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Men's Basketball

Battle in Boulder

Stanford (13-12, 7-5) at
Colorado (14-10, 6-6)

Sunday, Feb. 11 • 1:00 p.m. PT
Coors Events Center • Boulder, Colo.
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BOULDER, Colo. – Stanford concludes its tour of the mountain schools when the Cardinal meets Colorado Sunday in Boulder. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m. PT at the Coors Events Center. Stanford enters the weekend slate of games fifth in the Pac-12, while Colorado is tied for seventh.
At 7-5, Stanford is fifth in the Pac-12 standings. Entering the weekend, two games separate second through eighth in the conference standings. Stanford's seven conference wins so far are one more than its win total from all of last season's league slate. The Cardinal opened Pac-12 play with a 5-1 mark for just the second time in the last 14 seasons. In January, Stanford won five consecutive conference games for the first time in 10 seasons and posted its first conference road sweep in eight seasons. Four of Stanford's remaining six Pac-12 games are on the road. Left on the Cardinal's slate are two games against teams in the top-six in the conference and four against teams in the bottom six in the league standings.

Reid Travis, Dorian Pickens and Michael Humphrey were each voted to 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 three captains account for 59.6 percent of the scoring average (45.0 out of 75.5 ppg) and 50.3 percent (19.0 out of 37.8 rpg) of the rebounding average.   
Sunday marks just the 21st all-time meeting between Stanford and Colorado. The Buffaloes hold an 11-9 edge in the series and have won the last eight contests. Stanford's last win in the series came six years ago in Boulder as the Cardinal earned a 74-50 victory on Feb. 23, 2012 in Colorado's first year as a member of the Pac-12. Stanford's all-time leading scorer, Chasson Randle, led the Cardinal with a game-high 20 points in the win. In Stanford's last four visits to the Coors Events Center, the Cardinal has lost by an average of 15.5 points. 
Six active Stanford players have played against Colorado. Senior Michael Humphrey is averaging 10.6 ppg and 6.4 rpg in five contests.

Players vs. ColoradoGamesMinutesPointsRebounds
Michael Humphrey5121/td>5332
Dorian Pickens51142611
Reid Travis3752316
Robert Cartwright358119 (assists)
Josh Sharma33169
Trevor Stanback11122

Stanford ran into a hot shooting Colorado squad, dropping a 91-72 decision to the Buffaloes March 2, 2017 in Boulder. The Buffaloes connected on 16 of their first 18 field goals of the second half to surge out to a 19-point (68-49) lead 8:50 into the final period. The Cardinal could not cut into the lead as Colorado shot 59.4 percent for the second half, en route to the win. The Buffaloes finished the game with a 56.5 field goal percentage for the contest. Reid Travis finished the game with 14 points and eight rebounds to lead Stanford. Six Colorado players finished with double figures in the scoring column, including 15 each from Lucas Siewert, George King and Xavier Johnson. Wesley Gordon, Deleon Brown and Tory Miller added 10 points apiece.

Stanford had one of its worst shooting efforts of the year Thursday in a 75-60 setback to Utah in Salt Lake City. The Cardinal shot 35.8 percent, while the Utes finished 50 percent. Junior Reid Travis posted his eighth double-double of the season, finishing with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Utah used a 16-3 first-half run and a 14-0 second-half spurt to open a double-digit lead.

Senior Dorian Pickens, who missed 11 games with a foot injury, returned for the beginning of conference play. He is second on the team and 11th in the Pac-12 in scoring in conference play at 15.6 ppg. Despite missing nearly half the season, Pickens leads the team with 38 threes. He is second in the Pac-12 with 36 in conference play. The senior ranks 12th in school history with 166 career threes. In his last nine games, Pickens is averaging a team-best 16.2 ppg, shooting 47.5 percent from beyond the arc with 28 three pointers.
In the win over Oregon two games ago, Pickens became the 46th all-time and second active member of Stanford's 1,000-point club. He enters the Colorado contest with 1,031 career points in 106 career games. 

Junior Reid Travis, a preseason All-American and candidate for several national player of the year awards, is third in the Pac-12 in scoring at 19.5 ppg. The forward ranks in the top-six in the Pac-12 in nine categories overall. He matched his career-high with 29 points in wins over USC and San Francisco this season. The junior became the 45th member of Stanford's 1,000-point club earlier this year and enters the Utah game with 1,213 points and 636 rebounds in his 87-game career so far. He ranks ninth in the Pac-12 in rebounding (7.7 rpg).


CategoryConference RankNational RankTotal
Free Throws Attempted118179
Field Goals Attempted188333
Total Field Goals Made230176
Scoring Average36019.4
Total Points344484
Field Goal Percentage57552.9
Free Throws Made547119
Rebounding Average51157.8

Reid Travis and Michael Humphrey have helped Stanford win the rebounding battle in 20 of 25 games this year, including 16 of the last 18 contests. The Cardinal is tied with Colorado for second in the Pac-12 in rebounding at 37.8 rpg. Only one opponent (USC's Chimezie Metu, 12 pts, 10 rebs.) has recorded a double-double against Stanford in the last 30 games, dating back to last season.

Freshman Daejon Davis has started all 23 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. In his last 11 games, Davis is averaging 12.8 points and 5.8 assists per game in guiding Stanford to a 7-4 record in that stretch.
Highlighting his play during conference action is the 50-foot heave to win the game at the buzzer against USC. The freshman registered career-highs in points (23) and assists (10) against UCLA on Jan 27. He has totaled 45 points and 17 assists in the two games against the Bruins this season. Davis has posted two double-doubles this season with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the win at Washington and the 23-point, 10-assist performance at UCLA.

Stanford's starting post players, Reid Travis and Michael Humphrey, have combined to average 30.1 points and 15.2 rebounds per game. The duo is second in the conference among starting post players in combined rebounding and fourth in combined scoring. Stanford, Arizona and USC represent the only starting post duo to rank in the top-four in both categories. Travis is third in the Pac-12 in scoring at 19.4 ppg and fifth in rebounding at 7.8 rpg. Humphrey is eighth in the conference in rebounding at 7.4 rpg to go along with 10.7 ppg.   

SchoolPlayersCombined ScoringCombined Rebounding
Oregon StateTinkle/Eubanks30.913.5
Washington StateFranks/Bernstine24.313.8
Arizona StateShibel/White14.29.8

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. At least two freshmen have started in 23 games and at least one freshman has started in all 25 games.
All four average at least 21 minutes per game. Davis leads the Cardinal in assists (4.9 apg), White is second on the team in three pointers (37) and da Silva leads the Cardinal in blocks (24). KZ Okpala, who made his collegiate debut 13 games ago, is averaging 9.3 ppg in 27.5 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. 

Daejon Davis23-2329.910.64.9 (assists)
Oscar da Silva25-1125.75.95.0
KZ Okpala13-1127.59.33.1
Isaac White24-921.07.31.5

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.