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January 20, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Scouting report: Stanford

Scouting report: Stanford
Game info: 3 p.m. Saturday at Edmundson Pavilion (10,000 capacity).
TV: ROOT Sports (Kevin Calabro and Lenny Wilkens.)
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).
Record: 15-4, 5-2.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Click here.
Coach: Johnny Dawkins is 64-52 in his fourth season with the Cardinal.
Prediction: Picked to finish sixth in the Pac-12 by the media.
Series: Stanford leads 70-66 in a series that began in 1916. However, UW has won seven of the last 10 meetings. Dawkins is 1-7 against Washington. The lone victory was last January, a 58-56 win at Maples Pavilion. Lorenzo Romar is 13-9 against the Cardinal. Stanford’s last win at Hec Ed was Jan. 31, 2008, a 65-51 victory.
Last meeting: Washington won 87-76 in a game best remembered as the night Isaiah Thomas shot the lights out. An electrical surge knocked out power on campus and inside Hec Ed, Thomas took over. He sank three three-pointers and scored 14 of his game-high 22 points during a three-minute, 17-6 spurt before halftime. UW led 48-31 at the break and cruised to the win. Matthew Bryan-Amaning had 15 points and Venoy Overton 12.
Last outing: Stanford lost 81-69 at Washington State.
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PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Bellevue native Aaron Bright (far right) returns home and the sophomore guard is considered one of the most improved players in the Pac-12. As a freshman, he managed just six points in 18 minutes off the bench during the homecoming defeat at Washington. Bright is now entrenched in the lineup. He’s one of two players who has started every game. Bright is a terrific spot-up shooter. He’s second on the team in scoring with a 12.3 points per game average. Bright is shooting 43.2 percent on three-pointers, which is first on the team. He also leads Stanford in assists (3.5).
— If Josh Owens is shooting, it’s probably going in. The senior forward is second in the Pac-12 with a 61.4 field goal percentage. He was 8 for 8 on Thursday against Washington State. In seven meetings, Owens has averaged 5.2 points and 2.0 rebounds against UW. Last season he finished with 12 points and five rebounds in a loss and had 14 and 5 in the win at Stanford.
— If anyone is going to give Tony Wroten Jr. a run for the Pac-12’s Freshman of the Year award it’s Chasson Randle. Among freshmen, he’s second in the league in conference-only games with a 13.3 points per game average. He’s averaging 17 points in the past four games and is second on the team with 2.3 assists per game. Randle, is bidding to become the first freshman to lead Stanford in minutes played since Casey Jacobsen’s 28.5 average during the 1999-2000 campaign. Randle averages 29.9 minutes. The last freshman to average at least 30.0 minutes was Brevin Knight at 32.7 in 1993-94.
Photo credit: AP Photo – Paul Sakuma


OVERVIEW
— Today’s game is the only regular-season matchup with Stanford. Due to the unbalanced schedule, Washington does not make a trip to the Bay Area this season.
— Sophomores Anthony Brown and Dwight Powell were picked to the Pac-10 all-freshman team last season. Brown has made 11 starts and would be considered the fourth best player on the team. Powell, a 6-9 forward, may have more upside, but has struggled with consistency.
— Sophomore forward/center John Gage played at Vashon High with Washington freshman Alex Wegner. Gage is a three-point threat. However, he was 1 for 7 behind the arc Thursday in Pullman.
— Stanford is just 7-23 on the road in Pac-10 play dating back to the 2008-09 season.
— The Cardinal allows 70.1 points per game in the conference, which ranks 10th in the Pac-12.
— Stanford has not lost consecutive games this season. Following a 78-67 loss at Oregon, the Cardinal won 103-101 in four times at Oregon State.
— The Cardinal has the deepest bench in the Pac-12. Ten players average at least 12 minutes and 10 players have scored at least 10 points in a game this season.
— Sophomore reserve forward Josh Huestis led Stanford to a pair of wins last week. He scored a career-high 13 points on 6-6 shooting and collected 10 rebounds against Utah. He also had 13 points, four rebounds and four blocks against Colorado. Huestis was nominated for the Pac-12 Player of the Week award.
— Dawkins has employed seven different lineups this year while nine different players have received a starting assignment. Stanford’s most recent combination (below) is 5-3.
STARTING LINEUP:
F/C – Josh Owens, 6-8, 240, Sr., 13.1 ppg., 6.1 rpg., 1.s spg.
F – Andrew Zimmerman, 6-8, 230, Sr., 3.1, 1.5, 1.0 apg.
G – Anthony Brown, 6-6, 210, So., 7.9, 3.6, 1.1
G – Chasson Randle, 6-1, 175, Fr, 12.3, 3.2, 2.3
G – Aaron Bright 5-11, 177, So., 12.1, 1.4, 3.5
KEY MATCHUP:
— This game presents several intriguing clashes. Zimmerman and Desmond Simmons are similar, do-everything, hustle players. It will be interesting to see if Brown can slow down Terrence Ross. Stanford surrendered 33 points Thursday to WSU’s Faisal Aden and Ross is can produce similar offensive fireworks. Bright and Abdul Gaddy are both steady players while the Randle-Wroten pairing is a battle between the best freshmen in the Pac-12.
The key to the game likely involves Owens and Aziz N’Diaye. Owens overpowered Washington State for 19 points, which isn’t much of a surprise considering WSU’s small front line. He’ll face a bigger challenge in UW’s 7-foot center. Last season, Owens averaged 13 points against UW in a pair of regular-season games. N’Diaye is coming off of his best game of the season after posting 14 points and 12 rebounds on California. It’s the third straight game he’s had double-digit scoring and it’s the second time in three games he’s posted a double double.

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