Pac-10's Top Two Scorers Face Off As Stanford Plays At Washington State
Jan. 15, 2010
Stanford Cardinal (8-8, 2-2 Pac-10)
Washington State Cougars (12-5, 2-3 Pac-10)
Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 2 p.m.
Beasley Coliseum (11,671) Pullman, WA
Series History: Stanford leads 67-56
Last Meeting: Stanford 65, Washington State (Feb. 5, 2009)
Radio: XTRA Sports 860 AM (PBP: Dave Flemming, Analyst: John Platz)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Kevin Danna)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (8-8, 2-2 Pac-10) concludes its road swing through the Pacific Northwest on Saturday afternoon, taking on Washington State (12-5, 2-3 Pac-10). The Cardinal will be aiming for a split on the road, having lost 94-61 at Washington on Thursday night. Meanwhile, the Cougars dropped a 93-88 decision to California to open their homestand and will be looking for a bounce-back effort as well. The contest shapes up as a key early game in league play as both teams search for momentum.
Saturday'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. There is no TV for this game.
Stanford returns to The Farm next week for a homestand against the Oregon schools. The Cardinal opens against Oregon State (Thursday, Jan. 21 - 7 p.m.) and finishes with Oregon (Saturday, Jan. 23 - 5 p.m.). Those will represent Stanford's final home games before playing the next four contests on the road.
Scouting Washington State
Picked eighth in this year's Pac-10 preseason media poll, Washington State has surprised some pundits with a 12-5 record and 2-3 ledger in Pac-10 play.
Traditionally a low-scoring, defense-first club, Washington State has relied on its offense under the direction of first-year head coach Ken Bone. The Cougars lead the league in overall shooting (48.3 percent), rank second in three-point shooting (38.4 percent) and check in third in free throw shooting (72.8 percent).
Washington State suffered a 93-88 loss to California on Thursday in the first game of its homestand. Reggie Moore led four players in double-figures with 25 points as both teams shot over 50 percent from the field.
The Cougars blazed through non-conference play at 10-2 overall but split the first two weeks of Pac-10 action.
Washington State is led by Klay Thompson, the Pac-10's leading scorer (22.7 ppg) who is also contributing 5.2 rpg while shooting 80.5 percent from the foul line. Keep an eye on: Reggie Moore (13.7 ppg, 76 assists) and DeAngelo Casto (10.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 34 blocks.)
Stanford All-Time vs. Washington State
Stanford holds the edge at 67-56 in a series that dates back to 1916-17. The Cardinal has won eight of the last 10 meetings overall despite a split of last year's series in which both teams defended their home court. Stanford's most recent win in Pullman took place on Feb. 2, 2008, when the Cardinal squeezed out a 67-65 decision in overtime.
Who To Watch Against Washington State
Landry Fields has scored fewer points (27), made fewer buckets (9), attempted fewer shots (28) and pulled down less rebounds (18) against Washington State than any other Pac-10 opponent. In seven career games, Fields is averaging 3.8 points, so he will be looking to get on track against the Cougars.
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