March 11, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Stanford's Anthony Goods scored 23 points to lead the Cardinal to a 62-54 win over Oregon State in the first round of the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament Wednesday to setup a Thursday afternoon matchup against top-seeded and 10th-ranked Washington.
The game is scheduled to tipoff in the Staples Center at 2:30 p.m. and will be televised in high definition by FSN. Prior to the game, at 12:30 p.m., Husky fans attending the tournament are invited to a pre-game gathering at the ESPN Zone across the street from the Staples Center.
The Huskies, 24-7 overall and 14-4 in the Pac-10, attended classes at the UW this morning before taking a mid-day flight to Los Angeles, arriving at approximately 4 p.m. The team conducted a practice session at West Los Angles Community College, checked into its hotel (the Downtown Marriott), ate a team dinner at the hotel, conducted a study hall session and went over film and a scouting report before retiring for the evening.
The team will go through a brief shootaround at a local college in the morning before having its pregame meal and preparing to leave for the Staples Center and its game against Stanford.
Washington narrowly won both games against Stanford this season. The Huskies took an 84-83 victory at home on January 8, then broke a 15-game losing streak at Maples Pavilion with a 75-68 win on February 8.
Stanford enters the game with an 18-12 overall record and No. 9 seed in the tournament after going 6-12 in league play. Goods, who shot 6-for-17 from the field, 7-for-9 from the free throw line and had three steals against the Beavers, is Stanford's scoring leader with an average of 15.9 points per game. Lawrence Hill is the only Cardinal player to have started all 30 games this season and averages 13.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
The two teams have split the last 16 meetings, dating back to the 2002-03 season, and have split their four neutral site meetings with two wins apiece. Washington has played Stanford three times in the Pac-10 Tournament.
The winner of Thursday's Washington/Stanford game will face the winner of the Arizona/Arizona State 12 Noon contest on Friday at 6 p.m.
The other side of the tournament bracket includes a 6 p.m. game between California and USC, then an 8:30 tipoff that features UCLA and Washington State, which defeated Oregon on Wednesday.