Stanford Hosts Oklahoma State In Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series Contest Wednesday
Dec. 15, 2009
Stanford Cardinal (5-3, 0-0 Pac-10)
Oklahoma State Cowboys (8-1, 0-0 Big 12)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Kevin Danna, Analyst: Jacob Jaffe)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (5-3, 0-0 Pac-10) continues its homestand on Wednesday night against Oklahoma State (8-1, 0-0 Big 12) as part of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. The Cardinal has won back-to-back games for the second time this year, and now looks to make it three in a row heading into this weekend's road trip. Oklahoma State has also won back-to-back games since suffering its only loss at Tulsa back on Dec. 2. Stanford is 4-1 at home so far this season, winning those games by an average of 20.5 points.
Wednesday's game can be heard live on XTRA Sports 860 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com, featuring the chemistry-rich tandem of Dave Flemming (play-by-play) and John Platz (analyst). KZSU 90.1 FM provides coverage with Kevin Danna (play-by-play) and Jacob Jaffe (analyst). The game will also be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net, with Barry Tompkins (play-by-play) and Marques Johnson (analyst) providing coverage.
Starting with the 85-69 win over UC Davis on Sunday, Stanford is in the midst of a stretch that includes four games to be played over the next 10 days before the Christmas break. The Cardinal makes its final non-league road trip later this week with stops at Northwestern (Saturday, Dec. 19) and Texas Tech (Tuesday, Dec. 22).
Scouting Oklahoma State
This matchup is part of the 2009 Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. The Big 12 currently holds an 8-2 lead in the series with two contests remaining.
Oklahoma State is receiving 29 votes in the latest Associated Press poll and 15 votes in this week's ESPN/USA Today poll.
Projected to be one of the biggest names to appear on Stanford's non-conference home schedule, Oklahoma State is 8-1 after easily handling Arkansas-Pine Bluff 81-66.
After opening the year with four straight home games, Oklahoma State claimed the Las Vegas Invitational title with wins over Bradley and Utah before an 86-65 loss at Tulsa.
James Anderson is averaging 20.4 ppg, leading three starters in double-figure scoring. Marshall Moses adds 12.4 ppg and a team-best 10.6 rpg.
Oklahoma State has been impressive defensively, limiting opponents to 63.3 points per game, 38.4 percent shooting from the field and 34.8 rebounds per game.
Oklahoma State finished 2008-09 with a 23-12 overall mark and placed fourth in the Big 12 at 9-7. The Cowboys advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Stanford All-Time vs. Oklahoma State
Stanford and Oklahoma State will be meeting for the first time on the hardwood.
Five In Double-Figures As Stanford Downs UC Davis, 85-69
Landry Fields scored 21 points, Jack Trotter recorded his first career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds and Stanford ended its two-week layoff with an 85-69 victory over UC Davis. Jeremy Green scored 16 points for the Cardinal while Andrew Zimmermann scored a career-best 11 points while Jarrett Mann added 10. Stanford scored the game's first 14 points and took a 47-24 lead into intermission.
Cardinal In The Pac-10, National Statistics
Stanford leads the Pac-10 and ranks 24th nationally in assist/turnover ratio (1.4) while the Cardinal's +5.0 turnover margin also leads the league and ranks 16th nationally. Stanford has committed just 11.0 turnovers per game, checking in as the 17th-best total in the country. Stanford is second in the Pac-10 in three-pointers made per game at 7.5 and third in three-point field goal percentage at 39 percent. Individually, Jeremy Green leads the league in three-pointers made per game (3.3) while Jarrett Mann is tops in assists per game (5.8). Landry Fields ranks second in points (23.0), third in steals (2.6) and minutes played (34.6) and fourth in rebounding (8.4) per game. Fields also ranks eighth nationally in scoring.
Finding Scoring Balance
For the second consecutive season, Stanford is receiving offensive contributions from all over the floor. During the 2008-09 campaign, the Cardinal placed at least four players in double-figure scoring 16 times. Through eight games this season, Stanford has accomplished the same feat already on four occasions, including a season-best six in double-figures against Florida A&M back on Nov. 21.
Sharing The Ball, Forcing Mistakes
Stanford's commitment to sharing the basketball and forcing opponents into turnovers is once again paying dividends. A trend that developed last year under head coach Johnny Dawkins has continued in 2009, as the Cardinal once again leads the conference and ranks among the nation's best in assist/turnover ratio and turnover margin. Stanford leads the Pac-10 in both categories and ranks 24th nationally in assist/turnover ratio and 16th in turnover margin. Stanford has tallied 120 assists on 210 field goals so far, including a season-best 23 dimes against Portland State on Nov. 29. Meanwhile, Stanford's opponents have totaled more turnovers than assists in every game this season.
Dialing Long Distance, Opponents Not So Much
Stanford is averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game and shooting 39.0 percent from beyond the arc- totals that rank second and third, respectively, in the Pac-10. Jeremy Green has been the leading sharpshooter, connecting on 26-57 attempts for a 45.6 percent clip. Meanwhile, opponents have made just 32.6 percent from three-point territory. Stanford has made at least one triple in 262 straight games, including a season-best 11 against Florida A&M on Nov. 21.
Yes, It Was A Business Trip
Stanford might look back on its trip to Mexico during Thanksgiving week as a pivotal turning point in the season. After splitting a pair of home games the previous week, Stanford traveled south of the border for back-to-back games against Virginia and No. 5 Kentucky as part of the Cancun Challenge. The Cardinal came away with a hard-nosed 57-52 win against Virginia, thanks to an inspired defensive effort in the second half. Twenty-four hours later, Stanford nearly shocked No. 5 Kentucky before falling 73-65 in overtime. In a game that featured 12 ties and nine lead changes, the Cardinal led 38-32 at halftime and 63-61 before Kentucky's John Wall hit two free throws with three seconds remaining in regulation. Stanford finished 1-1 in Cancun, with several players executing in key situations and others gaining experience. Landry Fields and Jeremy Green were named to the Cancun Challenge All-Tournament team.
He Went To Jarrett
After experiencing with different combinations in the backcourt during the first few games, head coach Johnny Dawkins has tabbed Jarrett Mann as his starting point guard. Projected to be a position where Stanford might struggle, the backcourt has been one of the biggest strengths in the early going. Mann has looked very comfortable as the floor general, averaging 7.9 points and 3.0 rebounds per game, and has displayed a knack for getting to the foul line. Mann's 5.8 assists per game total leads the Pac-10, dishing out 46 assists while making only 21 turnovers. He has dished out at least five assists in all but one game this year.
Green Is Red-Hot From Deep
Jeremy Green has started his sophomore season the same way he finished his rookie year: red-hot from three-point territory. A 2009 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team honoree, Green averaged 7.4 points while shooting 50 percent from long distance (17-34) over the final 10 games of his freshman year. In his first eight games of this year, Green is once again a focal point of the Stanford offense and ranks second on the team at 15.3 points per game. His perimeter shooting has been exceptional, leading the team with 26 makes in 57 attempts for a 45.6 percent clip. Green has knocked down at least four triples in a game four times this year.
Getting Their Start
After losing seniors Kenny Brown, Anthony Goods, Mitch Johnson and Lawrence Hill to graduation, it was a given this year's club would look considerably different. Through the first eight games, five players have already made their first start in a Stanford uniform. Da'Veed Dildy, Jarrett Mann, Jack Trotter and Andrew Zimmermann started the season opener at San Diego while Drew Shiller was also penciled into the starting lineup for back-to-back games. All five players with the exception of Zimmermann were making their first career start. Back on the court for essentially the first time in two seasons, Zimmermann started one game during his freshman season at Santa Clara in 2007-08.
Production From The Post
Despite entering the year as a relatively inexperienced group, Stanford's post players have made strides thanks to some frequent on-the-job training. Transfer Andrew Zimmermann joins a trio of players (Elliott Bullock, Matei Daian, Jack Trotter) who made their debuts as walk-ons last year. Zimmermann, who is averaging 5.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, broke through with an 11-point effort against UC Davis on Dec. 13. Trotter is averaging 7.5 points and 4.9 boards per game in eight starts, and has scored in double-figures four times.
Recruiting Class Ranked Among Nation's Top-10
Head coach Johnny Dawkins announced the signing of five incoming student-athletes to national letters of intent for the 2010-11 campaign. The class is recognized as one of the best in the country, currently ranked as high as No. 8 in the nation by Rivals.com and No. 13 by Scout.com. According to Rivals.com, Stanford's recruiting class ranks as the best in the Pac-10. The class includes: Aaron Bright (5-11, 175, guard, Bellevue, Wash.), Anthony Brown (6-7, 190, guard/forward, Huntington Beach, Calif.), John Gage (6-10, 210, forward/center, Vashon Island, Wash.), Josh Huestis (6-8, 210, Great Falls, Mont.) and Dwight Powell (6-10, 215, forward, Bradenton, Fla.).