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Scouting Report: Stanford vs. Arizona

<B>No. 14 Arizona 18-4 (8-2) vs. Stanford 12-8 (6-4)</B><BR> <B>Date: Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005</B><BR> <B>Time: approx. 11:00 am MST</B><BR> <B>Location: Lute and Bobbi Olson Court at McKale Center (14,500), Tucson, AZ</B><BR> <A href="">In-Game Chat: </A>

Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
Pregame: 8:00 a.m. on 1290 a.m. (Brad Allis, Pete Delgado, John Schuster, Ryan Radtke, Joe Nehls)
Postgame call-in show: 1290 a.m. approximately 30 minutes after the end of the game.
On-Line: Arizona All Access (subscription required)

Stanford at a glance: Location: Palo Alto, CA
Head Coach: Trent Johnson
Leading Scorer: Dan Grunfeld (17.8)
Leading Rebounder: Matt Haryasz (8.8)
Leading Assists: Chris Hernandez (4.1)
Last Meeting: Arizona lost to Stanford 87-76 in Palo Alto on January 8th.
Last Time Out: Arizona dominated California 97-76. Stanford fell to Arizona State 74-67.

OVERVIEW: Arizona enters this game following an impressive performance against Cal, where they opened up to a 25-5 lead and never looked back. Stanford on the other hand, struggled against ASU, and enters McKale where they have won the last four times. Stanford also holds a three-game win streak against the Cats.

Stanford has a very talented, and experienced starting five with two seniors and three juniors. Only one starter is failing to average double-digit points, which means Arizona's defense will need to be strong.

Stanford's starting five is very talented, however they have very little depth which hurts them down the stretch, and should be a huge factor against an athletic Arizona team. Stanford's bench is their biggest weakness, and their starters average at least 24 minutes per game.

The Cardinal is also a very good rebounding team averaging 35.3 rebounds a game, shooting 45.1% from the field. Stanford would like nothing more than to continue their win streak in Tucson, and they have the talent to do so.

KEY MATCH-UP:Mustafa Shakur vs. Chris Hernandez. Stanford's point guard is clearly their most talented player and Shakur has the duty of defending him. Hernandez doesn't do any one thing perfectly, but is a very fundamentally sound player. He passes well and he shoots well. Shakur will need to shut him down in order to get the win, though the Cats will need to be aware of the rest of the Stanford team.

OUTLOOK: This is another must-win for Arizona. They have lost four straight at home to the Cardinal, and this is the last time the seniors will get a chance to defeat Stanford at home. Arizona came out focused and prepared against Cal, and will need to do the same against Stanford.

Arizona has been rebounding the ball well, and the bench has come up big lately. The inside game from Frye has been huge for the Cats, and Stoudamire's performance has not gone unnoticed. They will need another big night from the seniors to come away with the victory, and they will need to control the rebounding game to come away with the victory.

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