Pac-10 Preview: Washington Huskies Shoot for Three Straight against Stanford

Steve AugerAnalyst IIMarch 12, 2009

Stanford Cardinal (18-12, 6-12) vs. Washington Huskies (24-7, 14-4)

Thursday, March 12, 2009 – 2:30 PM PST


The second quarter final game of the Pac-10 tournament features the No. 9 seed Stanford Cardinal against the No. 1 seed Washington Huskies.


The Huskies swept the season series between these schools, winning the first game at home, 84-83, and then by a score of 75-68 at Maples Pavilion.


Jon Brockman—19 points, 18 rebounds—scored the game-winning basket with 4.6 seconds left to lift the Huskies to the home victory.


Washington dominated Stanford on the glass by a 44-28 margin; however, the Cardinal sank eight three-pointers to keep them in the game.


In addition to Brockman’s big game, Isaiah Thomas scored 18 points, while Matthew Bryan-Amanin dropped 17 to go along with six boards. Quincy Pondexter scored 14 points and also had six rebounds.


For Stanford, Anthony Goods was the high-scorer with 19 points.


Three other players finished in double figures—Lawrence Hill with 16, Mitch Johnson with 12, and Landry Fields had 11 points with a team-high seven rebounds.


When these teams met a month later, the Huskies snapped a 15-game losing streak at Stanford behind 20 points from Pondexter.


Brockman had another double-double with 13 points and 12 boards. Thomas contributed 17 and Venoy Thomas chipped in with 11 points and five assists.


While the Cardinal lost the rebounding edge by only five boards this time around, they were miserable from the foul line. Stanford converted only nine of 17 shots from the charity stripe.


Fields scored 22 points and grabbed 10 boards for Stanford. The only other Cardinal players to reach double figures were Goods with 12 and Jeremy Green with 11 points.


Current line: Washington -4.5


Stanford is 12-13 against the spread with a record of 5-4 as an underdog.


Washington is 15-12 against the spread with a record of 12-10 as the favorite.


The Huskies will advance to the semis because they’re the better team and because they’ll have fresher legs.


Steve’s pick: Washington -4.5