The Docket 1/29: Stanford Gets A Shot To Take Down No. 1


The Stanford Cardinal hosts the No. 1-ranked Arizona Wildcats at Maples Pavilion Wednesday night, the program’s first game against a top-ranked team since the Cardinal beat then-No. 1 Kansas 64-58 on Dec. 7, 2003, at the John Wooden Classic in Anaheim.

It’s the first time a No. 1 team has visited The Farm since Duke on Dec. 21, 2000, which was an 84-83 win for Stanford.

The Cardinal (13-6, 4-3 Pac-12 Conference) is just 29-55 all-time against Arizona (20-0, 7-0) and has lost the last seven meetings. Stanford’s last win over the Wildcats was a 76-60 victory at Maples on Jan. 5, 2009, the first and only win over Arizona for coach Johnny Dawkins.

Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

The rest of The Docket for Wednesday:

NHL: San Jose Sharks (34-13-6) at Edmonton Oilers (17-32-6), 6:30 p.m.
The Sharks had their six-game winning streak snapped on Monday night, while the Oilers—the worst team in the Western Conference—have won two straight.

San Jose is 2-0 against Edmonton so far this season, with three meetings remaining, including a 3-1 win at Rexall Place on Nov. 15.

The Oilers hold a 22-18-10 edge all time in Edmonton, but the Sharks have won the last four and six of the last seven. Edmonton’s last home-ice victory over San Jose was a 2-1 shootout win on Jan. 23, 2012.

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies (23-20) at Sacramento Kings (15-29), 7 p.m.
These teams are traveling in different directions right now—the Grizzlies have won three straight and eight of their last 10, while the Kings have dropped four in a row and are just 3-7 in their last 10 games.

Sacramento is 17-6 against the Grizzlies at home since the franchise moved to Memphis in 2001, but has lost the last three meetings at Sleep Train Arena, including a 97-86 decision on Nov. 17.

The Grizzlies are going for a 3-0 season sweep—they also won a controversial 91-90 decision in Memphis on Jan. 17, a game marked by coach Michael Malone drawing a fine from the NBA for going after the officials after a questionable jump ball call essentially ended the game.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Portland Pilots (12-9) at USF Dons (13-8), 7 p.m.
The Dons are currently third in the West Coast Conference at 6-3, while Portland—the only WCC team to beat Gonzaga thus far this season—is 4-5 and in sixth place.

USF posted an 87-81 overtime win at Portland on Dec. 28 and is looking to wrap up the season sweep, but the Pilots won at War Memorial Gym in their last visit, a 78-76 victory on Feb. 14.

The Dons lead the all-time series 52-25 and have won seven of the last eight meetings.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: UNLV Rebels (13-7) at San Jose State Spartans (6-14), 7 p.m.
The Rebels are 4-3 in the Mountain West thus far, while the Spartans remain winless at 0-8. This is the only scheduled meeting between UNLV and San Jose State this season.

The Spartans are 4-31 all-time against the Rebels, but they haven’t met since 1997. San Jose State’s last win in the series was a 66-64 win at home on Jan. 10, 1996, and UNLV has won the last three meetings.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Arizona State Sun Devils (15-5) at Cal Golden Bears (14-6), 8 p.m.
The Sun Devils have slumped in Pac-12 play at 4-3, while the Bears have followed up a perfect 5-0 conference start with back-to-back losses in Los Angeles last weekend.

This is the first of two meetings between the teams this season; they are scheduled to play in Tempe on March 1. Cal leads the all-time series 37-36, but lost the only meeting last season at Arizona State 66-62 on Feb. 7. Prior to that, the Golden Bears had won five straight over the Sun Devils, including a 68-47 win in Arizona State’s last visit to Berkeley on Feb. 4, 2012.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Gonzaga Bulldogs (18-3) at Santa Clara Broncos (10-12), 8 p.m.
The Bulldogs come in with the WCC lead at 8-1, while the Broncos are sliding, having lost four in a row to fall to 3-6 in league play.

Gonzaga won in Spokane on Dec. 28, 74-60, and leads the all-time series 50-30. Santa Clara’s last win over the Zags was an 85-71 win at the Leavey Center on Jan. 20, 2011, and the Broncos have lost the last six meetings and 15 of the last 16.

Thursday Lookahead
L.A. Clippers at Warriors, 7:30 p.m.

Sharks at Calgary, 6 p.m.

Pacific at BYU, 6 p.m.
Saint Mary’s at San Diego, 7 p.m.
UC Davis at Cal Poly, 7 p.m.
Idaho State at Sacramento State, 7:05 p.m.

Cal at Stanford, 8 p.m.