The competition in the Pac-12 is getting tighter by the game. Two teams sit atop the conference with 4-1 records in Pac-12 play, but that will be put to the test tonight in sunny California as the fight for bragging rights–and first place in the conference, no less.
Arizona is coming off a come-from-behind victory over Utah last Saturday in one of the most exciting tilts we’ve seen in this season of Pac-12 play. While the Wildcats are notably difficult to beat on their home court, almost nobody expected them to cool the Utes’ defense like they did. This week’s Pac-12 Player of the Week Stanley Johnson posted 18 points, nine rebounds and two steals in the win at McKale Center.
Now the Wildcats will take their luck on the road to the Golden State to do battle against Stanford with the lead in the conference on the line. The Cardinal has had a few days of rest, coming off a 72-59 victory over defending NCAA champion Conneticut. Chasson Randle led the way with 23 points, while Anthony Brown tallied eight points and Rosco Allen marked a career-high 13 rebounds.
Stanford’s history against Arizona, however, is not so forgiving. The Cardinal has a 29-57 record all-time against the Wildcats dating back to the 1937-38 season. They are 1-9 against Arizona under current coach Johnny Dawkins–those nine coming in consecutive losses. The last time these teams met at Maples Pavilion at Stanford, Arizona survived with a 60-57 win. The home team will have to rely on the hot streaks of Randle (averaging 15.8 points a game) and Brown (averaging 8.8 points a game) to keep things rolling and take hold of the Pac-12.
Tip off is for this game is scheduled for 9pm ET.
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