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Taking Momentum To The Desert

Feb 24, 2014

Stanford Cardinal (18-8, 9-5 Pac-12)
Arizona State Sun Devils (19-8, 8-6 Pac-12)

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 • 8 p.m. PT
Tempe, Ariz. • Wells Fargo Arena (14,141)
Series History: Stanford leads 45-31
Last Meeting: Stanford 76, Arizona State 70 (Feb. 1, 2014 at Stanford, Calif.)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: Scott Reiss, Analyst: John Platz)
TV: ESPNU (PBP: Beth Mowins, Analyst: Jon Crispin)

The Opening Tip
Winners of three straight, Stanford (18-8, 9-5 Pac-12) travels to Arizona State (19-8, 8-6 Pac-12) on Wednesday night. The Cardinal has won five of its last six overall and is fresh off a home sweep of the LA schools last week at Maples Pavilion.

Media Memo
The game can be heard on KNBR 1050 AM, featuring the insightful duo of Scott Reiss (play-by-play) and John Platz (analyst). The contest will be televised on ESPNU, with Beth Mowins (play-by-play) and Jon Crispin (analyst) on the call.

Looking Ahead
After visiting Arizona on Sunday, Stanford closes at home against Colorado and Utah.

Scouting Arizona State
Arizona State (19-8, 8-6 Pac-12) had won six of its last seven prior to getting swept on the road last week at Colorado (61-52) and Utah (86-63) ... Arizona State sports a 14-1 home record, including a 69-66 overtime win over Arizona ... The Sun Devils average 75.4 points while shooting 45.1 percent overall but only 68.8 percent from the foul line. The defense has been solid, as opponents are averaging 68.1 points while shooting only 40.7 percent overall and 31.0 percent from long range ... Be sure to watch: Jahii Carson (18.4 ppg, 42.8 percent 3FG, 124 assists), Jermaine Marshall (15.5 ppg, 41.3 percent 3FG), Jordan Bachynski (11.7 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 119 blocks).

Stanford All-Time vs. Arizona State
Stanford holds a 45-31 edge over Arizona State in the all-time series, which originated in 1957. The Cardinal, which has won seven of the last 10 meetings, notched a 76-70 home victory back on Feb. 1 at Maples Pavilion. Stanford won last year’s only regular-season meeting, defeating Arizona State 62-59 in Tempe.

Notable Career Totals Against Arizona State
In seven appearances, Dwight Powell is averaging 14.2 points and 5.7 rebounds while shooting 36-77 (46.7 percent) overall. In five career games, Chasson Randle is averaging 14.6 points, although much of that damage was done in the 2012 Pac-12 Tournament, when Randle exploded for 30 points (27 in a record-setting first half). Josh Huestis (7.8 ppg, 20-34 FG, seven games) and John Gage (6.1 ppg, 14-26 FG, six games) have also enjoyed offensive success.

Takeaways From The UCLA Game
Chasson Randle scored a game-high 26 points to lead Stanford past No. 23/25 UCLA. It was a sharp contrast from Randle’s performance (3-16 FG, 1-6 3FG) in Los Angeles last month ... Notching its third win over a top-25 opponent this year, Stanford led for essentially the entire game and shot a blistering 62.2 percent, its best performance since making 65.2 percent in a blowout of Harvard back on Nov. 9, 2007 ... Two days after breaking the school’s career record for blocked shots, Josh Huestis matched a career-high with 22 points to go along with six rebounds and five blocks ... Randle, who shot 8-13 overall from the field and 7-10 from beyond the arc, became the first Cardinal player to make at least seven three-pointers in a game since Jeremy Green finished 7-15 from distance against Oregon State on March 9, 2011 ... The Cardinal was efficient, making 11-20 from three-point territory and attempting only 45 shots overall while 17 assists led to 28 buckets ... Stanford snapped a three-game losing streak to UCLA, winning for the first time a 60-59 victory on Dec. 29, 2011. The teams split the season series ... Stanford improved to 7-14 all-time against top-25 teams under head coach Johnny Dawkins. The Cardinal’s three top-25 wins are its most since the 2007-08 squad tallied six victories against nationally-ranked teams.

Huestis Named Pac-12 Player of the Week
Josh Huestis was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for Feb. 17-23, averaging 16.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks while shooting 50.0 percent overall as Stanford notched a home sweep of USC and No. 23/25 UCLA. It’s the second career honor for Huestis and second for a Cardinal player this season after Chasson Randle received the conference’s weekly recognition back in November. In the 80-59 rout of USC, Huestis tallied three blocks to increase his career total to 169 and surpass the previous school record of 167 established by Tim Young (1994-99). Huestis’ record-breaking block came at the 18:08 mark of the second half, swatting a layup attempt from Strahinja Gavrilovic. He also scored 11 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds for his sixth double-double. Two days later in an 83-74 upset of No. 23/25 UCLA, Huestis matched his career high with 22 points, to go along with six rebounds and a season-high five blocks.

Resilient + Road-Tested
Two reasons why Stanford projects as an NCAA Tournament team? First, the Cardinal has shown resiliency, posting a 7-1 record in games following a loss. That’s most evident in Pac-12 play, where the Cardinal has won the second game of a road trip after losing the first on three occasions. It’s the first time Stanford has accomplished that since Pac-10 play debuted in 1979. Second, it helps to own the Pac-12’s best road record (6-3) behind Arizona (7-2). The Cardinal is 4-3 in conference games and boasts wins at Denver and No. 10/10 Connecticut.

Cardinal Seeing 20/20 For Sixth Time
Chasson Randle (26) and Josh Huestis (22) both reached the 20-point plateau in Saturday’s victory against UCLA, signaling the sixth time this year Stanford has received at least 20 points from two players in the same game.