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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

March 12, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Keys to the game — Stanford

Here’s a breakdown of today’s game against Stanford:
Records: No. 10 Washington 24-7, 13-4; Stanford 18-12, 6-12. Where: Staples Center. Time: 2:30 p.m. TV: FSN. Radio: KJR-AM
KEYS TO THE GAME
No. 1: Wear ’em out: With Stanford having a quick turnaround from last night to this afternoon, it would make sense that UW might employ a little more pressure to try to wear down the Cardinal, especially the guards. Stanford likes to play at a faster pace than it traditionally has, but in this game a really quick tempo might favor UW.
No. 2: Rebound: UW won the first game against Stanford in large part to a 44-28 rebounding edge. UW hasn’t been rebounding quite as well of late, however, and if Stanford evens that out a bit it could help the Cardinal stay in the game. Stanford was eighth in conference play in rebounding margin at minus-2.3.
No. 3: Get Dentmon going: The senior carried UW at times this year but has struggled a little more of late – he’s 12-43 shooting in his last four Pac-games. And he also struggled against Stanford this year with just 17 points in two games. The key for him will be not to settle for jumpers but to continue to get into the paint and get to the line.
No. 4: Get out on the three: Stanford’s biggest offensive strength is three-point shooting – the Cardinal made 39.1 percent in conference play and have had some particularly good games of late, such as 15-33 at Arizona last weekend. UW has defended the three well all year, however, ranking second in conference play at 31.9.
No. 5: Handle the swings of emotion: UW comes to this tournament in a different role than it has had in a while as one of the favorites to win it. That means the crowd – which always favors the underdog – could get behind the Cardinal if Stanford starts to do anything well. UW has been really good at handling whatever has come its way this year in terms of settings. But this could be another test of that resolve.

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