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Men's Basketball

Saturday Night in LA

Stanford (11-10, 5-3) at
(14-7, 5-4)
Saturday, Jan. 27 • 7:30 p.m. PT
Pauley Pavilion • Los Angeles, Calif.
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LOS ANGELES – Another top-five conference matchup is on deck, as Stanford meets UCLA Saturday at Pauley Pavilion. The Cardinal, in third place in the Pac-12 at 5-3, looks to rebound from two consecutive defeats when it faces the fifth-place Bruins (5-4) at 7:30 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Networks.

The Stanford staff will all wear sneakers with their suits during Saturday's game as the Cardinal participates in Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And Sneakers Week. It's a nationwide event to raise awareness and help save lives from cancer by raising funds and encouraging people to educate themselves about cancer prevention, screening, and early detection.

UCLA leads the all-time series between the schools, 143-94. Stanford won the most recent meeting, defeating the Cardinal in double overtime on Jan. 4. Stanford has lost 11 consecutive games at UCLA. The Cardinal's last victory against the Bruins at UCLA was Jan. 20, 2005, as Dan Grunfeld scored a game-high 25 points to lead Stanford to a 75-64 victory. That Jan. 20, 2005 contest along with a 78-65 home win against the Bruins Feb. 20, 2005 was the last time Stanford swept UCLA in a season series. Stanford and UCLA played once each of the last two seasons.
Eleven active Stanford players have played against UCLA. Seniors Michael Humphrey (13.4 ppg) and Dorian Pickens (11.2 ppg) are each averaging double figures in five career games. With Reid Travis missing the 2015-16 season and last year's lone contest against UCLA, the fourth-year junior has faced the Bruins just twice - once as a freshman in 2015 and earlier this season.

Player vs. UCLAGamesMinutesPointsRebounds
Dorian Pickens51325618
Michael Humphrey5116732
Robert Cartwright3521810 (assists)
Josh Sharma3471511
Reid Travis2412013
KZ Okpala134134
Daejon Davis145227 (assists)
Oscar da Silva13685
Isaac White11622
Kodye Pugh1101
Trevor Stanback1500

Senior Dorian Pickens scored a career-high 26 points, including a three pointer in the final two minutes of the second overtime, to help Stanford surprise UCLA 107-99 at Maples Pavilion. Pickens, who played a career-long 44 minutes of a possible 50, posted his second career double-double, also finishing with 10 rebounds. The senior had six three pointers, going 6-for-11 from beyond the arc. Pickens also hit a three pointer with seven seconds remaining in regulation to tie it at 85 and send it to overtime. Freshman Daejon Davis added a career-best 22 points.

USC's Jonah Mathews scored 18 points and the Trojans escaped with a 69-64 victory over Stanford on Wednesday night at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. Trailing by 15 points at the break, Stanford regrouped to start the second half with a 15-7 spurt. Dorian Pickens made 6 of 6 free throws and Reid Travis added five points to cut the Cardinal's deficit to 48-41. Travis led Stanford with 16 points. Michael Humphrey and Pickens each added 14 points. Chimezie Metu added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Trojans.

Since returning from injury eight games ago at the beginning of Pac-12 play, Dorian Pickens leads the team in three pointers (23) and is second on the team in scoring during conference games (15.5). He ranks 12th in the Pac-12 in scoring during conference action and is fourth in the league in three pointers per game (2.9). He matched his career-high with seven threes (7-for-10) in the win at Washington State. Pickens owns 153 career three pointers, which is tied for 13th in school history.

Junior forward Reid Travis, a preseason All-American and candidate for several national player of the year awards, is second in the Pac-12 in scoring at 19.8 ppg. The forward has matched his career-high with 29 points in victories over USC and San Francisco this season. He became the 45th member of Stanford's 1,000-point club earlier this season and enters the UCLA game with 1,161 points and 613 rebounds in his 84-game career so far. Travis ranks sixth in the Pac-12 in rebounding (7.7 rpg). The junior ranks in the top-six in the Pac-12 in 10 categories overall.

  Travis ranks in the top-six in the Pac-12 in 10 categories

CategoryConference RankNational RankTotal
Scoring Average24419.8
Total Points235416
Free Throws Made439105
Free Throws Attempted112159
Total Field Goals Made224150
Total Field Goals Attempted168286
Field Goal Percentage47452.4
Rebounding Average61237.7
Total Rebounds5106161

Reid Travis, Dorian Pickens and Michael Humphrey were each voted captains this season. The three take on the role of the Peter Sauer Captainship, honoring the legacy of the late Peter Sauer, a team captain and leader of Stanford's 1998 Final Four team.
The Cardinal's three captains account for 60.8 percent of Stanford's scoring average (45.7 out of 75.1 ppg) and 50.3 percent (19.6 out of 38.9 rpg) of the Cardinal's rebounding average.   

Reid Travis and Michael Humphrey have helped Stanford win the rebounding battle in 17 of 21 games this year, including 13 of the last 14 contests. The Cardinal is second in the conference in rebounding at 38.9 rpg. In Wednesday's game, USC's Chimezie Metu (12 pts, 10 rebs.) became the first Cardinal opponent to record a double-double since California's Ivan Rabb on Feb. 17 of last season.  

• Won five consecutive conference games for first time in 10 seasons (07-08)
• Won five consecutive games overall for first time in three seasons (14-15)
• Posted first conference road sweep in eight seasons (at Wash./WSU)
• Moved 121 spots in 24 days in NCAA RPI from 214 (Jan. 2) to 93 (Jan. 21)
• Defeated its first ranked opponent (No. 16 Arizona St.) in 13 opportunities
• Erased deficits of nine points or more (three in second half) in 4 of 5 wins
• Daejon Davis' buzzer-beater to defeat USC was Stanford's first in 14 years
• All seven games have been decided by nine points or less

After missing several key members during nonconference play, Stanford has played with all but one of its main contributors (Marcus Sheffield) during conference action. The addition of Dorian Pickens (missed 11 of the first 13 games) and KZ Okpala (missed the first 12 games) has improved its winning percentage by 18 percent. The Dec. 30 Pac-12 opener was the first time both Pickens and Okpala played together in a game.

Freshman Daejon Davis has started all 19 games he has played in. He averaged 15.0 points, 6.0 assists and 5.4 rebounds during Stanford's recent five-game winning streak. After averaging 7.0 ppg in his first five games, he is averaging 10.7 points in his last 14 contests.
Highlighting his play during conference action is the 50-foot heave to win the game as the buzzer sounded against USC. 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. He posted his first career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the win at Washington.

Stanford's starting post players, Reid Travis and Michael Humphrey, have combined to average 31.2 points and 15.7 rebounds per game. The duo is second in the conference among starting post players in both combined scoring and 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 19.8 ppg and is sixth in rebounding at 7.7 rpg. Humphrey is fourth in the conference in rebounding at 8.0 rpg, to go along with 11.4 ppg.

Pac-12's Post Players in 2017-18

SchoolPlayersCombined ScoringCombined Rebounding
Oregon StateTinkle/Eubanks31.013.7
Washington StateFranks/Bernstine24.514.5
Arizona StateWhite/Mitchell18.714.3

One of the top recruiting classes in school history has played a big role in its first season on The Farm. Each of the Cardinal's four freshmen have started at least one game and three - Daejon Davis, Oscar da Silva and Isaac White - started together in six games earlier this season. At least two freshmen have started in 19 of Stanford's 21 contests. At least one freshman has started in all 21 games.
All four average more than 22 minutes per game. Davis leads the Cardinal in assists (4.3 apg), White leads the Cardinal in three pointers (33) and da Silva leads the Cardinal in blocks (21). KZ Okpala, who made his collegiate debut nine games ago, is averaging 9.9 ppg in 29.6 mpg.
In the win over Arizona State, Stanford's final 16 points were scored by freshmen. In the 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

Daejon Davis19-1929.59.74.3 (assists)
Oscar da Silva21-1126.96.25.6
KZ Okpala9-729.69.93.6
Isaac White20-922.57.81.7

Freshman KZ Okpala made his collegiate debut eight games ago and has made an immediate impact. The forward is fourth on the team in scoring at 10.8 ppg. He is also averaging 3.6 rebounds in 30.9 minutes per game. Okpala, who has started six of the eight games he has played in, scored a career-best 21 points at Washington State.

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 8.0 rpg. The forward ranks third in the conference and 61st nationally in defensive rebounds per game (6.3 drpg). He posted a career-high 18 rebounds against Pacific on Nov. 12. The senior, who is averaging 11.4 ppg, has four double-doubles this year.

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

A post shared by Stanford Men's Basketball (@stanfordmbb) on Dec 17, 2017 at 5:49pm PST

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.