Men's Basketball Finally Returns Home; Washington State On Tap
Feb. 9, 2010
Stanford Cardinal (10-13, 4-7 Pac-10)
Washington State Cougars (15-8, 5-6 Pac-10)
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 7 p.m.
Maples Pavilion (7,239) Stanford, CA
Series History: Stanford leads 67-57
Last Meeting: Washington State 77, Stanford 73 (Jan. 16, 2010)
Radio: XTRA Sports 860 AM (PBP: Dave Flemming, Analyst: John Platz)
Compass Media Networks (PBP: Drew Bontadelli, Analyst: Mike Wozniak)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Ben Spielberg, Analyst: Kevin Danna)
The Opening Tip
Back at home for the first time in three weeks, Stanford (10-13, 4-7 Pac-10) squares off against Washington State (15-8, 5-6 Pac-10) on Thursday night as Pac-10 play continues. Attempting to avoid the program's first five-game losing streak since 1993, the Cardinal now stands three games out of first place in the conference standings. But Stanford is also the only Pac-10 team unbeaten at home (4-0) in league play.
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 coverage with Ben Spielberg (play-by-play) and Kevin Danna (analyst). Compass Media Networks provides a national radio broadcast, with Drew Bontadelli (play-by-play) and Mike Wozniak (analyst).
Scouting Washington State
Picked eighth in this year's Pac-10 preseason media poll, Washington State is 15-8 overall and 5-6 in league competition.
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 rank second in the league in overall shooting (46.7 percent), fourth in three-point shooting (36.1 percent) and fifth in free throw shooting (71.1 percent).
Washington State is just 1-3 over its last four games, with the only victory coming against Arizona in the form of a 78-60 triumph that salvaged a split of last week's homestand.
The Cougars opened the year 6-0 and won 10 of their first 12 overall.
Washington State is led by Klay Thompson (21.2 ppg), who is also contributing 4.9 rebounds per game while shooting 80.3 percent from the foul line. Also keep an eye on: Reggie Moore (14.1 ppg, 98 assists) and DeAngelo Casto (9.9 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 49 blocks.)
Stanford All-Time vs. Washington State
Stanford holds the edge at 67-57 in a series that dates back to 1916-17. Despite a 77-73 loss in the earlier meeting this year, the Cardinal has won seven of the last 10 meetings overall. Last year's series resulted in a split, with both teams defending their home court. Stanford has not lost to Washington State at Maples Pavilion since Mar. 3, 2005, when the Cougars won 59-48.
Who To Watch Against Washington State
Landry Fields has scored fewer points (45), made fewer buckets (15) and attempted fewer shots (45) against Washington State than any other Pac-10 opponent. In eight career games, Fields is averaging 5.6 points, so he will be looking to get on track against the Cougars. Jack Trotter was effective in his only career appearance earlier this year, scoring 12 points on 4-9 shooting while grabbing eight boards in 36 minutes.
Green Closing In On Season Three-Pointer Record
Jeremy Green's sharp-shooting from beyond the arc has put him in position to rewrite the school record books. He has knocked down 70 triples, and now stands just 15 away from breaking Casey Jacobsen's single-season record of 84 treys achieved in 2000-01. Green made his mark as a rookie in 2008-09, connecting on 47 triples to finish second all-time among Stanford freshmen behind Jacobsen.
Home Sweet Home
Stanford is 39-7 in its last 46 home games dating back to the start of the 2007-08 campaign. Stanford is 9-2 at home so far this year, and 4-0 in Pac-10 play. The Cardinal owned a 14-4 home record last year and reached the 10-win mark at Maples Pavilion for the 16th straight year. In 2007-08, the Cardinal set a record for home victories (16) in a single season.