Hoops Preview - Stanford

With a top recruit (Angelo Chol) in the stands and revenge on their minds, the Washington Huskies will hope to build off of the California game, as the Stanford Cardinal makes its way into town on Saturday night. The game will take place at 5:30 p.m. PST at Alaska Airlines Arena. The game will be live locally on Fox Sports Northwest TV and 950 KJR-AM.

Stanford, who narrowly beat Washington (8-4, 16-7) 58-56 in Palo Alto on Jan. 13, has had the definition of a roller-coaster season. With a 6-6 conference and 13-10 overall record, the Cardinal has had three three-game winning steaks and a four-game losing streak already this season. Currently, they are on a two-game winning streak, coming against Arizona State and Washington State.

Leading the way for the fourth best team in the Pac-10 has been junior guard Jeremy Green. A 6-foot-4 native of Austin, Tex., Green is averaging 15.3 points per game on a career-low 39 percent from the field; however, he is 42 percent on three-pointers. Despite taking a step back stats-wise, Green has avenged for it in his last three games, where he averaged nearly 23 points a game. Shooting is his best skill, as he generally doesn't fill out the stat sheet.

In what has turned out to be the top feel-good story in the conference, Josh Owens, a 6-foot-8 junior center from Kennesaw, Ga., missed all of last season with a undisclosed injury, which some feared would end his career. However, he has come back with vengeance, averaging 11.8 points on 59 percent shooting and seven rebounds this season.

The most intriguing player on the Cardinal roster is Dwight Powell. A native of Toronto, Powell is a 6-foot-9 freshman forward that is averaging nine points a game on 51 percent shooting. Beyond his scoring, he is contributing 4.9 rebounds a contest.

Although the talent on the Cardinal roster tails off fast after those three, Stanford is a very young team that features eight freshman, one sophomore and five juniors. Two of those eight freshmen are also past area stars, John Gage and Aaron Bright.

Although this Johnny Dawkins-led Stanford team may not be flashy, they are top-ranked in several categories. Perhaps the most impressive is defensive points per game, which is No. 1 in the conference and No. 40 in the nation at just 62.1 points. Although they are prone to turnovers – 13 per game – most of them come from unforced errors, as they barely have the ball stolen from them straight up.

Next up for the Huskies will be an extremely important road trip to Arizona, where they will take on the Arizona State Sun Devils on Thursday. That game will tip at 5:30 p.m. PST.

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