California (10-6) at Stanford (10-7)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 19, 4:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Maples Pavilion (7,392) -- Stanford, California. Television: FSN. Home Record: California 5-4. Stanford 7-2. Away Record: California 2-2, Stanford 1-3. Neutral Record: California 3-0, Stanford 2-2. Conference Record: California 2-2, Stanford 1-3. Series Record: California leads, 143-114.
GAMES NOTES: Pac-12 leading scorer Allen Crabbe leads the California Golden Bears into a three-game road trip that begins with a conference matchup against the rival Stanford Cardinal at Maples Pavilion.
California evened its conference record at 2-2 with a 67-54 victory over Washington State just Saturday. The win was just the second in the last five games for the Golden Bears who are 10-6 overall. Its been two weeks since California last played a road contest when the Golden Bears downed USC 72-64 to even its record in away games to 2-2.
For the third time in the last four games the Cardinal failed to get in the win column as they were defeated 65-60 by Washington. The Cardinal have earned seven wins in nine chance at Maples Pavilion but find themselves just 1-3 in conference play.
Although California has won three of the last four meetings, last year the teams split the season series before the Golden Bears earned a 77-71 win in the Pac-12 tournament. These long time rivals have met 257 times total with California holding the 143-114 edge.
While shooting 48.6 percent from the floor, California limited Washington State to just a 33.3 percent success rate on Wednesday. In the contest Crabbe had a rather pedestrian effort by his standards as he scored just 14 points.
Normally Crabbe (20.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg) has lit it up with alarming frequency as the conference's leading scorer. Crabbe has gotten into a bit of a rut recently though, hitting just six of his last 19 shots, while failing to score in double figures for the first time this season with a nine-point effort against Washington. Crabbe is joined in the backcourt by Justin Cobbs (14.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.9 apg) who has contributed across the board while shooting better than 48 percent from the field. No other player scores in double figures, although David Kravish (7.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg) and Richard Solomon (8.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg) have been solid contributors in the frontcourt.
Stanford crumbled to 26.7 percent shooting in the second half to surrender a half-time lead to Washington last time out. The Cardinal had hit 51.7 percent in the first 20 minutes but the struggles in the second half sealed their fate. The Cardinal also had a 37-29 deficit on the boards, while being outscored 16-7 on points off turnovers.
Erratic shooting has plagued Stanford for most of the season as the Cardinal have been shooting the lowest percentage from the field among Pac-12 squads (.407). The duo of Dwight Powell (14.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg) and Chasson Randle (13.4 ppg) lead the offensive efforts for Stanford. Powell has posted a double- double in three of the last five games and scored in double figures in four straight. Randle along with Aaron Bright (8.8 ppg) take on the bulk of the ball-handling responsibilities, while Josh Huestis (9.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.2 bpg) has been a sturdy force on the interior with Powell.
Stanford has normally been able to defend its home floor well and with Crabbe stumbling of late, should be able to do so yet again on Saturday.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Stanford 70, California 66
01/19 10:31:58 ET