Hoops Preview - Stanford

SEATTLE - Despite falling off from the top of the conference, the Washington Huskies will try to keep ground when Stanford comes into town Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. PST. This will also be the last meeting between the two schools this season. ROOT Sports will televise the game, and there will be radio coverage on KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM.

Stanford (15-4 and 5-2) have two nice wins this season over Oklahoma State and North Carolina State, but have picked up losses against Syracuse, Butler, Oregon and Thursday at Washington State.

The Cardinal, whose rotation ranges anywhere from eight to 10 players, is powered by a three-headed monster; Josh Owens, Aaron Bright and Chasson Randle.

The 6-foot-8 forward Owens leads the group. A fifth-year senior, Owens has been slow to develop, but is flourishing now and averaging a team-high 13 points per game on 62 percent shooting, 6.1 rebounds and one steal. His field goal percentage is not only No. 2 in the conference, but No. 27 nationally.

Feeding the ball to Owens will be Bright and Randle. Bright, a Bellevue native, is seeing big minutes now as a sophomore. The 5-foot-11 point guard is averaging 12.1 points a game on 45 percent shooting from the field and 3.5 assists. He is also one of the best 3-point shooters in the country at 43.2 percent.

The newcomer of the group, Randle, a 6-foot-1 guard, is averaging 12.3 points a game on 43 percent shooting. He is also a top 3-point shooter at 42 percent per game. On the defensive end, the Illinois native is swiping 1.1 steals a contest. His play has picked up in the last four games, putting up 24, 11, 18 and 15 points.

Beyond those three, once heralded recruit Anthony Brown will see a large amount of playing time, as will Josh Huestis and Jarrett Mann.

As a team, Johnny Dawkins' squad is what you would expect from a Stanford group; efficient. Nationally, the Cardinal is No. 1 in team rebounds (5.2 per game), No. 19 in rebound percentage (54.8 percent), No. 24 in defensive floor percentage (46.1 percent), No. 59 in offensive floor percentage (54.5 percent), No. 64 3-point percentage (37.5 percent) and No. 87 in field goal percentage (45.8 percent).

With a win, Washington would stay right in the mix with Oregon, Colorado and Arizona, who trail Cal for the lead in the conference title chase. The Bears lead the conference with one loss and will travel to Pullman to face Washington State on Saturday.


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