Stanford Hosts Arizona State Thursday In First Of Three Final Home Games
Feb. 23, 2010
Stanford Cardinal (13-14, 7-8 Pac-10)
Arizona State Sun Devils (19-8, 9-5 Pac-10)
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010 7 p.m.
Maples Pavilion (7,329) Stanford, CA
Series History: Stanford leads 38-29
Last Meeting: Arizona State 88, Stanford 70 (Jan. 30, 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: Jacob Jaffe)
The Opening Tip
Having won back-to-back games for the fifth time this year, Stanford (13-14, 7-8 Pac-10) closes out the year with three home games. After sweeping last week's road trip against the Oregon schools, Stanford is just one game below .500 overall and with a few breaks along the way, a share of the league title remains a possibility.
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). Compass Media Networks provides a national radio broadcast, with Drew Bontadelli (play-by-play) and Mike Wozniak (analyst) calling the action. KZSU 90.1 FM also provides coverage.
Scouting Arizona State
Tabbed seventh in this year's Pac-10 preseason media poll, Arizona State is 19-8 overall and 9-5 in the Pac-10. The Sun Devils are in second place and figure to be an at-large candidate for some type of postseason berth.
Arizona State has won three straight following a 73-69 win at Arizona over the weekend and is looking for its fourth four-game winning streak of the season.
The Sun Devils boast one of the nation's best defenses, allowing just 58.5 points per game while holding opponents to 39.4 percent shooting from the field.
Arizona State is averaging 68.4 points per game. The Sun Devils shoot well from beyond the arc (38.2 percent) and at the charity stripe (71.4 percent).
Ty Abbott (12.5 ppg, 44.2 percent three-pointers) leads three players in double-figures. Rihards Kuksiks (12.1 ppg) and Derek Glasser (10.1 ppg, 136 assists) are the others.
Stanford All-Time vs. Arizona State
Stanford holds a 38-29 edge over Arizona State in the all-time series, which originated back in 1957. The Cardinal has dominated this matchup, winning six of the last nine and 19 of the last 24 contests overall dating back to 1998. The Sun Devils posted an 88-70 win back on Jan. 30 in Tempe, building a 37-point first-half lead that eventually was cut down to 12 in the second half. The meetings were split in 2008-09.
Who To Watch Against Arizona State
Landry Fields has averaged 9.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in seven matchups against Arizona State. Jeremy Green was 3-8 from the field with nine points last year in his first two meetings, but ended up with 20 points on 7-21 shooting back in January. Drew Shiller has more assists (13) against Arizona State than any other Pac-10 club.
Cardinal Breaks Through On The Road
With victories over Oregon and Oregon State last week, Stanford picked up its first two road victories of the season and swept a Pac-10 road trip for the first time since winning at both Washington schools in 2008. The Cardinal became only the third conference school this year to earn a road sweep, joining Oregon (swept Washington schools) and Arizona State (swept Oregon schools). Stanford was 0-10 on the road prior to defeating Oregon 72-65 on Feb. 18.
Despite multiple injuries and a lack of depth, Stanford has put itself in position to avoid the play-in game of this year's Pac-10 Tournament and finish among the league's top-seven teams. Picked to finish last in the preseason media poll, the Cardinal is 13-14 overall and stands three games out of first place with three contests remaining. An impressive feat considering Stanford's roster features only five scholarship players, two returning starters and six walk-ons.
Keep These Milestones In Mind
Jeremy Green has knocked down 83 three-pointers, two shy of breaking Casey Jacobsen's single-season record of 84 established in 2000-01. Meanwhile, Landry Fields has scored 599 points so far and will join an elite club with his next bucket. Only four players in school history (Adam Keefe, Todd Lichti, Casey Jacobsen, Keith Jones) have scored 600 points in a season.
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