Men's Hoops Wraps Up Road Trip Saturday Night At Oregon
Feb. 20, 2009
Stanford Cardinal (15-9, 4-9 Pac-10)
Oregon Ducks (6-20, 0-14 Pac-10)
CSN Northwest (PBP: Joe Giansante, Color: Rob Closs)
The Opening Tip
Still searching for its first Pac-10 road win this year, Stanford (15-9, 4-9 Pac-10) wraps up its road trip on Saturday night against Oregon (6-20, 0-14 Pac-10) in Eugene. The Cardinal has dropped eight consecutive road games dating back to a 67-66 win at Arizona on Feb. 16, 2008. A win over the last-place Ducks would give Stanford a split of this week's road trip following a 66-54 setback at Oregon State on Thursday night. With only five games remaining in the regular season, Stanford must pick up wins quickly for a shot at the postseason.
Saturday's game can be heard live on KTRB AM 860 and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com, featuring the chemistry-rich tandem of Dave Flemming (play-by-play) and John Platz (analyst). The game will also be televised by Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, as Barry Tompkins handles play-by-play duties while Kris Weems offers color commentary. In addition, Comcast SportsNet Northwest provides coverage with Joe Giansante (play-by-play) and Rob Closs (analyst).
Picked to finish seventh in the preseason media poll, Oregon (6-20, 0-14 Pac-10) has lost 14 in a row and ranks last in the conference. The Ducks, who suffered a 78-60 loss to California on Thursday, navigated through non-conference play with a 6-6 mark. Oregon has struggled on the defensive end, as the Ducks are allowing opponents to score 76.7 points per game and shoot 48.9 percent from the field- totals that rank last in the Pac-10. The Ducks are scoring 68.0 points per game but their 40.4 percent shooting mark also ranks last in the league. Keep an eye on: Tajuan Porter (15.3 ppg, team-best 73 three-pointers, 89.5-percent free throws), LeKendric Longmire (9.9 ppg, 45.4 percent from the field) and Michael Dunigan (8.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 25 blocks, 19 steals).
Stanford All-Time vs. Oregon
Stanford holds an 86-43 all-time advantage. The Cardinal has won eight of the last 10 meetings overall. The two schools split last year's series with wins on their home courts, as Oregon won a 71-66 thriller in Eugene while Stanford responded with a 72-43 rout at Maples Pavilion. Stanford is searching for its first win at McArthur Court since turning a five-point deficit with 2:20 left into a 57-56 victory back on Feb. 2, 2006.
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 9.2 points per game in seven contests while Anthony Goods has made just 12-44 from the field with six triples in six games. Kenny Brown has totaled more three-pointers (7) and Drew Shiller has scored more points (13) against the Ducks than any other Pac-10 squad.
Down The Stretch
With five conference games remaining, Stanford is in danger of finishing with its first sub-.500 record in Pac-10 play since a 2-16 ledger during the 1992-93 campaign. Stanford's nine losses in league play are the most since the club posted a 10-8 mark two years ago before eventually qualifying for the NCAA Tournament. For the first time in 15 years, the first half of Pac-10 play proved to be a struggle as well. Stanford checked in 3-6 at the turn, representing the first time since 1992-93 (1-8 through the first rotation) that the Cardinal had not tallied at least six victories in the first nine conference games.
What About The Big Picture?
While Stanford will need to win its remaining five games in order to ensure a .500 record in Pac-10 play, the Cardinal can keep two lengthy streaks alive by winning just one more game. Stanford's next victory will: (1) guarantee a winning record for the 16th consecutive season and (2) give the Cardinal at least 16 wins for the 16th straight year. Keep on winning games, and Stanford can extend another streak to 16 years in a row: qualifying for postseason play.