Washington State Preview

Stanford received a great lift in Thursday night's comfortable W in Seattle, but the task at hand remains a serious one in Pullman. The Card struggled mightily last year against the Cougs up North, and stan4hoops feels some unusual matchups need to be addressed for the sweep this weekend. Read on for the full skinny on the Cougs and a Stanford gameplan.

** 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
  • Pressure
  • 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.

The Starters

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

The Bench

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

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