Tipoff: 5 p.m. today, Maples Pavilion, Stanford, Calif.
Records: Washington State 12-5 overall, 2-3 Pac-10 Conference; Stanford 10-5 overall, 3-1 Pac-10 Conference
Players: Some of Stanford guard Jeremy Green’s best games as a collegian have come against the Cougs, as he’s averaged 14 points in the four previous meetings. He leads the Cardinal in scoring at 15.4 points game. Big-man Josh Owens leads Stanford inside at a clip of 12.9 points and 6.3 rebounds a night. Klay Thompson, fresh off his second-highest scoring output with 36 on Saturday against Cal, leads Washington State with a nice line of 23.1 points, 4.1 assists and 5 rebounds a game.
Game themes: Both WSU and Stanford are just two days removed from emotional – and differing – results. Stanford kept its home record unblemished this season after posting a 58-56 upset over prohibitive Pac-10 favorite and No. 17 Washington. Meanwhile, the Cougs dropped their third straight conference road game in an 88-81 overtime decision at Cal, which saw Thompson single-handedly keep WSU in the thick of things after it had trailed most of the game. The Cougs now face a defensive-minded Stanford team which is holding its opposition at 60 ppg, notably limiting the Huskies to 36.2-percent shooting. WSU, which hasn’t fared well so far against hard-nosed teams like Stanford, could use a springboard road win — but it hasn’t won at Maples Pavilion the last five tries.