Utah (11-16) at Stanford (16-13)
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DATE & TIME: Sunday, March 3, 5 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Maples Pavilion (7,392) -- Stanford, California.
Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: Utah 9-7, Stanford 10-5. Away Record:
Utah 2-9, Stanford 4-6. Neutral Record: Utah 0-0, Stanford 2-2. Conference
Record: Utah 3-12, Stanford 7-9. Series Record: Utah leads, 15-9.
GAMES NOTES: The Stanford Cardinal will try to put a halt to a two-game slide
in their final home game of the season when they take on the Utah Utes in a
Pac-12 Conference matchup at Maples Pavilion.
Utah's task will be to stop a three-game losing streak after the Utes were
handed a 64-46 loss by California on Thursday night. With the setback Utah is
now 11-16 overall, while a miserable 3-12 in conference action. The Utes are
ahead of only Washington State and Oregon State in the league standings, while
owning a 2-9 mark on the road. Utah will be at home against Oregon State and
Oregon in its final pair of games this season.
With losses in four of its last five games, Stanford's NCAA Tournament hopes
have all but disappeared unless it makes a run in the Pac-12 Conference
Tournament. The Cardinal are below .500 in league play (7-9) but they have
managed to pick up 10 wins at home in 15 contests. They have dropped back-to-
back games to Oregon (77-66) and most recently, Colorado (65-63). On Wednesday
the Cardinal will finish off the season on the road against California.
It was not a competitive contest when these teams met at the end of January.
Stanford ran up an 87-56 win at Utah. The teams have traded decisions in the
last four meetings with Utah holding onto the all-time series lead, 15-9.
Against one of the hottest teams in the country, Utah had no answers on
offense against California. The Utes had no players in double figures and made
good on just 29.1 percent of their shots from the floor. Points off turnovers
played a role with the Utes outscored 18-12 off takeaways.
Utah has been victim to low-scoring efforts more often than not this season.
The Utes are the lowest scoring team in the Pac-12 (63.5 pg), while shooting
at just a 43.9-percent clip from the field. The Utes do play solid defense,
holding teams to 62.2 points per game on less than 40 percent shooting. Jordan
Loveridge (11.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg) was the closest player to double figures against
California as he put in nine points, narrowly missing a double-double with 11
rebounds. Jarred DuBois (11.7 ppg) is another double-figure scorer on the
year. Jason Washburn (11.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg) completes 56 percent of his shots but
isn't called on to carry the Utes on offense.
Stanford led by 10 points against Colorado last time out, but an 18-2 run
midway through the second half by the Buffaloes reclaimed the lead for
Colorado for good. Stanford shot just 33.3 percent in the final 20 minutes
after hitting on better than 46 percent in the first frame.
The problem for Stanford on the offensive end has been efficiency. The
Cardinal are scoring a respectable 70 points per game but rank second to last
in the Pac-12 in assists (11.7 pg) and dead last in field-goal percentage
(.413). On defense Stanford is limiting teams to 65.9 points per game on 42.1
percent shooting. Dwight Powell (15.3 ppg, 8.2 rpg) is one of the better big
men in the conference as the leading scorer for Stanford. Josh Huestis (10.4
ppg, 9.6 rpg) is a constant double-double threat that teams with Powell to
form quite the frontcourt tandem. Chasson Randle (13.8 ppg) shoots below 40
percent from the floor, while Aaron Bright (8.5 ppg) is the only other player
above 6.5 points per game.
These teams didn't look very even at the Huntsman Center. Now that Stanford is
at home the result isn't likely to change.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Stanford 70, Utah 65
03/03 10:35:49 ET
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