novinson (play-by-play) and Ben Spielberg (analyst). The game will also be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net, with Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Marques Johnson (analyst) and Jim Watson (sideline).
Arizona (11-5, 1-2 Pac-10) enters Thursday night's contest having won just two of its last five games overall. However, the most recent victory- an 85-71 win at Houston- was very impressive and should provide some momentum for the Wildcats, who won six in a row during the month of December to climb into the national rankings. Arizona, 3-3 away from home, averages 74.2 points and 34.1 rebounds per game while shooting 49.2-percent from the field. Players to watch include: Jerryd Bayless (19.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 24-55 three-pointers, 72-86 free throws), Chase Budinger (17.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 33-88 three-pointers) and Jordan Hill (14.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 24 blocks, 63.5-percent field goals).
Stanford All-Time vs. Arizona
Arizona owns a 48-25 all-time advantage in the series, which dates back to the 1937-38 campaign. The Wildcats have won six in a row and seven of the last 10 meetings. Close games have been the norm, with 14 of the last 16 contests decided by 10 points or less. Stanford's last victory came in the form of an 87-76 decision back on Jan. 8, 2005 at Maples Pavilion. Arizona swept the season series last year, winning 85-79 at home and escaping with an 85-80 overtime victory at Maples Pavilion in the regular season finale.
Who To Watch Against Arizona
Lawrence Hill has performed well against his hometown rival, averaging 10.6 points per game on 48.7-percent (20-41) shooting from the field in five contests. Brook Lopez posted averages of 19.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in a pair of games last year. In six career games, Taj Finger is averaging 5.8 points and 4.3 rebounds off the bench. And don't forget about Kenny Brown, who torched Arizona for 22 points on 9-15 shooting (including four three-pointers) in his only career appearance last year.
Cardinal In Pac-10, National Statistics
Stanford is the Pac-10 leader in rebounding (39.7 rpg), rebounding margin (+10.4) and blocked shots (70). Individually, Robin Lopez has tallied 35 swats and is the league leader in that category. Stanford is also holding foes to 57.0 points per game, a total that ranks fourth in the conference. Entering the week, the Cardinal was well-represented in the following categories nationally as well: rebounding margin (fourth), defense (10th) and scoring margin (23rd).