Stanford Opens Three-Game Homestand Thursday Against Washington State
Feb. 3, 2009
Stanford Cardinal (13-6, 3-6 Pac-10)
Washington State Cougars (12-9, 4-5 Pac-10)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Ben Spielberg, Color: Mark Friese)
The Opening Tip
Faced with its first three-game losing skid since dropping the final three contests of the 2006-07 campaign, Stanford (13-6, 3-6 Pac-10) looks to bounce back on Thursday against Washington State (12-9, 4-5 Pac-10) in a 7:30 p.m. tip. The Cardinal is 10-2 at home this year and will play five of its eight games during the month of February at Maples Pavilion.
Thursday'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. KZSU 90.1 FM provides coverage with Ben Spielberg (play-by-play) and Mark Friese (analyst). There is no television coverage for this game.
Stanford faces its fourth top-25 opponent of the year when No. 22/25 Washington comes to Maples Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 8, for a 2:30 p.m. contest.
Scouting Washington State
Washington State (12-9, 4-5 Pac-10) has dropped three of its last four games since a three-game winning streak in mid-January. The Cougars, 4-2 on the road this year, are playing their third straigth road contest after coming away with a split last weekend against the Arizona schools. Washington State is one of three Pac-10 teams with a 4-5 league mark, joining Arizona and Oregon State to sit one game ahead of Stanford in the standings. Once again the Cougars' calling card is defense, as the club leads the nation in points allowed (53.2 per game) while ranking fifth in field-goal percentage defense (37.1). Make sure to keep an eye on: Taylor Rochestie (12.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 57-63 free throws, 99 assists), Aron Baynes (12.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 59.1 percent from the field, 24 blocks) and Klay Thompson (12.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 40-100 three-pointers, 18 steals).
Stanford All-Time vs. Washington State
Stanford holds the edge at 66-56 in a series that dates back to 1916-17. The Cardinal has won seven of the last 10 meetings overall, but the Cougars picked up a 55-54 victory in Pullman last month. Washington State's last win at Maples Pavilion came back on Mar. 3, 2005, when the Cougars won 59-48. 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 State
In seven career games, Anthony Goods is 23-56 (41 percent) from the field and averaging 9.8 points per game to go along with 10 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 9.0 points per game in eight contests while Mitch Johnson is 0-9 from three-point territory lifetime against Wazzou in eight games.
Looking Ahead To The Second Half
For the first time in 15 years, Stanford has struggled through the first half of Pac-10 play. Stanford stands at 3-6 in league play at the turn, representing the first time since the 1992-93 campaign (1-8 through the first rotation) that the Cardinal has not tallied at least six victories in the first nine conference games. Stanford has nine games remaining in league play and five of those will be played on the road.
A Closer Look At The Nailbiters
Stanford's six losses in league play are one more than last year's total when the club finished 13-5 and placed second. And while the Cardinal is focused on regrouping during the second half of league play, the sub-.500 Pac-10 record can be traced back to three one-point losses on the road in the last month. Making the setbacks even tougher to swallow, Stanford had an opportunity to win each of those games on its final possession. The last time Stanford suffered three one-point losses in the same season was during the 1981-82 campaign, when the Cardinal fell to Marquette (66-65), Washington (53-52) and Arizona State (70-69). Prior to this year, Stanford's most recent one-point defeat came against Oregon State back on Feb. 24, 2005, in the form of an 84-83 setback.
Shaking It Off
Stanford's current three-game losing streak is the first since the end of the 2006-07 campaign, when the Cardinal lost 85-80 to Arizona in the regular season finale, dropped an 83-79 loss to USC in the Pac-10 Tournament and a 78-58 setback against Louisville in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Stanford has not lost four consecutive games since an 0-6 end to the 1992-93 season.
Home Sweet Home
Stanford sports a 10-2 record at home this year following a 77-55 win over Oregon on Jan. 22, reaching the 10-win mark at Maples Pavilion for the 16th consecutive year. In 2007-08, the Cardinal set a record for home victories (16) in a single season. Additionally, the Cardinal is 26-3 in its last 29 home games dating back to the start of last year.