Back Above .500, Men's Basketball Preps For Arizona Road Swing
Jan. 26, 2010
Stanford Cardinal (10-9, 4-3 Pac-10)
Arizona Wildcats (10-9, 4-3 Pac-10)
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 5 p.m. PT
McKale Center (14,545) Tucson, AZ
Series History: Arizona leads 49-29
Last Meeting: Arizona 101, Stanford 87 (Mar. 7, 2009)
Radio: XTRA Sports 860 AM (PBP: John Platz)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Kevin Danna)
TV: Fox College Sports (PBP: Dave Sitton, Analyst: Corey Williams)
The Opening Tip
Sitting in a five-way tie for second place, Stanford (10-9, 4-3 Pac-10) begins a crucial stretch that features four consecutive road games. Winless in six attempts on the road this year, the Cardinal will look to break into the win column against the Arizona schools. Stanford opens the road swing at Arizona (10-9, 4-3 Pac-10), as both teams carry identical records into Thursday's contest. Two days later, Stanford squares off against Arizona State (14-6, 4-3 Pac-10).
Thursday's game can be heard live on XTRA Sports 860 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com. John Platz handles the broadcast chores, and Stanford is 9-2 over the last five years when the veteran analyst fills in as the club's play-by-play voice. KZSU 90.1 FM provides coverage with Kevin Danna rolling solo on the mic. The game will also be televised on Fox College Sports, with Dave Sitton (play-by-play) and Corey Williams (analyst) calling the action.
After this week, Stanford is back on the road again for a second straight road trip. The Cardinal faces UCLA (Feb. 4 - 7:30 p.m.) and USC (Feb. 6 - 4:30 p.m.).
Tabbed fourth in this year's Pac-10 preseason media poll, Arizona checks in at 10-9 overall and 4-3 in league competition.
Just like Stanford, Arizona is searching for its first three-game winning streak of the year.
Arizona, 6-3 at home this year, has won three of four overall. That includes a 77-58 rout of rival Arizona State in Tempe last week.
The non-conference schedule was challenging, with opponents such as Wisconsin, UNLV, NC State and BYU.
The Wildcats average 72.3 points per game while shooting 44.7 percent overall, 36.1 percent from long range and 73.9 percent from the charity stripe.
Watch out for: Derrick Williams (15.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 58.9 percent from the field), Nic Wise (15.3 ppg, 90.1 percent free throws, 75 assists), Kyle Fogg (10.8 ppg, 47.2 percent three-pointers) and Jamelle Horne (11.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 45.6 percent three-pointers).
Stanford All-Time vs. Arizona
Arizona owns a 49-29 all-time advantage in the series, which dates back to the 1937-38 campaign. Stanford has won four of its last five games against Arizona following a six-game losing streak from 2004-07. The meetings last year were split, with each school defending its home court. Close games have been the norm, with 16 of the last 21 contests decided by 10 points or less.
Who To Watch Against Arizona
In seven career games, Landry Fields is averaging 6.8 points per game on 16-33 shooting from the field with 13 assists. In the first meeting last year, Fields posted the first double-double (19 pts., 12 reb.) of his career. Jeremy Green was also effective last season, scoring 22 points while knocking down six triples when the clubs matched up in Tucson.
Fields Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
Landry Fields was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for Jan. 18-24, earning the first honor of his career and first for a Stanford player since Lawrence Hill (Jan. 12-18, 2009). During a home sweep of the Oregon schools, Fields averaged 24.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game while also coming up with six assists, four blocks and three steals. Against Oregon State, Fields led all scorers with 17 points, falling just one rebound shy of his eighth double-double of the season. In the win over Oregon, Fields led all scorers once again with a career-high 32 points on 9-15 shooting in 34 minutes. Becoming the first Stanford player to finish with 32 points in a game since Casey Jacobsen in 2002, Fields also grabbed eight boards, dished out five assists and blocked three shots. He finished 14-19 from the foul line (both career-highs), knocking down the most free throws in a game for a Stanford player since Chris Hernandez went 17-18 from the charity stripe on Nov. 19, 2004.
Fields, Green Among Nation's Top Scoring Duos
Landry Fields and Jeremy Green have provided Stanford with a devastating 1-2 punch, accounting for 54.9 percent of the team's scoring. Fields is averaging a team-high 21.8 points per game, good for the second-best mark in the league. Green is up to 17.5 points per game, ranking sixth in the conference. Entering the week, the duo of Fields and Green was one of just seven sets of teammates around the country to be ranked among the top-six in their respective conference in scoring while averaging at least 17.0 points per game.
Defense Keys Home Sweep Of Oregon Schools
Head coach Johnny Dawkins would love to see his Stanford club develop into a stingy defensive unit. So obviously, he had to be pleased with last week's home sweep of the Oregon schools as Stanford's effort on the defensive end was outstanding. In its best defensive effort since holding Princeton to 34 points in 2005, Stanford limited Oregon State to 35 points while forcing 19 turnovers and holding a +16 rebounding edge. The Cardinal was back at it against Oregon, owning a +7 advantage on the boards while forcing the Ducks into 12 turnovers.
Road Unkind To Stanford
Excluding a 1-1 finish at the Cancun Challenge (played of course at a neutral site), Stanford is 0-6 on the road so far this year. The Cardinal has been outscored by an average of 16.2 points while averaging 68.8 points per game and shooting 39.5 percent from the field. Conversely, opponents are averaging 85.0 points per game and shooting 51.0 percent from the floor. Stanford finished 1-8 last season in Pac-10 road games, with its only win coming in the form of a 74-64 upset of No. 21 Arizona State during the final week of the regular season.