Arizona-Stanford pregame: Cardinal weapons concern Miller

2014-03-02T11:12:00Z 2014-03-02T18:08:23Z Arizona-Stanford pregame: Cardinal weapons concern MillerBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

I asked Sean Miller what’s struck him about Stanford as a concern since Arizona faced the Cardinal a month ago.

“Dwight Powell,” he said without hesitating. “He does a lot for their team. He leads their team in assists (3.7 per game), plays defense, is physical. He’s a senior and you can tell he’s playing with a lot at stake and wants to finish up strong.

"Same thing about (forward Josh) Huestis, those are a heck of a 1-2 punch, those two senior forwards. (Guard) Chasson Randle and Anthony Brown on the perimeter are shooting the ball lately as well.”

Randle has only shot a collective 23.8 percent over three games against Arizona but that didn’t make Miller feel any better.

“You know as well as I do that doesn’t mean anything now,” Miller said. “He’s a really good player, their leading scorer. He’s made 10 threes in their last four games and so has Brown. Those two guys are really playing well.”

Couldn't find any advance coverage out of the Bay area but here's a few items related to today's game (6 p.m., ESPNU with Roxy Bernstein and Corey Williams):

-- Our advance coverage: A feature on Jordin Mayes' up and down career at UA, a short news item on Mayes getting the start today, scouting report with notes, and a feature on a gregarious band member.

-- The school-produced notes from Arizona and Stanford.

-- There's some slight betting sentiment on Stanford, which opened as an 11.5-point underdog for tonight's game. The line has slipped to 10 or 11 in Las Vegas.

The Wilmington (N.C.) Star-News has a look at how UA signee Kadeem Allen has been doing this season at Hutchinson (Kan.) JC.

Just in case anyone still wondered, yes, Jahii Carson is leaving. Carson said as much before the season.

WSU fans are lamenting the loss of Tony Bennett more than ever these days.

Cal is sliding toward the NCAA tournament, losing at ASU.

Colorado won't pay for the top C-Unit student fans to travel to the Pac-12 or NCAA tournaments as it has in the past two seasons.

The Buffs defense struggled again in a loss to Utah.

Dana Altman says the Ducks are playing for a lot these days, after they beat USC.

Also today, Oregon State, which will host UA on Wednesday at Gill Coliseum, will play UCLA at 7 p.m. tonight on Fox Sports 1, so it will finish after UA's game.

Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson are expected to return for the game.

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