January 12, 2013 at 7:11 PM
Stanford live game thread
IT’S OVER — Washington 65-60.
NEED A STOP — UW 62-60, 39.4.
ANYONE’S GAME — Wilcox has 22 points, six shy of his career best. N’Diaye has 12 points. No one else has more than seven. The Huskies need someone else to step up. UW 58-56, 3:54.
MISSED THE KNOCKOUT — The Huskies led 52-44 with 9:47 left and could have delivered a knockout punch. However, Stanford rallied and it’s right back into this one. UW 52-50, 7:55.
TAKE THAT SHOT — N’Diaye routinely backs away from Huestis on the perimeter and the Stanford forward has taken the shot almost every time. He’s 3 of 11, including 0 for 3 behind the arc. UW 49-43, 10:51.
TIMEOUT WASHINGTON — The Huskies led 45-43 before scoring two straight baskets. Simmons sank a putback and Wilcox drilled a mid-range jumper. UW 49-43, 11:38.
N’DIAYE HEAING UP — N’Diaye is 4 of 4 from the field and 2 of 2 at the line for 10 points. Maybe he should take more shots. UW 43-41, 15:48.
SECOND HALF — Same starters for both teams.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Feels like this game will be decided on the final possession. The teams are evenly matched.
Both teams are 15 of 29 from the field. The difference in the score is Stanford made one more three-pointer. Both teams have been stellar on the free throw line. UW is 4 of 4 and Stanford is 4 of 5.
Wilcox has 11 points and six rebounds. N’Diaye has six points.
Randle has 13 points, Powell eight and Brown six.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — Stanford 36-35.
COLD FROM DOWNTOWN — Before Wilcox made a three-pointer, the Huskies were 0 for 3 behind the arc. Stanford is 1 for 6 on treys. UW 29-28, 3:31.
FAST PACE — Didn’t think both teams would shoot as well as they are. Stan 20-18, 8:25.
THIRD SUB — Jernard Jarreau is in for Simmons. UW 12-12, 12:53.
SUBS — Aaron Andrews and Shawn Kemp Jr. are in for Suggs and N’Diaye. Stan 12-10, 13:55.
MATCHUPS — N’Diaye is defending Huestis and Simmons is on Powell. That’s a neat little wrinkle for the Huskies placing the smaller Simmons (6-7) on 6-10 Powell. UW 10-9, 14:07.
NICE INTRO — Stanford uses the Ray Lewis speech he gave to the team at NIT last year. Makes me wanna run thru a brick wall.
NO RANDLE — Stanford sophomore G Chasson Randle is not starting because he was late to a shootaround. But he’ll play.
STARTING LINEUPS: Same starters for UW: Abdul Gaddy, Scott Suggs, C.J. Wilcox, Desmond Simmons and Aziz N’Diaye.
Shouldn’t come as a surprise, but Stanford makes several changes to its lineup. Cardinal starters are G Aaron Bright, G/F Anthony Brown, G Gabriel Harris, F Josh Huestis and F Dwight Powell.
SO MUCH FOR PREDICTIONS — A few weeks ago it looked as if Washington’s first four games in the Pac-12 would decide its season. Many predicted the Huskies would go 0-4 during this stretch. Well, they’ve won two games and it wouldn’t be surprising if they win tonight. In fact, after tonight UW’s next three games (Colorado, Utah and Oregon State) are very winnable. Those teams are a combined 1-9 in the Pac-12.
SMALL CROWD? — We’re still about 50 minutes away from tip off and the place is practically empty. I’m guessing San Francisco game will keep a lot of folks at home.
NEED A TELESCOPE — With its 7,329 capacity, Maples Pavilion is the smallest arena in the Pac-12. It also has the worst press row in the conference. I’m sitting in the last row. Literally. Here’s a pic (right) of my view. Players look like tiny action figures.