Men's Basketball Closes Out Homestand Saturday Against Oregon State
Jan. 23, 2009
Stanford Cardinal (13-3, 3-3 Pac-10)
Oregon State Beavers (7-10, 2-5 Pac-10)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Ben Spielberg, Color: Mark Friese)
FSN Northwest (PBP: Todd Mansfield, Color: Lamar Hurd)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (13-3, 3-3 Pac-10) is in position to sweep its current three-game homestand with a victory over Oregon State (7-10, 2-5 Pac-10) on Saturday night at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal routed Oregon 77-55 on Thursday to continue the momentum generated from last week's 75-69 win over No. 22/23 California. Stanford currently sits in a three-way tie for fourth place in the Pac-10 standings. The Cardinal visits USC and UCLA next week to close out the month.
Saturday'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). The game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, with Ted Robinson (play-by-play) and Kris Weems (analyst) and on Fox Sporst Net Northwest with Todd Mansfield (play-by-play) and Lamar Hurd (analyst).
Scouting Oregon State
One year after finishing 6-25 overall and 0-18 in Pac-10 play, Oregon State (7-10, 2-5 Pac-10) has shown improvement under first-year head coach Craig Robinson. The Beavers, who stunned California 69-65 on Thursday night, have lost four of their last five since posting a 62-58 overtime victory over USC back on Jan. 4 that snapped a 21-game losing streak in regular-season Pac-10 play. Oregon State is averaging only 60.1 points per game but the Beavers are connecting on 46.6 percent from the field. Oregon State, just 2-5 on the road so far, is averaging only 28.9 rebounds per game and shooting just 63.2 percent from the charity stripe. Make sure to watch: Calvin Haynes (15.2 ppg, 48 percent from the field), Omari Johnson (9.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg) and Rickey Claitt (7.0 ppg, 59.2 percent from the field, 42 assists, 17 steals).
Stanford All-Time vs. Oregon State
Oregon State owns a 68-58 edge in the all-time series, which dates back to 1915. However, Stanford has won six in a row and 17 of the last 18 meetings overall since 1999. That includes last year's sweep, with Stanford winning 66-46 in Corvallis and 71-56 at home. Fourteen of Stanford's last 17 wins have come by double-digits.
Who To Watch Against Oregon State
Lawrence Hill has averaged 15.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in six career games. Hill has made more three-pointers (12) against the Beavers than any other Pac-10 club. He did most of his damage during his sophomore season, with a 24-point, eight-rebound performance on the road and a 23-point, seven-rebound effort at home. However, Mitch Johnson is just 5-24 from the field in six games.
Mitch Johnson was unavailable for Thursday's game against Oregon, sitting out the contest with a lower calf bruise and missing the first game of his four-year career. Prior to Thursday, Johnson had played in all 112 games during his time on The Farm. He did not participate in practice on Friday afternoon and will be re-evaluated following shootaround on Saturday morning. Kenny Brown replaced Johnson in the starting lineup, making his second career start.
Goods Reaches 1,000-Point Plateau
Anthony Goods scored a game-high 20 points against Oregon on Thursday, pacing a 77-55 Stanford victory and eclipsing the 1,000-point mark for his career. Goods now has 1,007 points and joins Lawrence Hill (1,169) as Stanford's only active 1,000-point scorers.
Home Sweet Home
Stanford improved to 10-1 at home this year following Thursday's victory over Oregon, reaching the 10-win mark at Maples Pavilion for the 16th consecutive year. In 2007-08, the Cardinal set a record for home victories (16) in a single season. Additionally, the Cardinal is 26-2 in its last 28 home games dating back to the start of last year.