Hoops Preview - Stanford

After another tough loss on the road, the Washington Huskies (16-8, 6-6) will now travel to Palo Alto, Calif. to take on the Stanford Cardinal (11-13, 5-7) Saturday night at 5 p.m. PST. It will take place in Maples Pavilion, a place the Huskies have won only once since 1993.

In the last meeting between the two squads, it was the Hoop Dawgs that chased the Cardinal out of Seattle by a resounding score of 94-61. UW was led by the strong performance of Quincy Pondexter, who finished with 27 points on 12 of 16 shooting from the floor. He also had 10 boards and three blocks.

Despite shooting just 4 of 12 from the field, Isaiah Thomas finished with 15 points and seven assists as well.

On the other end of the court, Stanford star guard/forward Landry Fields scored 17 points on 5 of 12 shooting from the field.

Stanford is perhaps the one team not to come into the Pac-10 season without a lot of hype, and they've shown why. They have suffered losses to San Diego, Oral Roberts, Kentucky, Oklahoma State, Northwestern, Texas Tech, California, Washington, Washington State, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and USC.

Their wins have come against Cal Poly, Florida A&M, Virginia, Portland State, UC Davis, James Madison, USC, UCLA, Oregon State, Oregon and Washington State.

One thing the Cardinal do have going for them is that, like the Huskies, they are very tough at home. Stanford is 5-0 at Maples in Pac-10 play and 10-2 overall there.

Fields is leading the way for the Cardinal this season with 22.7 points a game on 48 percent shooting from the field. That's also tops in the Pac-10, which is one of the reasons why he will be one of the players in the running for Pac-10 Player of the Year when the dust has settled on the season. He also averages 8.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game.

The other big player for Stanford has been sophomore guard Jeremy Green. He is averaging 17.6 points per game on 43 percent shooting from the floor, including 41 percent from beyond the arc.

The Huskies held the two to 16 points below their combined game averages the last time they met, and keeping at least one of them in check Saturday will be essential.

Beyond that, no Stanford player is averaging more than seven points or four rebounds a game.

As a team, they are averaging 70.4 points per game on 43 percent shooting from the floor. They also average 34.2 rebounds and 12.6 turnovers per game.

The projected starting lineup for Stanford is Green, Jarrett Mann and Drew Shiller in the backcourt with Fields and Jack Trotter in the frontcourt.

Next up for the Huskies will be a game in the friendly confines of the Bank of America Arena against the (6-5, 14-9) USC Trojans. The game is set for 7:30 p.m. PST.

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