The last time Washington State faced Stanford, the game sparked a three-game winning streak for the Cougars. Now, entering the matchup on Saturday, Washington State is attempting to snap a four-game losing streak.
The Cougars gave the Cardinal a tough first half when they faced off in early January, but Stanford pulled away in the second half and won comfortably. WSU found some success after that game, however, with three straight wins. Whatever worked during that stretch hasn't been working lately and the Cougars have dropped to 9-11 on the season and 3-5 in conference play with four straight losses.
While WSU comes in on a down stretch, Stanford will enter the game on Saturday playing about as well as anyone in the conference. The 15-5 Cardinal are tied for the second-best record in conference play at 6-2. Stanford has won nine of its last 11 games, with the only losses coming in double OT to UCLA and by seven points to then No. 7 Arizona. The Cardinal knocked off Washington by 10 on Thursday.
Stanford's strength is on the offensive end where the Cardinal rank No. 15 in Kenpom.com's adjusted offense ranking. That could be a major issue for Washington State which ranks No. 297 in adjusted defense. WSU isn't likely to do much to slow down Stanford, so it's best chance to win is to have a lights out offensive game. We've seen that at times this season, but the Cougars won't have much margin for error Saturday night.
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Stanford forward Reid Travis is expected to return Saturday when the surging Cardinal visit Washington State, which has lost four straight following a three-game winning streak. Travis, a 6-8 freshman, averaged 7.5 points and 6.9 rebounds
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The Stanford Cardinal (14-5, 6-2 Pac-12) and the Washington State Cougars (9-10, 3-4 Pac-12) have two very distinct mindsets heading into Saturday’s matchup.
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WSU fell to Stanford, 71-56, in the first meeting this season.
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