Hoops Preview - Stanford

After a surprisingly tough game against the Oregon State Beavers Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 tournament, the Washington Huskies (22-9, 11-7) will now have to contend with the Stanford Cardinal (14-17, 7-11), who pulled off a huge upset against No. 2 seed Arizona State.

The game will take place at approximately 8:40 p.m. PST at the Staples Center after the first semifinal between California and UCLA. It will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Northwest.

As with Oregon State, UW has won both games in the season series against the Cardinal, so can they make it a second clean sweep in a row?

In the first game between Washington and Stanford on Jan. 14, UW showed their dominance at home with a 94-61 victory. Senior captain Quincy Pondexter had a very strong game with 27 points on 12 of 16 shooting, 10 rebounds and three blocks. Isaiah Thomas also had a productive game with 15 points, despite shooting just 4 of 12. He also added seven assists and two steals.

As a team, UW shot 49 percent from the field and 32 percent from beyond the arc. They also had 41 rebounds, 10 steals and only 10 turnovers. On the other end, Stanford was led by senior star Landry Fields, who scored 17 points on 5 of 12 shooting from the field. He also had five boards. The Cardinals finished shooting 41 percent from the field and just 14 percent from three. They also only had 31 rebounds and had 20 turnovers.

When the teams met next on Feb. 13, Washington picked up their first road win with a score of 78-61. Thomas again had a solid scoring night with 20 points on 6 of 18 shooting. He also dished out six assists. Leading the way on the boards was Pondexter, with nine. He also had 18 points on 5 of 12 shooting from the field.

UW finished shooting 42 percent from the field and 35 percent from deep. They also pulled in 36 rebounds and only had five turnovers all game. Fields again led Stanford in scoring with 17 on 7 of 14 shooting from the floor. In addition to that, he had seven rebounds and four assists. Also finishing with 17 points was sophomore standout Jeremy Green, who shot 6 of 17 from the field.

The Cardinals shot 42 percent from the field also and 22 percent from beyond the arc. They grabbed 33 rebounds and had 11 turnovers.

Fields has led the way for the Cardinal this season with an average of 22.2 points a game on 49 percent shooting from the field. He has also pulled in 8.7 rebounds a game and 1.6 steals per game. Also putting up solid scoring numbers has been Green, with 16.9 points per game on 41 percent shooting from the field and 39 percent from beyond the arc.

As a whole, Stanford averages 69.3 points a game on 44 percent shooting from the field. They also average 33.7 rebounds, 13.4 assists and 12.1 turnovers a game. On the defensive end, they limit their opposition to 69.6 points a game and average 5.3 steals a game and a league low 1.7 blocks.

The projected starters for the game are Green, Jarrett Mann and Drew Shiller in the backcourt, coupled with Fields and Jack Trotter up front. Emmanuel Igbinosa and Andrew Zimmerman should play a big part of the bench.

If the Huskies pull out a win, they will take on either the Golden Bears (22-9, 13-5) or the Bruins (14-17, 8-10) in the finals of the Pac-10 Tournament. That game will take place at 3 p.m. PST on Saturday. It will be aired live on CBS nationally.

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