In their one and only meeting of the season, the Stanford Cardinal get set to host the Arizona State Sun Devils at Maples Pavilion Thursday night, aiming to get back atop the Pac-12 standings his year.
Stanford is 5-4 at the misway point in league play, representing the first time in the last four seasons the Cardinal (15-6, 5-4 Pac-12) has owned a winning record through the first nine games of Pac-12 competition.
As for Arizona State (7-14, 3-6 Pac-12) they enter this game fresh off a off a 71-67 victory over the Washington State Cougars, snapping an unfortunate three-game losing skid with the victory. The Sun Devils have not won back-to-back games all season and are an unimpressive 3-6 away from home. ASU is fifth in tthe conference in field goal percentage, but also struggles with turnovers and like to shoot themselves in the foot. Their players to watch are Trent Lockett (13.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 54.7 percent FG), Carrick Felix (11.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, team-best 33 three-pointers) and Kyle Cain (8.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg).
Josh Owens has a 10.2 point and 6.5 rebound average in four meetings with ASU, shooting 14-22 from the field while Jack Trotter is 11-22 from the field in six meetings against the Sun Devils. Stanford owns the 41-30 advantage over ASU in the all-time series, dating all the way back to 1957. The Card have won six of the last 10 and 22 of the last 28 meetings dating back to 1998.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 • 7 p.m.
Site: Maples Pavilion (7,329) • Stanford, CA
Series History: Stanford leads 41-30
Last Meeting: Stanford 83, Arizona State 75 (Feb. 5, 2011)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Jacob Jaffe, Analyst: Zach Zimmerman)
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