Jan. 6, 2012
Stanford Cardinal (12-3, 2-1 Pac-12)
Oregon State Beavers (11-4, 1-2 Pac-12)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 7 p.m.
Site: Gill Coliseum (10,400) Corvallis, OR
Series History: Oregon State leads 73-62
Last Meeting: Oregon State 69, Stanford 67 (Mar. 9, 2011)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Chris Fitzgerald)
TV: ROOT Sports (PBP: Rich Burk, Analyst: Lamar Hurd, Sideline: Jen Mueller)
The Opening Tip
Following a 78-67 loss at Oregon on Thursday night, Stanford (12-3, 2-1 Pac-12) must now shift its focus to coming away with a road split. That won't be easy against Oregon State (11-4, 1-2 Pac-12), which boasts the conference's most potent offensive attack.
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.
Scouting Oregon State
Oregon State (11-4, 1-2 Pac-12) is coming off a 92-85 victory over California on Thursday ... The Beavers shot 63.3 percent overall, including an 11-18 mark from three-point territory ... Picked to finish eighth in the Pac-12 preseason media poll, Oregon State had won four in a row before dropping both of its first two conference games last week ... The Beavers raced out to a 5-1 start over the first six games. Included in that hot start was a 100-95 overtime win over Texas that created some November buzz ... Stanford's defense will be tested. Oregon State averages 83.3 points per game and shoots 50.2 percent from the field. Six players are contributing at least 9.0 points per game ... Keep an eye on: Jared Cunningham (17.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 43 steals), Ahmad Starks (13.7 ppg, 92.3 percent free throws), Joe Burton (9.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, team-high 57 assists).
Stanford All-Time vs. Oregon State
Oregon State owns a 73-62 edge in the all-time series, which dates back to 1915. The last 10 meetings have been split, however the Beavers took two of three last year thanks to a 69-67 victory in the play-in round of the Pac-10 Tournament. Quirky scheduling: Stanford and Oregon State have matched up nine times over the last three seasons combined.
Who To Watch Against Oregon State
Anthony Brown (14.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg) and Dwight Powell (12.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg) made the most of their matchups against Oregon State last year as rookies. In nine contests, Josh Owens has knocked down 21-35 from the field. Meanwhile, Jack Trotter has scored more points (29) against the Beavers than any other conference team, while shooting 13-21 in eight meetings.