The Stanford Cardinal will host the Cal State Fullerton Titans in non-conference play Saturday night from the Maples Pavilion. The Titans went 16-18 last season and lost 76-58 to BYU in their season opener. The Cardinal posted a 15-16 regular-season record in 2018-19 and collected a 73-62 home win over Montana in their season opener. This marks the first meeting between these schools since 2012.
Cal State Fullerton Topped by BYU in Season Opener
The Cal State Fullerton Titans have their work cut out for them this season. The Titans have reached the conference tournament final in two straight seasons but are dealing with the loss of their two stars in Khalil Ahmad and Kyle Allman who both averaged over 17 PPG. The Titans do return Jackson Rowe who finished third in team scoring with 11.3 PPG on a 54% mark from the field, and he also averaged 7.9 rebounds. Rowe did not play in Tuesday’s 76-58 season-opening defeat to BYU, and it is unclear if he will play in this one.
Austen Awosika is expected to flourish this season in his fourth year. The senior guard brings a bit of everything to the table, and he compiled 7.6PPG and 4.8 RPG last year. Awosika accrued 16 points on a 7 for 13 shooting performance in the loss to BYU on Tuesday night. Wayne Arnold had a quiet freshman season with an average of only 12 minutes per game, but he started his season with a nine-point performance in Tuesday’s loss.
Cal State Fullerton was projected to place 5th in the 9-team Big West conference in the preseason media poll. The Titans averaged 71.7 points last year, ranking them 201st in the country. They allowed an average of 71 points, positioning them 169th overall.
Retooling Stanford Earns Win in Season Opener
The Stanford Cardinal underachieved last season with an 8-10 record in PAC-12 play. This season can be viewed as a retooling season after losing top scorer KZ Okpala (16.8 PPG) to the NBA and Josh Sharma (10.1 PPG, 7.1 RPG) to graduation. The Cardinal’ leader will be Daejon Davis. The junior guard averaged a solid 11.4 points and 4.4 assists per game in 2018-2019 and he will likely lead his team in scoring and assists this year. Davis struggled in Wednesday’s 73-62 victory over Montana, netting two points on a 1 for 5 shooting performance.
Fortunately, Oscar da Silva is back for his third season with Stanford. The junior, who is a native of Germany, offers point production and rebounding. He averaged 9.5 points and six rebounds last year. The Cardinals will have a few freshmen in the lineup which includes Tyrell Terry who is rated as a four-star prospect. Terry scored 13 points in his debut on Wednesday night
Stanford was voted to finish in 10th place in the PAC-12 preseason media poll. The Cardinal scored an average of 72.7 points in 2018-2019, pegging them 164th overall. They held opponents to 71.8 points, positioning them 188th in the country.
The Cal State Fullerton Titans are:
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- 2-8 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games.
- 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight-up loss.
The top supporting trends found on covers.com are as follows: The Stanford Cardinal are:
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games.
- 20-6 ATS in their last 26 home games.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a losing road record.