No. 24/20 Stanford Tries For Home Split Against No. 22/- USC
Jan. 4, 2008
No. 24/20 Stanford Cardinal (11-2, 0-1 Pac-10)
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No. 22/- USC Trojans (9-4, 0-1 Pac-10)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PxP: Ben Spielberg, Analyst: Mark Friese)
The Opening Tip
No. 24/20 Stanford (11-2, 0-1 Pac-10) aims for a home split when it hosts No. 22/- USC (9-4, 0-1 Pac-10) to close out the opening weekend of Pac-10 competition. Winners of seven straight for the first time since 2003-04, the Cardinal had that same winning streak snapped on Thursday night in a 76-67 loss to No. 5 UCLA. After Saturday's contest, Stanford plays five of its next seven on the road.
Saturday's game can be heard live on KNTS 1220 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com. Dave Flemming handles play-by-play duties while John Platz provides color commentary. KZSU 90.1 FM provides coverage with Ben Spielberg (play-by-play) and Mark Friese (analyst). The game will also be televised on Fox Sports Net Bay Area, with Jim Watson (play-by-play) and Mike Montgomery (analyst) calling the action.
Scouting No. 22/- USC
USC (9-4, 0-1 Pac-10) saw its three-game winning streak come to an end on Thursday night in a 92-82 loss at California. The Trojans, ranked No. 22 in the latest Associated Press poll, have regrouped after a season-opening loss to Mercer. USC's only other losses have come against Kansas (59-55) and Memphis (62-58 in overtime). The Trojans average 70.7 points per game, shoot 47.6-percent from the field and own a slim +2.1 rebounding margin over their opponents. Look out for: O.J. Mayo (20.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 46-percent from the field, 21 steals), Davon Jefferson (12.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 56.6-percent from the field) and Taj Gibson (8.8 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 26 blocks).
Stanford All-Time vs. USC
USC holds a 116-115 advantage in the all-times series, which began in 1916. Stanford has claimed six of the last 10 meetings overall. The Trojans won two of the three matchups last year, including an 83-79 overtime victory in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament. Stanford notched a 65-50 win at home last year while USC defended its home court with a 69-65 victory. USC's last win at Maples Pavilion came back on Feb. 21, 2002, when the Trojans locked up a 77-58 triumph.
Who To Watch Against USC
Fred Washington has enjoyed success in four career games, scoring more points (43) and making more buckets (20 of 36 attempts) against the Trojans than any other Pac-10 club. Washington scored a career-best 22 points against USC in his first career start on Feb. 17, 2005. Lawrence Hill is averaging 13.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in five career contests. Brook Lopez (15.6 ppg, 9.7 rpg, three games) posted a triple-double (18 points, 11 rebounds, 12 blocks) in his first career matchup against USC.
Taking Two Has Been Tough
Stanford has not dropped back-to-back Pac-10 home games since the 2001-02 campaign, when USC and UCLA posted consecutive wins at Maples Pavilion. The Trojans defeated the Cardinal 77-58 on Feb. 21, 2001 before the Bruins squeezed out a 95-92 victory two days later.