Arizona State Preview

A feeble performance Saturday in Tempe will quickly dim the glow from Thursday night's upset win, so it's time to turn our attention the beloved Solar Satans. ASU has been one of the top teams in the conference this year, and boast the top freshman in the West. Prepare for another physical battle Saturday.

Stanford @ Arizona State - 2/1
Tip-off:   2:00 pm
TV: Fox Sports Net

The Stanford Cardinal takes on Rob Evan's' Arizona State Sun Devils Saturday afternoon. The Sun Devils are a deep and talented team and boast one of the top freshman in the Country in Ike Diogu. Diogu is 6-8 250 pounds and is being called the second coming of Moses Malone. He averages 18.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. He dominates the paint with his brute strength. Much like USC, the Sun Devils play hard and try to wear you down. ASU is a veteran team who has taken some lumps in the past but are now ready to take center stage.

Thursday's upset victory over #1 Arizona was one of the greatest Stanford victories ever and let the nation know Stanford Basketball is for real. The Cardinal won't be able to sneak in and out of Tempe. They now have a big bull's-eye on their back.

ASU will try to get early baskets in transition. If they can't get early baskets they will run some motion and drive and dish. Conversation on the Sun Devil board this week centered on their troubles against the 1-3-1 zone. We may very well see the Cardinal employ one of their zones. It will be important to react quickly, provide help defense and screen out when the shot goes up. Curtis Millage complements Diogu's game from the outside. Tommy Smith is solid on both ends of the court while Jason Braxton runs the show at the point. The rest of the team is very capable.

On defense the Sun Devils will pressure you all over the court and wear you down. Most ASU players are interchangeable and will be rotated in constantly. Expect to see both man-to-man and zone defenses against us. The Cardinal will need to give Julius Barnes a breather by bringing in Jason Haas and/or having another player bring the ball up court occasionally.  Matt Lottich filled that role Thursday against Arizona.

As with most games this one comes down to execution, rebounding and not turning the ball over. I was in high school when I saw the Miracle of Maples. Another great effort like Thursday night and we will see one of the greatest weekends in Stanford Basketball history.

The Starters

Pos No Name           Ht   Wt  Yr Ppg  Rpg

F   5  Ike Diogu      6-8  250 Fr 18.2 6.4
F   42 Shawn Redhage  6-7  225 Sr 5.9  2.6
C   4  Tommy Smith    6-10 215 Sr 10.3 6.6
G   1  Jason Braxton  6-2  190 So 4.8  2.9
G   14 Curtis Millage 6-2  185 Sr 13.7 3.9

 

The Bench

Pos No Name           Ht  Wt  Yr Ppg Rpg

W   22 Jamal Hill     6-5 190 Jr 8.1 2.3
F   21 Donnell Knight 6-7 200 Sr 6.8 5.4
G   3  Kyle Dodd      6-0 175 Sr 4.0 2.3 (apg)
G   12 Kenny Crandall 6-3 200 Jr 3.2 1.0
F/C 33 Chris Osborne  6-9 240 Sr 2.4 1.4


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