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Men's Basketball

Battle with the Buffs

 Stanford (9-10, 2-5 Pac-12) vs. Colorado (11-7, 2-4 Pac-12) | Saturday • Jan. 26 • 5:00 p.m.
Maples Pavilion • Stanford, Calif.
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Stanford hosts Colorado Saturday evening at Maples Pavilion, as the Cardinal looks to snap a nine-game losing streak to the Buffaloes. The 5 p.m. contest will be televised on FS1, with the audio broadcast available on

Paint Maples Pavilion red! All fans in attendance will receive a free Stanford Cardinal t-shirt upon arrival, courtesy of Stanford Medicine. 
Sophomore KZ Okpala's 23.5 ppg scoring average over the last four games is the seventh-best among the six major conferences in college basketball during that span. He ranks second in the Pac-12 in scoring (18.2 ppg), third in three-point field goal percentage (.436), and 10th in rebounding (6.3 rpg). In conference play, he is averaging 21.3 ppg (second) and 6.7 rpg (11th). He posted his second double-double of the year (22 pts., career-best 10 rebs.) at UCLA and matched his career-high with 29 points vs. Arizona this month.
• 11 20-point games this season is the most in the Pac-12 and is seven more than all of last year.
• Averaging 20.4 ppg in his last nine games, after averaging 15.8 ppg in the first nine contests. 
• Posted four straight 20-point games for the first time in his career in his last four contests.
• Of the 11 performances of at least 29 points in the Pac-12 this season, only Okpala (29 vs.
   Arizona and Seattle) and WSU's Robert Franks (31, 30) have achieved the feat more than once.
Sophomore Daejon Davis has averaged 15.5 points, 5.4 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.9 steals in his last 11 games. The point guard has posted a season-best 19 points in three games this season, against No. 2 Kansas, Eastern Washington and San Francisco.
Davis is third in the Pac-12 in steals (1.7 spg) and eighth in assists (4.3 apg). He is third in the conference with 5.5 apg during Pac-12 action.
The sophomore has recorded at least four points, four rebounds, and four assists OR four steals in a game five times this season. Davis has posted at least four points, four rebounds, four assists AND four steals in two games this season against UNC Wilmington and Middle Tennessee.
Davis, who broke Brevin Knight's school freshman assist record with 160 last season, has started 50 of 51 career games he has played in.  
Stanford's 10 blocks against Utah on Thursday marked its highest total in a game in three seasons. The Cardinal last reached double digits in blocks in a game on Nov. 13, 2015 against Green Bay, finishing with 12 in the contest.
Of Josh Sharma's 67 field goals on the season, 31 have been dunks. He has 24 dunks in the last 14 games. The center leads the Pac-12 in field goal percentage, shooting better than 65 percent (65.7) from the field.
Josh Sharma is averaging 11.4 ppg and 8.0 rpg over his last eight games, after averaging 6.6 ppg and 3.8 rpg in his first 11 contests of the season.
Josh Sharma leads the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (.657), ranks eighth in blocks (1.3 bpg) and sixth offensive rebounds (2.3 orpg). His 17 points at Washington was the second-best point total of his 109-game career.
Eleven of Stanford's 15 players are in their first or second year playing. Only senior Josh Sharma and juniors Marcus Sheffield, Trevor Stanback and Rodney Herenton have more than two years of playing experience. Through 19 games, first and second-year players have accounted for 82% of Stanford's scoring (1,127 of 1,378) and 79% of Stanford's rebounding (537 of 677).
Stanford's starting lineup in seven games has been made up of freshmen and sophomores. In five games, sophomores Daejon Davis, KZ Okpala and Oscar da Silva have started alongside freshmen Cormac Ryan and Bryce Wills. Three freshmen - Ryan, Wills, Delaire - started at UCLA. The Cardinal is one of only four teams in Division I that have started all freshmen and sophomores this season, joining East Carolina, Incarnate Word and Mount St. Mary's.
Colorado owns a 12-9 advantage in the all-time series with Stanford. The Buffaloes have won nine straight against the Cardinal, dating back to the 2012-13 season. Stanford's last win over Colorado came in Boulder on Feb. 23, 2012, led by a game-high 20 points from Chasson Randle. Colorado has won the last four meetings at Maples Pavilion. Stanford last defeated the Buffaloes on The Farm on Jan. 14, 2012. Saturday marks the lone regular-season appearance between the two schools. The Cardinal will not travel to the mountain schools this season.
Seven active Stanford players have faced Colorado previously. Junior Marcus Sheffield is averaging 12.5 ppg in four games against the Buffaloes. Sophomore Daejon Davis scored 12 points in his only game against Colorado. 
Down by as many as 16 in the game, Stanford stormed back in the second half to cut its deficit down to one, but could not catch Colorado in the end as the Buffaloes outlasted the Cardinal 64-56 Feb. 11, 2018 at the Coors Events Center in Boulder, Colo.
Dorian Pickens scored 10 of his game-high 18 points in the second half, including a key three during a late Stanford run. Back-to-back threes from Isaac White and Pickens with a little more than nine minutes remaining sparked a 13-5 Cardinal run that brought Stanford within one point at 50-49. Pickens added another three and Daejon Davis contributed the final four points of the run on back-to-back buckets.
Colorado responded with the next six points, including back-to-back jumpers from Tyler Bey, to open its lead back up.
A three-point play from Trevor Stanback got it down to four (56-52) with a little more than three minutes to play, but the Buffaloes again responded with consecutive threes from Lucas Siewert to hold off the Cardinal in the end.