Men's Basketball Back At Maples Taking On Oregon State, Oregon
Jan. 19, 2010
Stanford Cardinal (8-9, 2-3 Pac-10)
Oregon State Beavers (8-9, 2-3 Pac-10)
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010 7 p.m.
Maples Pavilion (7,329) Stanford, CA
Series History: Oregon State leads 71-59
Last Meeting: Oregon State 65, Stanford 62 - OT (Mar. 25, 2009)
Radio: XTRA Sports 860 AM (PBP: John Platz)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Ben Spielberg, Analyst: Wyndam Makowsky)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (8-9, 2-3 Pac-10) returns to The Farm this weekend for a homestand against the Oregon schools. First up is Oregon State (8-9, 2-3 Pac-10) on Thursday night, as both clubs attempt to climb back to the middle of the pack in the league standings. Two days later, Stanford hosts Oregon (10-7, 2-3 Pac-10). After being swept last week on the road by the Washington schools, Stanford will be looking to bounce back on its home court, where the Cardinal is 7-2.
Thursday's game can be heard live on XTRA Sports 860 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com. John Platz handles the broadcast chores, and Stanford is 7-2 over the last five years when the veteran analyst fills in as the club's play-by-play voice. KZSU 90.1 FM provides coverage with Ben Spielberg (play-by-play) and Wyndam Makowsky (analyst). There is no television for this game.
After this week, Stanford will not play at home again until Feb. 11, when Washington State comes to town. Four straight road games await the Cardinal, beginning with next week's road swing against Arizona (Jan. 28) and Arizona State (Jan. 30).
Scouting Oregon State
Picked fifth in this year's Pac-10 preseason media poll, Oregon State has been more inconsistent than expected with an 8-9 mark and 2-3 ledger in Pac-10 play.
Oregon State was swept by the Washington schools to open conference play, picked up a win at rival Oregon and then split a homestand against the Arizona schools last week.
Stanford and Oregon State have one common non-conference opponent: Texas Tech. The Cardinal lost 100-87 while the Beavers were defeated 64-60.
Oregon State is one of the better defensive teams in the conference, ranking third in points allowed (63.2) and field goal percentage defense (42.1). The Beavers lead the Pac-10 in steals, with 8.2 per game. Oregon State averages only 62.4 points per game.
Only two players average double-figure scoring: Calvin Haynes (11.7) and Seth Tarver (11.6), who also leads the team in steals (49), assists (38) and rebounds (4.5 per game).
Stanford All-Time vs. Oregon State
Oregon State owns a 71-59 edge in the all-time series, which dates back to 1915. Heading into last year, Stanford had won six in a row and 17 of the last 18 meetings overall since 1999. But the two squads matched up four times in 2008-09, with Oregon State owning a 3-1 mark. The Beavers swept the regular season series, the Cardinal earned a win at the Pac-10 Tournament, and Oregon State claimed an overtime victory in the CBI semifinals.
Who To Watch Against Oregon State
Landry Fields is averaging 8.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in seven career games against the Beavers. Jeremy Green averaged 6.2 points per game in four matchups last year, and seven of his nine buckets against Oregon State have come from long range. Drew Shiller is 3-11 from the field in six games.
Fields, Green Among Nation's Top Scoring Duos
Landry Fields and Jeremy Green have provided Stanford with a dominating 1-2 offensive punch, accounting for 53.8 percent of the team's overall scoring. Fields is averaging a team-high 21.5 points per game, good for the second-best mark in the league. Green is up to 17.4 points per game, ranking sixth in the conference. As of Jan. 19, the duo of Fields and Green is one of just eight sets of teammates around the country to be ranked among the top-six in their respective conference in scoring while averaging at least 17.0 points per game.