Men's Hoops Closes Out Road Trip Saturday At USC
Feb. 5, 2010
Stanford Cardinal (10-12, 4-6 Pac-10)
USC Trojans (13-9, 5-5 Pac-10)
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010 4:30 p.m.
Galen Center (10,258) Los Angeles, CA
Series History: Tied at 118-118
Last Meeting: Stanford 54, USC 53 (Jan. 6, 2010)
Radio: XTRA Sports 860 AM (PBP: John Platz)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Kevin Danna, Analyst: David Lombardi)
TV: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (PBP: Paul Sunderland, Analysts: Brandon Granville, Dan Belluomini)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (10-12, 4-6 Pac-10) closes out its road trip against USC (13-9, 5-5 Pac-10), attempting to avoid what would be only the program's second four-game losing streak in 17 years. Despite suffering a 77-73 loss at UCLA two nights ago, Stanford remains two games out of first place in the crowded conference standings. However, the Cardinal is still searching for that elusive first road win of the year.
Saturday'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 9-3 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 (play-by-play) and David Lombardi (analyst). The Comcast SportsNet Bay Area telecast features Paul Sunderland (play-by-play), Brandon Granville (analyst) and Dan Belluomini (analyst).
USC checks in at 13-9 overall and 5-5 in conference play. The Trojans are coming off a 66-63 win over California on Thursday night that featured a 25-0 USC scoring stretch.
USC's season-best eight-game winning streak was halted by Stanford back on Jan. 6, with the Cardinal claiming a hard-fought 54-53 victory.
The Trojans were swept on the road last week, losing at Oregon State and Oregon.
USC's calling card has been a stifling defense that is limiting opponents to 56.3 points and 30.3 rebounds per game along with a 37.9 percent shooting clip from the field. However, the Trojans also average 60.3 points and 14.7 turnovers per game.
Three players are averaging double-figure scoring, led by Dwight Lewis' 13.7 points per game. Nikola Vucevic (11.5 ppg, 9.6 rpg) is shooting 52.1 percent overall with 29 blocks while Marcus Johnson adds 10.1 ppg and Alex Stepheson chips in with 7.6 rpg.
Stanford All-Time vs. USC
The all-time series is tied at 118-118 after Stanford came away with a 54-53 victory at Maples Pavilion last month. Last year's meetings were split, with the Trojans squeezing out a 70-69 triumph in Los Angeles before the Cardinal answered with a 75-63 victory on Senior Day. The last 10 meetings between the two schools are even at 5-5. Stanford last won at USC on Jan. 22, 2005, by the count of 78-70.
Who To Watch Against USC
Landry Fields has averaged 7.8 points per game in seven career contests, making 22-52 from the field. In the earlier meeting this year, Fields scored 14 points, grabbed eight boards and dished out five assists in 35 minutes.
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