Northwestern (1-0) at Stanford (1-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, November 14, 11 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Maples Pavilion (7,233) -- Stanford, California. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: Northwestern 1-0, Stanford 1-1. Away Record: Northwestern 0-0, Stanford 0-0. Neutral Record: Northwestern 0-0, Stanford 0-0. Conference Record: Northwestern 0-0 Stanford 0-0. Series Record: Stanford leads 5-2.
GAME NOTES: The Northwestern Wildcats take to the road for the first time this season as they clash with the Stanford Cardinal in non-conference action at Maples Pavilion tonight.
The Wildcats, who will be back home this weekend in order to host Illinois State, have played just one game to this point, a 72-55 triumph over Eastern Illinois.
As for Stanford, it tipped off the 2013-14 campaign last Friday versus Bucknell and barely slipped by the Bison in a 72-68 final. Three days later, it was BYU that came calling on the Cardinal and this time the hosts were not nearly as lucky as they bowed in a 112-103 decision versus the Cougars.
As far as the all-time series is concerned, the Cardinal have won five of the previous seven matchups between the squads. However, last season the Wildcats managed to pull off a narrow 70-68 win at home.
Against the Panthers of Eastern Illinois, the Wildcats turned to Drew Crawford who responded with a double-double consisting of 25 points and 11 rebounds, both of which were game-highs. Crawford not only dominated in the paint, but he also showed that he can be a force to be reckoned with out on the perimeter with an impressive 5-of-7 showing behind the 3-point line. Sanjay Lumpkin, Dave Sobolewski and JerShon Cobb all added nine points for Northwestern, as the team shot 46.5 percent from the field, but an even more impressive 47.6 percent (10-of-21) beyond the arc.
At the defensive end, Northwestern forced a mere seven turnovers, but at the same time allowed just four assists and caused the Panthers to shoot a meager 30.2 percent from the field and 2-of-18 out on the perimeter.
Against BYU, the Cardinal fell behind at the break by eight points, due in part to shooting only 2-of-11 behind the 3-point line, and they were never able to fully recover. Chasson Randle tried to keep the hosts close as he tallied a game-high 33 points on 12-of-3 shooting, but his 2-of-7 showing from long range didn't help matters. Dwight Powell responded with 28 points and seven rebounds, followed by Anthony Brown and John Gage with 16 and 12 points, respectively.
After two games, Randle is scoring 25.5 ppg, shooting 53.1 percent from the floor, while Powell checks in with 22.5 ppg and is first on the unit with 9.5 rpg. Playing close to 39 minutes per game, Powell has also come up with team- highs of nine assists and five steals. Josh Huestis isn't much of a scorer in the early going, putting up 5.5 ppg, but his 8.5 rpg makes him indispensable nonetheless.
Being at home has its privileges and the Cardinal will be sure to take advantage of them as they try to keep the scoring to a minimum tonight versus an opponent that has already proven it can defeat Stanford.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Stanford 78, Northwestern 73
11/14 10:30:51 ET