Updated Nov 28, 2012 - 4:36 pm
Seattle U vs Stanford preview
By Gary Hill
Seattle U (2-1, 0-0 WAC) at Stanford Cardinal (4-3, 0-0 Pac-12)
Maples Pavilion (Stanford, CA)
Wednesday November 28, 2012 7:00 pm
RADIO: 770 KTTH
Series- Stanford 4-0
Last Meeting- Last Season- Stanford 72-49
The expectations are sky high for a Stanford Cardinal team that took home the NIT championship a year ago. Stanford won 26 games on their way to the third postseason tournament championship in school history. Stanford spent their Thanksgiving holiday in the Bahamas beating Northern Iowa and losing to Minnesota and a ranked Mizzou. They played all three games without local product Aaron Bright who is the starting point guard. Bright took home the NIT MVP last year while averaging 17 points a game in the tournament. The Bellevue High School grad is a key to the Stanford cause and is questionable for the game tonight. The Cardinal also announced that junior guard Anthony Brown has been lost to a hip injury for the season. The team has the pieces to contend for a Pac-12 title this season.
The Ones to Watch:
Chasson Randle- 6'1 180 SO G- 15.4 ppg 3.6 rbds 3 assts
Randle made the Pac-12 All-Freshman team a year ago averaging a team high 13.8 points per game. He torched Arizona State for 27 first half points in the Pac-12 Tournament a year ago. He can attack the rack and he can knock down the triple. He hit 43% from downtown a year ago although he is struggling from distance this year so far- 24%. He is long, lean and has the wingspan of a condor. He was only 1-8 from the field against Seattle U last season.
Dwight Powell- 6'10 235 JR F- 13 ppg 6.3 rbds 1.5 assts
Powell will provide a very difficult matchup for Seattle u in the paint. The skilled big man is shooting 52% from the field, 50% from 3 and 85% from the free-throw line. His post-game is a work in progress, but he is flourishing going to the basketball and knocking down jumpers. He did not start playing basketball until he was 14, but he swiftly making up for lost time. He is averaging 6 rebounds a game this year, which shows he has been more active in the paint this year compared to the last two seasons. His skill-set at his size make him an intriguing NBA prospect.
Keys to the Game:
1- Make Shots- It sounds simple, but SU has struggled at times offensively this season and if they need to hit if they are going to stick around against a Pac-12 power.
2- Crash the glass- All hands on deck rebounding the basketball against a starting front-line that goes 6'11, 6'10 and 6'7.
3- Keep the Stanford 3 woes going- The Cardinal are only shooting 27% from 3 this year and SU will look to keep that trend going.
By the Numbers:
- 2-14 - Carter and Trent from the floor against Stanford last season
- 3 - The number of games Aaron Bright has missed in a row for Stanford
- 1 - The number of Stanford wins without Bright in the lineup
- 0 - The number of threes Bright has hit this year (0-12)
- 68 - Wins out of the last 87 games at home for Stanford
- 56 - Free-throw shooting percentage for Seattle U this season
- 1 - Number of threes Carter is away from tying for second most in Seattle U history
Seattle U looks to topple the tree and upset a Pac-12 power, join us at 7:00 on 770 KTTH.
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