Stanford Cardinal (9-4, 0-1 Pac-12)
Oregon State Beavers (8-6, 0-2 Pac-12)
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 • 7 p.m.
Corvallis, Ore. • Gill Coliseum (9,604)
Series History: Oregon State leads 73-66
Last Meeting: Stanford 82, Oregon State 72 (Feb. 21, 2013 at Corvallis, Ore.)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: Scott Reiss, Analyst: John Platz)
TV: P12NET (PBP: JB Long, Analyst: Lamar Hurd)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (9-4, 0-1 Pac-12) embarks on its first Pac-12 trip, visiting Oregon State (8-6, 0-2 Pac-12) to open a two-game road swing. The Cardinal, which dropped a 69-62 decision to California in last week’s conference opener, has yet to lose back-to-back games.
The game can be heard live on KNBR 1050 AM, featuring the chemistry-rich tandem of Scott Reiss (play-by-play) and John Platz (analyst). The contest will be televised on Pac-12 Network, with JB Long (play-by-play) and Lamar Hurd (analyst) on the call.
Scouting Oregon State
Oregon State (8-6, 0-2 Pac-12), which has dropped three of its last four games, was swept by Colorado and Utah last week while opening conference play on the road ... The Beavers are averaging 77.1 points while shooting 49.9 percent overall and 73.0 percent from the foul line. However, the Beavers allow 73.7 points per game ... Oregon State won six of its first eight games to open the year, highlighted by a 90-83 triumph at Maryland on Nov. 17 ... Be sure to watch: Roberto Nelson (21.1 ppg, 44.2 percent FG, 86.2 percent FT, 52 assists), Devon Collier (16.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 21 blocks), Angus Brandt (11.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg)
Stanford All-Time vs. Oregon State
Oregon State owns a 73-66 edge in the all-time series, which dates back to 1915. Stanford has won four in a row and seven of the last 10 meetings overall. That includes a sweep of last year’s season series, when the Cardinal won 81-73 at Maples Pavilion and 82-72 in Corvallis two weeks later.
Notable Career Totals Against Oregon State
Chasson Randle is averaging 20.2 points on 27-55 (49.0 percent) in four career meetings. Of Randle’s 27 buckets, 16 have been three-pointers, his most against any conference opponent. In seven games, Dwight Powell is averaging 10.2 points and 7.1 rebounds. Also in seven games, Josh Huestis is shooting 20-34 (58.8 percent) from the field. Could John Gage provide a spark? His 49 points against the Beavers are more than any other conference foe.
Takeaways From The California Game
Tyrone Wallace scored a game-high 20 points as California held off Stanford 69-62 in the Pac-12 opener for both teams ... The Cardinal was paced by Dwight Powell, who finished with 16 points, five rebounds and three assists in 39 minutes. Chasson Randle added 15 points and Anthony Brown 14 ... Stanford shot 41.4 percent overall while California converted at 42.1 percent. But the Cardinal struggled from three-point range (4-14) and the foul line (10-20) compared to the Golden Bears’ totals of 5-11 from beyond the arc and 16-22 from the charity stripe ... Tied at 56-56, California scored eight of the next 10 points to regain the lead and take control, with Justin Cobbs knocking down a few key late buckets on his way to 18 points ... Stefan Nastic finished with eight points and eight rebounds. Nastic knocked down his first three shots, connecting on 14 straight made field goals without a miss dating back to Dec. 21 against Michigan ... For the second time in the last four games, Stanford’s bench was held scoreless ... Stanford has held its opponent to fewer than 70 points in six straight games ... John Gage has made four straight triples after a 1-10 stretch in seven previous games ... The Cardinal has made at least one three-pointer in 401 consecutive games dating back to an 0-6 outing against Purdue on Nov. 24, 2001 in the John Wooden Tradition.
Stanford traveled 14,591 miles during non-conference play. After visiting Denver (2,584 miles round trip), the Cardinal embarked on the first of two trips to Brooklyn (5,896 miles round trip) one week later. One month later, Stanford flew to Hartford (3,043 miles one-way) before arriving in Brooklyn (120 miles one-way) via bus the next day. The final leg home from Brooklyn (2,948 miles one-way) completed one of the more grueling non-league swings in Division I.
Defense Catching Up With The Offense
Once a weakness, Stanford’s defense has improved greatly since the start of the year. The Cardinal has used its considerable size advantage to force opponents into difficult looks and obstruct passing lanes. Stanford’s play since November has served as the perfect example, with all six opponents held to 70 points or fewer and a 53-51 road upset of No. 10/10 Connecticut serving as the signature win.
Starting Five Has Been Impressive
Head coach Johnny Dawkins has employed a starting lineup of Chasson Randle, Anthony Brown, Josh Huestis, Dwight Powell and Stefan Nastic in every game, his longest stretch since sticking with the same five for the final 17 contests of last year. It’s easy to see why, as Stanford boasts an experienced starting five capable of reaching double digits every time out. All four starters with the exception of Nastic (8.7 ppg) are averaging double-figure scoring. That being said, the Cardinal must find a way to jump-start its bench.
Offense Has Been Clicking
Stanford has excelled offensively through the first 13 games, reaching the 70-point plateau eight times and shooting at least 50.0 percent in six games. Also, the Cardinal is ranked 34th nationally in field goal percentage (48.6) and 19th in three-point field goal percentage (41.2).