By John Lloyd @JohnHLloydIII on March 18, 2014
After going 1-1 in the Pac-12 Tournament, the Stanford Cardinal are primed and ready to take on the New Mexico Lobos in the South Region’s 7-10 matchup. The Cardinal bring forth two First-Team All-Pac-12 players in Chasson Randle and Dwight Powell to the table, but how can these players get past their first test against a physical, long Lobos squad? These five players will be critical to doing so.
This do-it-all guard/forward combo can shoot, attack the basket and rebound at an extremely high rate. If he’s on, the Cardinal dominate, going 16-7 when he scores over 10 points.
Averaging just 19 minutes a game, Nastic provides five hard fouls and a nice field goal percentage to a team that needs it. He’s the perfect college role player for Stanford.
The small forward in a three-forward offense does not get a lot of credit for what he does. Huestis logs a ton of minutes and battle for rebounds, leading the team in both categories.
The First-Team All-Pac-12 big man oddly leads the team in assists. He’s riding a nice three-game stretch where he has scored 15 or more in each contest. Expect Powell to get looked at often against the Lobos.
The All-Pac-12 guard is the main feature in the Cardinal offense. He’s the leading scorer (19 points a game) on a team that averages just 74 points a game. If he’s off, the Cardinal offense is going to struggle from the perimeter.
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