Southern Utah Preview

Sure, this is one of the least worrisome foes Stanford will face this year, and Simon Sez the matchups look favorable across the board. But these Thunderbirds made the tourney last season and have a couple of scorers. With several kinks to be worked out with this new Stanford team, there's plenty to watch for Tuesday night.

Coming off an impressive victory against New Mexico, Stanford looks to win its home opener against a fairly talented team. Southern Utah did make the Big Dance last year, albeit as a 13 seed, and gave a very good Boston College team a good run before bowing out. Here is what the lineups will look like when both teams take the floor:

PG - Tony Giovacchini vs Jay Collins

With Tony’s superb game against some talented guards, the PG position is less of a question mark in this matchup. Jay Collins should provide less of a challenge than Marlon Palmer as he only scored eight points in Southern Utah’s opener against Fort Lewis. Look for Tony to continue to improve, as his defender will be a much better matchup. Look for Tony to hopefully flourish this game and be able to give Chris Hernandez some minutes to show what he’s got.

SG - Casey Jacobsen vs Stan Johnson

Johnson had an impressive game against Fort Lewis, but how much does that say? He had 15 points to be second on the team but hasn’t had a challenge like trying to stop Casey before. He did have limited minutes against Troy Bell in the NCAA tourney but this will be very different in a hostile environment. Look for Casey to break out this game, as defenses now have to respect Childress and have a 20-25 point night.

SF - Josh Childress vs Dan Beus

Dan Beus is this team’s best player. He was impressive in the NCAA tourney and is back for a senior season. He had 18 points and nine rebounds in their opener and should be an interesting matchup with Childress. Childress as very impressive in the opener and looks to be a legit wing scorer to take some of the load off of Casey. Look for this matchup to be a draw, as both players should put together some good games.

PF - Justin Davis vs Donnie Jackson

Davis had an interesting opener as he was quiet at times, but at others he would fly through the lane for put back dunks. His post moves are still so-so but playing against an undersized PF (6’7” 195 lbs.) should help him out. Jackson scored 13 points in their opener but this is his first year as a starter and should be very inexperienced. Look for Davis to take advantage of this matchup if he can stay out of foul trouble.

C - Curtis Borchardt vs Jeff Dorenbosch

Curtis had a solid game against New Mexico scoring 17 points, but doing it on 18 shots. He continues though to be a huge presence in the paint (4 blocks) and is a reliable scorer. Dorenbosch had been fighting the flu and might be playing limited minutes. Dorenbosch is also undersized so look for Borchardt to have his way in the paint.

Overall lots of good matchup’s for Stanford, which should provide an easy game. But Southern Utah took Boston College to the brink last year and almost pulled the upset. Even so, look for a 20+ point victory at Maples Tuesday night.


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