Seeking A Split
Stanford Cardinal (9-5, 0-2 Pac-12) at No. 17/13 Oregon Ducks (13-2, 1-2 Pac-12)
Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 • 2 p.m. Eugene, Ore. • Matthew Knight Arena (12,369) Series History: Stanford leads 90-48 Last Meeting: Oregon 77, Stanford 66 (Feb. 23, 2013 at Eugene, Ore.) Radio: KSFO 560 AM (PBP: Scott Reiss, Analyst: John Platz) TV: Fox Sports 1 (PBP: Rob Stone, Analyst: Jeff Jackson)
The Opening Tip Stanford (9-5, 0-2 Pac-12) concludes its road trip on Sunday, Jan. 12, with a matchup against No. 17/13 Oregon (13-2, 1-2 Pac-12). The Cardinal has an opportunity to register its second road win over a top-25 opponent, having already knocked off No. 10/10 Connecticut in Hartford last month. Stanford is coming off an 81-72 loss at Oregon State, dropping back-to-back games for the first time this year.
Media Memo Due to NFL conflicts that pre-empt programming on KNBR 1050 AM, Sunday’s game can be heard live on KSFO 560 AM, featuring the insightful duo of Scott Reiss (play-by-play) and John Platz (analyst). The contest will be also televised on Fox Sports 1, with Rob Stone (play-by-play) and Jeff Jackson (analyst) on the call.
Scouting No. 17/13 Oregon No. 17/13 Oregon (13-2, 1-2 Pac-12) won 13 in a row to begin the year before back-to-back losses against Colorado (100-91 on Jan. 5) and California (96-83 on Jan. 9) ... The Ducks boast one of the nation’s top offenses (88.9 ppg) while shooting 49.0 percent overall, 40.4 percent from long range and 77.0 percent from the foul line. However, opponents are averaging 77.4 points while shooting 43.3 percent overall ... Oregon posted notable non-conference victories over Georgetown, Mississippi, Illinois and BYU. The Ducks split last week’s road trip, winning at Utah before losing at Colorado ... Check out: Joseph Young (19.7 ppg, 53.1 percent FG, 43.4 percent 3FG), Mike Moser (13.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg), Jason Calliste (10.9 ppg, 89.3 percent 3FG), Johnathan Loyd (93 assists).
Stanford All-Time vs. Oregon Stanford holds a 90-48 all-time advantage. The previous five meetings have been split, just like last year’s season series. With the Ducks ranked No. 10/12, the Cardinal registered its biggest win of the season in a 76-52 rout at Maples Pavilion. One month later in Eugene, Oregon answered with a 77-66 victory. Stanford is searching for its first road win against Oregon since an 88-71 decision three years ago in the Cardinal’s first visit to MKA.
Notable Career Totals Against Oregon In six games, Dwight Powell is averaging 10.6 points and 6.7 rebounds while shooting 22-43 (51.1 percent). Josh Huestis is averaging 6.8 points and 7.4 rebounds while shooting 14-29 (48.2 percent) in five contests. Eight of Anthony Brown’s 12 career buckets against the Ducks have come from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, Chasson Randle has struggled from the field in four games, shooting 14-42 (33.3 percent).
Avoiding 0-3 Conference Start Stanford is trying to avoid it first 0-3 start in conference play since 2005, when the Cardinal dropped three straight games to Washington State (60-51 in Pullman), Washington (76-73 in Seattle) and Arizona State (81-69 at home). Stanford finished 18-13 overall and 11-7 in the Pac-10 (third) that year before qualifying for the NCAA Tournament.
Takeaways From The Oregon State Game Despite 30 points (10-18 FG, 9-9 FT) from Chasson Randle, Stanford fell 81-72 to Oregon State on Thursday night in its Pac-12 road opener ... Stanford crept to within a bucket three times over the final 10 minutes but Oregon State held off each charge by shooting 47.2 percent and 8-15 from three-point territory ... The Cardinal also received a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds from Dwight Powell, who scored three points on 1-6 shooting in the first half ... Stefan Nastic added 11 points, reaching double figures for the seventh time this year. Nastic is shooting 19-24 (79.2 percent) from the field over his last four games ... Stanford shot 41.4 percent overall but only 2-8 from long distance. A 22-25 clip from the foul line (17-18 in the second half) helped the Cardinal stay within striking distance ... Stanford suffered its first loss to Oregon State since a 69-67 defeat on March 9, 2011 ... Eric Moreland’s 15 rebounds were the most by an opposing player since Colorado’s Andre Roberson grabbed 20 on Jan. 24, 2013 ... For the first time in seven games, Stanford’s opponent scored at least 70 points ... John Gage has made four straight triples after a 1-10 stretch in seven previous games. However, Gage has also played 12 minutes in back-to-back games without a shot attempt ... The Cardinal has made at least one three-pointer in 402 consecutive games dating back to an 0-6 outing against Purdue on Nov. 24, 2001 in the John Wooden Tradition.
Lacking Production From Bench... Head coach Johnny Dawkins has employed a starting lineup of Chasson Randle, Anthony Brown, Josh Huestis, Dwight Powell and Stefan Nastic in all 14 games. Every member of the experienced starting five, which has accounted for 87.1 percent of Stanford’s overall scoring, is averaging double figures with the exception of Nastic (8.9 ppg). However, the Cardinal must find a way to jump-start its bench. Consider this: Marcus Allen’s jumper with 12:02 left in the second half of Thursday’s game represented Stanford’s first bucket from a reserve since a John Gage three-pointer at the 10:43 mark of the second half against Cal Poly back on Dec. 29.
...But Here’s The Primary Reason Why the lack of bench production? Stanford has been decimated by injuries to key players that were significant contributors at this time last year. Three players have missed the entire season, with Aaron Bright (dislocated right shoulder) the most recent addition to a list that already included Andy Brown (torn right ACL) and Christian Sanders (hip). Meanwhile, Rosco Allen (stress fracture) returned against Cal Poly on Dec. 29 but has since suffered a setback.