Stanford Hosts USC On Senior Night Saturday At Maples Pavilion
Feb. 27, 2009
Stanford Cardinal (15-11, 4-11 Pac-10)
USC Trojans (16-11, 7-8 Pac-10)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: David Lombardi, Color: Wyndam Makowsky)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (15-11, 4-11 Pac-10) closes out its regular season home schedule on Saturday against USC (16-11, 7-8 Pac-10) in a 5 p.m. tip-off. In the midst of its first four-game losing skid in 16 years, the Cardinal is looking to improve on a 12-4 home record this season. Not to mention Stanford woud like to send its four seniors out with one more victory on their home court.
Saturday's game can be heard live on KTRB AM 860 and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com, featuring the chemistry-rich tandem of Dave Flemming (play-by-play) and John Platz (analyst). KZSU 90.1 FM provides coverage with David Lombardi (play-by-play) and Wyndam Makowsky (analyst). There is no television coverage for tonight's game.
Stanford embarks on its final road trip of the year when it travels to Arizona State (Thursday, Mar. 5 - 5:30 p.m. PT) and Arizona (Saturday, Mar. 7 - 4:30 p.m. PT).
USC (16-11, 7-8 Pac-10), which is coming off an 81-78 overtime loss at California on Thursday night, has also hit a bump in the road during a recent stretch. The Trojans, just 2-7 away from home, have lost five of their last six games since a three-game winning streak to close out the month of January. USC is averaging 68.0 points and 35.7 rebounds per game while shooting 46.7 percent from the field. However, the Trojans are shooting only 32.6 percent from three-point territory and 67.1 percent from the foul line. USC's turnover margin is -1.0. The Trojans qualified for the NCAA Tournament last year at 21-12 overall and 11-7 in Pac-10 play. Keep an eye on: Dwight Lewis (15.2 ppg, 44-110 three-pointers), Taj Gibson (14.1 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 73 blocks), DeMar DeRozan (12.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 50.4 percent from the field) and Daniel Hackett (12.1 ppg, 127 assists, 38 steals).
Stanford All-Time vs. USC
After posting a 77-64 victory in last year's regular season finale at the Galen Center, USC broke a tie in the all-time series. The Trojans now lead 118-116 after squeaking out a 70-69 win at home last month. The last 10 meetings between the two schools have been split at 5-5. USC has not won at Maples Pavilion since Feb. 21, 2002, when the Trojans walked away with a 77-58 triumph.
Who To Watch Against USC
Thanks in large part to last year's 19-point performance in the regular season finale, Kenny Brown has scored more points (29) against USC than any other Pac-10 school. Brown is 9-25 from the field with five three-pointers in four games. Lawrence Hill is averaging 11.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in eight career contests. In fact, Hill's 56 rebounds against the Trojans are his most against any league opponent.
Stanford's four-member senior class of Kenny Brown, Anthony Goods, Lawrence Hill and Mitch Johnson will be honored in a ceremony prior to Saturday's game against USC. The Cardinal owns a 6-4 mark over its last 10 Senior Day contests, winning last year against Washington State 60-53 for the first time on Senior Day in three years.
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