Feb. 2, 2013
Stanford Cardinal (13-8, 4-4 Pac-12)
Oregon State Beavers (11-10, 1-7 Pac-12)
Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 12 p.m.
Stanford, CA Maples Pavilion (7,233)
Series History: Oregon State leads 73-64
Last Meeting: Stanford 87, Oregon State 82 (Feb. 16, 2012 at Stanford, CA)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Andrew Santana)
TV: P12NET (PBP: Jim Watson, Analyst: Don MacLean)
Tickets/Promotions: $9 tickets available to support the San Francisco 49ers' championship quest ... Team Cardinal members receive free admission ... Details
The Opening Tip
There's a basketball game taking place at Maples Pavilion on Sunday - an important one. On an afternoon normally reserved for pigskin, Stanford (13-8, 4-4 Pac-12) hosts Oregon State (11-10, 1-7 Pac-12) in a 12 p.m. tip. The Cardinal is looking to sustain momentum following Wednesday's convincing 76-52 victory over No. 10/12 Oregon.
Sunday'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). The game will be televised on Pac-12 Networks, with Jim Watson (play-by-play) and Don MacLean (analyst) describing the action.
Scouting Oregon State
Oregon State (11-10, 1-7 Pac-12) is coming off a 71-68 loss at California on Thursday. The Beavers, who have lost back-to-back games by the score of 71-68, led 41-33 at halftime ... A 10-3 non-conference record raised expectations in Corvallis. However, the Beavers have just one victory (74-66 over Washington on Jan. 23) in eight Pac-12 contests ... Oregon State was picked to finish eighth in the Pac-12 preseason media poll, coming off a 21-15 campaign last year that resulted in another CBI berth ... Oregon State is averaging 74.0 points and 37.9 rebounds per game while shooting 45.6 percent from the field. However, the Beavers allow a league-worst 69.6 points per game ... That being said, the Beavers can score. Five different players are averaging double figures in scoring and a sixth is right behind at 9.8 ppg ... Be sure to watch: Roberto Nelson (16.4 ppg, 43.5 percent 3FG, 56 assists), Ahmad Starks (12.1 ppg, team-best 48 three-pointers, Eric Moreland (9.8 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 44 blocks).
Stanford All-Time vs. Oregon State
Oregon State owns a 73-64 edge in the all-time series, which dates back to 1915. Stanford has won six of the last 10 meetings. The Cardinal swept last year's regular season series, winning 103-101 in quadruple-overtime on the road and 87-82 at home. Oregon State is searching for its first victory at Maples Pavilion since a 77-62 triumph back on Jan. 24, 2009.
Notable Career Totals Against Oregon State
In five games, Aaron Bright is averaging 10.6 points and shooting 16-35 (45.7 percent). Bright has made more buckets (16) and three-pointers (13) against Oregon State than any other Pac-12 team. Chasson Randle scored 48 points combined over two meetings while shooting 16-34 (47.1 percent). Dwight Powell is averaging 8.8 points and 7.0 rebounds over five games while John Gage's 31 points against the Beavers ranks as his best Pac-12 total.
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.
Home Sweet Home
Stanford is 61-20 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.
Sharing Super Bowl Sunday Spotlight
Stanford and Oregon State will be sharing Sunday's television spotlight with Super Bowl XLVII. The Cardinal has played on Super Bowl Sunday one other time in school history, falling to Arizona State 58-47 at home on Jan. 27, 1991. On that same afternoon in Tampa, Fla., the New York Giants squeaked past the Buffalo Bills 20-19 to win Super Bowl XXV with running back Ottis Anderson claiming MVP honors. (courtesy Chelesa Janes, Stanford Athletics Communications).
Early Tip, So No Problem Right?
A 12 p.m. start should allow fans plenty of time to catch some hoops before rushing off to their Super Bowl parties, right? Probably. Although, it's only fair to point out these two clubs played an incredible quadruple-overtime contest last year in Corvallis, with Stanford prevailing 103-101. The game featured 171 field goal attempts, 48 three-point tries, 54 fouls, 41 assists, 14 ties, 13 lead changes, 108 rebounds and lasted a marathon-like three hours, eight minutes.
Pac-12 Winning Streak Moves To 3
A victory on Sunday would give Stanford a three-game winning streak in conference play for only the second time during the last five seasons. Last year, Stanford defeated Oregon State (Jan. 7), Utah (Jan. 12) and Colorado (Jan. 14) in succession before falling at Washington State (Jan. 19). The Cardinal has won three games in a row already twice this year. Stanford is also seeking its first Pac-12 homestand sweep since last year's Utah and Colorado games.
Rare Blowouts In Conference Play
The last time Stanford won back-to-back conference games by 20+ points came back in 2004. The Cardinal defeated Oregon State 73-47 on Feb. 26 and followed up with a 76-55 rout of Oregon on Feb. 28 in a homestand at Maples Pavilion. Can Stanford possibly make it three straight conference wins of 20+?
Takeaways From The Oregon Game
Chasson Randle scored a game-high 17 points to lead four players in double figures, pacing Stanford to a 76-52 rout of No. 10/12 Oregon on Wednesday at Maples Pavilion ... Stanford hadn't beaten a ranked opponent since Jan. 13, 2011, edging No. 17/18 Washington 58-56 at home. It was Stanford's first victory over a top-10 team since Feb. 2, 2008, when the Cardinal won at Washington State 67-65 in overtime ... Stanford dominated the frontcourt thanks to double-doubles from Josh Huestis (14 points, 13 rebounds, 3rd of season) and Dwight Powell (12 points, 13 rebounds, 5th of season) ... The last time two Stanford players recorded a double-double in the same game was Jan. 7, 2012, as Josh Owens (16 pts., 11 reb.) and Dwight Powell (10 pts., 11 reb.) achieved the feat ... Oregon entered the game boasting a high-octane offense (76.2 points ppg, 46.4 percent FG) and the Pac-12's top rebounding mark (39.2 rpg). On Wednesday, the Ducks were held to just 52 points on 34.6 percent shooting while totaling only 31 rebounds ... Biggest factor: a smothering Cardinal defense that racked up nine steals and forced the Ducks into 20 turnovers and only four assists ... Perhaps the night's only blemish: Aaron Bright missed his second of two free throw attempts, snapping a streak of 29 consecutive makes from the charity stripe dating back to Nov. 15 ... Oregon, which was playing without injured point guard Dominic Artis, placed only one player in double figures with Carlos Emory scoring 12 points off the bench. E.J. Singler was limited to just 2-9 shooting from the field ... The Cardinal has now made at least one three-pointer in 376 consecutive games, dating back to an 0-6 performance against Purdue in the John Wooden Tradition on Nov. 24, 2001.