Stanford vs. Northwestern: Full Game Preview

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Stanford vs. Northwestern: Full Game Preview
Stanford
(7-4, 0-2 away)
Northwestern
(8-3, 5-3 home)
Venue: Welsh-Ryan Arena
9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT, December 21, 2012
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Stanford D Powell 15.5 J Huestis 8.2 C Randle 3.2
Northwestern R Hearn 14.2 J Swopshire 6.1 D Sobolewski 4.1

Bragging rights will be on the line at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Friday as Northwestern welcomes Stanford in a battle that might come down to the wire. The game gets underway at 9:00 EST and you can catch it on Big Ten Network. Northwestern is ranked No. 64 in the RPI, so Stanford has an opportunity to improve its 0-4 record against RPI Top 100 teams. The Cardinal stand at 7-4 overall. Meanwhile, the Wildcats have a record of 8-3. Over the past four years, Stanford has gone 1-1 against Northwestern, and 0-1 at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Northwestern StatSmack

  • Stanford has a significantly better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (0.649 to 0.388).
  • We make our fans proud. Stanford has a better record at home than Northwestern this season (5-1 vs 5-3).
  • The Pac 12 has 4 teams - Arizona (76.9%), Oregon (76.3%), Stanford (74.9%), and Utah (74.9%) - that shoot a better free throw percentage than the Big Ten leader, Indiana (74.5%).
  • The Stanford steals leader (Chasson Randle) has more steals than the Northwestern steals leader (Reggie Hearn).
  • The Stanford scoring leader (Dwight Powell) has more points than the Northwestern scoring leader (Reggie Hearn).
  • Winning is in our blood. Stanford had a better record in close games than Northwestern last season (7-3 vs 6-7).
  • We just win. Stanford has more wins over the last 5 years than Northwestern (110 vs 92).
  • The Pac 12 has had 25 more NBA Draft picks than the Big Ten over the past 10 years.
  • We beat real teams. Stanford had more wins against the RPI Top 50 than Northwestern last season (4 vs 1).
STAN Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Dwight Powell 27 16 7 2 0 1 2
B Chasson Randle 30 14 3 3 2 0 2
B Josh Huestis 30 9 8 1 1 3 2
C Andy Brown 20 6 3 1 1 0 1
C Aaron Bright 26 9 1 3 0 0 2
D+ Rosco Allen 11 4 2 1 0 0 1
D+ C. Sanders 14 3 1 1 0 0 0
D+ John Gage 11 4 2 0 0 0 0
D+ Robbie Lemons 11 3 1 1 0 0 0
D Stefan Nastic 10 3 3 0 0 0 1
D Gabriel Harris 11 2 2 0 0 0 1
D Anthony Brown 20 5 3 1 1 0 1
D Grant Verhoeven 7 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Wade Morgan 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
NU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Reggie Hearn 32 14 5 2 1 0 2
B Drew Crawford 32 14 5 2 1 1 2
B Dave Sobolewski 34 12 2 4 1 0 2
B- Jared Swopshire 30 9 6 2 0 0 1
C+ Alex Olah 22 6 5 3 0 1 1
C- Mike Turner 16 2 3 2 0 1 1
C- Nikola Cerina 6 3 4 1 0 0 1
C- A. Marcotullio 13 3 2 1 1 0 1
D+ Kale Abrahamson 11 4 2 0 0 0 0
D+ Tre Demps 11 4 1 1 0 0 0
D Sanjay Lumpkin 2 1 0 0 0 1 0
D J. Montgomery III 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Chier Ajou 5 1 1 1 0 0 1
D Omar Jimenez 3 0 0 0 0 0 1
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