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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, December 1, 8 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Maples Pavilion (7,233) -- Stanford, California. Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: SD State 2-1, Stanford 2-1. Away Record: SD State 0-3, Stanford 2-0. Neutral Record: SD State 0-1, Stanford 1-1. Conference Record: SD State 0-0, Stanford 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The Stanford Cardinal play host to the South Dakota State Jackrabbits in a non-conference tilt at Maples Pavilion on Sunday.
A brief two-game win streak for the Jackrabbits came to an end on Friday as they wre routed, 83-64, by UC Santa Barbara in the first half of this two- game road trip. South Dakota State is just 3-5 overall, with three losses in as many tries on the road.
Stanford returns to Maples Pavilion after playing its last two games at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York as part of the Legends Classic. Stanford split its two games there, and went 2-1 in the Classic overall. Although they were handed an 88-67 loss by Pittsburgh most recently, the Cardinal still own a solid 5-2 mark on the season.
This bout marks the first-ever meeting between these two schools on the hardwood.
UCSB's Alan Williams dominated the Jackrabbits on Friday to the tune of 39 points, nine rebounds and eight blocks. South Dakota State's weakness against Williams was just one area in which it struggled, as the Jackrabbits were outscored 34-14 in the paint, and 17-4 on points off turnovers.
Even though their record isn't stellar, the Jackrabbits still have plenty of scoring options, with five players averaging in double figures. However, one of the contributors, Jake Bittle (14 ppg), has missed six games with a bruised foot and is still listed as questionable. Leading scorer Jordan Dykstra (16.9 ppg, 9.5 rpg) is healthy and that is good news, considering he is nearly averaging a double-double and has been the most reliable contributor for the Jackrabbits. Cody Larson (12.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg) helps out in the frontcourt, while Brayden Carlson (12.5 ppg) and Chad White (11.8 ppg) handle duties in the backcourt.
Ball control was a real issue for Stanford in its loss to Pittsburgh, as the Cardinal turned the ball over 14 times and only forced five miscues from the Panthers. That led to a 20-8 deficit for Stanford in points off takeaways, largely eliminating any benefit of its 36-24 edge in the paint.
Against the Panthers, Dwight Powell showed why he was an All-Pac-12 selection a year ago, as he finished a rebound shy of a double-double while scoring 20 points and handing out six assists. Powell (16 ppg, 7.7 rpg) is one of four players on the roster netting more than 10 points per game. Leading the way is Chasson Randle (18.2 ppg), who has done so despite hitting less than 30 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc. Anthony Brown (16.1 ppg) has been a much more consistent shooter from 3-point range, ripping the net from that range at a 62 percent clip. Josh Huestis (11.1 ppg, 8.0 rpg) teams up with Powell to form a solid inside presence.
With one of their top scorers likely out once again the Jackrabbits, who would have been hard pressed to win anyway, will be abused by the balanced Stanford lineup.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Stanford 82, South Dakota State 68
12/01 10:34:58 ET