No. 7 Stanford Wraps Up Regular Season Saturday At USC
March 7, 2008
No. 7/7 Stanford Cardinal (24-5, 13-4 Pac-10)
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USC Trojans (19-10, 10-7 Pac-10)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PxP: Ben Spielberg, Analyst: Dave Lombardi)
The Opening Tip
No. 7/7 Stanford (24-5, 13-4 Pac-10) closes out the regular season on Saturday morning against USC (19-10, 10-7 Pac-10) in Los Angeles. The Cardinal, assured of a second place conference finish and No. 2 seed in next week's Pac-10 Tournament, is coming off a hard-fought 77-67 loss at UCLA on Thursday night.
Saturday's game can be heard live on KNTS 1220 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com. For the fourth time this year, John Platz will handle the play-by-play duties. KZSU 90.1 FM provides coverage with Ben Spielberg (play-by-play) and Dave Lombardi (analyst). The game will also be televised nationally on CBS, with Gus Johnson (play-by-play) and Clark Kellogg (analyst) describing the action.
After edging California 93-89 in overtime on Thursday, USC checks in at 19-10 overall and 10-7 in league play. Prior to the Trojans' 80-66 loss at Arizona State last Saturday, the club had won three in a row. USC, 9-5 at home this year, began the year 6-1 before suffering hard-fought losses to Kansas and Memphis. USC averages 69.7 points and 33.2 rebounds per game while making 48.5-percent from the floor. Players to keep an eye on include: O.J. Mayo (20.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 80 three-pointers, 90 assists), Davon Jefferson (12.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 56.9-percent field goals) and Taj Gibson (10.7 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 69 blocks).
Stanford All-Time vs. USC
A 52-46 Stanford victory at home back on Jan. 5 evened the all-time series at 116-116. Stanford has claimed seven of the last 10 meetings overall in the series, which began in 1916. The Trojans won two of the three matchups last year, including an 83-79 overtime victory in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament. Stanford's last win against the Trojans on the road came back on Jan. 22, 2005, when the Cardinal won 78-70.
Who To Watch Against USC
Fred Washington has enjoyed success in five career games, scoring more points (52) and making more buckets (23 of 46 attempts) against the Trojans than any other Pac-10 club. Washington scored a career-best 22 points against USC in his first career start on Feb. 17, 2005. Lawrence Hill is averaging 12.0 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in six career contests. Brook Lopez (13.7 ppg, 9.2 rpg, four games) posted a triple-double (18 points, 11 rebounds, 12 blocks) in his first career matchup against USC last year at home.
Stanford goes into Saturday's regular season finale against USC with its conference standing and Pac-10 Tournament seeding already in tact. The Cardinal will finish second in the league standings, its highest finish since winning the Pac-10 with a 17-1 mark in 2004. Stanford is also locked in as a No. 2 seed for next week's Pac-10 Tournament and will play the winner of Wednesday's play-in game between the Nos. 7 and 10 seeds.