Washington (10-5) at Stanford (10-6)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 12, 11 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Maples Pavilion (7,392) -- Stanford, California.
Television: FSN, MSG+. Home Record: Washington 6-3, Stanford 7-1. Away Record:
Washington 3-1, Stanford 1-3. Neutral Record: Washington 1-1, Stanford 2-2.
Conference Record: Washington 2-0, Stanford 1-2. Series Record: Stanford
GAMES NOTES: The Stanford Cardinal will look to build off their first win of
the new year when the Washington Huskies invade Maples Pavilion for a Pac-12
Conference affair on Saturday night.
This is the final leg of a four-game road trip for Washington which has been
playing some of its best basketball in recent weeks. The Huskies have won six
of their last seven games after taking down California, 62-47, on Wednesday.
They now sit with a record of 10-5 overall. The Huskies have also played well
on the road, where they are 3-1 on the campaign. Washington will return home
next time out against Colorado.
After dropping its first two games in league play, Stanford got its first
conference win on Wednesday against Washington State with a 78-67 triumph. The
win also pushed Stanford to its 10th victory of the campaign, while moving the
Cardinal to 7-1 at Maples Pavilion this year. Stanford will finish up this
three-game homestand next Saturday against rival California.
Washington has really been dominating Stanford in recent years with wins in
seven of the last eight meetings. That has allowed the Huskies to inch closer
in the all-time series which they currently trail, 70-67.
Despite shooting just 36.8 percent, Washington was able to top California by
limiting the Golden Bears to just 20-of-53 shooting. The Huskies also
controlled the boards in the contest with a 48-33 edge in rebounds.
Depth has been an issue for Washington this season with only four players
making appearances in all 15 games and seven playing more than 11 minutes per
game. That doesn't mean the Huskies don't have talent. C.J. Wilcox (18.5 ppg,
5.7 apg) has been one of the best scorers in the conference this season with
double figures efforts in all but one game. Teaming with Wilcox in the
backcourt are two other double figure scorers in 3-point specialist Scott
Suggs (12.7 ppg, 41.2 3P percentage) and point guard Abdul Gaddy (12.3 ppg,
3.8 apg). On the inside, Aziz N'Diaye (11.1 ppg, 9.4 rpg) has been consistent
and is about as much a lock for a double-double as there is in the conference.
Overall the Huskies are scoring 70.1 points per game, while holding a +5.2
Stanford really heated up in the second half against Washington State to earn
its first conference victory. The Cardinal hit 58.3 percent of its shots in
the final 20 minutes, including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc and also outscored
the Cougars 24-6 for the game from the free-throw line.
The increased success from beyond the arc is a welcome sign for Stanford which
has had plenty of shooters, but not a ton of success, ranking 11th in the
conference from long range (30.8 3P percentage). Chasson Randle (13.2 ppg) has
begun to find his stroke from outside as he has hit 6-of-16 over the last four
games. Aaron Bright (9.6 ppg) hit 3-of-4 3-pointers against Washington State
to score a season-high 21 points. While the backcourt has struggled, Dwight
Powell (14.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg) has been a consistent force on the inside for
Stanford, which has a solid +5.4 scoring differential.
The duel in the backcourt should be fun to watch between these squads
especially with Randle and Bright beginning to play more like they did last
season. Stanford has enough power on the interior with Powell and Josh Huestis
(9.2 ppg, 9.1 rpg) to outmatch N'Diaye and capture a win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Stanford 72, Washington 69
01/12 10:32:35 ET
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