(14) Stanford 65

(17-3, 6-2 Pac-12)

Washington 51

(12-9, 3-5 Pac-12)

    10:00 PM ET, January 31, 2008

    Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle, Washington

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    #14STAN 33 3265
    WASH 22 2951

    Top Performers

    Stanford: B. Lopez 31 Pts, 13 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Washington: Q. Pondexter 15 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast

    Stanford-Washington Preview


    Stanford's Brook and Robin Lopez have made a habit of using their size to take advantage of other post players in the Pac-10. Continuing that trend might be a challenge against Washington's Jon Brockman.

    The Lopez twins look to lead the 14th-ranked Cardinal to their fourth straight victory Thursday as they visit Brockman and the Huskies in the first game of a two-game road swing.

    Brook and Robin Lopez are two of the biggest players in the Pac-10 at 7-feet, 260 pounds and 7-feet, 255 pounds, respectively. They've used their size to help Stanford (16-3, 5-2) outrebound each of its first seven conference opponents.

    "They're both shot blockers and provide a challenge down in the paint," 6-foot-11 California center DeVon Hardin said after the Cardinal's 82-77 victory over the Golden Bears on Saturday. "(Brook) is a big body and is going to finish every time if he gets on the block."

    Brook had 23 points and went 7-for-11 from the field, and Robin added nine points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots in that game. Seven other players scored at least four points for the Cardinal, who have earned their highest in-season rank since they were No. 1 in the final regular season poll of the 2003-04 season.

    "It was a great win for us," said Stanford coach Trent Johnson, whose team is tied with No. 9 Washington State for second in the conference behind fifth-ranked UCLA. "As much attention that is paid to Brook and Robin, we got some great contributions from everybody. ... We're getting where we need to be, and that's staying within striking distance of this thing."

    After an 0-3 start in conference play, Washington (12-8, 3-4) has bounced back with wins in three of its last four games. That resurgence is partially due to Brockman, who's averaging 23.0 points and 13.0 boards while shooting 61.9 percent from the field in his last four contests.

    The 6-foot-7, 245-pound Brockman is fourth in the conference with 19.1 points per game and first with 11.5 rebounds per game. He was named one of 30 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award on Saturday.

    "It feels great any time your name is included with so many other great players," he said.

    Brockman had 24 points and six rebounds on Saturday, but the Huskies had their three-game win streak snapped with an 84-69 loss at Arizona. Washington hadn't given up that many points since a 96-71 defeat at Oklahoma State on Dec. 1.

    Brockman had two double-doubles against Stanford last season, averaging 18.5 points and 10.0 rebounds as the teams split the season series. Brook Lopez was held to 9.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in those games, while Robin averaged 12.0 points and 3.0 boards.

    Stanford is 67-59 all-time against Washington, including 16-6 in the last 22 meetings, but has lost five straight road games in the series after winning its previous five in Seattle.

    The Huskies have won 11 of 15 home games against ranked teams since January 2004, but are 1-5 against Top 25 teams this season, including an 0-2 mark at Bank of America Arena.

    This game is the first of four straight at home for the Huskies. The Cardinal, meanwhile, will stay in Washington to meet Washington State on Saturday.


    School Info

    Conference Pac-12 Pac-12
    Nickname Cardinal Huskies
    Type Private Public

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