Cardinal Tries For Home Sweep Against No. 22/25 Arizona State
Jan. 18, 2008
Stanford Cardinal (14-3, 3-2 Pac-10)
- VS. -
No. 22/25 Arizona State Sun Devils (14-2, 4-0 Pac-10)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PxP: Daniel Novinson, Analyst: Ben Spielberg)
The Opening Tip
For the third time this season, Stanford (14-3, 3-2 Pac-10) bounced back with a victory following a tough loss. Now the Cardinal has a chance to record a home sweep in conference play when it hosts No. 22/25 Arizona State (14-2, 4-0 Pac-10) on Saturday night. Stanford has won 17 of the last 19 against Arizona State. But this is a much different Sun Devil squad- one that is tied for first place in the Pac-10.
Saturday'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 on Fox Sports Net Arizona, with Trey Bender (play-by-play) and Tom Kuyper (analyst) serving as the broadcast team.
Scouting No. 22/25 Arizona State
The surprise in the Pac-10 this year has been No. 22/25 Arizona State (14-2, 4-0 Pac-10), ranked in the top-25 for the first time since 1994-95. One year after finishing 8-22 overall and 2-16, Arizona State is averaging 72.7 points and 32.5 rebounds per game while limiting its foes to 58.8 points and 28.5 boards per contest. The Sun Devils shoot 50.2-percent from the field and 74.4-percent from the charity stripe. Key players include: James Harden (18.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 19-43 three-pointers), Jeff Pendergraph (14.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 67.5-percent from the field) and Ty Abbott (11.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 19 steals).
Stanford All-Time vs. Arizona State
Stanford holds a 36-26 edge over Arizona State in the all-time series, which originated back in 1957. The Cardinal has dominated this matchup, winning four straight and 17 of the last 19 contests overall. That included a sweep of last year's slate, as Stanford earned a 71-60 victory in Tempe before notching a 63-53 win at Maples Pavilion. Arizona State's last victory against Stanford came back on Feb. 3, 2005 in the form of a 74-67 win.
Who To Watch Against Arizona State
In four meetings against the Sun Devils, Lawrence Hill is averaging 11.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per game thanks to a 50-percent clip from the field (16-32). Fred Washington is averaging 7.6 points per game and has made 11-18 from the field in five matchups while Taj Finger is averaging 4.0 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in six tilts. Brook Lopez (two games, 2-7 from the field, four points) and Anthony Goods (three games, 2-14 from the field) are waiting for a breakout game against Arizona State.
Home Sweet Home
With a 56-52 win over Arizona on Thursday night, Stanford has now won at least 10 home games every year since the 1992-93 campaign (15 consecutive seasons). The Cardinal finished 12-5 at Maples Pavilion last year. There are six home games remaining in the regular season.
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