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January 13, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Scouting report: Stanford

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STANFORD
Game info:
7 p.m. Thursday at Maples Pavilion
Radio: NW/KJR-950 AM
Record: 9-5, 2-1 Pac-10. RPI rank: 101.
Previous game: Lost 67-57 at Arizona.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Prediction: Picked to finish ninth in the Pac-10 in a media poll.
Coach: Johnny Dawkins is 43-37 in his third season with the Cardinal.
Series: Stanford leads 69-65 in a series that began in 1916. The Beavers have lost three games to Washington in each of the past two seasons.
Last meeting: The Huskies led from start to finish in a 79-64 victory in the Pac-10 semifinals. Neither team shot particularly well. UW was 25 of 61 (41 percent) from the field while Stanford connected on 20 of 64 (31.3) shots. The Huskies led 28-19 at halftime and built their largest lead when Matthew Bryan-Amaning dunked on Andrew Zimmerman (right) giving them a 59-39 lead. The final minutes turned into a dunk contest for UW, which included two consecutive slams for Darnell Gant.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Junior guard Jeremy Green is Stanford’s best player and he’s a high-volume shooter. However, at times he can be the Cardinal’s worst enemy. As a starter, when he shoots 15 or more shots, Stanford is 6-11. When he takes 14 or fewer, Stanford is 17-11. Green is a tough matchup because he’s quick and he’s a deadly three-point threat.
— Junior forward Josh Owens redshirted last season due to an undisclosed medical condition. He’s returned in a big way. Owens is shooting 58.4 percent from the field, which ranks 18th in the country. His 6.4 rebounding average, 15 steals and 12 blocks are team highs.
— Freshman guard Aaron Bright starred at Bellevue High. After consecutive losses at Butler and Yale, he moved in the starting lineup. Stanford is 3-1 with Bright at point guard. UW coach Lorenzo Romar said Bright has attended Washington’s summer basketball camps for years. The coaching staff is very familiar with him. In many ways, he’s similar to Mitch Johnson, the former O’Dea High standout who played at Stanford.
OVERVIEW:
— Stanford allows just 60.0 points per game, which is best in the Pac-10 and 28th in the nation. The Cardinal has held five opponents to 50 points or fewer this season.
— Stanford does not have a senior on the roster. The team has just three juniors and the rest are underclassmen, including six freshmen.
— The Cardinal are much better at Maples Pavilion than it is on the road. At home, Stanford averages 72.9 points. On the road, 59.4.
— Stanford is a sensational second-half squad. The Cardinal average 55.7 points after halftime and 29.3 points in the first 20 minutes.
— Stanford is tough at home where it has a 47-11 record in the past three seasons.
— Stanford has not faced a top 25-ranked team this season. The Cardinal and the Huskies have a common nonconference opponent, which is Virginia. Stanford beat the Cavaliers 81-60 at home on Nov. 18.
STARTING LINEUP:
F/C – Josh Owens, 6-8, 230, Jr., 12.0 ppg., 6.4 rpg.
F – Dwight Powell, 6-9, 227, Fr., 8.8, 4.2
G – Jeremy Green, 6-4, 198, Jr., 15.9, 2.9
G – Jarrett Mann, 6-4, 190, Jr., 4.0, 3.1 apg
G – Aaron Bright, 5-11, 175, Fr., 5.5, 2.6 apg
KEY MATCHUP:
— The most intriguing matchup figures to be center Aziz N’Diaye or Bryan-Amaning paired against Owens, who is Stanford’s only consistent low-post scoring threat. Any team that plays the Cardinal makes it a priority to slow down Green. Last year, he scored 30 points against Washington State before facing the Huskies. In the UW game, Thomas wanted to defend the high-scoring guard and he held him to seven points on 3 for 10 shooting. Stanford’s stingy defense practically ensures it will be a low-scoring game, but if Washington can limit Green then it’s unlikely the Cardinal can generate enough points to win.

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