Fresh Off Homestand Sweep, Men's Basketball Preps For Washington Trip
Jan. 12, 2010
Stanford Cardinal (8-7, 2-1 Pac-10)
Washington Huskies (10-5, 1-3 Pac-10)
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010 7:30 p.m.
Bank of America Arena (10,000) Seattle, WA
Series History: Stanford leads 69-62
Last Meeting: Washington 85, Stanford 73 (Mar. 12, 2009)
Radio: XTRA Sports 860 AM (PBP: Dave Flemming, Analyst: John Platz)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Kevin Danna)
TV: Fox Sports Net (PBP: Steve Physioc, Analyst: Marques Johnson)
The Opening Tip
Fresh off its first sweep of a two-game Pac-10 homestand since posting consecutive wins over the Washington schools in 2008, Stanford (8-7, 2-1 Pac-10) is once again back above the .500 mark. The Cardinal will be looking for its first three-game winning streak of the year, having won back-to-back games for the third time this year. Up next is a road trip through the Pacific Northwest, starting with Thursday's tilt against Washington (10-5, 1-3 Pac-10) in Seattle.
Thursday's game can be heard live on XTRA Sports 860 AM 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 road coverage with Kevin Danna rolling solo on the mic. The contest will also be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net, with Steve Physioc (play-by-play) and Marques Johnson (analyst) calling the action.
The Cardinal closes out its road trip on Saturday, Jan. 16, against Washington State in a 2 p.m. tip-off. Next week's homestand features the Oregon schools.
Tabbed to finish second in this year's Pac-10 preseason media poll and ranked among the top-25 prior to this week, Washington checks in at 10-5 overall and 1-3 in league play.
The Huskies are struggling, having dropped three straight Pac-10 games by double-digit margins following a 10-2 start. Washington was swept by the Arizona schools last week.
Stanford and Washington played two common non-conference opponents: Portland State and Texas Tech. Stanford and Washington both easily handled Portland State, while both schools lost to Texas Tech.
The Huskies boast a formidable 1-2 punch with Quincy Pondexter (19.5 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 55.2 percent shooting) and Isaiah Thomas (18.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 84-110 free throws, 38 assists).
Washington leads the Pac-10 in two major categories: scoring (79.6 ppg) and rebounding (38.8 rpg). The Huskies shoot 44.3 percent overall but only 30.5 percent from long range.
Stanford All-Time vs. Washington
Stanford owns a 69-62 advantage in the all-time series, which dates back to the 1915-16 campaign. The Huskies have won four of the last six meetings and three in a row overall, sweeping last year's regular season series (84-83 in Seattle, 75-68 at Stanford) before collecting a 85-73 win in the Pac-10 Tournament. Stanford's most recent victory in Seattle came back on Jan. 31, 2007, when the Cardinal posted a 65-51 triumph.
Who To Watch Against Washington
Of Landry Fields' five double-doubles last year, two came against the Huskies with each game yielding then-career-high performances (22 points on Feb. 8 and 15 boards on Mar. 12). In seven career contests versus Washington, Fields is 25-48 from the field while averaging 9.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Jeremy Green was effective in three games against the Huskies as a rookie, averaging 10.0 points with eight of his 10 buckets coming from three-point territory.
Green's Career-High 30 Keys 70-59 Win Over UCLA
Jeremy Green scored 17 of his career-high 30 points in the first half, Landry Fields added 16 points and seven rebounds and Stanford posted a 70-59 victory over UCLA. Jack Trotter added 10 points and Jarrett Mann dished out a career high-matching eight assists for Stanford, which shot 47.2 percent and forced UCLA into 23 turnovers. James Keefe hit a 3-pointer with 9:20 left to pull UCLA within 51-50, but Green knocked down a jumper moments later on the other end. The teams traded baskets for much of the rest of the game. Green shot 11-for-18 and matched his season high with five triples. UCLA had won six in a row and eight of nine in the series, with the Cardinal's last win coming back on Jan. 28, 2007, when the squad rallied from 17 points down to win at Maples.
Takeaways From The UCLA Game
For the first time since a 77-69 win over Santa Clara back on Dec. 23, 2008, all five Stanford starters played at least 30 minutes.
Jack Trotter added 10 points, signaling the fifth time this year he has reached double-figures. And he continues to take care of the basketball, making just three turnovers in 340 minutes.
UCLA was forced into 23 turnovers, signaling the third time this year Stanford's opponent has committed at least 20 miscues in a game.
For the third time under head coach Johnny Dawkins, Stanford held an opponent to less than 60 points in back-to-back games.
The halftime margin has been five points or less in 10 of Stanford's 15 games this year.
Break Out The Brooms
It's early, yes. But thanks to a homestand sweep of the LA schools for the first time since 2007, Stanford sits in a three-way tie for first place in the Pac-10 at 2-1. Picked to finish 10th in the preseason media poll, Stanford knocked off arguably two of the conference's hottest teams. USC entered Wednesday's game riding an eight-game winning streak and owning the conference lead, but Jarrett Mann's free throw clinched a 54-53 win. And UCLA, fresh off a 76-75 overtime win at Cal, was turned away when Jeremy Green exploded for 30 points in a 70-59 victory three days later. Stanford's sweep caught the attention of at least one national basketball insider, as ESPN.com's Andy Katz praised the Cardinal in his Weekly Watch column:
|'The Cardinal was picked to finish last in the Pac-10. Yet Stanford swept USC and UCLA at home. In this season of Pac-10 ball, everyone is in play. Let's also add Jeremy Green to potential All-Pac-10 performers. His teammate Landry Fields has had plenty of praise, but Green put up 17 in a one-point win over USC and then 30, making 11 of 18 shots and five 3s in a convincing 11-point win over UCLA.'|
Green's Red-Hot Night Makes UCLA Blue
Jeremy Green's career-high 30-point scoring effort against UCLA goes in the books as one of the best performances from a Stanford player in recent memory. Reaching double-figures in scoring for the 13th straight game, Green became Stanford's first 30-point scorer since Brook Lopez finished with 30 points against Marquette in the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament. He knocked down five three-pointers, increasing his team lead to 46 and holding down his spot as the Pac-10's leading long-range shooter with 3.1 triples per game. And Green's 11 buckets on 18 attempts were the most field goals for a Cardinal player since Lawrence Hill finished 11-15 from the floor in a 75-69 win over California last year.
This Trip, Last Year
Stanford has an opportunity to erase the memory of last year's road trip to the Pacific Northwest. Last January, the Cardinal dropped an 84-83 decision to Washington before falling to Washington State 55-54 two days later. Prior to that road swing, Stanford had not suffered back-to-back one-point defeats since the 1974-75 campaign, when the Cardinal lost 69-68 at Washington and was bested by the same score six days later at home against the Huskies.
Fields, Green Provide 1-2 Punch
Landry Fields and Jeremy Green have provided Stanford with a devastating 1-2 scoring punch, accounting for 54.4 percent of the team's overall scoring. Fields is averaging a team-high 22.1 points per game, good for the second-best mark in the league. Green is up to 17.6 points per game, ranking sixth in the conference. Fields and Green join Washington's Quincy Pondexter (19.5 ppg - 3rd) and Isaiah Thomas (18.3 ppg - 5th) as the only set of teammates ranked among the top-6 in scoring.