The Stanford Cardinal look to build on their upset of the Washington State Cougars as they wrap up their 2011 Washington road trip. The Cardinal face the Washington Huskies looking to get out of the 6-6 logjam for fourth place. A win over the Huskies would pull the Cardinal to within a game third place in the Pac-10 and add another solid win to their resume. Stanford played a relatively weak non-conference schedule and a win over Washington would be a boost.
GAME NOTES: The Washington Huskies welcome the Stanford Cardinal to Seattle for what is sure to be a spirited Pac-10 Conference affair. Wins in two straight games have enabled Stanford to even its Pac-10 record at 6-6 and move to 13-10 overall. The Cardinal is coming off a 75-62 victory over Washington State on Thursday, marking just its second true road win of the season in what was its seventh trip into enemy territory.
As for Washington, it finally managed to halt a three-game skid on Thursday with a 109-77 thrashing of California. The Huskies suffered all three of the losses during that recent slide on the road, but now they are back home where they have won all 12 games to date. They are 16-7 overall, including 8-4 in conference.
Stanford owns a 70-65 series lead over Washington, which includes a 58-56 triumph over the Huskies last month.
Jeremy Green has led Stanford in scoring in each of the last three outings, topping 20 points in all of those affairs. With the recent surge, Green has bumped his season scoring average up to 15.3 ppg, an output that would be greater if not for his 39.4 percent shooting from the field. Josh Owens checks in with 11.4 ppg and 6.8 rpg, and he is the only other double-digit scorer on the roster. For the season, the Cardinal is generating 65.1 ppg while holding opponents to 62.1 ppg on 42.1 percent field goal efficiency. Green was sensational in the 13-point victory over Washington State two days ago, as he drilled all five of his three-point attempts and finished with 24 points. Dwight Powell added 16 points and eight rebounds, while Anthony Brown tallied 12 points. Jarrett Mann handed out 11 assists for the Cardinal, which shot 50 percent from the floor.
Isaiah Thomas, Matt Bryan-Amaning and Justin Holiday provide Washington with a trio of solid performers. Thomas is scoring 16.8 ppg to go along with 5.9 apg, and he is considered one of the elite guards in the Pac-10. Bryan-Amaning checks in with 15.8 ppg on 57.4 percent shooting from the field, and he is ripping down 7.9 rpg as well. As for Holiday, he rounds out the trio with 12.4 ppg. The Huskies have the potential to approach triple digits on any given night, as they are averaging 85.9 ppg while limiting opponents to 69.8 ppg. Thomas scored 23 points to go along with nine assists on Thursday, and Bryan- Amaning added 18 points, nine rebounds and four blocks in the win over Cal. C.J. Wilcox pitched in 14 points, and Holiday registered 12 points. Clearly, a 56.6 percent shooting effort from the field helped Washington, and the club finished a staggering 17-of-31 from three-point range.
The Huskies racked up 109 points against Cal despite hitting only six free throws. Washington may very well be the most talented team in the conference, and a victory over Stanford seems likely.
GAME NOTES: The Washington Huskies welcome the Stanford Cardinal to Seattle for what is sure to be a spirited Pac-10 Conference affair.
FACTS & STATS: Site: Bank of America Arena (10,000) — Seattle, Washington. Television: FSN-NW. Home Record: Stanford 10-3, Washington 12-0. Away Record: Stanford 2-5, Washington 3-5. Neutral Record: Stanford 1-2, Washington 1-2. Conference Record: Stanford 6-6, Washington 8-4. Series Record: Stanford leads, 70-65.
Saturday, February 12th, 8:30 p.m. (et)
Washington 90, Stanford 74