Pac-10 Tournament Quarterfinal Pits Stanford Against Arizona State
March 10, 2010
Stanford Cardinal (13-17, 7-11 Pac-10)
Arizona State Sun Devils (22-9, 12-6 Pac-10)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Kevin Danna, Analyst: Dave Lombardi)
The Opening Tip
The postseason kicks into gear this week as Stanford (13-17, 7-11 Pac-10) squares off against Arizona State (22-9, 12-6 Pac-10) in the quarterfinal round of the Pac-10 Tournament. The Cardinal will be looking for its first win of the year against the Sun Devils, who swept the season series for the first time since 2004-05. The Pac-10 has adjusted the tournament bracket and tip-off is now scheduled for 6 p.m.
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 Kevin Danna (play-by-play) and Dave Lombardi (analyst). The game will be televised nationally on FSN, with Barry Tompkins (play-by-play), Marques Johnson (analyst) and Rebecca Haarlow (sideline) describing the action.
Scouting Arizona State
Tabbed seventh in this year's Pac-10 preseason media poll, Arizona State enters the postseason at 22-9 overall and 12-6 in the Pac-10, good for second place in league play.
The Sun Devils were one of the league's hottest teams down the stretch, having won eight of their last 10.
Arizona State closed out the year with a home sweep of the LA schools, defeating USC 59-54 on Mar. 4 before taking down UCLA 56-46 on Mar. 6.
The Sun Devils boast the nation's eighth-best defense, allowing just 58.1 points per game while holding opponents to 39.7 percent shooting from the field.
Arizona State is averaging 66.9 points per game. The Sun Devils shoot well from beyond the arc (37.1 percent) and the charity stripe (71.1 percent).
Ty Abbott (12.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 43.6 percent three-pointers) leads three players in double-figures. Rihards Kuksiks (11.7 ppg, 88.2 free throws, 34 steals) and Derek Glasser (10.2 ppg, 149 assists, 87.8 free throws) also contribute to the attack.
Stanford All-Time vs. Arizona State
Stanford holds a 38-30 edge over Arizona State in the all-time series, which originated back in 1957. The Cardinal has held the upper hand in this matchup, winning six of the last 10 and 19 of the last 25 contests overall dating back to 1998. But thanks to its first season sweep since 2004-05, Arizona State has a shot for its third victory of the year over Stanford. 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. In the rematch at Maples Pavilion one month later, Stanford led until the 12:33 mark of the second half before Arizona State rallied for a 68-60 win.
Who To Watch Against Arizona State
Landry Fields has averaged 11.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in eight matchups against Arizona State. Jeremy Green's 12-43 clip from the field (27.9 percent) is the worst against any Pac-10 school, but he has grabbed more rebounds (15) against the Sun Devils in four career games than any other league opponent. Jack Trotter is 8-14 from the field in three meetings while Drew Shiller has more assists (17) against Arizona State than any other Pac-10 club.
Stanford All-Time In Pac-10 Tournament
Stanford owns an 11-11 all-time record in 22 Pac-10 Tournament games. The Cardinal posted a 1-1 mark at last year's tourney, defeating Oregon State 62-54 in its first-ever appearance in the play-in round before falling 85-73 to Washington in the quarterfinals. Stanford and Arizona State have never faced off in the Pac-10 Tournament.
Fields Named To All-Pac-10 First Team, Green Earns Second Team Nod
Landry Fields earned a spot on the 10-member All-Pac-10 First Team while sophomore Jeremy Green received Second Team recognition, highlighting Stanford's selections among the 2009-10 Pac-10 men's basketball award winners. Fields is the first Stanford player since Brook Lopez in 2007-08 to be honored with a spot on the First Team. After being selected to the All-Pac-10 Freshmen Team last year, Green continued his development as one of the Pac-10's premier players with a selection to the All-Pac-10 Second Team.
Fields Selected To USBWA All-District Team
The second postseason honor for Landry Fields rolled in on Wednesday morning, represented by his selection to the 2009-10 U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District Team. Based on voting from the USBWA's national membership, there are nine regions represented across the country.
Despite multiple injuries and a considerable lack of depth, Stanford has earned a berth in the Pac-10 Tournament's quarterfinal round and will not be making a second straight appearance in the play-in game. Picked to finish last in the preseason media poll, the Cardinal finished this year with a better Pac-10 record (7-9) than last year's mark of 6-12 with a squad that included three senior starters. An impressive feat considering Stanford's current roster features only seven true scholarship players, two returning starters and six walk-ons.
Yes, It Was A Business Trip
What must Stanford do in order to win three games in three days? The Cardinal's only other tournament experience this year came during a pre-Thanksgiving trip to Mexico. After splitting a pair of home games the previous week to begin the Cancun Challenge, Stanford traveled south of the border for back-to-back games to close out the event. While in Mexico, the Cardinal came away with a 57-52 win against Virginia, thanks to an inspired defensive effort in the second half. Then Stanford nearly shocked fifth-ranked Kentucky before falling 73-65 in overtime. In a game that featured 12 ties and nine lead changes, the Cardinal led 38-32 at halftime and 63-61 before Kentucky's John Wall hit two free throws with three seconds left in regulation. Landry Fields and Jeremy Green were named to the All-Tournament team.
Fields And Green: The Nation's No. 4 Scoring Duo
The duo of Landry Fields and Jeremy Green has provided Stanford with a dynamic 1-2 punch, accounting for 56.4 percent of the team's scoring. Fields ranks ninth in the nation at 22.2 points per game, while Green is at 16.9 points per game, ranking sixth in the Pac-10. This marks the third time in school history that a pair of players on the same team scored 500 or more points each during the same season. The duo of Fields and Green needs only nine more points to pass Todd Lichti and Howard Wright (1182 points in 1988) as the highest scoring tandem in school history.
No Sophomore Slump Here
After being selected to the All-Pac-10 Freshmen Team last year, Jeremy Green continued his development as one of the Pac-10's premier players with a selection to the All-Pac-10 Second Team. Joining Fields to form one of the most potent 1-2 scoring duos in the nation, Green is averaging 16.9 points per game, a total that ranks second on the team and sixth-best among Pac-10 players. Green's scoring average this year is 10 points better than last year's 6.4 points per game clip as a rookie. Green, who leads the Pac-10 in three-pointers made (90) while ranking 21st nationally in three-point field goals made per game (3.0), also broke Casey Jacobsen's single-season record for three-pointers made.