Nov. 22, 2011
Stanford Cardinal (4-0, 0-0 Pac-12)
Oklahoma State Cowboys (3-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011 4 p.m. PT
Site: Madison Square Garden (19,763) New York, N.Y.
Series History: Oklahoma State leads 2-0
Last Meeting: Oklahoma State 79, Stanford 68 (Dec. 21, 2010)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
Westwood One Radio (PBP: Dave Sims, Analyst: Alaa Abdelnaby)
TV: ESPN2 (PBP: Mike Breen, Analyst: Jeff Van Gundy, Analyst: Doris Burke, Sideline: Andy Katz)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (4-0, 0-0 Pac-12) will spend the week of Thanksgiving in New York, wrapping up play in the semifinals of the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden. The Cardinal defeated Fresno State and Colorado State last week at Maples Pavilion to advance out of the Preseason NIT's West Regional. Stanford's next challenge is a matchup against Oklahoma State (3-0, 0-0 Big 12) on Wednesday night in the semifinals. Syracuse and Virginia Tech will square off in the other semifinal.
Wednesday'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). The contest will also be televised nationally on ESPN2, with Mike Breen (play-by-play), Jeff Van Gundy (analyst), Doris Burke (analyst) and Andy Katz (sideline reporter) handling the broadcast chores.
Scouting Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State (3-0, 0-0 Big 12) has won its first three games by an average of 21.3 points while reaching the 70-point plateau each time ... After blowouts of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Arkansas-Pine Bluff, the Cowboys were finally tested in a 90-85 overtime win over Texas-San Antonio in a game that saw Oklahoma State overcome an 11-point deficit over the final 2:30 ... Oklahoma State was picked to finish seventh in this year's Big 12 preseason poll ... The Cowboys are averaging 78.0 points and 46.0 rebounds per game, while holding their opponents to 35.5 percent shooting overall and just 56.7 points per game ... Keep an eye on: Cezar Guerrero (15.7 ppg, team-best 10 three-pointers), Jean-Paul Olukemi (12.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 15-18 free throws), Le'Bryan Nash (12.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg).
Stanford All-Time vs. Oklahoma State
These programs have suddenly become very familiar with each other, matching up for the third straight season. Oklahoma State holds the upper hand at 2-0, with the previous games serving as a home-and-home in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. The Cowboys squeaked out a 71-70 victory at Maples Pavilion on Dec. 16, 2009, as the Cardinal could not convert a game-winning bucket in the final seconds after rallying from a 15-point deficit with 12:58 left to play in the second half. Oklahoma State defended its home court last year, coming out on top 79-68 thanks to Keiton Page's 23 points.
NIT Season Tip-Off History
Stanford is making its fourth appearance in the Preseason NIT and first since a runner-up finish to North Carolina back in 2002. The Cardinal also fell to North Carolina in the 1998 title game and went 1-1 in the 1988 Preseason NIT. Stanford is 9-3 all-time in the Preseason NIT.
The Cardinal All-Time At MSG
Stanford will be making its sixth-ever appearance at Madison Square Garden. This will be Stanford's third Preseason NIT (1998 and 2002) appearance at the famed arena. Stanford also played in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic (1999) and captured the 1991 Postseason NIT. Altogether, Stanford is 7-2 at the Garden, including one of its predecessors.
Pregame Jitters? We'll Just Ask Landry...
The thought of playing in an environment like Madison Square Garden might seem intimidating to most, but former Cardinal standout Landry Fields adjusted quickly last season during his rookie campaign with the New York Knicks. With Spike Lee regularly sporting his jersey from courtside, Fields started a team-best 81 games while averaging 9.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game during the regular season. Selected as the 39th overall pick in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft, Fields earned a spot on the NBA's All-Rookie First Team. Producing one of the most memorable seasons in school history, Fields led the Pac-10 in scoring at 22.0 points per game and finished with 704 points for the third-best single-season total during his senior year.