Quick Turnaround: Stanford Hosts Cal State Bakersfield Tuesday Night
Feb. 9, 2009
Stanford Cardinal (14-7, 4-7 Pac-10)
Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners (6-17)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Ben Spielberg, Color: Mark Friese)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (14-7, 4-7 Pac-10) steps out of conference play for a matchup against Cal State Bakersfield (6-17) on Tuesday at Maples Pavilion, with tip-off slated for 7:30 p.m. The Cardinal is coming off a 75-68 loss to No. 22/25 Washington on Sunday, and now faces a quick turnaround against the Roadrunners before resuming Pac-10 action on Saturday against California in Berkeley.
Tuesday's game can be heard live on KTRB AM 860 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 Mark Friese (analyst). There is no television coverage but a live webcast will be available on www.gostanford.com.
Scouting Cal State Bakersfield
Cal State Bakersfield (6-17) is 2-8 over its last 10 games and will be playing the final contest of a three-game road swing when it faces Stanford. The Roadrunners dropped a 73-56 decision at SMU over the weekend, falling to 1-12 on the road. One of 15 NCAA Division I Independents, Cal State Bakersfield and Stanford have three common opponents (Air Force, Cal State Northridge and Oregon State). The Roadrunners lost 70-62 at Air Force, split a home-and-home set with Cal State Northridge and were defeated 65-59 at Oregon State. The Roadrunners are averaging 66.1 points and 32.2 rebounds per game while shooting 40.2 percent from the field. However, opponents are averaging 72.4 points and 36.0 rebounds per game while making 46.1 percent overall. Keep an eye on: Trent Blakely (13.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 42-112 three-pointers), Santwon Latunde (11.6 ppg, 7.7 rpg) and Alex Johnson (9.0 ppg, 41-107 three-pointers, 67 assists).
Stanford All-Time vs. Cal State Bakersfield
In the only previous meeting, Stanford routed Cal State Bakersfield 72-31 back on Nov. 24, 1999. On that evening, freshman Casey Jacobsen led all scorers with 15 points as Stanford built a 27-point halftime lead and cruised past the Roadrunners, who were playing a Division I opponent for the first time in 13 years.
Cardinal Strong In Non-Conference
Stanford is unbeaten against non-conference competition this year at 10-0, racking up at least 10 victories against non-league foes for the second straight season. Last year, the Cardinal posted an 11-1 mark in such games during the regular season. Stanford last went undefeated (9-0) during the non-league portion of its schedule in 2003-04.
Taking A Break From League
While Tuesday's non-conference game against Cal State Bakersfield presents a slight scheduling quirk, it is certainly not a rarity. In years past, Stanford has scheduled a non-league foe during the weeks when travel partner California is the lone opponent on the schedule. Here is a look at Stanford's last five non-league games during Pac-10 play:
2006-07....Gonzaga 90, Stanford 86 (2OT)....Stanford, CA....8-3
2006-07....Stanford 76, Virginia 75....Charlottesville, VA....8-3
2000-01....Stanford 75, New Mexico 44....Stanford, CA....12-0
1998-99....Connecticut 70, Stanford 59....Stanford, CA....10-3
1997-98....Connecticut 76, Stanford 56....Storrs, CT....11-1