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February 12, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Scouting Stanford

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AP Photo/Paul Sakuma
Scouting report: Stanford
Game info: 5 p.m. Saturday at Maples Pavilion.
TV/Radio: FSN NW/KJR-950 AM

Record:
11-13 (5-7 Pac-10, t-7th). RPI rank: 155rd.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Coach: Johnny Dawkins 31-27 in his second year with the Cardinal.
Last season: 20-14, 6-12 Pac-10 (9th)
Last NCAA tournament appearance: 2008
Prediction: Picked to finish 10th in the Pac-10 in a media poll.
Series: Stanford leads 69-62 in a series that began Feb. 1, 1916 with a UW win. The Huskies have won five of the last seven meetings and four in a row. They swept last year’s regular-season series (84-83 in Seattle, 75-68 in Stanford) and beat the Cardinal 85-73 in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 tournament.
Last meeting: UW crushed Stanford 94-61 on Jan. 14 at Edmundson Pavilion. The 33-point victory was the Huskies’ most lopsided win against the Cardinal and it tied for third in school history for the largest margin of victory against a Pac-10 opponent.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— After absorbing a 33-point pelting from Cal’s Jerome Randle, the Huskies get another look at a Player of the Year candidate. This time it’s Pac-10 scoring leader Landry Fields, who averages 22.7 points per game. In conference-only games, he’s averaging a league-best 22.0 points. The Huskies held him to 17 points and five rebounds in their last encounter, however, he had two double-doubles last season against UW. In eight career contests versus Washington, he’s 30-60 from the field while averaging 10.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
— There hasn’t been a better wingman in the Pac-10 than sophomore guard Jeremy Green (above, left). He’s averaging 17.6 points, which is fifth in the conference, and 19 points in Pac-10 only games. In four games against the Huskies, Green is averaging 9.2 points with eight three-pointers. He was Stanford’s star on Thursday, sinking a game-winning 18-footer with 4.6 seconds left that gave the Cardinal a 60-58 win over Washington State.
OVERVIEW:
— In Thursday’s victory over WSU, the Cardinal played its worst half of the season, committing eight of its 11 first-half turnovers in the first nine minutes and trailed 33-18 at halftime. The win allowed Stanford to avoid its first five-game losing streak since a six-game slide at the end of the 1992-93 campaign.
— Stanford is the only team with a perfect Pac-10 home record. The Cardinal is 5-0 in league play and 10-2 overall.
— After Fields and Green, there’s a big dropoff in scoring. Senior G Drew Shiller is third on the team in scoring, averaging 7.3 points.
— Sophomore F Andrew Zimmerman, who suffered a stress fracture to his foot and missed six games, returned Thursday. He was scoreless in five minutes off the bench. Before the injury, he started 17 games and averaged 5.6 points and 3.5 rebounds.
STARTING LINEUP:
F – Jack Trotter, 6-9, 220, So., 6.3, 4.4
G/F – Fields, 6-7, 215, Sr., 22.7 ppg., 8.8 rpg.
G – Shiller, 6-0, 180, Sr., 7.3, 2.5
G – Jarrett Mann, 6-3, 185, So.,6.2, 3.5
G – Green, 6-4, 190, So., 17.6, 3.8
KEY MATCHUP:
— In their previous meeting, the Huskies pressured and trapped the Cardinal into submission. It got so bad, twice Stanford guards were forced to call timeout in the backcourt because they couldn’t advance the ball and didn’t want to pick up a 10-second violation. UW forced 20 turnovers and turned those miscues into 25 points. Stanford isn’t difficult to decipher. UW must stop either Fields or Green. Quincy Pondexter did an adequate job defending Fields in the last game and Thomas was outstanding limiting Green to just seven points on 3-for-7 shooting. It’s unrealistic to expect Thomas can do that again, but if he falters the Huskies will likely switch defensive stalwart Justin Holiday on Green, who is a three-point specialist.

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