Hoops Preview - Stanford

Now in the midst of their first three-game losing streak since 2007-2008, the Washington Huskies (10-5, 1-3) will be trying to get back on track when they square off against the Cardinal of Stanford (8-7, 2-1) Thursday night at Bank of America Arena. The tip time is set for 7:30 p.m. PST.

Although the Dawgs haven't fared well in league so far, they are still just one win away from being in first place, as all of the Pac-10 is in shambles right now. The same has held true for the Cardinal, who were a favorite to finish last in most preseason polls. They have proved of late that they can play with anyone in the Pac-10 with their victories over USC (54-53) and UCLA (70-59) last weekend.

Including to those two wins, Stanford has also beaten Cal Poly, Florida A&M, Virginia in the Cancun Challenge, Portland State, UC Davis and James Madison.

Their seven losses came against San Diego, Oral Roberts, Kentucky in the second round of the Cancun Challenge, Oklahoma State, Northwestern, Texas Tech and at California in their first Pac-10 game of the season.

The fearless leader for Stanford is former Duke star Johnny Dawkins. Now in his second season as head coach for the Cardinal, he has accumulated a record of 28-24, including a CBI tournament invite last year. They beat Boise State and Wichita State in that event before losing to Oregon State. Prior to Stanford, he was an assistant coach at Duke for 10 years under legendary head coach Mike Krzyzewski. At Stanford he replaced Seattle native Trent Johnson.

On the court, the Cardinal are led by strong play from their star senior Landry Fields, a 6-foot-7 guard/forward that will be squaring off with Husky captain Quincy Pondexter. So far this season Fields has averaged 22.1 points per game on 46 percent shooting from the field. He also has pulled in 8.9 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game. Fields is not a good free-throw or 3-point shooter, averaging just 69 and 30 percent, respectively. There have only been three games so far this season that he hasn't reached the 20-point plateau.

Fields' partner in crime has been 6-foot-4 sophomore guard Jeremy Green, who is averaging an effective 17.6 points per game on 45 percent shooting from the field. He is also solid from the free-throw line and 3-point line, with 74 and 43 percent from each respectively. In Stanford's last game against UCLA, he had the hot hand and finished with 30 points on 11 of 18 shooting.

As a team, the Cardinal are averaging 72.9 points per game and are allowing 70.7 points on defense. They are also averaging 11.8 turnovers per game and they are shooting 46 percent from the field, 65 percent from the line and 36 percent from beyond the arc.

Although Stanford doesn't get a lot of recognition, Romar said they are a solid all-around team.

"(They are a) Team that really plays with a purpose," Romar said. "A team that has role players that definitely know their roles. Sometimes we think of a role player as someone who doesn't do much scoring. Fields knows his role. He's scoring, he's rebounding, he's doing it all for his team. Green knows his role. He can flat-out shoot it. There are other players that know what's important for them to win. Offensively, defensively, they play with a purpose."

Next up for UW after Stanford will be the Golden Bears of California, who were picked to be either first or second in the Pac-10 in preseason polls. California also sports a 10-5 overall record, and a 2-1 league record so far this season. The game will take place at Bank of America Arena at 11:30 a.m. PST and will be aired on Fox Sports Northwest.


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