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February 12, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Scouting report: Stanford

Scouting report: Stanford
Game info: 6 p.m. Wednesday at Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000 capacity).

TV: ESPN2 (Dave Pasch and Bill Walton).
Radio: KJR 950 AM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).

Record: 15-7, 6-4 Pac-12.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Stanford and Washington.

Coach: Johnny Dawkins is 109-81 (.574) in his sixth 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 71-68 in a series that began Feb. 1, 1916. Washington has won nine of the last 11 meetings. The Huskies are 4-0 at Alaska Airlines Arena against the Cardinal. Lorenzo Romar is 15-10 all-time record against Stanford. Dawkins is 2-9 against Washington.
Last meeting: Chasson Randle scored a career-high tying 33 points to lead Stanford to a 79-67 victory on Jan. 18 at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal led 41-36 lead at the break before Randle took over in the second half. Perris Blackwell pulled the Huskies within three with 19:27 left when Randle scored 11 of the game’s next 19 points, pushing the Cardinal lead to 54-43. Andrew Andrews’s layup with 4:51 remaining pulled UW within seven, 58-65, but Randle scored the first five points in a 10-2 Stanford run to put the game out of reach. Nigel Williams-Goss paced the Huskies with 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Shawn Kemp Jr. added 13 points. Dwight Powell had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Josh Huestis 13 and 10 for Stanford.
Previous game: Stanford hammered Bay Area rival California 80-69 at Haas Pavilion last Wednesday. (Video highlights above).

Stanford guard Chasson Randle drives to the basket for two of his career-high 33 points against Washington.

Stanford guard Chasson Randle drives to the basket for two of his career-high tying 33 points against Washington.

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 his freshman form. He’s averaging a team-high 18.8 points and shooting 48.5 percent from the field. He’s a crafty scorer. He shoots 39.2 percent on three-pointers. In the previous meeting against Washington, Randle used high screens to free himself of a defender and repeatedly dart into the lane for baskets. It was the third time this season Randle scored at least 30 points.

Randle has also twice scored 24 points against Washington. He was voted the Pac-12 player of the week on Dec. 23.

Even though he’s the smallest player in the lineup, the 6-2 junior point guard sometimes struggles to make plays for others. He’s not a prototypical playmaker, who averages 2.3 assists per game.

Dwight Powell opted to return for his senior season rather than enter the NBA draft. He’s a projected 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 4.0 assists. And he’s solid on the defensive end. He leads the team with 32 steals.

Powell averaged 12.0 points and 6.2 rebounds in five career contests against Washington while making 17-37 (45.9 percent) from the field.

OVERVIEW:

— Stanford has been off for a week, while Washington returned to campus 2 a.m. Monday morning following Sunday’s loss at Colorado. The Huskies took Monday off and had Tuesday to prepare for Wednesday’s game.

— 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 is tied with California for fifth in the Pac-12 standings. The Cardinal posted big wins over ranked teams (then-No. 10 Connecticut and then-No. 17 Oregon). However, the loss at Oregon State could hurt 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 somewhat limited on the offensive end. He’s scored nine points in each of the past two games and has made one three-pointer in the past three 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 12.6 points this season and was shooting 52.8 percent behind the before the first game against Washington 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.

— Senior sharpshooting reserve John Gage, who led Vashon Island High to a 2009 1A state title, make his final trip home with the Cardinal

— 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 in every game.

STARTING LINEUP:
C- Stefan Nastic, 6-11, 245, Jr., 8.0 ppg., 3.2 rpg., 1.4 apg., 1.0 bpg., 56.6 FG%
F – Dwight Powell, 6-10, 245, Sr., 15.2, 7.0, 4.8 apg., 1.5 spg., 1.0 bpg., 3.1 tpg.
F – Josh Huestis, 6-7, 230, Sr., 11.1, 8.1, 1.2 apg., 1.9 bpg.
G – Anthony Brown, 6-6, 215, Jr., 12.6, 5.3, 2.3 apg., 80.8 FT%
G – Chasson Randle, 6-2, 185, Jr., 18.8, 3.6, 2.3 agp.,

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