No. 8 Stanford Closes Out Home Slate With Washington State On Senior Day
Feb. 29, 2008
No. 8/8 Stanford Cardinal (23-4, 12-3 Pac-10)
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No. 22/22 Washington State Cougars (22-6, 10-6 Pac-10)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PxP: Daniel Novinson, Analyst: Ben Spielberg)
The Opening Tip
No. 8/8 Stanford (23-4, 12-3 Pac-10) hosts No. 22 Washington State (22-6, 10-6 Pac-10) on Saturday afternoon in the Cardinal's final home game of the regular season. The Cardinal, ranked in the top-10 of both national polls for the fourth straight week, remains one game behind conference leader UCLA (13-2) in the standings.
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 offers 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 Barry Tompkins (play-by-play) and Dan Belluomini (analyst) describing the action.
Scouting No. 22/22 Washington State
No. 22/22 Washington State (22-6, 10-6 Pac-10) opened the year with a 14-game winning streak that translated into a top-5 national ranking. However, the Cougars have compiled an 8-6 record over their last 14 games and now hold down third place in the Pac-10. The Cougars, 11-2 away from home, boast a tough defense that allows just 55.3 points and 28.3 rebounds per game while limiting opponents to 41.6-percent shooting from the field. Make sure to watch: Derrick Low (13.8 ppg, 73 three-pointers, 79.5-percent free throws), Kyle Weaver (11.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 120 assists, 48 steals) and Aron Baynes (10.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 59.6-percent field goals).
Stanford All-Time vs. Washington State
Stanford holds the edge at 64-55 in a series that dates back to 1916-17. The Cardinal has won eight of the last 11 meetings overall. Stanford edged Washington State 67-65 in an overtime thriller back on Feb. 2, with Brook Lopez and Lawrence Hill each scoring 18 points. Both teams defended their home courts last year, with Stanford claiming a 71-68 overtime win at home and Washington State notching a 58-45 victory on the road.
Who To Watch Against Washington State
In four career games, Anthony Goods is 16-32 from the field and averaging 11.5 points per game to go along with nine treys. One of those triples was a game-winner last year with 3.3 seconds left in a 71-68 overtime triumph at Maples Pavilion. Brook Lopez has averaged 13.0 points and 6.3 rebounds in three games. Robin Lopez has made only four buckets (his fewest against any other Pac-10 squad), but one of those was a game-winning lay-up that secured a 67-65 Stanford victory in the first meeting this year.
Stanford's four seniors will be honored in a ceremony prior to Saturday's game. Taj Finger, Peter Prowitt and Fred Washington are all true seniors while Kenny Brown is a junior in terms of athletic eligbility but will graduate in the spring. The Cardinal owns a 6-4 mark over its last 10 Senior Day games, with its most recent victory coming against Washington in the form of a 77-67 triumph back on Mar. 5, 2005.
Stanford's Mar. 6 game at UCLA is now scheduled for 8 p.m. and will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net. Also, the Cardinal's Mar. 8 contest at USC is now slated for 11 a.m. and will be televised nationally on CBS.
Home Sweet Home
Stanford established a program record for home victories in a single season (15) with an 82-79 victory over Washington on Thursday night. Prior to that game, the Cardinal had won 14 home contests in a single season five different times, with the 2003-04 squad most recently accomplishing the feat.
Can They Complete The Sweep?
With a victory on Saturday against Washington State, Stanford will have swept the season series against both Washington schools for the seventh time in program history since the start of Pac-10 play. It has been six years (2001-02) since the Cardinal won both regular season meetings against both Washington and Washington State.
Conference Streak Continues
Stanford picked up its 10th Pac-10 win of the year on Feb. 16 with a 67-66 win at Arizona. The Cardinal has now notched at least 10 conference victories for the 15th consecutive season. There are four Pac-10 games remaining in the regular season.