UC Davis (3-7) at Stanford (6-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 14, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Maples Pavilion (7,233) -- Stanford, California. Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: UC Davis 1-3, Stanford 4-1. Away Record: UC Davis 0-4, Stanford 1-0. Neutral Record: UC Davis 2-0, Stanford 1-1. Conference Record: UC Davis 0-0, Stanford 0-0. Series Record: Stanford leads, 16-1.
GAME NOTES: Stanford's lengthy finals break is finally over, as the Cardinal get back to the hardwood on Saturday when the UC Davis Aggies come to Maples Pavilion for a non-conference tilt.
Stanford has had nearly two weeks off since defeating South Dakota State, 92-60, on Dec. 1, and with the stressful exams out of the way, it would be easy to look past a struggling UC Davis club and onto next week's test against nationally-ranked Connecticut. However, the Cardinal have a slew of upperclassmen with the experience that will likely not allow that to happen. Chasson Randle, Anthony Brown, Josh Huestis, Dwight Powell and Stefan Nastic have started all eight games this season, and it will probably stay that way barring injury the way they've played together thus far.
All five players scored at least nine points in the thumping of South Dakota State, with Randle's 21-point showing leading the way. Randle is one of four players scoring in double figures and is putting up a robust 18.5 ppg. Brown checks in with 16.5 ppg, while Powell and Huestis are right behind at 15.1 and 11.4 ppg, respectively.
The Cardinal have outrebounded their opponents by 4.5 boards per game, an area they should have an advantage in Saturday as the Aggies are allowing their opponents six more rebounds per outing.
The problems on the glass persisted Saturday when UC Davis dropped an 87-81 decision to Nevada in overtime, thanks in part to a 42-24 rebounding differential in favor of the Wolf Pack.
Freshman guard Brynton Lemar forced overtime with a last-second layup, but the Aggies made just one of their five field goal attempts in the extra session to fall short.
The setback overshadowed a terrific game from Corey Hawkins, who erupted for 34 points on 12-of-20 shooting. The outburst pumped up Hawkins' season total to 17.6 ppg, just in front of Josh Ritchart's 17.3 ppg average. Ritchart is making 63.2 percent of his shots, while grabbing a team-high 6.6 rpg.
UC Davis came away with its only win in 17 meetings against Stanford on Dec. 4, 2005. The Cardinal's streak will continue Saturday given the matchups and Stanford's veteran leadership.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Stanford 82, UC Davis 70
12/14 10:37:47 ET