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 leads, 70-67.
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 scoring margin.
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