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Defending NCAA Champs Next

Jan 16, 2015

Stanford Cardinal (12-4, 4-1 Pac-12)
Connecticut Huskies (9-6, 2-2 American)

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 • 6 p.m. (PT)
Stanford, Calif. • Maples Pavilion (7,233)
Series History: Connecticut leads 4-1
Last Meeting: Stanford 53, Connecticut 51 (Dec. 18, 2013 at Hartford, Conn.)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PxP: Scott Reiss, Analyst: John Platz)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PxP: Dev Bhargava, Analyst: Shawn Tuteja)
TV: ESPN2 (PxP: Dave Pasch, Analyst: Sean Farnham)

The Opening Tip
Back home for the first time in two weeks, Stanford (12-4, 4-1 Pac-12) hosts defending NCAA champion Connecticut (9-6, 2-2 American) in a break from Pac-12 competition.

Scouting Connecticut
Connecticut (9-6, 2-2 American Athletic), which has won five of its last seven overall, is making its first appearance at Maples Pavilion since Feb. 6, 1999 ... The defending NCAA champion Huskies boast quality wins against Dayton, Florida and Cincinnati. Connecticut has won two of its three true road games this season ... Connecticut is limiting opponents to 59.9 points and 39.5 percent shooting. The Huskies are averaging 65.9 points and 35.5 rebounds while shooting 45.7 percent ... Look out for: Ryan Boatright (16.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 81.0 percent FT), Amida Brimah (11.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 68.4 percent FG, 40 blocks), Daniel Hamilton (10.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 47 assists).

Stanford All-Time Against Connecticut
Stanford is 1-4 all-time against Connecticut, winning 53-51 last December in Hartford when the Huskies were ranked No. 10 in both polls. Connecticut’s most recent triumph was an 85-74 victory on March 22, 2003 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Looking Back: Stanford 53, No. 10/10 Connecticut 51
(Dec. 18, 2013 at Hartford, Conn.)

Stanford upset No. 10/10 Connecticut 53-51, notching its first road win over a top-10 team since edging No. 9/9 Washington State 67-65 in overtime on Feb. 2, 2008 ... It was the only non-conference loss of the season for eventual NCAA champion UConn ... Trailing 38-28 at halftime and 43-30 at the 16:48 mark of the second half, the Cardinal limited the Huskies to just 5-31 (16.1 percent) shooting over the final 20 minutes ... Connecticut had won 54 straight home games against non-conference foes dating back to a 77-73 loss to Indiana on Jan. 20, 2007 ... Chasson Randle scored a game-high 22 points on 8-16 shooting. Randle did the bulk of his damage from long range, connecting on four of the Cardinal’s six three-pointers ... Dwight Powell (10 points, 15 rebounds) and Josh Huestis (13 points, 10 rebounds) both produced double-doubles and combined for five blocks ... Connecticut entered the game leading the NCAA in three-point shooting (46.5 percent) ... The Huskies made 6-10 in the first half before missing all 12 tries in the second half ... Stanford shot a season-low 35.0 percent overall, staying within striking distance despite a sluggish first half that featured 30.6 percent shooting. However, the Cardinal owned a 43-41 rebounding advantage and relied heavily on a stingy zone defense ... It was Stanford’s lowest scoring output in a victory since beating USC 51-43 on Dec. 31, 2011, at Maples Pavilion.

Rare Break During Conference Play
UConn’s visit represents the first time the Cardinal will be taking a break in the middle of league play since March 1, 2011, when Stanford hosted Seattle University prior to the Pac-10 regular season finale against California. It’s only the fourth time over the last 10 years Stanford has mixed in a non-conference opponent (2011 vs. Seattle University, 2009 vs. Cal State Bakersfield, 2007 at Virginia and vs. Gonzaga) during league play.

Takeaways From The California Game
Chasson Randle scored 25 points, Anthony Brown made two key 3-pointers in the final five minutes and Stanford pulled away from California 69-59 ... Stanford has won five of the last seven meetings and three in a row at Haas Pavilion for the first time since collecting four straight victories from 1998-2001 ... Anthony Brown and Stefan Nastic both pulled down nine rebounds despite California holding a 41-34 edge on the glass. Nastic grabbed eight of his nine boards after halftime ... In a game that featured five ties and 12 lead changes, Stanford closed out the game on a 16-8 scoring run after leading 53-51 with 7:26 left in the second half ... Stanford limited California to 35.5 percent shooting overall and 6-16 from long distance ... Grant Verhoeven was unavailable (hip) after starting the previous four games. Verhoeven missed the first seven games of the season in his recovery from offseason hip surgery.

Searching For The Right Combination
Head coach Johnny Dawkins has employed seven different lineups through 16 games after using just two combinations all of last season. Last week against UCLA, Robert Cartwright became the fifth player to make his first career start this season, joining Marcus Allen, Dorian Pickens, Reid Travis and Grant Verhoeven as first-timers in the lineup.

A Team That Values The Basketball
Stanford is averaging only 10.3 turnovers per game, a total that leads the Pac-12 and ranks 13th-best in the country. The Cardinal has committed 10 miscues or fewer in 10 games.