Men's Hoops Looks For Road Split, Faces Washington State Saturday Night
Jan. 9, 2009
Stanford Cardinal (11-2, 1-2 Pac-10)
Washington State Cougars (8-6, 0-2 Pac-10)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (11-2, 1-2 Pac-10) looks to bounce back from a hard-fought 84-83 loss at Washington when it squares off against Washington State (8-6, 0-2 Pac-10) on Saturday night in Pullman. The Cardinal, which suffered its first road loss of the year on Thursday night, can even its league record at 2-2 with a victory over the Cougars and earn another split in the second weekend of Pac-10 competition.
Saturday's game can be heard live on KTRB AM 860 and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com. Dave Flemming handles play-by-play duties while John Platz offers color commentary. The game will also be televised on FSN Northwest, with Rich Burk (play-by-play) and Tom Newell (analyst) providing coverage.
Stanford returns to Maples Pavilion next week to kick off a three-game homestand. On Saturday, Jan. 17, Stanford hosts rival and Pac-10 leader California in a 5 p.m. tip-off. The Oregon schools are in town the next week.
Scouting Washington State
Washington State (8-6, 0-2 Pac-10) is coming off a tough 57-50 loss to California on Thursday night at home. The Cougars opened the year with six wins in their first seven games, but have dropped five of their last seven contests. Washington State, 5-4 in home games this year, is coming off a 26-9 season last year that included an NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance. Once again the Cougars' calling card is defense, as the club leads the nation in points allowed (51.2 per game) and field-goal percentage defense (36.2). Make sure to keep an eye on: Aron Baynes (11.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 59.8 percent from the field), Klay Thompson (11.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 21-59 three-pointers, 14 steals) and Taylor Rochestie (10.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 23-26 free throws, 60 assists).
Stanford All-Time vs. Washington State
Stanford holds the edge at 66-55 in a series that dates back to 1916-17. The Cardinal has won seven of the last 10 meetings overall. Stanford swept all three meetings last year: winning on the road 67-65 in overtime, notching a school-record 16th home win with a 60-53 victory and collecting a 75-68 triumph in the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals.
Who To Watch Against Washington StateIn six career games, Anthony Goods is 20-45 (44.4 percent) from the field and averaging 10.1 points per game to go along with nine treys. One of those triples was a game-winner with 3.3 seconds left in a 71-68 overtime triumph at Maples Pavilion back on Jan. 13, 2007. Lawrence Hill is averaging 8.1 points per game against the Cougars in seven games while Mitch Johnson is 0-8 from three-point territory lifetime against Wazzou.
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 has dropped back-to-back games only once (Mar. 6, 2008 at UCLA, Mar. 8, 2008 at USC) during this stretch and sports a 6-1 record in games following a loss. Stanford followed up its first loss of this year (Jan. 2 vs. No. 17/14 Arizona State) with a 76-60 victory over Arizona two days later.
Last Time Out: Washington 84, Stanford 83 (Jan. 8, 2009 at Seattle, WA)
Jon Brockman scored 19 points, including the game-winning put-back with 4.6 seconds remaining after his 18th rebound for his only field goal after halftime, and surging Washington beat Stanford 84-83 on Thursday night. Isaiah Thomas added 18 points for the Huskies, who rallied from eight points down early in the second half for their ninth consecutive victory. Stanford lost its chance for the game-winning shot when Landry Fields caught a three-quarters-court pass but stumbled into the lane and lost the ball out of bounds with 2.2 seconds left. Anthony Goods scored 19 points for the Cardinal, including the long jumper that gave them the lead with 14.4 seconds to go. Washington held a 44-28 rebounding edge and made 22-33 free throws. Stanford shot 49.2 percent from the field, connected on 8-18 tries from beyond the arc and had four players in double-figures for the ninth time this season.
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