Pac-10 Tourney Opener Pits Stanford Against Oregon State
March 9, 2009
Stanford Cardinal (17-12, 6-12 Pac-10)
Oregon State Beavers (13-16, 7-11 Pac-10)
The Opening Tip
The postseason kicks into gear this week as Stanford (17-12, 6-12 Pac-10) makes its first-ever appearance in the play-in round of the Pac-10 Tournament. The Cardinal has drawn Oregon State (13-16, 7-11 Pac-10) on Wednesday night in the tournament's opening game. The Cardinal will be looking for its first win of the year against the Beavers, who swept the season series for the first time since the 1992-93 campaign. Stanford has won both of its Wednesday games this year, defeating Air Force (76-57) on Nov. 26 and Northern Arizona (66-57) on Dec. 17.
Wednesday'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 contest will be also be televised by Fox Sports Net.
Scouting Oregon State
One year after finishing 6-25 overall and 0-18 in Pac-10 play, Oregon State (13-16, 7-11 Pac-10) has shown improvement under first-year head coach Craig Robinson. The Beavers' last 13 games have resulted in the following outcomes: win four in a row, lose three in a row, win three in a row, lose three in a row. Oregon State, 4-9 away from Gill Coliseum this year, is looking for its first victory since a 65-54 win over California back on Feb. 21. Oregon State is averaging only 59.7 points per game but connecting on 46.3 percent from the field. However, the Beavers are allowing only 63.0 points per game, averaging 28.1 rebounds per game and shooting just 64.5 percent from the charity stripe. Make sure to watch: Calvin Haynes (14.4 ppg, 44.5 percent from the field), Roeland Schaftenaar (9.8 ppg, 46.5 percent from the field, 89 assists, 25 steals), Seth Tarver (8.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 51 steals) and Omari Johnson (7.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg).
Stanford All-Time vs. Oregon State
Oregon State owns a 70-58 edge in the all-time series, which dates back to 1915. For the first time since 1992-93, the Beavers have won back-to-back games in the series after sweeping both meetings in the regular season. Prior to this year, Stanford had won six in a row and 17 of the last 18 meetings overall since 1999. Fourteen of Stanford's last 17 wins in the series have come by double-digits.
Who To Watch Against Oregon State
Lawrence Hill has averaged 12.7 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in eight career meetings. 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. Josh Owens is a perfect 6-6 from the field in four games while Mitch Johnson is just 8-27 from the field in seven games. Jeremy Green torched Oregon State for 19 points in the team's second meeting this year.
Stanford All-Time In Pac-10 Tournament
Stanford owns an 10-10 all-time record in 20 Pac-10 Tournament games. The Cardinal snapped a three-game losing streak in conference tournament play with a 75-64 victory over Arizona in last year's quarterfinals. Stanford then went on to beat Washington State 75-68 in the semifinals the following night before falling to UCLA 67-64 in the championship game. Stanford captured the tournament crown back in 2004, posting a 3-0 mark. Stanford and Oregon State have never met in the Pac-10 Tournament.
Goods, Hill Earn All-Pac-10 Recognition, Green Named To Freshman Team
Seniors Anthony Goods and Lawrence Hill received all-conference honors for the second time in their careers while Jeremy Green earned a spot on the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team, highlighting Stanford's selections among the 2008-09 Pac-10 men's basketball award winners. Both Goods and Hill received Honorable Mention recognition, with Goods receiving the honor for the second straight season and Hill adding to his All-Pac-10 honor from two years ago. Goods is averaging a team-best 15.7 points per game to go along with 3.3 rebounds per game. He has led the Cardinal in scoring on 12 different occasions, registered a career-best seven 20-point games while scoring in double-figures 26 times. An All-Pac-10 honoree two years ago, Hill ranks second on the club in scoring (13.6 ppg) and rebounding (5.5 rpg) and has scored in double-figures in 21 contests. Stanford's first All-Freshman selection since Brook Lopez in 2007, Green is averaging 5.9 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in 29 contests. Green has quickly developed a reputation as one of Stanford's most dangerous three-point shooters, connecting on 38-85 (44.7 percent) chances from beyond the arc.
Cardinal Secures 16th Straight Winning Season
Despite being saddled with its first losing record in Pac-10 play since 1992-93, Stanford managed to extend a pair of lengthy streaks with its 75-63 victory over USC back on Feb. 28. That triumph clinched a winning record for the 16th consecutive season and gave 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.