Seattle (2-1) at Stanford (4-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, November 28, 10 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Maples Pavilion (7,329) -- Stanford, California. Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: Seattle 2-0, Stanford 2-1. Away Record: Seattle 0-1, Stanford 0-0. Neutral Record: Seattle 0-0, Stanford 2-2. Conference Record: Seattle 0-0, Stanford 0-0. Series Record: Stanford leads 4-0.
GAMES NOTES: In the first game of a three-game homestand, the Stanford Cardinal will play host to the Seattle Redhawks at Maples Pavilion.
Seattle has alternated between wins and a loss in the first three games of the season. The Redhawks opened the campaign with an 87-72 win over Montana State. Then they traveled to Virginia where the Cavaliers won easily 83-43 before returning home to take out Pacific Lutheran (58-49). Seattle will return home for its next matchup against Boise State this Sunday.
Stanford was involved in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament over Thanksgiving weekend but did not fare particularly well in losing two of its three contests. The Cardinal are now 4-3 on the season which includes a 2-1 mark at Maples Pavilion where they will play their next three games, including this one.
In only four previous meetings, Stanford has come out on top each time.
Seattle didn't have much trouble with the Division III Lutes in its win over Pacific Lutheran. Despite struggling offensively themselves the Redhawks held the Lutes to just 34.5 percent shooting and racked up a 41-30 edge on the boards in the victory. Both teams were guilty of 22 turnovers but Seattle had the edge in points off giveaways 14-9. Clarence Trent was the lone scorer in double figures, putting in 17 points.
The Redhawks are shooting only 37.2 percent from the field this season and are on the wrong side of a -5.3 scoring margin. Seattle has been able to crash the boards well though, bringing in 40.3 rebounds per game although that could be partially blamed on the number of shots the Redhawks miss as a team. Trent (12.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg) has been one of few offensive options that has been consistent. Along with Deshaun Sunderhaus (10.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg) he is one of only three players that have seen more than 15 minutes per game and is shooting better than 40 percent from the field. Sterling Carter (7.7 ppg) is the best scoring option in the backcourt but is hitting on only 26.7 percent of his field goal attempts.
With a pair of foul shots from Dwight Powell, Stanford tied Minnesota 63-63 with just 14 seconds remaining on Saturday. However on the inbounds play Chasson Randle was called for a foul on a 3-point attempt by Andre Hollins, who hit all three free throws to end Stanford's rally. Stanford shot just 35.6 percent in the game and was outscored 26-15 from the free-throw line. Powell was the lead scorer with 22 points.
Stanford has really struggled to shoot with consistency this season, as the Cardinal have connected on 39.5 percent of its field goal attempts overall. Luckily the team's defensive efforts have earned it a +5.7 scoring margin by holding opponents to just 39.2 percent shooting. Randle (15.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.3 apg) and Aaron Bright (9.0 ppg, 3.8 apg) lead the squad out of the backcourt although each needs to improve his shoot. Randle hits on only 34.8 percent of his field goal attempts, while Bright is at an even lower 25.7 percent. Powell (13.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg) and Josh Huestis (8.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg) anchor the team from the inside. No other player on the team is scoring more than six points per game.
A lot was expected of Stanford this season after winning the NIT last season. Thus far the results haven't been great but this game should serve as a nice bounce back.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Stanford 78, Seattle 59
11/28 10:37:11 ET