Date: Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004
Time: 4:30 p.m. MST
Location: Olson Court at McKale Center (14,545), Tucson, Ariz.
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Joe Nehls)
TV: FSN (Steve Physioc/Marques Johnson)
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Stanford at a glance
Coach: Mike Montgomery
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Starters Returning: 4
2002-03 Record: 24-9 (14-4)
Post Season: NCAA second round
Last Meeting: Arizona won 72-69 in Palo Alto after falling at home in their first Pac-10 Conference meeting. The Wildcats lead the series 42-22.
LAST TIME OUT: Arizona blew out Cal. Stanford blew a big lead against ASU but held on to win 63-62.
OVERVIEW: This is a typical Mike Montgomery Stanford team. They are disciplined, patient and hard working. They rarely beat themselves and do a great job dictating tempo.
The biggest concern for Arizona could be the deep front line. Not only do the Cardinal have four solid post players, but they are strong and physical as well. Don't be shocked if the Cardinal zone at times and use the big bodies to deny Channing Frye the ball. Frye has had some of his best and worst games against the Cardinal. Last year he averaged just eight points and 6.5 rebounds a game, but he was a key reason the Cats won in Palo Alto in 2002.
Stanford's guards don't have the athleticism that the Arizona perimeter players do, but they rarely make mistakes. They will have to keep the Wildcat guards out of the lane and they need to take care of the ball. The last thing they want to do is create running opportunities for the speedy Wildcats. More important, they need to get hot from the outside. Matt Lottich killed the Cats last year from beyond the arc and they'll need another performance like that if they hope to win another one on the Wildcats' home court.
Interestingly enough, four Stanford players average in double figures and Josh Childress is just a hair behind, but as a team they average 75.9 ppg. The Cardinal shoot a pretty impressive 48.8% from the floor and outrebound the opposition by more than 10 boards a game.
The series has been a good one. Only once in the last 10 meetings has the Cardinal not been ranked and that was last year when they came to McKale and got the win. Oddly enough the road team has won the last six games. To make things even tighter each of the last five games, and eight of the last 10, have been decided by six points or less.
BEST PLAYER:Childress has only played in three games, but he is one of the most versatile players in the Pac-10. The 6-8 forward can score, board and has been known to make the big pass.
KEY MATCH-UPWhile the battle in the post will be key, the Josh Childress/Andre Iguodala match-up will be the most fun to watch. Both players are among the most talented and versatile in the league.
STANFORD'S STRENGTHS: Stanford is so good on the boards and they have plenty of depth up front. They have great shooters and are a well coached team.
STANFORD'S WEAKNESSES: The Cardinal don't have the athletes that Arizona does. If Arizona controls the tempo then Stanford could have trouble keeping up.
Frye is the conference's best but...
Little has given him fits.
Adams may be too fast and too athletic...
But Davis may be too big and strong.
Iguodala is a triple-double waiting to happen...
While Childress is one of the Pac's best.
Lottich is good, Salim is just a little better.
Shakur is just a bit taller and quicker.
Stanford knows how to win in McKale.
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