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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

January 4, 2015 at 10:06 AM

Scouting report: Stanford

 

Jan 18, 2014; Stanford, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal guard Chasson Randle (5) goes up for a layup around Washington Huskies guard Nigel Williams-Goss (5) during the first half at Maples Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Stanford Cardinal guard Chasson Randle (5) goes up for a layup around Washington Huskies guard Nigel Williams-Goss (5) during the first half at Maples Pavilion. Stanford won 79-67. (Photo credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports)

Scouting report: Stanford.
Game info: 7 p.m. Sunday at Maples Pavilion (7,233).

TV: Pac-12 Networks (Roxy Bernstein and Corey Williams).
Radio: KOMO 1000 AM and FM 97.7 (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).

Record: 9-3, 1-0 Pac-12.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Stanford and Washington.

Coach: Johnny Dawkins is 109-81 (.574) in his seventh season with the Cardinal. Prior to joining Stanford on April 28, 2008, he was an assistant at Duke for 11 seasons.

Prediction: The Cardinal were picked fifth in the Pac-12 preseason media poll.

Series: Stanford leads 71-69 in a series that began Feb. 1, 1916. Washington has won nine of the last 11 meetings. Lorenzo Romar is 16-10 all-time record against Stanford. Dawkins is 2-10 against Washington.
Last meeting: Washington won 64-60 on Feb. 12, 2014 at Alaska Airlines Arena. C.J. Wilcox scored a team-high 17 points for the Huskies while Nigel Williams-Goss added 16 and Mike Anderson 13.

Previous game: Stanford beat Washington State 71-56 on Friday in its Pac-12 home opener.
Odds: Stanford is a 6-point favorite.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Chasson Randle matched his career high with 33 points during last season’s 79-67 Stanford win over Washington at Maples Pavilion. The senior guard is averaging 18.5 points in four games against the Huskies. Despite last year’s 33-point barrage, UW has done a nice job negating Randle on the perimeter. He’s 3 of 17 on three-pointers. That’s fairly significant considering Randle is poised to become Stanford’s three-point king. He has 241 during his career and needs one three-pointer to take sole command of first place on the Cardinal’s all-time list. By comparison, Wilcox leads UW all time with 301. Randle would rank second on Washington’s list.

Randle ranks third on Stanford’s career points list with 1,872 points. He needs 465 to move into first place. Randle would rank third on UW’s all-time scoring list.

Stanfords's Stefan Nastic blocks UW's Mike Anderson. (Photo credit: Tony Avelar - AP Photo)

Stanfords’s Stefan Nastic blocks UW’s Mike Anderson. (Photo credit: Tony Avelar – AP Photo)

Stefan Nastic is Stanford’s most improved player who has doubled his scoring and rebounding averages this season to 14.5 points and 6.4 rebounds, respectively. The 6-11 senior center struggled in his last outing against Washington and managed just two points on 1-for-6 shooting. He also had two rebounds in 18 minutes. In their first meeting last season, Nastic had eight points and five rebounds.

Anthony Brown is streaky good, especially from downtown. He notched his season-high 25 points – five shy of his personal best – against then-No. 9 Texas while connecting on all four three-pointers. Brown, who is shooting 45.7 percent behind the arc, has connected on four three-pointers in three games this season. He’s also a double-double threat. Brown had 13 points and 11 rebounds on Friday against Washington State. He’s averaging just 8.0 points against UW in five games.

OVERVIEW:

— Stanford is facing its third ranked opponent. The Cardinal lost 70-59 to then-No. 4 Duke and upset then-No. 9 Texas 74-71 in overtime.

— The Cardinal has committed just 125 turnovers, which is the 12th fewest among 351 Division I teams.

— Stanford is shooting 73.8 percent on three-pointers, which ranks 38th nationally.

— The Cardinal is 7-0 at home this season.

— Stanford lost two starters (Josh Huestis and Dwight Powell) from last year’s team that advanced to the NCAA tournament. The deep run in the Big Dance likely saved Dawkins’ job. He received a contract extension in the offseason.

— Stanford’s smart-guy reputation is real. Brown (Communication major, 3.26 GPA), Nastic (Psychology major, 3.17 GPA) and Randle (African and African-American Studies major, 3.30 GPA) are the Cardinal’s senior co-captains working towards their master’s degree. Each was named to the Pac-12 all-academic team last season.

— Due to the Pac-12’s unbalanced schedule, Sunday’s game is the only meeting this season between UW and Stanford.

STARTING LINEUP:

Pos Name Ht./Wt. Yr. PPG. RPG. APG MPG. FG% FT% 3FG%
C Stefan Nastic 6-11/245 Sr. 14.5 6.4 1.9 29.3 0.501 0.751 0.000
F Grant Verhoeven 6-9/245 Jr. 1.2 1.6 0.4 7.4 0.501 0.000 0.000
G Anthony Brown 6-6/215 Sr. 13.9 7.1 2.8 33.6 0.452 0.872 0.457
G Christian Sanders 6-4/185 Jr. 1.2 0.5 1.1 9.9 0.313 0.000 0.429
G Chasson Randle 6-2/185 Sr. 18.4 3.3 2.5 34.7 413 0.929 0.355

 

 

 

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