Stanford snapped a six-game losing streak to Arizona last month at home. Now, the seventh-ranked Cardinal must forget an upset loss as they go for the season sweep on the road.
Looking to avoid being swept in Arizona, Stanford (20-4, 9-3 Pac-10) will meet the Wildcats on Saturday night.
On Jan. 17, Stanford earned its first win over Arizona (16-8, 6-5) since January 2005, posting a 56-52 victory. That started a seven-game winning streak that moved Stanford into the top 10.
The Cardinal haven’t swept the regular-season series from Arizona since 2003-04, but must bounce back from a 72-68 overtime loss to Arizona State on Thursday.
Stanford led by as many as 14 in the second half, but that lead was cut to seven with 1:49 remaining in regulation, and the Sun Devils tied it with five seconds left. With a chance for a game-winning shot, the Cardinal’s Anthony Goods committed a turnover.
Stanford trailed by one with 32 seconds left in overtime, but missed several shots down the stretch while Arizona State hit 3 of 4 free throws.
Poor free-throw shooting late in regulation doomed the Cardinal, as they connected on just 4 of 8 attempts in the final 1:49.
“We had an opportunity to close out the game in regulation if we make a few free throws,” coach Trent Johnson said.
Brook Lopez scored 30 points and added six rebounds. He and twin brother, Robin, who had 16 points and eight rebounds, were the only Stanford players to score in double figures.
Stanford is holding opponents to just 57.5 points per game this season, among the top 10 in the nation. The Cardinal are 15-0 this season when holding opponent to 58 points or less.
Stanford’s defense also has to try to slow Arizona guard Jerryd Bayless, who has totaled 72 points in his last two games. He’s third in the country among freshmen with an average of 20.7 points per game.
Bayless was 9-of-18 from the field and sank five 3-pointers to finish with 33 points in an 83-73 win over California on Thursday, snapping a two-game losing streak. He’s averaged 24.0 points in seven games since being held to nine points—one off a season low—in last month’s loss to Stanford.
Against the Bears, Jordan Hill added 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Chase Budinger finished with 18 points. Hill and Budinger, the Wildcats’ top two scorers after Bayless, had been held below 10 points in the previous two games. They also combined for 24 points and 11 rebounds in Arizona’s first matchup with Stanford.
Arizona has a 48-26 all-time advantage in the series against Stanford. The Wildcats have won three straight at home over the Cardinal since an 82-72 loss on Jan. 10, 2004.