Homestand For Men's Hoops Continues With Oregon Thursday
Jan. 20, 2009
Stanford Cardinal (12-3, 2-3 Pac-10)
Oregon Ducks (6-12, 0-6 Pac-10)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Ben Spielberg, Color: Mark Friese)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (12-3, 2-3 Pac-10) shook off back-to-back road losses and protected its home court last weekend, knocking off No. 22/23 California 75-69. After starting the year 10-0, the Cardinal had dropped three of its last four prior to battling the Golden Bears. Now Stanford takes some momentum into this week's homestand, which begins Thursday night against Oregon (6-12, 0-6 Pac-10).
Thursday's game can be heard live on KTRB AM 860 and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com. Dave Flemming handles play-by-play duties while John Platz offers color commentary. KZSU 90.1 FM provides coverage with Ben Spielberg (play-by-play) and Mark Friese (analyst).
Stanford concludes its three-game homestand on Saturday, Jan. 24, when Oregon State visits Maples Pavilion in a 7 p.m. tip-off. The Cardinal then hits the road next week to face USC (Thursday, Jan. 29) and UCLA (Saturday, Jan. 31).
Picked to finish seventh in the preseason media poll, Oregon (6-12, 0-6 Pac-10) has lost six in a row and is last in the conference standings entering the week. The Ducks navigated through non-conference play with a 6-6 mark, but have dropped their first six league games by an average of 15.3 points. Oregon has struggled on the defensive end, as the Ducks are allowing opponents to score 76.9 points per game and shoot 47 percent from the field- totals that rank last in the Pac-10. The Ducks are scoring 70.7 points per game but their 40.8 percent shooting mark from the field also ranks last in the league. Last year, Oregon finished 18-14 overall and 9-9 in Pac-10 play, good for an NCAA Tournament berth. Keep an eye on: Tajuan Porter (13.2 ppg, team-best 40 three-pointers, 90-percent free throws), LeKendric Longmire (10.6 ppg, 48 percent from the field) and Joevan Catron (8.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 44 assists, 27 steals).
Stanford All-Time vs. Oregon
Stanford holds an 85-43 all-time advantage. The Cardinal has won eight of the last 10 meetings overall. Oregon is searching for its first win at Maples Pavilion since an 83-69 victory back on Jan. 13, 1986. The two schools split last year's series with wins on their home courts, as Oregon won a 71-66 nail-biter in Eugene while Stanford responded with a 72-43 rout at Maples Pavilion.
Who To Watch Against Oregon
In six career games, Mitch Johnson is shooting 52.6 percent from the field (10-19) and averaging 5.1 points per game. Lawrence Hill is averaging 9.3 points per game in six contests while Anthony Goods has yet to find his groove, making just 7-34 from the field with four triples in five games.
Stanford's 12-3 record represents the fourth-best start through 15 games over the last 12 years. The Cardinal is one win off the pace of last year's 13-2 start.
Stanford Matches Seventh-Best Start In School History
Stanford reeled off 10 victories in a row to begin the year, matching the seventh-best start to a season in school history and best overall since the 2003-04 club opened the year with 26 consecutive wins. In addition, the 10-game winning streak was Stanford's best since that same 26-0 stretch four years ago.
Dawkins Making Good First Impression
In addition to guiding Stanford to one of its best starts in school history, head coach Johnny Dawkins is off to a quick start in his rookie season at the helm. Of the 21 first-year head coaches in Division 1 with no prior college head coaching experience, Dawkins trails only Drake's Mark Phelps for the distinction of winningest rookie coach.
Cardinal In The Pac-10, National Statistics
Stanford is the Pac-10 leader in three-point field goal percentage defense (28.7) and turnover margin (+4.9). The Cardinal also ranks 11th in the nation in both of those same categories. Stanford ranks third in the conference in scoring (76.0), assist/turnover ratio (1.2) and steals per game (8.1) while checking in fourth overall in assists (15.1). Anthony Goods checks in as the Pac-10's fourth-best scorer (17.3 ppg) and ranks second in threes made per game (2.4) while Landry Fields (6.4) and Lawrence Hill (6.1) rank seventh and ninth in rebounding, respectively.