Oregon State (11-10) at Stanford (13-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, February 3, 3 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Maples Pavilion (7,329) -- Stanford, California. Television: Pac-12 Networks. Home Record: Oregon State 8-5, Stanford 9-2. Away Record: Oregon State 1-4, Stanford 2-4. Neutral Record: Oregon State 2-1, Stanford 2-2. Conference Record: Oregon State 1-7, Stanford 4-4. Series Record: Oregon State leads, 71-64.
GAME NOTES: The Oregon State Beavers look to turn things around as they journey to Maples Pavilion for a Pac-12 Conference bout against the Stanford Cardinal.
The Beavers have lost seven of their previous eight games since entering Pac-12 play to fall to 11-10 overall. Although they are not coming out on top most nights, they have remained competitive. The Beavers lead the Pac-12 in three-point shooting at 36.8 percent (121-for-329) and are second in assists (15.6). Oregon State's last three losses have come by a combined seven points. Craig Robinson's squad is coming off a 71-68 loss at California in which it surrendered a 12-point second half lead. Roberto Nelson scored 25 points for Oregon State in the tough loss.
Johnny Dawkins's Cardinal are playing their best basketball of the season. After suffering a 75-54 loss at Colorado on Jan. 24, Stanford bounced back with an 87-56 rout of Utah in a contest it converted 50 percent of its field goal attempts including 9-of-15 from beyond the arc. The Cardinal continued that success on Wednesday with an even more surprising lopsided, 76-52, victory over the No. 10 Oregon Ducks. The brief yet impressive two-game winning streak has helped Stanford arrive at a 13-8 overall record and a 4-4 mark in league action.
Oregon State and Stanford meet for the 136th time in history with the Beavers holding a 71-64 advantage. The Cardinal have a 37-28 edge in games played in Stanford. The teams have split the last four meetings with the Beavers taking the final two during the 2010-11 season and Stanford sweeping the series last season after notching a quadruple-overtime, 103-101, victory on Jan. 7, 2012.
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. Nelson is pacing OSU and ranks sixth in the Pac-12 in scoring at 16.4 ppg. Despite the Beavers' lack of success in conference play, they still have three others players carrying a double-digit scoring average into Sunday. Eric Moreland is also adding 9.8 ppg, while ranking 11th in the nation in rebounding (10.5) and 26th in blocked shots (2.4). Ahmad Starks, who contributes 12.1 ppg, is second in the Pac-12 in three-pointers made per game (2.3) and fifth in three-point percentage (.407). Devon Collier is the second-leading scorer on the squad with 14.2 ppg which he is accompanying with 6.6 rpg. The 6-foot-7 junior forward needs 19 points to become the 37th player in Oregon State history to score 1,000 career points.
The Cardinal made it look easy against Oregon their last time out, shooting 51.9 percent from the field overall, while limiting the Ducks to a mere .346 performance. Stanford also held a 35-31 advantage on the boards, leading to a 9-0 edge in second-chance points. Chasson Randle scored 17 points, Josh Huestis contributed a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Dwight Powell added one himself with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Things haven't come as easy for Stanford on the season. The Cardinal have struggled at times to generate offense, averaging 69.8 ppg on a rather pedestrian .410 shooting. Powell and Randle are a solid one-two punch. Powell leads the team in scoring at 14.4 ppg and ranks second in rebounding (7.7 rpg). Randle adds 13.9 ppg and leads the Cardinal in assists (57). Huestis (9.3 ppg, 9.1 rpg) is a valuable commodity in the frontcourt as well.
With OSU's recent woes and Stanford's recent hot streak, it is hard to see the Cardinal dropping a decision at home to the Beavers. Although its record is not a great indication of their talent, the Cardinal are emerging as the one team nobody will want to face in the Pac-12 Tournament.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Stanford 74, Oregon State 66
02/03 10:31:11 ET