Trying For 20: No. 9/9 Stanford Hosts Oregon State Saturday
Feb. 8, 2008
No. 9/9 Stanford Cardinal (19-3, 8-2 Pac-10)
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Oregon State Beavers (6-16, 0-10 Pac-10)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PxP: Daniel Novinson, Analyst: Ben Spielberg)
The Opening Tip
The first top-10 national ranking in five years didn't deter No. 9/9 Stanford (19-3, 8-2 Pac-10) from continuing its recent success. The Cardinal made it six wins in a row after a convincing 72-43 rout of Oregon on Thursday night to avenge an earlier loss in Eugene. Now Stanford can post its first 20-win campaign in four years with a victory over Oregon State (6-16, 0-10 Pac-10) on Saturday.
Saturday'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 also provides coverage with Daniel Novinson (play-by-play) and Ben Spielberg (analyst). The contest can also be seen on Fox Sports Net Bay Area, with Ted Robinson (play-by-play) and Mike Montgomery (analyst) describing the action.
Scouting Oregon State
Oregon State enters the week at 6-16 overall and 0-10 in Pac-10 competition. The Beavers dropped a hard-fought 81-76 decision at California on Thursday night in Berkeley. Oregon State, 3-9 away from Gill Coliseum, has lost 12 straight games since a 65-56 win over Northern Colorado back on Dec. 19. Oregon State is shooting just 38.7-percent from the field, 29.3-percent from beyond the arc and 64.6-percent from the charity stripe. Keep an eye on: Seth Tarver (11.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 35 three-pointers, 20 steals), Marcel Jones (10.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg) and Josh Tarver (7.5 ppg, 67 assists, 27 steals). Assistant coach Kevin Mouton has taken over as interim head coach.
Stanford All-Time vs. Oregon State
Oregon State owns a 68-57 advantage in the all-time series, which dates back to the 1915-16 campaign. However, Stanford has won five in a row and 16 of the last 17 meetings overall since 1999. That includes a 66-46 rout back on Jan. 10 in Corvallis. The Cardinal has experienced little trouble with the Beavers recently as 13 of its last 16 victories have come 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 15.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in five career games. Hill has made more buckets (29) and three-pointers (11) against the Beavers than any other Pac-10 club. He did most of his damage last year, with a 24-point, eight-rebound performance on the road and a 23-point, seven-rebound effort at home. In three games, Brook Lopez is averaging 14.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game while shooting 62.9-percent from the field. However, Mitch Johnson is just 4-20 from the field in five games.
Shooting For 20
Having already surpassed its win total (18) from all of last year, Stanford is now on the verge of recording the 19th 20-win season in program history. The Cardinal last reached the 20-win plateau in 2003-04, when the club finished 30-2.