Jan. 3, 2012
Stanford Cardinal (12-2, 2-0 Pac-12)
Oregon Ducks (10-4, 1-1 Pac-12)
Date: Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 6 p.m.
Site: Matthew Knight Arena (12,369) Eugene, OR
Series History: Stanford leads 89-45
Last Meeting: Stanford 88, Oregon 71 (Feb. 26, 2011)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Chris Fitzgerald)
TV: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (PBP: Ted Robinson, Analyst: Dan Belluomini)
The Opening Tip
Back on the road for the first time in over a month, Stanford (12-2, 2-0 Pac-12) looks to continue its success Thursday against Oregon (10-4, 1-1 Pac-12) in the first contest of a two-game road trip. The Cardinal is coming off a home sweep of UCLA and USC.
Thursday's game can be heard live on KNBR 1050 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com, featuring the chemistry-rich tandem of John Platz (play-by-play) and Drew Shiller (analyst). KZSU 90.1 FM also provides coverage with Chris Fitzgerald (play-by-play). The contest will be televised by Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, with Ted Robinson (play-by-play) and Dan Belluomini (analyst) calling the action.
Stanford is receiving 12 votes (28th overall) in the latest edition of the Associated Press poll and seven votes (31st overall) in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll.
Oregon (10-4, 1-1 Pac-12) came away with a road split last weekend, beating Washington State 92-75 in Spokane before falling 76-60 to Washington in Seattle two days later ... Picked to finish fifth in the Pac-12 preseason media poll, Oregon has won four of its last five overall. The Ducks have yet to lose back-to-back games this year ... Oregon shot a season-high 69.4 percent overall and 56.3 percent from long range in last week's win over Washington State. However, against Washington, the Ducks made a season-low 32.3 percent overall and 21.7 percent from three-point territory ... The Ducks are one of the Pac-12's better offensive teams, averaging 70.1 points per game while shooting 45.2 percent overall. Oregon is 8-1 on its home court ... Look out for: Devoe Joseph (13.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 16-42 three-pointers), E.J. Singler (12.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 91.7 percent free throws) and Garrett Sim (12.8 ppg, 26-55 three-pointers).
Stanford All-Time vs. Oregon
Stanford holds an 89-45 all-time advantage. The Cardinal has won six of the last 10 meetings overall, with all four losses coming by eight points or less. 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
This could be the game where it clicks for Dwight Powell. In two games last year, Powell averaged 12.5 points and 8.5 rebounds while making 9-16 from the floor. His double-double of 11 points and 11 boards came in the second meeting. Josh Owens has averaged 7.8 points and 5.5 rebounds in five matchups while connecting on 15-22 from the field (68.1 percent).