Jan. 28, 2013
Stanford Cardinal (12-8, 3-4 Pac-12)
No. 10/12 Oregon Ducks (18-2, 7-0 Pac-12)
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 8 p.m.
Stanford, CA Maples Pavilion (7,233)
Series History: Stanford leads 89-47
Last Meeting: Oregon 68, Stanford 64 (Feb. 19, 2012 at Stanford, CA)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Andrew Santana, Analyst: Lucas Prokopiak)
TV: ESPNU (PBP: Brent Musberger, Analyst: Bill Walton)
The Opening Tip
Fresh off its most lopsided conference victory in nine years, Stanford (12-8, 3-4 Pac-12) returns home with an opportunity to make an even bigger statement. No. 10/12 Oregon (18-2, 7-0 Pac-12) visits Maples Pavilion on Wednesday night, as the Cardinal prepares to host its highest-ranked opponent since 2008.
Wednesday's game can be heard live on KNBR 1050 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com, featuring the chemistry-rich duo of John Platz (play-by-play) and Drew Shiller (analyst). KZSU 90.1 FM also provides coverage. The game will be televised on ESPNU, with Brent Musberger (play-by-play) and Bill Walton (analyst).
Scouting No. 10/12 Oregon
Oregon (18-2, 7-0 Pac-12) enters the week in first place as the league's only remaining unbeaten team. The Ducks carry a nine-game winning streak into the game ... The Ducks, who are ranked in both national polls for the second consecutive week, have lost only to Cincinnati (77-66 on Nov. 24) and UTEP (91-84 in triple overtime on Dec. 19) ... The Ducks were picked to finish seventh in the Pac-12 preseason media poll, coming off a 24-10 campaign last year in which they tied for second in the Pac-12 and made the NIT ... The high-octane Ducks are averaging 76.2 points per game while shooting 46.4 percent from the field. Oregon is also the Pac-12's top rebounding club at 39.2 per game ... Keep an eye on: Damyean Dotson (11.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 47.4 percent FG), E.J. Singler (11.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 36.1 percent 3FG, 64 assists), Arsalan Kazemi (8.9 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 39 steals).
Stanford All-Time vs. Oregon
Stanford holds an 89-47 all-time advantage, although the last 10 meetings have been split. Oregon completed a sweep of last year's season series for the first time since 1985, winning 78-67 at home and 68-64 on the road. The Ducks have won two straight games at Maples Pavilion following a 24-game losing streak on The Farm.
Notable Career Totals Against Oregon
In four games, Dwight Powell is averaging 9.0 points and 5.2 rebounds while shooting 12-20 (60.0 percent). Also in four games, Aaron Bright is averaging 9.2 points despite shooting 12-33 (36.3 percent). Bright's 20 assists against the Ducks are his most against any Pac-12 foe. John Gage is averaging 7.0 points over three games. Meanwhile, Chasson Randle struggled in two meetings last year, scoring 14 points combined on 6-25 (24.0 percent) shooting.
Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge
Head coach Johnny Dawkins is proud to support the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula through his participation in Infiniti's ongoing partnership with the NABC, the NCAA and ESPN in the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge. The program includes a $100,000 donation to the winning coach's designated charity. Fan participation will determine the winner over an eight-week period that runs until Feb. 27 on www.ESPN.com/Infiniti. Fans can vote for up to four coaches per day. The winning coach will be announced March 11.
Stanford Against The Top-25 LAST WIN OVER A NATIONALLY-RANKED TEAM: Stanford 58, No. 17/18 Washington 56 (Jan. 13, 2011 at Stanford, CA)
Stanford is 3-11 all-time against top-25 teams under head coach Johnny Dawkins, having lost four in a row overall. Opponent rankings listed Associated Press poll first, USA Today second.
LAST TIME PLAYED A TOP-10 TEAM: No. 5/5 Syracuse 69, Stanford 63 (Nov. 25, 2011 at New York, N.Y.)
LAST TIME PLAYED A TOP-10 TEAM AT HOME: No. 5/5 UCLA 76, Stanford 67 (Jan. 3, 2008 at Stanford, CA)
LAST WIN OVER TOP-10 TEAM: Stanford 67, No. 9/9 Washington State 65 - OT (Feb. 2, 2008 at Pullman, WA)
LAST WIN OVER TOP-10 TEAM AT HOME: Stanford 75, No. 3/2 UCLA 68 (Jan. 28, 2007 at Stanford, CA)
Through 20 Games...
Stanford's 12-8 record ranks as the third-best 20-game start under head coach Johnny Dawkins.
A Rare Blowout In Conference Play
The last time Stanford beat a conference opponent by at least 30 points was Feb. 5, 2004, when the Cardinal routed Arizona State 81-51 at Maples Pavilion. In fact, the Cardinal has produced only five victories by 20 points or more in conference play under head coach Johnny Dawkins. Two of those occurred last year, when Stanford routed Colorado in both regular-season games.
Takeaways From The Utah Game
John Gage scored a career-high 19 points and Chasson Randle added 17, leading four players in double figures as Stanford cruised past Utah 87-56 ... Stanford shot 50.0 percent overall while limiting Utah to 38.2 percent. The Cardinal was 9-15 from three-point territory, dished out 17 assists and forced 15 turnovers ... The Cardinal picked up its first win at Utah since a 58-38 triumph back on Dec. 21, 1934 ... Dwight Powell chipped in with 11 points but fell one rebound shy of his fifth double-double. Powell also misfired on his first free throw attempt to end a streak of 12 consecutive makes ... Stanford's 87 points and 46 first-half points represented season highs ... Talk about two different games: In Thursday's loss at Colorado, Stanford was outrebounded 48-30 and finished only 8-10 from the foul line. On Sunday night at Utah, Stanford held a 43-27 rebounding edge and was 18-24 from the charity stripe ... All 13 available players saw court time in the victory, with 12 breaking into the box score. The biggest cheers were reserved for sophomore walk-on Wade Morgan, who grabbed a rebound and scored his first collegiate point when he converted the second of two free throws ... The Cardinal has now made at least one three-pointer in 375 consecutive games, dating back to an 0-6 performance against Purdue in the John Wooden Tradition on Nov. 24, 2001.
Home Sweet Home
Stanford is 60-20 at home under head coach Johnny Dawkins. The Cardinal won a school-record 17 home games last year en route to capturing the NIT championship. Stanford has reached the 10-win mark at Maples Pavilion for 19 consecutive seasons.
Cardinal Exceptional From The Charity Stripe
Stanford is converting at a 74.4 percent clip that ranks 31st in the country. Only once in the last six years has Stanford finished the season making at least 70.0 percent or better, and that came in 2008-09 when the Cardinal was slightly over at 70.5 percent. Aaron Bright, who ranks fourth in the country in free throw shooting percentage, has made 28 freebies in a row.
Powell Continues To Pace The Cardinal
Fully healthy and contributing consistently, Dwight Powell is showcasing the kind of dynamic all-around game many expected when he first arrived on The Farm. In addition to averaging 14.5 points and 7.7 rebounds, Powell is shooting 47.7 percent overall and 80.4 percent from the foul line. A 2011 Pac-10 All-Freshman pick, Powell has notched four double-doubles while establishing career highs in every category, including points (29) and rebounds (13).
Randle Producing Over Last Six Games
A season of early struggles for Chasson Randle hit rock bottom against USC back on Jan. 3, as the sophomore guard was held scoreless for the first time in his career. Since that contest, Randle is averaging 16.0 points while shooting 35-85 (41.2 percent) from the field, 11-26 (42.3 percent) from beyond the arc and 15-21 (71.4 percent) from the foul line over the last six games. For the season, Randle ranks second on the team in scoring (13.8 ppg) and first in assists (54) and steals (32) while excelling from the foul line (66-82, 80.5 percent).
Huestis Simply Dominating The Glass
Josh Huestis has developed into one of the Pac-12's premier defensive performers. Huestis, who tallied 10 blocks against Seattle back on Nov. 28, leads the team in that category with 41 and his 2.1 swats per game rank 53rd nationally. Huestis has registered 91 career blocks, good for eighth in school history. Meanwhile, Huestis leads the Cardinal at 8.9 boards per game, looking to become the first player to average 10.0 rebounds since Curtis Borchardt (2001-02).
Gage Provides Boost Off The Bench
The Pac-12's top three-point shooter, John Gage contributed a career-high 19 points against Utah on Sunday. As usual, Gage was extremely efficient, doing his damage in only 17 minutes thanks to a 4-4 performance from beyond the arc. It was the sixth time this year Gage had reached double figures in scoring. The key for Gage this season has been simply staying on the floor. In games where Gage plays at least 15 minutes, he is averaging 10.2 points while shooting 32-61 (52.5 percent) overall and 23-41 (56.1 percent) from three-point territory.
Brown A Key Reserve Off The Bench
Andy Brown, who appeared in just nine games last year after recovering from three ACL tears in three seasons, has seized his opportunity to make a difference. Brown is averaging 6.5 points and 3.2 rebounds while shooting 48.5 percent. Brown, who has started six games, matched a career high with 17 points in a Jan. 3 loss at USC. In addition to providing a much-needed leadership presence, Brown's hustle and basketball IQ have been welcomed assets.
Allen Delivering From The Line
Freshman Rosco Allen has showed promise, averaging 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds while making seven starts. Allen's shooting totals are improving after a slow start, and the rookie has displayed a knack for drawing contact and getting to the line. Allen has totaled nearly as many free throw attempts (49) as field goal tries (58). Allen is 69.4 percent from the foul line.
12 Different Starters To Date
Of Stanford's 14 players who have appeared in a game this year, 12 have made at least one start. Andy Brown and John Gage became the latest players to crack the starting lineup when both received nods during a Jan. 5 loss at UCLA. Only Grant Verhoeven and Wade Morgan have yet to start a game. Head coach Johnny Dawkins has used nine starting lineups this year.
Dawkins Inks Two To Letters Of Intent For 2013-14
Joining the Cardinal are Marcus Allen (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Schuyler Rimmer (Orlando, Fla.). Allen is a 6-3, 180-pound guard from Centennial High School while Rimmer is a 6-10, 235-pound center from Boone High School.
Anthony Brown Out For Remainder Of Season
Head coach Johnny Dawkins announced that junior guard/forward Anthony Brown would miss the remainder of the year due to a hip injury and require surgery. He is eligible to apply for a medical redshirt. A 2011 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team selection, Brown appeared in only four games this year but has averaged 8.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in 71 career games while shooting 39.6 percent overall and 35.1 percent from three-point territory.