Indianapolis Star
Men's College Basketball
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Arizona State at Stanford
When: 11:00 PM ET, Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Where: Maples Pavilion, Stanford, California

Two teams trending in opposite directions meet Wednesday as 14th-ranked Arizona State visits a surging Stanford team that has won four in a row, including a road sweep of the Washington schools last week. The Cardinal look to take another step forward against Arizona State, which opened with 12 straight wins but narrowly avoided falling to 1-4 start in the Pac-12 with Saturday’s 77-75 win over Oregon State.

Opponents have started using a zone defense to slow down the up-tempo Sun Devils, who are shooting 41.3 percent from the field and averaging 77.6 points in league play compared to 50.8 percent and 91.8 points during their 12-0 start. “We may not be playing exactly like we were earlier in the season,” coach Bobby Hurley told reporters. “And I know that you go through different parts of the year where that's going to be the case. We’ve just got to push through the tough times. I know that we're going to respond.” Hurley’s squad faces a major test against Stanford, which completed its first two-game road sweep in conference play in nearly eight years with last Saturday’s 73-64 win over Washington. The Cardinal boast a solid mix of youth and veteran leadership, led by preseason All-American forward Reid Travis, who averages 20.1 points and 7.3 rebounds.

TV: 11 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network

ABOUT ARIZONA STATE (14-3, 2-3 Pac-12): Point guard Tra Holder entered last Saturday’s contest as the league’s highest scorer at 20.6 points per game but suffered a shoulder injury against the Beavers and was held to a season-low four points in 30 minutes. With Holder limited, senior guard Shannon Evans stepped up and scored all 22 of his points in the second half on 7-of-11 shooting, including three 3-pointers. Hurley is hoping to jumpstart freshman forward Romello White, who averaged 14.9 points and 8.6 rebounds during non-conference play but has seen those numbers drop dramatically in recent games.

ABOUT STANFORD (10-8, 4-1): Coach Jerod Haase has four freshmen in his eight-man rotation, including guard Daejon Davis, who was named Pac-12 player of the week after averaging 15.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists during the Washington road swing. Haase has received a welcome boost from senior wing Dorian Pickens, who missed 11 games with a left foot injury but has averaged 15.2 points in league play and scored 28 in last Thursday’s 79-70 win over Washington State. The team’s impressive frontcourt is led by the duo of Travis and senior Michael Humphrey, who averages 11.6 points and 8.1 rebounds.

TIP-INS

1. Stanford holds a 48-37 lead in the all-time series, but Arizona State won all three meetings last season.

2. Stanford is shooting 68.5 percent from the foul line, tied with Washington for last in the Pac-12.

3. Arizona State is 6-1 when trailing at halftime.

PREDICTION: Stanford 81, Arizona State 77
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Arizona State 14-3 W1 9-1 2-2 3-0 8-0 6-3 2-3
Stanford 10-8 W4 8-4 2-1 0-3 4-1 6-7 4-1
Last Meeting
Arizona State Stanford
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
3/8/17 STAN 88 ASU 98 98 34 55.9 88 29 46.6
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Arizona State O. Oleka 27 61.5 9
Stanford R. Travis 23 81.8 5
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Arizona State O. Oleka 13 6 7
Stanford M. Humphrey 9 4 5
Assists Player  
Arizona State T. Holder 4
Stanford C. Sanders 8
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Arizona State T. Holder 342 43.3 99
Stanford R. Travis 362 52.5 98
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Arizona State R. White 127 51 76
Stanford M. Humphrey 146 29 117
Assists Player  
Arizona State S. Evans II 76
Stanford D. Davis 70
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar Arizona State Off vs  red bar Stanford Defense
blue bar 87.6 Points For
red bar 75.0 Points Against
blue bar 48.0 FG%
red bar 43.0 FG%
blue bar 33.8 Reb
red bar 31.2 Reb
red bar Stanford Off vs  blue bar Arizona State Defense
red bar 75.4 Points For
blue bar 74.2 Points Against
red bar 46.2 FG%
blue bar 42.1 FG%
red bar 35.3 Reb
blue bar 32.1 Reb