Game of the Night
Stanford 58, Washington 56
Josh Owen's tip-in with 29 seconds left proved to be the game-winner for Stanford as they upset the Huskies.
With the loss of forward Landry Fields, Stanford was overlooked heading into the season with third-year coach Johnny Dawkins at the helm.
In Dawkins' first two years, the Cardinal finished eighth and ninth in the Pac-10.
This is a win that got Stanford into the bubble discussion. It's a great home win for them against a quality opponent early on in Pac-10 play. They've put themselves in a good position early on in conference play after some tough losses in non-conference play. Now they have to go out and win some more games in the Pac-10. A 12-6 mark in conference play could lead to an NCAA tournament appearance.
Junior guard Jeremy Green is Stanford's top scoring option and arguably the best shooter in the Pac-10. He scored 12 last night.
The main culprit of Stanford's turnaround has been the play of freshman Dwight Powell, Aaron Bright, Anthony Brown and Andy Brown.
Josh Owens took a medical redshirt last season due to an undisclosed illness. His return this season has been huge. He had 14 points last night including the game-winner.
Who was Thursday's Top Performer
- Minnesota got a huge home win over Purdue. Fellow Bleacher Report writer Mark Miller did a great job breaking down the Gophers win.
- Virginia Tech led North Carolina 40-31 at the 15:20 mark of the second half. The Tar Heels outscored the Hokies 33-21 the rest of the way to win it 64-61.
- There were many key lower mid-major games last night,
- Drexel got a huge resume-building win at home against Old Dominion in CAA play.
- Belmont is looking like a possible giant killer in the NCAA tournament if they can win the Atlantic Sun. They throttled Lipscomb 88-52.
- Coastal Carolina is 6-0 in the Big South after a 74-69 win over Winthrop, a team that's dominated the conference the last decade.
- Utah State beat Boise State 68-59 to move to 4-0 in the WAC.
- Portland won a 79-78 double-overtime thriller against Loyola-Marymount in WCC play.
- Richmond has been a bit of a head-scratcher so far this year. They lost to Rhode Island 78-74 at home in A-10 play last night.
Top Three Performances
- Blake Hoffarber (Min): 26 PTS, four AST in win over Purdue.
- Klay Thompson (WSU): 36 PTS, five AST in loss to Cal.
- JaJuan Johnson (Pur): 29 PTS, 11 REB in loss to Minnesota.
Preview for Jan. 14, 2011
There are only seven games on the slate tonight:
Hor: Butler 12-5 (4-1) at Detroit 10-7 (4-1)
Tough road game for Butler, but I think they find a way to win.
MAAC: Iona 10-6 (4-1) at Rider 12-5 (4-1)
The MAAC crown is wide open this year with Siena having a down season. Rider and Iona are tied for second in the conference.
I'll take the Broncs at home.
MAAC: Fairfield 12-3 (6-0) at Loyola (MD) 6-9 (2-3)
Derek Needham and the Stags look to stay undefeated in the MAAC on the road.