Stanford Tries For Another Homestand Sweep; Faces Oregon Saturday Night
Jan. 22, 2010
Stanford Cardinal (9-9, 3-3 Pac-10)
Oregon Ducks (10-8, 2-4 Pac-10)
Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010 5 p.m.
Maples Pavilion (7,329) Stanford, CA
Series History: Stanford leads 86-44
Last Meeting: Oregon 68, Stanford 60 (Feb. 21, 2009)
Radio: XTRA Sports 860 AM (PBP: John Platz)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Ben Spielberg, Analyst: Zach Zimmerman)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (9-9, 3-3 Pac-10) will be looking for its second straight Pac-10 home sweep when Oregon (10-8, 2-4 Pac-10) rolls into town on Saturday night. A win puts the Cardinal back above the .500 mark for the fourth time this year. And with some help, Stanford could even wind up tied for first place in the conference standings. It's been that type of year in the Pac-10. Stanford is coming off a defensive-minded 59-35 rout of Oregon State two nights ago.
Saturday'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 8-2 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 Zach Zimmerman (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).
Tabbed sixth in this year's Pac-10 preseason media poll, Oregon checks in at 10-8 overall and 2-4 in league competition. The Ducks were beaten 89-57 at Cal on Thursday night.
Oregon has lost four straight since sweeping the Washington schools to open Pac-10 play.
The Ducks enjoyed their best stretch of the year in mid-December, putting together a six-game winning streak that included a rare road sweep of the Washington schools.
Oregon ranks fourth in the league in scoring (74.4 ppg) and third in rebounding (35.8 rpg). The Ducks have reached the 90-point plateau in four games so far this year.
Oregon is once again led by Tajuan Porter, averaging a team-best 12.3 points per game while leading the club in three-pointers (35). Michael Dunigan (11.6 ppg, team-high 6.0 rpg, 23 blocks) and Malcolm Armstead (11.3 ppg, 73 assists, 35 assists) are also key contributors on a young team.
Stanford All-Time vs. Oregon
Stanford holds an 86-44 all-time advantage. The Cardinal has won seven of the last 10 meetings overall. The two schools split last year's series with wins on their home courts, as Stanford won easily 77-55 at Maples Pavilion before Oregon won 68-60 in Eugene. Oregon is searching for its first win at Maples Pavilion since an 83-69 victory back on Jan. 13, 1986- a span of 23 consecutive games.
Who To Watch Against Oregon
Landry Fields has averaged 6.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game against Oregon in six career contests. Drew Shiller is averaging 6.5 points per game against the Ducks in two career matchups and has made more buckets (5) against Oregon than any other Pac-10 opponent. Meanwhile, Jeremy Green will look to get on track after compiling a 2-6 mark from the field and five points total in two games last year.
Home Sweet Home
Stanford is 38-7 in its last 45 home games dating back to the start of 2007-08. The Cardinal owned a 14-4 record at home last year and reached the 10-win mark at Maples Pavilion for the 16th consecutive year with a 77-55 win over Oregon back on Jan. 22. In 2007-08, the Cardinal set a record for home victories (16) in a single season.