January 09, 2013: Stanford Cardinal guard Chasson Randle (5) looks to pass the ball during the second half against the Washington State Cougars at Maples Pavilion. Stanford won 78-67. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Stanford Visits Colorado In Pac-12 Battle: Game Preview

The Stanford Cardinal travels to Boulder, CO to battle the Colorado Buffaloes in a match up of two PAC-12 foes.  The Cardinal (11 – 7, 2 – 3 PAC-12) defeated Cal 69 – 59 in Palo Alto last Saturday.  The Buffaloes (12 – 6, 2 – 4 PAC-12) defeated Washington State 58 – 49 in Pullman, WA last Saturday.

The leading scorers for the Buffaloes are Spencer Dinwiddie (14.6 points per game), Askia Booker (14.2 ppg), Josh Scott (13.0 ppg), and Andre Roberson (10.5 ppg).  The leading rebounders are Roberson (11.5 rebounds per game), Scott (5.7 rpg), and Booker (3.9 rpg).  Dinwiddie and Booker are the leading playmakers with averages of 2.6 assists per game and 2.4 apg, respectively.

As a team, Colorado is averaging 70.5 ppg and 38.2 rpg.  The Pioneers are shooting 45.2 percent from the field, 34.9 percent behind the 3-point line, and 66.8 percent from the free throw line.

Dwight Powell (14.9 ppg) leads a balanced Cardinal scoring attack, followed by Chasson Randle (13.5 ppg), Josh Huestis (9.0 ppg), and Aaron Bright (8.4 ppg).  The leading rebounders are Huestis (9.2 rpg), Powell (7.6 rpg), and Andy Brown (3.4 rpg).  Randle also leads the team in assists with an average of 2.8 per game, with Bright chipping in 2.6 apg.  Huestis leads the Cardinal in blocked shots, averaging 2.17 per game.

As a team, Stanford averages 69.4 ppg and 37.9 rpg.  The Cardinal are shooting 40.5 percent from the field, 30.5 percent behind the 3-point line, and 74.2 percent from the free throw line.

This is a game of two evenly matched teams, each with powerful, athletic rebounders on the interior, and solid, overall backcourts.  The Buffaloes make a higher percentage of 3-point shots, so it will be crucial for Stanford defenders to close out on Colorado’s perimeter shooters.  Both squads crash the boards hard, so it could come down to who nabs more offensive boards, and who gets to the charity stripe more and converts.

Tip off is 7 pm Pacific time, and the game will be broadcast on ESPNU.

Tags: Aaron Bright Andre Roberson Andy Brown Askia Booker Chasson Randle College Colorado Buffaloes Colorado Buffaloes Basketball Dwight Powell Josh Huestis Josh Scott NCAA Pac-12 Basketball Spencer Dinwiddie Stanford Cardinal Stanford Cardinal Basketball

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