Stanford looks to preserve its undefeated record tonight when they face the Hartford Hawks.
Sunday's win versus Texas Tech was one for the ages. The Cardinal was dominant in nearly every facet of the game to the point where every single player on the roster got to see action. Hopefully, Hartford will put up more of a challenge in Stanford's final tune-up before the start of the conference season.
The Hawks come to Maples will a less than stellar 4-8 record to their name. Hartford has particularly struggled on the road where they are 1-5. This is not to say that this game will be a breeze. In fact, in Hartford's last outing, they took the now #19 ranked Baylor Bears down to the final minutes before falling in Waco, 74-59.
Hartford is led by junior guard Joe Zeglinski. Luckily for the Cardinal, Zeglinski has missed the Hawks' last two games due to an ankle injury. His status for tonight's game is unknown, however should he see any action, it is unlikely he will be able to play up to his team leading 15.3 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game averages.
The other Hawk to keep an eye on is senior point guard Jaret von Rosenberg who leads the team with a solid four assists per game average. Filling in for Zeglinski, von Rosenberg nearly recorded a triple-double in their game versus Baylor as he scored 19 points to go along with six rebounds and nine assists.
Should Zeglinski play, the Cardinal should make containing him their number one priority. Anthony Goods will presumably get the call to guard the 6-foot Zeglinski in what should be a good warm-up for the athletic guards he will soon face in conference play. Von Rosenberg also looks to be a good test for Mitch Johnson as the Hawks point guard has proved he can do some damage against the nation's better programs.
Another promising sign for Stanford is that the Hawks have no one taller than 6'9" on their roster. Sophomore Morgan Sabia leads Hartford in the trenches averaging over 11 points and four rebounds per game. However, Sabia along with fellow post Michael Turner, have been plagued by foul trouble all season.
Coming off the rout of Texas Tech, Stanford needs to keep a cool head and not look past the Hawks. Thankfully, staying focused is something this senior-laden team should easily accomplish. All signs point toward Stanford running away win this game early. The Cardinal needs to keep shooting the ball when open and take it to the rim when given the opportunity.
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