Pac-10 Road Trip begins Thursday on The Farm
Jan. 6, 2003
Corvallis, Ore. -
SERIES:Stanford has won the last six meetings, and 10 of the last 11. Oregon State leads the overall series 65-47. The Cardinal have been dominate in their last 10 wins being victories by an average of 21 points. The Beavers have not won at Maples Pavilion since a 77-66 victory during the 1993 season. Stanford won last year at Maples 77-55 with Curtis Borchardt scoring 20 points and adding 12 rebounds. J.S. Nash led the Beavers with 12 points with Jimmie Haywood and Philip Ricci scoring 10 each. The Beavers jumped out to a 14-7 lead at the 13:23 mark before Stanford rallied to tie the contest at 16-16. The Cardinal led by as many as nine points in the first half before taking a 35-30 halftime lead. OSU pulled within three points at the 11:48 mark of the second half on a Floyd North III layin, but the Beavers were then outscored 31-12 the rest of the way. Stanford won last year in Corvallis 67-50 with Josh Childress leading the way with 19 points. In the two games last season, Stanford outscored OSU in the second half by an average of 41-25.5. During the last six games, the margin at halftime has been less than 11 points, while 14 points has been the lowest margin in the second half.
JACKSON QUESTIONABLE: Senior forward Brian Jackson is questionable for Thursday's game at Stanford after aggravating his abdominal strain injury in the first half of last Saturday's game vs. Arizona. Jackson played with the injury most of the conference season last year and all of this season.
REBOUNDING A MUST: Oregon State was outrebounded by an average of 45.5 to 30 in last week's games vs. the Arizona schools, and this week will likely be as challenging for the Orange and Black. The Beavers will face three of the conference's top five rebounders this week -- Justin Davis (Stan) leads the league at 9.4, with Cal's Amit Tamir fourth at 7.3 and the Cardinal's Josh Childress fifth at 7.2.
BEAVERS ON THE ROAD IN THE PAC-10: Oregon State enters this week's action looking for its first road Pac-10 victory, other than at Washington or Washington State, since defeating California in Oakland (46-43) at The Arena March 5, 1998. Since that date, the Beavers have downed the Washington schools a combined five times on the road.
FAST STARTS DON'T EQUAL VICTORIES: In Oregon State's four losses this season the team has jumped out to early leads. The team led Idaho 16-8, Kansas State 8-2, Arizona State 10-4 and 12-6, and Arizona 9-2. The last two games have featured some lengthy scoring droughts -- vs. ASU, OSU went 4 minutes with four points in the first half and vs. Arizona went 6:33 with four points in the first half.
THE STATS DON'T LIE: The statistics show a very definite trend when comparing Oregon State's seven victories to its four losses. Here's a look:
Victories LossesPoints P/G 69.3 64.2Opp. Points P/G 55.0 78.2FG Pct. .475 .382Opp. FG Pct. .378 .4923-Pt FG Pct. .400 .280Opp. 3-Pt FG Pct. .259 .441
DECEMBER TO REMEMBER: OSU won six games in December, its best 12th month since also winning six games during the 1997-98 season. Granted the competition was not the strongest in the nation, but consider this program has lost to Cal Poly, Denver, and UC Riverside over the last two seasons.
LOOK INSIDE FIRST: Oregon State's perimeter players are looking for the big guys inside first for the most part. The Beavers are on pace to attempt 368 three-point field goals for the season, a number that would be the lowest since the 1994-95 team had 343 attempts. By concentrating on the inside game, the Beavers have attempted 221 free throws, 67 more than its opponents.
THREE RECRUITS SIGNED: First-year head coach Jay John signed three individuals to national letters of intent during the early signing period in November. Joining the Beavers for the 2003-2004 season will be Liam Hughes (7-2, C) from Modesto Christian High School in California, Kyle Jeffers (6-8, F), from Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa, Cal., and Jeffree Williams (6-9, F) from Roosevelt High School in Portland, Ore. John and his staff have two scholarships remaining to award during the late signing period, April 16-May 15.