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POST-GAME ANALYSIS — Shocking. No other way to describe this game. No one saw this outcome. Not sure if folks in Palo Alto, Calif. even saw this one. Stanford played a very sound game in the win. They executed its half-court offense against the toughest defense in the conference.
Stanford got 18 points from Green and 17 from Fields, which was expected. But the Cardinal also received 12 points from Emmanuel Igbinosa, which had to be unexpected. He was averaging 3.1 coming into the night.
As good as the Cardinal appeared, I can’t imagine it playing that well it faces UW tomorrow. Stanford shot 54.8 percent from the floor and held ASU to 38.9 shooting.
STATS — Click here.
IT’S OVER — Stanford 70-61.
FOUL FEST — ASU is fouling at every opportunity to extend the game. Good for them, bad for me and my deadline. The UW-OSU game will tip off at midnight at this rate. Stan 69-61 at 48.1 seconds.
ROMAR PEAKING — UW coach Lorenzo Romar is standing in the spot were Pondexter was earlier and he’s watching the game. He’s also nervously pacing from side to side. Stan 65-52 at 1:54.
WOW — Barring a major collapse, Stanford is going to pull off a shocker in the quarterfinals and essentially end ASU’s tournament chances. Stan 64-50 at 2:32.
BOATENG WEARING 34 — Boateng had to change jerseys because blood from Zimmerman spilled on his jersey. Boateng delivered the elbow Zimmerman that sent him to the lockers. Stan 60-47 at 3:32.
FULL COURT PRESS — ASU is using a full-court press and Stanford has looked puzzled at times while trying to break it. If the Cardinal had a reliable point guard, it would be dangerous. Stan 55-44 at 5:16.
MEDIA TIMEOUT — The Sun Devils are beginning to panic. They’re rushing shots and they’re trying to get the ball inside center Eric Boateng, who looks tired. Gotta give credit to Stanford’s Jack Trotter (above) and Andrew Zimmerman. Those guys don’t have the raw athletic talent as someone like Boateng, but they are battling. Stan 53-43 at 7:35.
PONDEXTER PEAKING — Quinicy Pondexter is watching the game from a tunnel at Staples Center. He’s nervously bouncing from side to side and shaking his head in awe. It would appear he didn’t envision ASU losing like this. Stan 50-35 at 11:34.
UPSET BREWING — Green sank a pair of free throws to put the Cardinal ahead by 10. Stan 42-32 at 14:06.
HALFTIME OBSERVATION — There’s a nervous energy coming from the ASU bench as if the Sun Devils can feel their tournament chances slowly dying. The surprising aspect of the first half is Stanford’s balanced offensive attack. Landry Fields and Jeremy Green each have seven points, but seven Cardinal have scored. Meanwhile, Rihards Kuksiks has a game-high 15.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — Stanford 29-28. Just thought I’d throw up a post in case anyone wanted to comment on the game. I won’t have a chance to file many updates, but will do what I can.
March 11, 2010 at 7:01 PM
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