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Updated: Thursday, February 13, 2003 10:45 AM EST
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Washington (8-12) at No. 24 Stanford (17-6)
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PALO ALTO, California (Ticker) -- No. 24 Stanford is back in the national rankings and looks to remain unbeaten at home in Pac-10 Conference play on Thursday when it hosts Washington.

Stanford (17-6, 8-3 Pac-10) is in the rankings for the first time since it was ranked No. 21 the week of December 15-22. The Cardinal lost a pair of games at home that week in its own tournament and fell out of the rankings the next week.

Julius Barnes scored a career-high 33 points as Stanford completed a difficult four-game stretch of road games with an 84-73 victory at Oregon State. Barnes nailed five 3-pointers and grabbed seven rebounds.

Stanford finds itself in third place in the Pac-10 standings, two games behind Arizona and one game behind California. The Cardinal have home games left with both the Wildcats and Golden Bears.

The Cardinal are 4-0 at home in conference play and 10-2 overall. They have won nine straight home games with the Huskies.

Washington (8-12, 3-8) has lost seven of nine games after overtime losses over the weekend to Arizona and Arizona State. The Huskies are currently eighth in the conference standings and only the top eight teams qualify for the Pac-10 tournament.

The Huskies field one of the league's youngest teams with six freshmen on the roster. They are 1-6 on the road, including an 0-4 mark in Pac-10 play.

Washington posted a 73-68 victory over Stanford in the first meeting between the teams on January 18. Will Conroy scored 19 points and Doug Wrenn added 16 to lead the Huskies.

Stanford placed four players in double figures as Josh Childress collected 18 points and 10 rebounds. The Cardinal turned the ball over 19 times and shot just under 39 percent.


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