No. 23 Stanford Meets Oregon State In First Pac-10 Trip
Jan. 9, 2008
No. 23/23 Stanford Cardinal (12-2, 1-1 Pac-10)
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Oregon State Beavers (6-8, 0-2 Pac-10)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PxP: Ben Spielberg)
The Opening Tip
No. 23/23 Stanford (12-2, 1-1 Pac-10) prepares for its first conference road trip of the year when it battles the Oregon schools this week. The first test of the road swing comes Thursday night when the Cardinal takes on Oregon State (6-8, 0-2 Pac-10) in Corvallis. Three days later, Stanford and Oregon (10-4, 1-1 Pac-10) face off in a nationally-televised contest at McArthur Court in Eugene.
Thursday's game can be heard live on KNTS 1220 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com. Dave Flemming handles play-by-play duties while John Platz provides color commentary. KZSU 90.1 FM provides coverage with Ben Spielberg on the mic in his road debut. The game will also be televised on Fox Sports Net Northwest, with Todd Mansfield (play-by-play) and Bob Weiss (analyst) describing the action.
Scouting Oregon State
Oregon State checks in with an overall record of 6-8 and an 0-2 mark in Pac-10 play. The Beavers were swept by Arizona and Arizona State, respectively, last weekend to begin conference play and have dropped four in a row overall. Oregon State is 3-3 at home and picked up its most recent victory at Gill Coliseum: a 65-56 triumph over Northern Colorado back on Dec. 19. Oregon State owns a +0.9 scoring margin and +4.0 rebounding margin over its opponents but is shooting just 39.8-percent from the field and allowing a 42.9-percent clip. Players to watch include: Seth Tarver (13.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 28 three-pointers), Marcel Jones (12.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and Omari Johnson (10.0 ppg).
Stanford All-Time vs. Oregon State
Oregon State owns a 68-56 advantage in the all-time series, which dates back to the 1915-16 campaign. However, Stanford has won four in a row and 15 of the last 16 meetings overall since 1999. Oregon State's only win during that stretch came in the form of a 84-83 triumph back on Feb. 24, 2005. Otherwise, the Cardinal has had little trouble with the Beavers with 12 of its last 15 victories coming by double-digits. Stanford swept both meetings last year, winning 67-56 on the road and 70-55 at Maples Pavilion.
Who To Watch Against Oregon State
Lawrence Hill has averaged 16.0 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in four career contests. Hill has made more buckets (25) and three-pointers (8) against the Beavers than any other Pac-10 club. He did most of his damage in 2007, with a 24-point, eight-rebound performance on the road and a 23-point, seven-rebound effort at home. Peter Prowitt has performed well in three games, averaging 5.6 points and 3.6 rebounds in three games. However, Mitch Johnson is just 2-14 from the field in four career games.
Cardinal In Pac-10, National Statistics
Entering the week, Stanford is the Pac-10 leader in rebounding (39.7 rpg), rebounding margin (+11.1) and blocked shots (61). Individually, Robin Lopez has tallied 33 swats and is the league leader in that category. Stanford is also holding foes to 56.8 points per game, a total that ranks 10th in the nation. The Cardinal's aforementioned rebounding margin ranks fourth in the country while its scoring margin of +16.0 is good enough for 25th.