Hoops Preview - Stanford

The Washington Huskies will look to continue their Pac-10 success when they head on the road to face the Bay Area schools. First up on the road trip will be the Stanford Cardinal at Maples Pavilion on Thursday at 7 p.m. PST. This is one of five games not currently scheduled for television; however, it will be aired live on the ISP Radio Network, including KJR-950AM in Seattle.

Stanford, who has a record of 9-5, 2-1, is currently in a tie for third in the conference standings. The Cardinal are also 7-0 at home.

Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar said Tuesday they've had some weird things happen over the years at Maples Pavilion, but he was happy to pull out a win there last year. He also said it is a smaller gym that has fans right on top of you and it can get rather loud.

Despite losing their star forward, Landry Fields, to graduation, the Cardinal still return one other star player. Jeremy Green, a 6-foot-4 junior guard, is averaging 15.9 points per game on 40 percent shooting from the field, and 43 percent from three. However, the rest of his stats are not impressive.

Besides Green, Josh Owens has been a productive player this season for Stanford and their head coach, Johnny Dawkins. The 6-foot-8 junior center is averaging 12 points per game, shooting a team-high 58 percent from the field. He is also averaging a team-high 6.4 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 0.9 blocks per game.

Even though those two are the biggest bright spots on the team, Dwight Powell has been an efficient player in the early part of this season for the Cardinal. Powell, a 6-foot-9 freshman forward, is averaging 8.8 points per game on 56 percent shooting from the field. The Toronto native is also pulling in 4.2 rebounds a game.

The Cardinal also has two local freshmen on their roster; Aaron Bright and John Gage.

Although Gage, a 6-foot-9 center from Vashon Island, is only averaging one point, he has long been considered a prospect for the future. He was a player that Washington (12-3, 4-0) was in pursuit of before he committed to Stanford.

Bright, on the other hand, has taken on a more important role in his first season on the Farm. The 5-foot-11 point guard from Bellevue is averaging 5.5 points on 34 percent shooting, and 2.6 assists. However, since playing starter's minutes five games ago, he is averaging 7.4 points and 4.4 assists a game.

Romar said Bright is not only his last name, it gives some insight into the future of the young man from Bellevue.

"We think he is a really good basketball player," Romar said. "He can really shoot it, takes care of the basketball and has a passion to be really good. So, he has already made his mark with their program, and had an impact. He'll continue to get better."

Stanford isn't a team that is considered an offensive juggernaut; however, their defense is another story. The Cardinal allow their opponents just 60 points per game, which is 29th-best in the country. Beyond that, opponents only average 30.6 rebounds a game, which is 28th best nationally, and 5.1 steals per game, which is 18th nationally.

A team that features 10 freshmen, one sophomore and five juniors, Stanford came into the season with low expectations. However, Romar said he doesn't believe the press.

"I think we are going to look to play against a team that maybe is a little better than people think they are," Romar said.

Next up for the Huskies is the California Golden Bears (8-7, 1-2) on Sunday at Haas Pavilion. The tip is set for 7 p.m. PST, and will be televised on Fox Sports Northwest and broadcast on the ISP Radio Network.


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