Feb. 17, 2012
Stanford Cardinal (18-8, 8-6 Pac-12)
Oregon Ducks (18-8, 9-5 Pac-12)
Date: Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 4:30 p.m.
Site: Maples Pavilion (7,329) Stanford, CA
Series History: Stanford leads 89-46
Last Meeting: Oregon 78, Stanford 67 (Jan. 5, 2012)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Lucas Prokopiak, Analyst: Eli Katz)
TV: FSN (PBP: Kevin Calabro, Analyst: Don MacLean, Sideline: Rebecca Haarlow)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (18-8, 8-6 Pac-12) hosts Oregon (18-8, 9-5 Pac-12) in a pivotal conference clash on Sunday night at Maples Pavilion. With four games left in the regular season, both squads are trying to lock up spots among the league's top four in the standings, which would result in a bye during the first round of next month's Pac-12 Tournament.
Sunday's game can be heard live on KNBR 1050 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com, featuring the insightful tandem of John Platz (play-by-play) and Drew Shiller (analyst). KZSU 90.1 FM provides coverage with Lucas Prokopiak (play-by-play) and Eli Katz (analyst). FSN has the national telecast, with Kevin Calabro (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst) and Rebecca Haarlow (sideline) calling the action.
Oregon (18-8, 9-5 Pac-12) dropped an 86-83 decision at California on Thursday night. The Ducks entered the contest having swept the Washington schools at home last week ... Picked to finish fifth in the Pac-12 preseason media poll, Oregon has not lost back-to-back games all season. The Ducks are 5-5 in games played away from home ... Oregon is 11-3 this year in games decided by fewer than 10 points ... The Ducks are one of the Pac-12's better offensive teams, averaging 71.1 points per game while shooting 45.8 percent overall and 37.2 percent from beyond the arc ... Look out for: Devoe Joseph (16.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 49-110 three-pointers), E.J. Singler (13.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 89.5 percent free throws) and Garrett Sim (11.8 ppg, 52-115 three-pointers).
Stanford All-Time vs. Oregon
Stanford holds an 89-46 all-time advantage. The Cardinal has won six of the last 10 meetings overall, although the Ducks collected a 78-67 victory in Eugene back on Jan. 5. Last year's season series was split, with Oregon winning its first game at Maples Pavilion since 1986, before Stanford countered with an 88-71 victory at Matthew Knight Arena one month later.
Who To Watch Against Oregon
Josh Owens has terrorized Oregon in six career games, averaging 9.7 points and 5.0 boards per game while connecting on 23-35 from the field (65.7 percent). Aaron Bright is averaging 11.0 points per game in three meetings while his 13 assists are the most against any Pac-12 club. In two career games, John Gage is 5-10 from the field and 3-8 from long distance.
Home Sweet Home
Stanford is 64-18 at home since the start of the 2007-08 campaign. The Cardinal is 13-2 at home this season, reaching the 10-win mark at Maples Pavilion for the 19th straight year.
Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge
Head coach Johnny Dawkins is proud to support the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula through his participation in Infiniti's ongoing partnership with the NABC, the NCAA and ESPN in the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge. The program includes a $100,000 donation to the winning coach's designated charity. Fan participation will determine the winner over an eight-week period that runs until Feb. 27 on www.ESPN.com/Infiniti. Fans can vote for up to four coaches per day. The winning coach will be announced March 9.
Takeaways From The Oregon State Game
Chasson Randle matched his season high with 24 points while Aaron Bright contributed 20 as Stanford defeated Oregon State 87-82 on Thursday night at Maples Pavilion ... Stanford was 12-22 from three-point range, with Randle knocking down 6-7 tries and Bright connecting on 4-9 chances. Oregon State was also sharp from long distance, making 11-24 ... After shooting 58.3 percent in the first period, Oregon State was limited to 37.5 percent over the final 20 minutes ... Stanford owned a commanding 36-24 advantage on the glass, led by Dwight Powell and Josh Huestis pulling down nine rebounds apiece ... Stanford improved to 5-1 in games decided by five points or less ... Josh Owens recorded his 500th career rebound, joining Andre Roberson (Colorado), Solomon Hill (Arizona) and Harper Kamp (California) as active Pac-12 players with at least 500 boards ... The last time two Stanford players scored at least 20 points in the same game was March 1, 2011, when Jeremy Green (22) and Anthony Brown (21) accomplished the feat against Seattle ... Anthony Brown was 7-12 from the charity stripe, representing career-high totals in makes and attempts. Brown's 12 free throw attempts were the most for a Stanford player this year ... The Cardinal outscored the Beavers 45-28 in bench points.
70 A Key Number For Stanford
Stanford improved to 12-0 when scoring at least 70 points following Thursday's victory. In fact, the Cardinal is 22-2 combined over the last two seasons when reaching the 70-point plateau.
Scoring Torch Passed Again
Stanford enters Sunday's contest against Oregon with a new leading scorer, as Chasson Randle now paces the Cardinal with 12.7 points per game. Josh Owens had served as the Cardinal's leading scorer over the last 16 games following Aaron Bright's nine-game run to open the year. Over his last four games, Randle is averaging 16.5 points per game while shooting 24-52 (46.2 percent) from the field and 14-21 (66.7 percent) from beyond the arc.
Randle Making An Impact In Rookie Season
Chasson Randle is also bidding to become the first freshman to lead Stanford in minutes played since Casey Jacobsen's 28.5 average during the 1999-2000 campaign. Randle is averaging a team-best 29.7 minutes played, slightly ahead of Aaron Bright's 29.4 clip. The last freshman to average at least 30.0 minutes played in a season was Brevin Knight at 32.7 in 1993-94.