Feb. 16, 2012
STANFORD, Calif.- Stanford (17-8, 7-6 Pac-12) is back at Maples Pavilion this week, hosting Oregon State (15-10, 5-8 Pac-12) on Thursday to open a homestand.
The Cardinal enters the week tied with UCLA for sixth place in the conference standings. Thanks to its 59-47 win over USC on Sunday, Stanford is guaranteed its first winning season since 2008-09.
The Cardinal Channel's Matt Morrison recently caught up with head coach Johnny Dawkins for a preview of Stanford's upcoming games while looking back at last week.
Some other noteworthy items heading into this weekend:
Takeaways From The USC Game
Chasson Randle poured in a team-best 16 points, making all four of his three-point attempts in the second half. Josh Owens chipped in with 15 points on 6-8 shooting ... Stanford completed a season sweep of USC for the first time since 2005 and won its first regular-season road game in six years against either of the Los Angeles schools ... After not even registering a shot attempt over the last four contests in 22 minutes combined, Andrew Zimmermann averaged 8.0 points and 6.5 rebounds during last week's road trip ... Stanford's biggest lead was 59-39 with 3:08 left in the second period ... USC was limited to 31.3 percent shooting and only 18 first-half points ... John Gage is just 2-16 from beyond the arc over his last eight games combined ... Stanford has now made at least one three-pointer in 343 consecutive games, dating back to a 0-6 performance against Purdue in the John Wooden Tradition on Nov. 24, 2001.
Owens Closing In On Milestone
Josh Owens now stands five rebounds away from 500 for his career. Only three other active Pac-12 players (Colorado's Andre Roberson - 574, Arizona's Solomon Hill - 529 and California's Harper Kamp -502) have tallied 500 career boards.
Dominating Performance On The Glass
The biggest key to Stanford's victory at USC this weekend? The Cardinal outrebouned the Trojans 45-19, translating into a season-best +26 margin on the boards. Of USC's 19 rebounds, only one was of the offensive variety. It was Stanford's largest rebounding margin since a 50-18 edge (+32) over Harvard in the 2007 season opener. For what it's worth: Jeremy Lin was 0-6 from the field and fouled out after 21 minutes of action in that same game.
A Four-Overtime Victory? Please Explain...
Ok, here goes: Oregon State built a 43-36 halftime lead on the strength of 58.1 percent shooting, taking its largest lead at 32-17 with six minutes left before intermission. Trailing 58-48 with 13:11 left in regulation, Stanford embarked on a 13-2 scoring run that was punctuated by a Chasson Randle three-pointer at the 8:29 mark giving the Cardinal its first lead of the night at 62-61. Deadlocked at 76-76, Josh Owens appeared to convert a game-winning put-back as time expired, but officials reviewed the play and waved off the basket. The game featured 171 field goal attempts, 48 three-point tries, 54 fouls, 41 assists, 14 ties, 13 lead changes, 108 rebounds and lasted a marathon-like three hours, eight minutes.
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.