Scouting report: Stanford
Game info: 8 p.m. Saturday at Maples Pavilion in Berkley, Calif. (7,329 capacity).
TV: FSN/ROOT Sports (Justin Kutcher and Marques Johnson).
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).
Coach: Johnny Dawkins is 85-65 in his fifth season with the Cardinal. Prior to joining Stanford on April 28, 2008, he was an assistant at Duke for 11 seasons.
Prediction: Picked to finish fourth in a preseason poll in the Pac-12 by media who cover the conference.
Series: Stanford leads 70-67 in a series that began Feb. 1, 1916. Washington has won eight of the last nine meetings. The Huskies have traditionally struggled in Palo Alto and are 16-49 all time there. The Cardinal had won 15-straight dating back to 1993 in Palo Alto until the Huskies broke that streak in 2009. Lorenzo Romar is 2-7 overall at Maples Pavilion, but holds a 14-9 all-time record against the Cardinal.
Last meeting: Tight end turned backup forward Austin Seferian-Jenkins made his season debut, which ignited the Hec Ed crowd. Still, Washington overpowered Stanford in a 76-63 win thanks to Tony Wroten Jr. who scored a game-high 21 points, Terrence Ross (18) and Darnell Gant (17).
Previous game: Beat Washington State 78-67 on Wednesday.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Dwight Powell was selected to the Pac-10 all-freshman team two years ago and many thought the 6-10 forward was a rising star in the conference. His production dipped significantly last season. His averages in scoring (5.8 from 8.1) and rebounding (4.6 from 5.2) all declined.
This season, the Ontario, Canada native is fulfilling the promise of his potential. He’s averaging 14.5 points and 7.7 rebounds. He’s shooting 49.4 percent from the field and 78.8 percent at the foul line. He’s also 7 of 17 on three-pointers.
Powell scored a career high 29 points on Dec. 12, 2012 against Denver and he collected a personal best 13 rebounds last week at UCLA.
Powell has averaged 8.0 points and 5.3 rebounds in three games against Washington.
UW coach Lorenzo Romar on Powell: “He doesn’t shoot threes a lot, but he’s capable. He’s shooting 41% from the three-point line I believe. But he does shoot it well. He drives it, you gotta box him out because he’s good offensive rebounder and he’s athletic. He’s become a pretty well-rounded player.”
— After producing arguably the best freshman year in Stanford history last season, Chasson Randle has struggled early on. He’s shooting 37.7 percent overall and 25.0 percent from three-point territory. However, he’s still averaging 13.3 points and 2.8 rebounds while also leading the Cardinal in assists (48) and steals (25).
Randle has produced double-figure scoring efforts in back-to-back games heading into Saturday’s contest.
In his only game against the Huskies, he finished with eight points on 2-for-12 shooting last season. He was 0 for 5 on three-pointers.
—After winning the National Invitational Tournament title last season, Stanford was expected to contend for a Pac-12 championship and a NCAA tournament berth. It’s been a disappointing start for the Cardinal, which failed to win a notable non-conference game and began conference play with two defeats in Los Angeles.
— Stanford’s biggest problem has been its offense. It’s last in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (40.9), 11th in three-point field goal percentage (30.8) and eighth in scoring (70.0). Stanford has shot better than 50 percent from the floor in just two games.
— However, Stanford is a sensational free-throw shooting team. It made 24 of 26 foul shots on Wednesday against WSU, which was the second-best showing in school history. The Cardinal are shooting 73.4 percent at the line this season.
— Despite the offensive woes, Stanford is still playing good defense. The Cardinal are allowing 64.6 points per game. It’s held opponents to 40.9 percent shooting from the floor.
— Former Bellevue star Aaron Bright has slogged through a season-long shooting slump. However, he broke out in a major way Wednesday against Washington State. Bright scored a season-high 21 points on 5-for-7 shooting, including 3 of 4 on three-pointers. He made all eight of his free throw attempts and had three assists in 32 minutes.
— Junior forward Josh Huestis is one of the premier defenders in the Pac-12. He averages 2.3 block, which ranks 33rd nationally. He has 86 swats in his career. Huestis also averages 9.1 rebounds.
— Junior wing Anthony Brown appeared in just four games before suffering a season-ending hip injury. He was a Pac-10 all-freshman pick in 2011.
— Dawkins likes to shuffle the lineup. Of the 14 players who have played in a game, 12 have made a start.
F – Dwight Powell, 6-10, 235, Jr., 14.7 ppg., 7.7 rpg., 2.0 apg.
F – Roscoe Allen, 6-9, 215, Fr., 3.9, 2.4, 36.2 FG%
F – Josh Huestis, 6-7, 230, Jr., 9.2, 9.1, 2.3 bpg.
F – Andy Brown, 6-7, 215, Sr., 7.1, 3.4, 1.4 spg.
G – Chasson Randle, 6-1, 190, So., 13.3, 2.8, 3.0 apg.
ROMAR ON STANFORD:
“A dangerous team that potentially is very explosive offensively. (Chasson) Randle scored 27 points in a half in the conference tournament last year and ended up with 30 in a game. He was playing really good offensively later in the year. I think when they really need a bucket, I think Aaron Bright is a guy who steps up and takes and makes big shots for them. He had been hurt. And I think that’s hurt them with him being out, with his ankle sprain. And then even when he came back, he had to knock the rust off a little bit. Well you get those two guys playing at a high level, I think Bright helps Randle when he’s in there with him, those guys are playing well together. They’re not even the leading scorers. The leading scorer is Dwight Powell. So you have those three, but then you have John Gage who seems to never miss a shot. Their support players on to Rosco Allen, Josh Huestis is there. He’s kind of their heart and soul in some areas. They just have a lot of weapons.”