The Stanford men's basketball played a different team than the one that was ranked 10th in the nation last year but Saturday night's 72-59 victory over visiting Connecticut still felt like a big win, especially with a sellout crowd on hand.
"They're still the national champs," Cardinal junior forward Rosco Allen said. "They're high energy and we needed to be ready."
Chasson Randle scored 23 points and Anthony Brown had 18 to lead the Cardinal (13-4) offensively and Allen joined forces with Stefan Nastic to help Stanford control the boards to the tune of 48-24.
The same kind of effort will go a long way Thursday night, when No. 10 Arizona comes to town for a Pac-12 Conference contest at 6 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPN2, on which Stanford is 2-0 so far this year.
"It's all about preparation," Randle said. "We'll be back in the lab on Monday and study our opponents to the best of our ability and play our best when we hit the floor."
And in case you forgot to check the conference standings, Stanford finds itself in a three-way tie for first place in the Pac-12 following Arizona's home victory over No. 8 Utah on Saturday night.
Last year's two-point victory in Connecticut helped catapult Stanford into the NCAA tournament. Added to the win over Texas earlier in the season and things are looking up for the Cardinal.
The Stanford women's basketball team knocked off defending national champions Connecticut, in overtime, earlier this season at a sold out Maples Pavilion.
Allen had a career-high 13 rebounds and Stefan Nastic recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Cardinal, which won its third straight and seven of eight overall.
The Cardinal's 18 offensive rebounds is a season-high.
Randle, the Pac-12's leading scorer, followed his 25-point effort in a victory over California on Wednesday with another show of marksmanship. He's 15 of 29 (51.7 percent) other his past two games, including 8 of 14 (57.1) from 3-point range.
"Randall is a great player, Brown is a great player," Huskies' coach Kevin Ollie said. "They put pressure on the defense on all three levels. They can score on all three levels and that's a good recipe for guards."
Randle has scored at least 23 points in four of his last five games and has reached double figures in 16 of 17 games.
"We played with great energy and executed our game plan," Cardinal coach Johnny Dawkins said. "We were getting good looks in the first half and just not finishing them. We talked about setting down in the second half."
Stanford dominated play over the final 10 minutes, pulling away after Connecticut made it a one-possession game midway through the second half.
"We understand they're a great program," Randle said. "We have to beat those type of teams."
The Cardinal have beaten the Huskies two straight after losing their first four meetings in the series.
Stanford never trailed after taking the lead with 5:56 left in the first half. There were four lead changes and six ties.
Purvis hit a 3-pointer midway through the second half to draw the Huskies within 50-47 of Stanford.
The Cardinal went on a 14-2 run over the next seven minutes to pull ahead, 64-49, and that all but clinched the contest.
Stanford led by as many as eight points in the first half before the Huskies closed to within 32-29 at intermission.