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Can Arizona State manage to defeat the always pesky Stanford Cardinals at home on Saturday night?
After a great victory over the California Golden Bears on Thursday night, the Arizona State Sun Devils (18-5, 7-3) look to continue their winning ways by beating the Stanford Cardinals (14-9, 5-5) in the friendly confines of Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Arizona. The Devils are 14-2 this season at home, which figures to aid them against Stanford, who is 2-5 on the road.
History definitely shines Stanford in a brighter light. These two teams met in the Pac-12 tournament last season where the Cardinals managed to easily defeat the Sun Devils, 85-65. The Cardinals also lead the all-time series, 43-30.
With Stanford, the Devils will have to be aware of all five players that are on the court. They do not have one great go-to scorer, as they opt to rely on a concerted team effort to do their damage. Both Dwight Powell and Chasson Randle average over 14 points per game, so it stands to reason that if ASU can keep each of them contained, they should be able to pull out a victory.
The key matchup in tonight's game will be between the guards. Jahii Carson is playing at an otherworldly level this season as Arizona State's top scorer and assist man. For once, he will not be outmatched in a big way in terms of height as he is tasked with defending Aaron Bright, the Cardinals' 5-11 point guard. But Bright is not the guard ASU will be worried about. Randle is Stanford's top scorer and is sure to get his fair share of points being guarded by the very hot Evan Gordon. In the past seven games, Gordon is averaging 16 points and shooting .500 from the field. He now has 12 20-point games this season.
The game tips off at 5 PM MST/7 PM EST on ESPNU.