Feb. 15, 2012
Stanford Cardinal (17-8, 7-6 Pac-12)
Oregon State Beavers (15-10, 5-8 Pac-12)
Date: Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 7 p.m.
Site: Maples Pavilion (7,329) Stanford, CA
Series History: Stanford leads 74-62
Last Meeting: Stanford 103, Oregon State 101 - 4OT (Jan. 7, 2012)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Zach Zimmerman, Analyst: Jacob Jaffe)
The Opening Tip
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.
Thursday'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 Zach Zimmerman (play-by-play) and Jacob Jaffe (analyst). There is no television for Thursday's game.
After wrapping up its homestand on Sunday against Oregon in a 4:30 p.m. tip, Stanford will make its first-ever conference road trip to Colorado and Utah next week.
Scouting Oregon State
Oregon State (15-10, 5-8 Pac-12) has dropped three of its last four overall. The Beavers were swept at home by the Washington schools last week ... Picked to finish eighth in the Pac-12 preseason media poll. Oregon State produced a 10-2 record during the non-conference portion of its schedule, including a win over Texas ... Quirky scheduling: Stanford and Oregon State have matched up 10 times since 2009 ... Stanford's defense will be tested. Oregon State averages 80.4 points per game and shoots 47.2 percent from the field. Six players are contributing at least 8.0 points per game ... Keep an eye on: Jared Cunningham (18.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 69 steals), Devon Collier (13.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 62.4 percent FG) and Ahmad Starks (12.6 ppg, 91.7 percent free throws).
Stanford All-Time vs. Oregon State
Oregon State owns a 73-63 edge in the all-time series, which dates back to 1915. The last 10 meetings have been split, however Stanford is trying for another season sweep of Oregon State after last accomplishing the feat in 2010. Stanford won this year's earlier meeting, a 103-101 quadruple-overtime victory in Corvallis.
Who To Watch Against Oregon State
Time for Anthony Brown to heat up. In four career meetings, Brown is averaging 13.8 points and 6.5 rebounds while making more three-pointers (9) against Oregon State than any other Pac-12 opponent. Dwight Powell (8.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg) and Josh Owens (6.1 ppg, 29-50 FG) have also made the most of their matchups. Jack Trotter is 14-23 from the field in nine games.