Stanford Wraps Up Four-Game, Eight-Day Stretch Against Arizona Sunday
Jan. 3, 2009
Stanford Cardinal (10-1, 0-1 Pac-10)
Arizona Wildcats (9-4, 0-1 Pac-10)
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The Opening Tip
After suffering its first loss of the year, Stanford (10-1, 0-1 Pac-10) attempts to get back in the win column on Sunday night as Arizona (9-4, 0-1 Pac-10) visits Maples Pavilion to wrap up the first weekend of Pac-10 competition. For the ninth time in school history, the Cardinal entered league play undefeated at 10-0 but were handed a 90-60 loss on Friday night against No. 17/14 Arizona State. Sunday's game against the Wildcats completes a grueling four-game, eight-day stretch for the Cardinal.
Stanford plays four of its next seven games on the road, starting with next week's road trip to the Washington schools.
Just like Stanford, Arizona (9-4, 0-1 Pac-10) entered the week receiving votes in both national polls. The Wildcats, who dropped a 69-55 decision at California on Friday night, have won four of their last six games. Two of those victories stand out: a 69-64 victory over then-No. 4 Gonzaga in Phoenix back on Dec. 14 and a 84-67 thrashing of Kansas two weeks ago. Offensive-minded Arizona, 6-1 at home and 0-3 on the road, averages 72.1 points per game and shoots 48.2 percent from the field and 41.9 from three-point territory. Make sure to watch: Chase Budinger (17.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 27-57 three-pointers, 40-48 free throws, 17 steals), Jordan Hill (18.8 ppg, 11.8 rpg, 56.5 percent from the field, 30 blocks) and Nic Wise (14.7 ppg, 25-55 three-pointers, 38-43 free throws, 68 assists).
Stanford All-Time vs. Arizona
Arizona owns a 48-28 all-time advantage in the series, which dates back to the 1937-38 campaign. Stanford's sweep of all three meetings last year (home, away, Pac-10 Tournament) snapped a six-game losing streak. Close games have been the norm, with 16 of the last 19 contests decided by 10 points or less. Arizona's most recent victory at Maples Pavilion was Mar. 3, 2007, as the `Cats escaped with an 85-80 overtime win.
Who To Watch Against Arizona
Lawrence Hill has performed well against Arizona, averaging 10.5 points per game on 49.2-percent (32-65) shooting from the field in eight career contests. Mitch Johnson's 33 rebounds and 39 points against the Wildcats are his most against any Pac-10 foe.
Shaking It Off
Since the start of the 2007-08 campaign, Stanford has demonstrated the ability to bounce back after a tough defeat. The Cardinal dropped back-to-back games only once last year and was 5-1 in games following a loss.