Stanford Begins Key Road Trip Saturday Against Northwestern

Dec. 18, 2009

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Stanford Cardinal (5-4, 0-0 Pac-10)
Northwestern Wildcats (8-1, 0-0 Big Ten)

Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009 • 11 a.m. PT
Welsh-Ryan Arena (8,117) • Evanston, IL
Series History: Stanford leads 4-1
Last Meeting: Stanford 65, Northwestern 59 (Dec. 20, 2008)
Radio: XTRA Sports 860 AM (PBP: Dave Flemming, Analyst: John Platz)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Kevin Danna)
TV: Big Ten Network (PBP: Wayne Larrivee, Analyst: Shon Morris)

The Opening Tip
Stanford (5-4, 0-0 Pac-10) embarks on a challenging two-game road trip that kicks off Saturday morning against Northwestern (8-1, 0-0 Big Ten) and wraps up three days later at Texas Tech (9-0, 0-0 Big 12). The Wildcats are receiving votes in both national polls while the Red Raiders enter this week ranked No. 16 by the Associated Press and No. 20 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. The Cardinal nearly missed out on securing a victory against another opponent receiving votes in both polls, as Oklahoma State squeaked out a 71-70 victory over Stanford on Wednesday night.

Media Memo
Saturday's game can be heard live on XTRA Sports 860 AM and Stanford's official athletics website,, featuring the chemistry-rich tandem of Dave Flemming (play-by-play) and John Platz (analyst). KZSU 90.1 FM provides rare road coverage with Kevin Danna handling the broadcast chores. The game will also be televised nationally on Big Ten Network, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and Shon Morris (analyst) providing coverage.

Looking Ahead
After the upcoming road trip, Stanford will host James Madison on Tuesday, Dec. 29, to close out non-conference play before the Pac-10 opener at California on Jan. 2.

Scouting Northwestern
Northwestern is receiving 59 votes in the latest Associated Press poll and 13 votes in this week's ESPN/USA Today poll.
Despite losing key contributors Kevin Coble and Jeff Ryan for the season due to injury, Northwestern has surprised with an 8-1 record.
Michael Thompson has done his part in picking up the slack, leading the club with 17.2 ppg while shooting 48.5 percent overall. John Shurna is averaging 13.8 ppg and 7.2 rpg.
Northwestern has played just one true road game, winning 65-53 at NC State on Dec. 1.
Northwestern is averaging 71.9 points per game and shooting 46.0 percent. The Wildcats average only 34.1 rebounds per game but share the ball well with 18.0 assists per game.
Northwestern finished last season at 17-14 overall and 8-10 in the Big Ten. The Wildcats were eliminated in the opening round of the NIT.
Head coach Bill Carmody is in his 10th season in Evanston.

Stanford All-Time vs. Northwestern
Stanford owns a 4-1 edge in the all-time series. The teams will be meeting for the fourth consecutive season, with Stanford winning three in a row. The Cardinal posted a 65-59 win at Maples Pavilion last year in the most recent matchup. Stanford has won four straight since Northwestern's only victory in the series back on Dec. 26, 1962, when the Wildcats came away with a 62-61 triumph in the Los Angeles Basketball Classic.

Close Calls
Stanford's four losses have come by an average of six points. The Cardinal dropped an 83-81 home decision to Oral Roberts on a buzzer-beater and fell 71-70 to Oklahoma State despite having an opportunity to win the contest on its final possession. Stanford is 1-2 in games decided by five points or less, with the lone victory coming in the form of a 57-52 triumph over Virginia at the Cancun Challenge back on Nov. 24.

Late Rally Falls Short In 71-70 Loss To Oklahoma State
James Anderson scored 28 points and Obi Muonelo added a season-high 20 to help Oklahoma State defeat Stanford 71-70 as part of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. Landry Fields tallied his fourth double-double of the year with 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Cardinal, while Jeremy Green added 19 points and Andrew Zimmerman chipped in with a career-high 14. Despite shooting 46.6 percent from the field, Stanford finished 12-24 from the foul line and was just 4-16 from three-point territory. Oklahoma State, which was whistled for 25 fouls, held a 38-37 rebounding edge. Trailing by as many as 12 points in the first half, Stanford closed the period on a 9-2 run to pull within 35-30 at intermission. Oklahoma State's lead swelled to 15 points at 51-36 with 13:43 left to play in the second half but Stanford rallied back. Trailing 67-58 with 4:29 remaining, Stanford used a 10-2 scoring run to close within 69-68 following a lay-up from Zimmermann with 37 seconds left. Two free throws from Ray Penn put the Cowboys back up 71-68, but Fields answered with a pair of free throws to make it 71-70. Oklahoma State's Keiton Page misfired on his first free throw attempt, giving possession back to the Cardinal. Stanford ended up with the last shot, with Fields getting the ball to Zimmerman with seven seconds left. Zimmermann tried to find Fields, but with time running out, drove to the basket and missed off the back rim.

Takeaways From The Oklahoma State Game
Stanford is now 7-1 in December games under head coach Johnny Dawkins.
Stanford has produced at least one 20-point scorer in every game so far this year.
Landry Fields has scored in double-figures in 10 straight games dating back to 2008-09.
Oklahoma State held a 15-0 edge in bench scoring.
Wednesday's contest was the first-ever meeting between Stanford and Oklahoma State.

Finding Scoring Balance
For the second consecutive season, Stanford is receiving offensive contributions from all over the floor. During the 2008-09 campaign, the Cardinal placed at least four players in double-figure scoring 16 times. Through nine games this season, Stanford has accomplished the same feat already on five occasions, including a season-best six in double-figures against Florida A&M back on Nov. 21.

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