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Cal WBB vs. Stanfurd: Preview & Gamethread

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What to look for in the first of back-to-back games against the Cardinal

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When: 8:00 pm PT
TV: Pac-12 Networks
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Roster

Starters

G Brianna Roberson - Combo guard doesn’t excel in one area but does most everything solidly well.
G Brittany McPhee - Excellent slasher and finisher isn’t really a threat to shoot jumpers.
G Karlie Samuelson - Probably the best 3 point shooter in the conference. We will be mercifully done with Stanfurd-based Samuelsons soon.
F Erica McCall - A typically versatile, efficient, go-to Stanfurd post player. They always have at least one.
F Kaylee Johnson - On a per minute basis, maybe Stanfurd’s best rebounder, but not a huge offensive threat

Bench

F Nadia Finall - Freshman learning the ropes, is probably the next McCall.
G Marta Sniezek - Technically a bench player but gets plenty of minutes at the point. Stanfurd’s best distributor.
F Alanna Smith - not super efficient on offense, but might be Stanfurd’s best interior defender.
G DiJonai Carrington - low usage back-up slasher

It’s your typically Stanfurd type of team. An interior focal point scorer, a couple of reliable ball-handlers capable of getting to the rim within the offense, and one or two shooters to keep the defense honest. The names change, but the basic output stays the same.

Our Computer Overlords Predict

Sagarin Predictor: Stanfurd by 10.7 points

Stanfurd is Stanfurd is Stanfurd - the same team every year. Cal tends to be the variable in the equation, and right now that variable is a smaller number than Stanfurd’s constant.

Nothing would please me more than to ruin Stanfurd’s shot at a conference title (if they sweep Cal, a road game in Corvallis probably decides the #1 seed in the Pac-12 tournament) but it doesn’t strike me as particularly likely. Time to tilt at some windmills!