Scouting report: Stanford
Game info: 8 p.m. Saturday at Maples Pavilion in Berkley, Calif. (7,329 capacity).
TV: ESPNU (Beth Mowins and Jon Crispin).
Radio: KJR 950 AM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).
Coach: Johnny Dawkins is 105-79 (.570) 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 sixth in a preseason poll in the Pac-12 by media who cover the conference.
Series: Stanford leads 70-68 in a series that began Feb. 1, 1916. Washington has won nine of the last 10 meetings. The Huskies have traditionally struggled in Palo Alto and are 17-49 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 3-7 overall at Maples Pavilion, but holds a 15-9 all-time record against the Cardinal. Dawkins is 1-9 against Washington.
Last meeting: C.J. Wilcox poured in 27 points and had nine rebounds to lead Washington to a 65-60 win at Stanford on Jan. 12, 2013. The game was tied 10 times and included 15 lead changes. The Huskies led 52-44 with 9:57 left, but the Cardinal tied the score at 58-58 with 3:38 left. UW finished the game with a 7-2 run, including four free throws from Wilcox.
Previous game: Stanford destroyed Washington State 80-48 on Wednesday. (Video highlights above).
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Chasson Randle struggled in a major way last season after producing a fabulous freshman season in 2011-12. This season, he’s back to freshman form. He’s averaging a team-high 18.6 points and shooting 50.5 percent from the field. The 6-2 guard is a combo-guard who sometimes struggles to make plays for others. He averages 2.3 assists per game. Even though he’s the smallest player in the lineup, Randle is not a prototypical playmaker. He’s a crafty scorer. He shoots 42.4 percent on three-pointers.
Randle has scored 24 points in two games against Washington. He was voted the Pac-12 player of the week on Dec. 23.
— Dwight Powell opted to return for his senior season rather than enter the NBA draft. He’s projected a late first-round or early second-round pick. He’s considered a stretch four and is arguably the most versatile player in the Pac-12. He’s the catalyst for Stanford’s offense. The Cardinal run a triangle offense and Powell is poor man’s Scottie Pippen. At 6-10 and 245 pounds, he’s a matchup nightmare because of his size and skill set. Powell can hit mid-range jumpers. He’s a good passer who averages a team-high 4.3 assists. And he’s solid on the defensive end. He leads the team with 25 steals.
Powell averaged 10.7 points and 5.2 rebounds in four career contests against Washington while making 14-30 (46.7 percent) from the field.
— Quite possibly a make-or-break year for Dawkins. Many believe he’s on the hot seat for failing to deliver a NCAA tournament appearance in his previous five years. If the Cardinal don’t make the tourney this season, Dawkins likely will not return.
— Stanford posted big wins over ranked teams (then-No. 10 Connecticut and then-No. 17 Oregon). However, the loss at Oregon State could hurt the Cardinal during NCAA tournament selection time.
— Senior forward Josh Huestis is a defensive ace who excels at blocking shots, rebounding and creating turnovers. However, he’s limited on the offensive end. He’s 7 of 24 (29.1 percent) from the field in the past four games.
— Junior wing Anthony Brown missed all but four games last season. The three-point specialist spreads the court and creates room for the Stanford’s big front line. He’s averaging 13.8 points this season and shooting 52.8 percent behind the arc.
— Center Stefan Nastic is shooting 23-for-31 from the field in the last six games, but he’s the fourth option behind Randle, Brown and Powell. Despite his size (6-11 and 245 pounds), he’s also a bit of a defensive liability. He’s fouled out five times this season and averages just 3.2 rebounds.
— Stanford’s starting five is as good as any in the Pac-12. However, the injury-depleted bench has proved problematic. The reserves account for 15 percent of the scoring and no one has really stepped up. Against WSU, the backups scored 28 points.
— Former Bellevue High standout Aaron Bright suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in November. The senior guard will likely petition the NCAA for a medical hardship waiver to play next season. However, he’ll have to pay his own way to play at Stanford because the Cardinal have allocated its 13 scholarships. Bright may transfer to a college closer to home.
— Stanford has used the same lineup for all 16 games.
C- Stefan Nastic, 6-11, 245, Jr., 8.4 ppg., 3.2 rpg., 1.5 apg., 1.1 bpg., 60.8 FG%
F – Dwight Powell, 6-10, 245, Sr., 14.0, 7.5, 4.3 apg., 1.3 spg., 1.1 bpg.
F – Josh Huestis, 6-7, 230, Sr., 10.8, 7.9, 1.2 apg., 2.1 bpg.
G – Anthony Brown, 6-6, 215, Jr., 13.8, 5.4, 2.1 apg. 1.0 spg.
G – Chasson Randle, 6-2, 185, Jr., 18.6, 3.6, 2.3 agp., 50.5 FG%