GAME 18: Utah (9-8, 3-2) at Stanford (9-9, 2-4)
WHERE: Stanford, Calif. (Maples Pavilion)
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019
TIP-OFF: 6 p.m. PT
TELEVISION: Pac-12 Networks / Pac-12 LIVE
The Utes are back on the road in the Bay Area to take on Stanford and Cal, with the Cardinal being the first match up on Thursday night. The Utes will be looking to break a losing streak in Maples, not yet registering a win there since joining the league. Stanford isn’t a great team, but a team that can beat the Utes if they aren't locked in. The Utes are off to a strong start on the road in conference play this season, splitting the Arizona trip, and this is a trip where a split at minimum is expected, if not a sweep.
For the Utes, the recipe will remain the same, don’t turnover the ball and they’ll get good shots. Sedrick Barefield is on a tear, and I’d expect Donnie Tillman to have a big game too. For the Utes, the ultimate key is to win the turnover battle, and keep Stanford off the glass.
Here’s the scouting report per UtahUtes.com:
The Cardinal are 9-9 overall and 2-4 in Pac-12 play this season ... Stanford split its two previous contests this past week, falling on the road to Washington (80-64), but then picking up a road win at Washington State (78-66) ... Stanford is 6-1 at home overall, which includes a 1-1 record against the Pac-12 at Maples Pavilion ... Stanford is one of the top shot-blocking teams in the league, ranking third in the Pac-12 and 30th in the nation with 88 total blocks ... their 4.9 blocks per game ranks third in the Pac-12 and 26th overall in the nation ... Oscar Da Silva leads the team with 22 blocked shots, while Josh Sharma follows right behind with 21 blocks ... KZ Okpala, who did not play in Stanford’s last game at WSU, leads the team with 17.9 points per game ... Daejon Davis follows with 12.1 points per game ... Okpala also leads the team with 6.5 rebounds per contest ... The Cardinal average 72.9 points per game, while giving up 73.6 points to opposing teams ... Stanford shoots .458 from the field overall, .332 from three-point range and .661 from the free throw line.