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February 12, 2011 at 6:10 AM

Scouting report: Stanford

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STANFORD
Game info:
5:30 p.m. Saturday at Edmundson Pavilion
Radio: FSN NW/KJR-950 AM
Record: 13-10, 6-6 Pac-10. RPI rank: 122.
Previous game: Won 75-62 at Washington State.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Prediction: Picked to finish ninth in the Pac-10 in a media poll.
Coach: Johnny Dawkins is 47-42 in his third season with the Cardinal.
Series: Stanford leads 70-65 in a series that began in 1916. The Cardinal is 19-45 in Seattle.
Last meeting: Stanford snapped a six-game losing streak to the Huskies with a 58-56 win on Jan. 13 at Maples Pavilion. It was the fewest points Washington has scored this season. Josh Owens sank the game-winning basket on a putback with 29 seconds left. Moments later, Scott Suggs missed a baseline three-pointer. Justin Holiday grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He missed the first free throw and intentionally clanked the second one. Stanford’s Dwight Powell grabbed the rebound, but was called for traveling. The Huskies had one last try with 2.5 seconds left. Holiday received an inbound pass from Isaiah Thomas on the right wing, but his mid-range jumper fell short. Holiday led all scorers with 15 points and Thomas added 14. Owens scored a team-high 14 for Stanford.


PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— After a midseason scoring slump, junior guard Jeremy Green (above, right) has tallied 21, 23 and 24 points in the past three games respectively. In the previous eight games, Green shot just 28.4 percent overall and 27.1 percent from beyond the arc. It was the longest cold-shooting stretch of his career. Green has made 10 straight three-pointers in the past two games. He was 5-for-5 against Arizona State and 5-for-5 against Washington State. Stanford is 6-14 when Green attempts 15 or more shots and 21-13 when he totals 14 or less tries.
UW coach Lorenzo Romar on Green: “He’s such a dangerous shooter with unlimited range. He’s just a guy that if you blink, you messed up. He’s going to get his shot up. You rarely see him shoot an off-balance shot. He’s always very balanced. Perfect follow through. If he gets it off, it’s got a great chance of going in. So you just got to be aware. If a team loses him for any reason, his first three could be the next 4-5 in a row.”
— The Huskies had a difficult time stopping Owens, a junior forward, in their first meeting. He converted 7 fo 9 field goals and collected five rebounds in 33 minutes. Owens had a miserable game Thursday against WSU. He was hampered by foul trouble and finished with just two points on 1-for-6 shooting in 17 minutes. Owens redshirted last season due to an undisclosed medical condition and he’s nearly doubled his scoring average in his 2008-09 sophomore season. His 18 blocks and 19 steals rank second on the team and he’s shooting 57.4 percent from the field.
OVERVIEW:
— Stanford is tied for fourth place with WSU and California in the Pac-10 standings at 6-6. Only two of the next four conference games are at home.
— Stanford will return to Seattle on March 1 to play the Redhawks at KeyArena.
— Nobody in the Pac-10 plays defense like Stanford. The Cardinal allows 62.1 points per game, which leads the conference and ranks 40th in the nation. They held Washington, the highest scoring Pac-10 team, nearly 30 points below its average. Stanford has held five opponents to less than 50 points. Only three opponents have scored at least 75 points and Stanford is 1-2 in those games.
— A victory today would match Stanford’s win total from last season. It would also give Dawkins his first road sweep in Washington and it would give the Cardinal it’s fourth three-game winning streak this season.
— Stanford has struggled on the road in the past three seasons. In 2008-09, the Cardinal was 1-9. Last season it was 2-7 and this season it is 2-3.
Jarrett Mann’s 11 assists on Thursday against WSU were the most for a Stanford player since 2008. The junior guard has started every game this season. However, his role has changed frequently. He began the year at point guard before moving off the ball. In the past four games, he’s returned to point guard.
— Freshman Anthony Brown moved into the starting lineup four games ago to give Stanford a boost offensively. In his first start, he scored a career-high 21 points, including three three-pointers against Oregon State.
— Freshman guard Aaron Bright starred at Bellevue High. He’s started eight games this season. Bright is former teammates with Thomas. They played summer AAU basketball together four years ago.
— After a slow start, freshman forward John Gage, the former Vashon High star, has played well recently. He’s appeared in five of the past seven games as a reserve. Gage scored a career-high nine points in 13 minutes against Arizona.
— 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 has dished out 38 assists on 54 buckets over the last two games combined.
— The Cardinal are much better at Maples Pavilion than it is on the road. At home, Stanford averages 69.8 points. On the road, 59.0.
STARTING LINEUP:
F – Dwight Powell, 6-9, 227, Fr., 9.0 ppg., 4.9 rpg.
F – Josh Owens, 6-8, 230, Jr., 11.4 6.8
F – Anthony Brown, 6-6, 200, 7.6, 2.6
G – Jeremy Green, 6-4, 198, Jr., 15.3, 3.0
G – Jarrett Mann, 6-4, 190, Jr., 5.3, 3.0
KEY MATCHUP:
— Washington has emphasized its defense recently, but stopping Stanford’s offense shouldn’t be much of a problem because the Cardinal average just 63.8 points per game against Pac-10 opponents, which is ninth in the conference. Scoring against Stanford is a difficult task.
“They’re good defensively,” Romar said. “They’re longer than you might think. They’re not a small team. They’re not a huge team, but they’re not small either. They’re well-coached on the defensive end. They play a conservative, packed-in style of defense. They won’t take many risks. And they try to make you score over them and they go a good job of it.”
Stanford has good size in the backcourt, which is a tall obstacle for Thomas. Still the 5-9 Washington guard is probably the key to the game because he’s able to create a fast pace with his dribble drives and pressure defense. The Cardinal doesn’t like to run. Stanford prefers a slow tempo and a halfcourt game. It wants to grind it out. Washington needs to pressure Mann. If he has 11 assists again, the Huskies are in trouble. Stanford has two legitimate scorers in Green and Owens. Everyone else is an opportunistic scorer. And Stanford depth is questionable. Nine players average at least 10 minutes, but a handful of the reserves have yet to display they’re capable of making a meaningful contribution in a road Pac-10 game.

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