Men's Basketball Faces Oregon State; Eyes First Pac-10 Road Sweep Since 2008
Feb. 19, 2010
Stanford Cardinal (12-14, 6-8 Pac-10)
Oregon State Beavers (12-13, 6-7 Pac-10)
Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 12 p.m.
Gill Coliseum (10,400) Corvallis, OR
Series History: Oregon State leads 71-60
Last Meeting: Stanford 59, Oregon State 35 (Jan. 21, 2010)
Radio: XTRA Sports 860 AM (PBP: John Platz)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Kevin Danna, Analyst: Chris Fitzgerald)
TV: FSN (PBP: Barry Tompkins, Analyst: Marques Johnson)
The Opening Tip
Fresh off its first road win of the year, Stanford (12-14, 6-8 Pac-10) now aims for a sweep in the Pacific Northwest. Thursday's 72-65 win at Oregon snapped an eight-game road losing streak in conference play dating back to last March. Stanford is looking for its first sweep of a Pac-10 road trip since defeating the Washington schools in 2008. Standing in the way on Saturday is Oregon State (12-13, 6-7 Pac-10).
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 9-4 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 Kevin Danna (play-by-play) and Chris Fitzgerald (analyst). The contest will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net, with Barry Tompkins (play-by-play) and Marques Johnson (analyst) on the call.
Scouting Oregon State
Picked fifth in this year's Pac-10 preseason media poll, Oregon State has been an up-and-down squad this year posting a 12-13 mark and 6-7 ledger in Pac-10 play.
Oregon State has put together quality back-to-back wins. The Beavers defeated Arizona 63-55 to salvage a road split last week and overwhelmed Pac-10 leader California 80-64 on Thursday night.
Since being swept in the Bay Area last month, Oregon State has won four of its last six games. The Beavers are now 8-4 at Gill Coliseum.
Oregon State is one of the better defensive teams in the conference, ranking third in points allowed (60.9) and field goal percentage defense (42.3). The Beavers lead the Pac-10 in steals (8.2 per game). However, Oregon State averages only 60.4 ppg, which ranks as the worst offensive production in the league.
Only two players average double-figure scoring: Calvin Haynes (12.9 ppg) and Seth Tarver (10.7 ppg), who leads the team in steals (60), assists (63) and rebounds (4.8 rpg).
Stanford All-Time vs. Oregon State
Oregon State owns a 71-60 edge in the all-time series, which dates back to 1915. Stanford dominated Oregon State 59-35 in this year's earlier matchup at Maples Pavilion, a contrast from last season when the Beavers took three out of four meetings (sweeping the regular season and claiming an OT victory in the CBI semifinals). Prior to 2008-09, Stanford had won six in a row and 17 of the last 18 meetings overall since 1999.
Who To Watch Against Oregon State
Landry Fields is averaging 9.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in eight career games against the Beavers. Jeremy Green has averaged 7.6 points per game in five matchups and 10 of his 14 buckets against Oregon State have come from long range. In four career games, Jack Trotter has scored 10 points on 5-11 shooting from the field with seven rebounds.
Finding Scoring Balance
Stanford placed four players in double-figures during its recent 72-65 win at Oregon, receiving stellar offensive production from Landry Fields (21), Jeremy Green (18), Jack Trotter (14) and Drew Shiller (12). The Cardinal has now placed at least four players in double-figure scoring on eight occasions this year, including a season-best six in double-figures against Florida A&M back on Nov. 21. Last year, Stanford placed at least four players in double-figures 16 times.
Down The Stretch
Despite the multiple injuries and lack of depth, Stanford is looking to avoid the play-in game of this year's Pac-10 Tournament and finish among the league's top-seven teams. Picked to finish last in the preseason media poll, the Cardinal is 12-14 overall and hanging tough despite a relatively inexperienced roster that currently features only five scholarship players.
There have been eight games this year in which Stanford has received less than eight points from its bench. In four of those contests, the Cardinal reserves were held scoreless altogether (two of those coming against UCLA). The consistent offensive production from Landry Fields and Jeremy Green has been well-documented. But in games when Stanford can place a third player in double-figures along with Fields and Green, the Cardinal sports an 9-7 record.