Stanford Up Next For Road-Hungry Huskies
Feb. 12, 2010
PALO ALTO, Calif. - If the Washington Huskies (16-8, 6-6) hope to keep their names in the hat in the Pac-10 race, they will have to earn a road victory over Stanford (11-13, 5-7) on Saturday. Historically, Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto has been one of the tougher venues for the Huskies and UW is desperately seeking its first road win of the season.
Tip-off is slated for 5:00 pm, with the game being shown to a regional audience on FSN-NW, with Jim Kozimor calling play-by-play and Dan Belluomini providing color analysis. The ISP Sports Radio Network will broadcast the game with Bob Rondeau supplying the play-by-play and Jason Hamilton providing color commentary. In addition XM channel 193 and Sirius 215 will carry the UW-Stanford game. Live Gamertracker is available for free and audio is available by paid subscription on the Dawg Channel All-Access on GoHuskies.com.
Although Stanford (10-13, 4-7 in Pac-10) is currently at the bottom of the conference standings, they are headlined by one of the best players in the conference. Senior forward Landry Fields leads the conference in scoring at 22.7 points per game and is the second leading Pac-10 rebounder with 8.8 per game. Jeremy Green is Fields' backcourt support, chipping in with 17.6 points a contest. The Cardinal ended a four-game skid by beating WSU 60-58. The Cardinal trailed by as much as 18 in the first half. Stanford was swept on the road by the Arizona schools before falling to USC and UCLA last weekend. For all their road woes, the Cardinal have been tough to beat at home with a 10-2 records at Maples Pavilion - including a perfect 5-0 record during Pac-10 action. Johnny Dawkins is in his second year at Stanford after coaching on Mike Krzyzewski's from 1998-2008, and holds a career record of 31-27 record.
UW And Stanford History...
Washington is 63-69 all-time against the Cardinal, but is on a four-game win streak in the series. Home court advantage was crucial in the series from 2004-2008, with the home team winnings each time, before Washington beat them 75-68 in 2009 at Maples. Overall UW is 15-48 all-time in Palo Alto and has not won back-to-back at Maples since 1985 and 1986. If UW can escape with a win on Saturday, it will be the first time UW has won five-straight against Stanford since 1984-86. Lorenzo Romar is 10-8 all-time against the Cardinal but is 1-6 at Maples Pavilion. On a neutral court at the Pac-10 Tournament, Romar is 2-1 vs. Stanford.
Last Time They Met...
Quincy Pondexter scored 27 points as Washington rediscovered its winning ways in the Pac-10 with its largest victory ever over Stanford, 94-61 on Jan. 14. Pondexter scored 14 points in the first 6 1/2 minutes of the second half for the Huskies. The lead reached 41 points for Washington, which had lost consecutive Pac-10 games by double-digit margins to Oregon, Arizona State and Arizona. Landry Fields scored 17 points for Stanford, which had won two straight. Jeremy Green was 3 for 10 from the field and had just seven points after scoring a career-high 30 the previous week against UCLA, as his Cardinal looked more like the team picked to finish last in the conference.
Last Time Out For Washington...
Jerome Randle scored 21 of his 33 points in the first half, Jamal Boykin added 20 points and 11 rebounds and first-place California kept hold of its top spot in the Pac-10 with a commanding 93-81 victory over Washington on Thursday night. Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points to lead the Huskies, who fell to 0-7 on the road. Randle shot 12 for 19 and helped the Golden Bears (16-8, 8-4) avenge an embarrassing 84-69 defeat at the hands of the Huskies on Jan. 16 in Seattle. Quincy Pondexter wound up with 17 points. His jumper with 4:32 to play got Washington within 10 but that was the closest the Huskies got the rest of the way. Washington, which entered the game in a five-way tie for second place in the conference, hung tough for much of the first half but couldn't keep it up in having its four-game winning streak snapped. The Huskies haven't won at Haas Pavilion since March 1, 2008, and have just two victories in their last 10 trips to Berkeley. Theo Robertson had 12 points and eight rebounds and Patrick Christopher scored 11 for Cal, which shot 51.7 percent and held a 37-30 advantage on the boards.
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