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Streaking to Seattle

Stanford (9-8, 3-1) at
(13-4, 3-1)
Saturday, Jan. 13 • 5:00 p.m. PT
Alaska Airlines Arena • Seattle, Wash.
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SEATTLE – After winning its third consecutive game with a 79-70 victory at Washington State in Pullman Thursday, Stanford eyes its first conference road sweep in eight seasons when it plays Washington Saturday in Seattle. The Cardinal last swept a conference road trip of at least two games Feb. 18 and 20, 2010, winning at Oregon and Oregon State.

In each of its last three games, Stanford has erased second-half deficits of at least nine points to win all three contests, against UCLA, USC and at Washington State. 
Down by as many as 13 with nine minutes to go against UCLA, the Cardinal stormed back to tie the game on a Dorian Pickens three at the end of regulation. Stanford outscored the Bruins, 22-14, in two overtime sessions to pull out the victory.   

The Cardinal erased a 15-point second-half deficit to earn the victory over USC. Down by two with three seconds remaining, Daejon Davis hit a half-court shot at the buzzer for the win.

Stanford, which led for just 51 seconds of the opening half, used a 21-3 run to erase a nine-point second-half deficit and win at Washington State Thursday.

Stanford's 3-1 start in the Pac-12 is just the fourth time in the last 12 seasons the Cardinal has won three of its first four conference games. Stanford also opened the 2011, 2012 and 2015 conference seasons with 3-1 marks.

The Cardinal is 4-15 on the road in Pac-12 play from the 2016 season to this year, with two wins each at Oregon State and Washington State. Stanford's win at Washington State Thursday was just its second victory in its first conference road game of the season in the past seven years.  

Stanford leads the all-time series against Washington, 75-71. The Cardinal has won four of the last six in the series, including last season's 76-69 win on The Farm. The Cardinal and Huskies have played just once each of the last two years due to Pac-12 scheduling. Stanford's last win in Seattle came on Jan. 28, 2015 - 84-74. The Cardinal's last trip to Seattle was in 2016. 
Six active Stanford players have played against Washington in their careers. Dorian Pickens and Michael Humphrey have each played five games against the Huskies. Pickens is averaging 8.6 ppg in his five contests against Washington.

Player vs. WashingtonGamesMinutesPointsRebounds
Reid Travis233189
Dorian Pickens51194313
Michael Humphrey51053533
Robert Cartwright462195 (assists)
Josh Sharma34369

Senior Dorian Pickens had a career-high 28 points, including a key 3-pointer with 76 seconds left, to help Stanford beat Washington State 79-70 Thursday in Pullman. Pickens made 7-of-10 3-pointers, matching his career-high. Freshman Kezie Okpala added a career-best 21 points and Daejon Davis scored 15 on 6-of-7 shooting. The Cougars led 55-47 when Kwinton Hinson committed a hard foul on Reid Travis and both players had to be separated. Stanford responded with a 21-3 run over the next 9:57 to make it 68-58 with 6:26 to play. WSU twice cut its deficit to three points, but Pickens hit two threes as the Cardinal held on for its third win in a row.

Freshman Daejon Davis plays his first collegiate game in his home city of Seattle following the best three-game stretch of his season. The Cardinal's starting point guard is averaging 15.3 points and 5.7 assists per game during Stanford's three-game winning streak. 
Highlighting his recent play is the 50-foot heave to win the game as the buzzer sounded against USC last Sunday. The freshman registered a career-high 22 points and matched his career-high with seven assists in leading Stanford to a double overtime victory over UCLA three games ago. He is coming off a 15-point, four-assist performance in just 17 minutes (minutes limited by foul trouble) Thursday in the win at Washington State.  
Davis has started all 15 career games he has played in. After averaging 7.0 ppg in his first five games, he is averaging 11.3 points in his last 10 contests.

Since returning from injury four games ago at the beginning of Pac-12 play, Dorian Pickens leads Stanford in scoring (17.3 ppg) and three-pointers (15). He ranks seventh in the Pac-12 in scoring during conference games and leads the league in three-pointers per game (3.8). Pickens matched his career-high with seven threes (7-for-10) in Thursday's win at Washington State. Pickens owns 145 career three-pointers, closing in on the top-15 three-point field goal totals in school history (Aaron Bright ranks 15th with 147).
The forward, the only player to start all 31 games last season, posted at least one three-pointer in all but four games, with multiple three-pointers in 19 contests his junior season. He ranked ninth in the Pac-12 in three-point field goals made in conference play (39, 2.2) and 11th overall (67, 2.2) as Stanford's leading three-point shooter (67-of-169, 39.6 percent) last year.

Junior forward Reid Travis, a preseason All-American and candidate for several national player of the year awards, ranks second in the Pac-12 in scoring at 20.4 ppg. He averaged nearly 23 ppg over his final six nonconference games. The forward has matched his career-high with 29 points (first recorded against Kansas last season) in victories over USC and San Francisco. He became the 45th member of Stanford's 1,000-point club earlier this season and enters Saturday's game at Washington with 1,091 points and 579 rebounds in his 80-game career so far. Travis ranks 10th in the Pac-12 in rebounding (7.5 rpg).

Junior preseason All-American Reid Travis is living up to his accolades. The forward, who entered the year as the Pac-12's leading returning scorer and rebounder, is second in the conference in scoring at 20.4 ppg. He ranks in the top-11 in the Pac-12 in nine categories entering Friday's games. 

CategoryConference RankNational RankTotal
Scoring Average23520.4
Total Points126346
Free Throws Made33094
Free Throws Attempted212133
Total Field Goals Made227122
Rebounding Average111517.5
Total Rebounds8131127

Stanford's starting post players, Reid Travis and Michael Humphrey, have combined to average 31.9 points and 15.6 rebounds per game. The duo is second in the conference among starting post players in both combined scoring and combined rebounding, the only pair to rank in the top-three in both categories in the conference. Travis is second in the Pac-12 in scoring at 20.4 ppg, to go along with 7.5 rpg. Humphrey ranks fourth in the conference in rebounding at 8.1 rpg, to go along with 11.5 ppg.

Pac-12's Post Players in 2017-18

SchoolPlayersCombined ScoringCombined Rebounding
Oregon StateTinkle/Eubanks31.713.9
Washington StateFranks/Bernstine23.915.0
Arizona StateWhite/Mitchell19.014.9

Stanford's roster has played 648 combined games. The Cardinal entered the season with the fifth-most veteran roster (games played) in the nation. While fourth-year players Reid Travis and Michael Humphrey anchor the post, injuries limited several veteran perimeter players early on. This has given one of the nation's top recruiting classes a chance to play important minutes as freshmen. All four members of Stanford's freshman class have started at least one game and three freshmen - Daejon Davis, Oscar da Silva and Isaac White - started together in six games earlier this season.
All four freshmen on the roster average more than 24 minutes per game. Davis leads the Cardinal in assists per game (4.3 apg), White leads the Cardinal in three-pointers (31) and da Silva leads Stanford in blocks (17). Fellow freshman Kezie Okpala made his collegiate debut five games ago. He is averaging 12.4 ppg in 30.6 mpg over those five contests, which includes three starts.
In Thursday's victory at Washington State, Stanford's four freshmen scored the first 23 points of the second half during the Cardinal's 21-3 run to erase its deficit en route to the road win. 
Prior to this season, Stanford last started three freshmen on January 27, 1983 (at Washington) with Keith Ramee, Andy Fischer and Earl Koberlein earned the starting nod in that contest.

Freshman Production

Isaac White17-924.58.61.8
Daejon Davis15-1528.99.94.3 (assists)
Oscar da Silva17-1127.05.65.4
Kezie Okpala5-330.612.43.0

Freshman Kezie Okpala made his collegiate debut five games ago and has made an immediate impact. The forward is third on the team in scoring at 12.4 ppg. He 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 30.6 minutes per game. Okpala, who has started three of the five games he has played in, is coming off a career-best 21-point performance at Washington State Thursday.

Michael Humphrey, who was among the Pac-12 leaders in rebounding last season, ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in rebounding with an average of 8.1 rpg. The forward ranks third in the conference and 48th nationally in defensive rebounds per game (6.5 drpg). He posted a career-high 18 rebounds against Pacific on Nov. 12. The senior, who is averaging 11.5 ppg, has four double-doubles this year.

After averaging 5.9 three-pointers per game through its first 10 games, Stanford nearly set a school single-game record with 13 three-pointers in the Dec. 15 win over Denver. The school record for three-pointers in a game is 15. The Cardinal had averaged 17.1 three-point attempts per game in its first 10 games, before attempting 54 over its last seven contests, including 32 against Denver. Isaac White owns a team-best 31 three-pointers. Dorian Pickens, who missed 11 games with an injury, has 13 three-pointers in his last three games.

The Dec. 17 victory over San Francisco was head coach Jerod Haase's 100th career coaching victory. He is in his sixth season as a head coach and second with Stanford, following four successful seasons at UAB. The win was Haase's 20th at the helm of the Cardinal.  

Shoutout to Reid and Coach Haase for reaching major milestones today! #GoStanford

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The four members of Stanford's fourth-year class - Reid Travis, Dorian Pickens, Michael Humphrey and Robert Cartwright - accounted for 62.6 percent of the team's scoring and 55.4 percent of the team's rebounding last season. Pickens and Humphrey are true seniors, while Travis and Cartwright have each had their medical hardship waivers granted and are redshirt juniors with another year of eligibility remaining after this season. Cartwright missed the entire 2015-16 season with a compound fracture of his right forearm sustained in preseason practice on Nov. 2, 2015. Travis was forced to miss the final 22 games of the 2015-16 season with a right leg injury.
Head coach Jerod Haase announced the establishment of the Peter Sauer Captainship in September, naming Reid Travis, Dorian Pickens and Michael Humphrey captains. The three wear patches on their uniforms honoring the legacy of the late Peter Sauer, a team captain and leader of Stanford's 1998 Final Four team. Stanford will celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the 1998 Final Four team Feb. 24, 2018, against Washington State.