** Preview was written on Wednesday night in order to spend Valentines with Mrs. stan4hoops
Saturday January 16, 3:00 pm -- No TV
January of 1988 still haunts me to this date. A feisty non descript, non athletic, blue collar Cougar named Damon Sanders came to Stanford and torched the Cardinal for 32 points leading WSU to a 70 – 68 victory. The Cardinal finished 11-7 in the PAC 10 that year and 20 and 11 after the PAC 10 tournament. That record was only enough for a trip to the NIT. You wonder if that game made the difference between the NCAA's and the NIT.
I am sure the great Long Winded once said "If you don't learn from history; you are bound to repeat it." Our Stanford history tells us not to overlook an opponent because they kick our butts if when we do. The Cardinal better be primed and focused on the Cougars on Saturday.
Lets talk Cougar offense first, since that's where the cougs like to be. They will run a motion offense. They like to spread the floor and draw and kick. They will create off the dribble and cut a slash. Marcus Moore is their 6-6 point who is most comfortable driving to the basket and either shooting or finding McNiar (Mr. Outside) or Lockier (Mr. Inside). Mike Bush is a 6-6 wing who is this week's phrase of the week (Blue Collar). Mr. Bush will launch is offensive from doth deep and slashing down the lane. J Locklier is a 6-9 240 llb senior center who has some post moves and is Pac 10 savvy. Freshman Gill Shaminder (6-7) holds down the power forward position. Stanford will need to make the Cougars work on offense. The card need to play us close in your face defense on the ball to stop Bush and Moore to create off the dribble. They will also need to put a body on their man because they will all try to be in the paint crashing the boards.
On Defense the cougars don't want to be there long. They will play man-to-man pressure defense, looking for every opportunity to make a quick steal and get the ball up the court and take a shot. Marcus Moore leads the PAC 10 in steals. The Cardinal will need to take advantage of WSU being out of position. Stanford will pound the ball inside trying to get Locklier in foul trouble. They will also try to take advantage at the 4 spot. Don't be surprised if our 4's combine for 25 to 30 points.
Keys to Victory
- Dictate Tempo
- Play with high level of intensity
- Pound it into the 4 early and often
- Point of attack
- Handle their pressure
- Get everyone involved
Teams that play WSU's style of play have given Stanford problems. They are somewhat like USC. The arena may have 3,000 people in it and may seem very much like a practice. In practice the first 8 players beat the last 6 - nine out of ten times. The Cardinal should beat this team but if they don't come to play the ghost of Damon Sanders will haunt us.
|G||Marcus Moore||6-6||182||So||15 ppg, 5.2 apg|
|G||Jerry McNair||6-2||183||Jr||11.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg|
|C||J Locklier||6-9||240||Sr||12.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg|
|F||Shaminder Fill||6-7||220||Fr||4.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg|
|F||Mike Bush||6-6||200||Sr||10.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg|
|F||Milton Riley||6-7||214||Jr||5.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg|
|G||Justin Lyman||6-5||185||Jr||5.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg|
|W||Cedrick Hughey||6-6||197||Jr||3.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg|
|G||Thomas Kelati||6-5||176||Fr||2.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg|