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February 7, 2009 at 6:12 PM

Keys to the game — Stanford

Here’s a breakdown of tomorrow’s s game in Palo Alto with the Cardinal.
Records: Washington 16-6, 7-3; Stanford 14-6, 4-6. Where: Maples Pavilion (7,391). Time: 2:30 p.m. TV: FSN National (in HDTV) Radio: KJR-AM
KEYS TO THE GAME
No. 1: Get Jon Brockman going offensively — The UW senior had just four points, and no field goals, against Cal. He’s obviously got to do more than that for the Huskies to win games like this on the road. I delved a little more into Brockman’s struggles against Cal in my preview story for tomorrow’s paper.
No. 2: Share the ball — As detailed in the story above, UW had a season-low six assists against the Bears. Stanford hasn’t been a very good defensive team in Pac-10 play, ranking ninth in conference games by allowing teams to hit 50.8 percent. With a little patience, UW should get better shots against Stanford.
No. 3: Keep Lawrence Hill in check — The Stanford senior forward was an All-Pac-10 player two years ago, dropped off the face of the earth last season, and is again playing like an all-conference player this season, scoring 14 points a game and averaging 5.7 rebounds. And he’s coming off one of his best games of the season with 20 points on 8-9 shooting against WSU Thursday. Darnell Gant figures to guard Hill at the start and needs to keep him from getting going early.
No. 4: Rebound — UW had a 44-28 rebounding edge against the Cardinal in Seattle, literally winning the game on the boards with Brockman’s rebound putback with 4.6 seconds left. Stanford has a minus-1.1 rebound margin in Pac-10 play so the Huskies could feast on the boards.
No. 5: Locate Will Paul — Stanford’s secret weapon on its win over WSU was 6-10 sophomore forward Will Paul, who hit 3-3 three-pointers and 5-5 shots on the way to 13 points in 26 minutes. Paul didn’t play as much in Seattle, but had eight points in 12 minutes. He could be the X factor for the Cardinal Sunday.

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