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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 24, 10 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Coors Events Center 11,064) -- Boulder, Colorado. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: Stanford 8-2. Colorado 8-1. Away Record: Stanford 1-3, Colorado 2-5. Neutral Record: Stanford 2-2, Colorado 3-0. Conference Record: Stanford 2-3, Colorado 2-4. Series Record: Stanford leads, 9-3.
GAMES NOTES: The Colorado Buffaloes return to the Coors Events Center for two straight Pac-12 contests beginning with the Stanford Cardinal on Thursday night.
Stanford is hitting the road after a three-game homestand which it closed out with a 69-59 victory over California last Saturday. With that win the Cardinal are 11-7 overall but just 2-3 in league play. This is the fifth true road test for Stanford this season with the squad 1-3 in the first four. Stanford visits Utah in the second half of this two-game road trip.
With a 58-49 victory over Washington State last Saturday Colorado improved to 12-6 on the campaign. However, the win was just the second in the last six contests for Colorado which is just 2-4 in league action. Playing its next two contests at home, the other against California, should help matters as the Golden Bears are 8-1 at home this season.
The Cardinal have won the last five meetings between these programs, including a 74-50 rout at Coors Event Center last season. Stanford also leads the all- time series, 9-3.
In its win over California, Stanford made up for its poor shooting (.358 FG percentage) by willing themselves to the foul line throughout the contest. The Cardinal attempted twice as many shots from the free-throw line as the Golden Bears and outscored them 25-11 from the charity stripe.
Leading scorer Dwight Powell (14.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg) assumed that roll yet again in the win with a 17-point effort, including a 9-of-9 showing from the charity stripe. The 6-foot-10 forward has been solid for Stanford up front, scoring in double figures in 12 games this season while also managing to make good on 80.9 percent of his shots from the foul line. Chasson Randle (13.5 ppg) is the only other player on the squad scoring in double figures. Overall Stanford ranks near the middle of the conference in scoring (69.4 ppg), despite shooting the lowest percentage from the field (.405).
Colorado really tightened up on defense in its win over Washington State. The Buffaloes limited the Cougars to just 34.5 percent shooting in the contest. Free throws played a major roll as well with the Buffaloes outscoring the Cougars 19-4 from the charity stripe on 15 more attempts.
Led by a quartet of double-figure scorers the Buffaloes have been a team that relies heavily on its starting five. Spencer Dinwiddie (14.6 ppg) has ascended to the top spot in terms of scoring for the squad. The 6-foot-5 guard has excelled of late putting in at least 15 points in three straight outings. Askia Booker (14.2 ppg) had held the title for much of the season but has stumbled of late, failing to score in double figures in each of the last two games. Versatile forward Andre Roberson (10.5 ppg, 11.5 rpg) leads the conference in rebounding but his offensive output has been erratic with just two double figure efforts in the last six games.
Getting back home should really help Colorado as it tries to bounce back from a slow start in league play. With Dinwiddie beginning to heat up Colorado should be able to handle the Cardinal.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Colorado 72, Stanford 65
01/24 10:36:01 ET
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