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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 21, 11 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Gill Coliseum (9,604) -- Corvallis, Oregon. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: Stanford 10-4, Oregon State 9-6. Away Record: Stanford 3-5, Oregon State 2-6. Neutral Record: Stanford 2-2, Oregon State 2-1. Conference Record: Stanford 6-7, Oregon State 3-10. Series Record: Oregon State leads, 71-65.
GAMES NOTES: After a disappointing homestand the Stanford Cardinal look to shake off a recent losing streak when they face the Oregon State Beavers in Pac-12 Conference action at Gill Coliseum on Thursday night.
Stanford hosted a pair of teams from Southern California last week but came away with losses to USC and UCLA. The Cardinal has now lost three of their last four contests following a three-game winning streak to fall to 15-11 overall and below .500 in league play (6-7).
Oregon State also came away disappointed from its last bout in a 72-62 defeat against Washington last Saturday. The Beavers are now an even 13-13 overall on the campaign and a miserable 3-10 in league matchups. With that conference mark the Beavers are tied with Utah for second to last in the Pac-12 standings.
Earlier this month these teams met at Maples Pavilion. Stanford took an 81-73 victory for its third straight win over the Beavers. Oregon State now leads the all-time series, 71-65.
Against UCLA, Stanford cut its deficit to 66-65 with 6:17 remaining in the game but the Bruins then pulled off a 17-7 run over the next six minutes to pull away for good. The Cardinal hit just 38.5 percent from the field in the contest, wasting a 22-point effort from Dwight Powell.
Efficiency has been elusive for Stanford on the offensive end. Though they score 70 points per game, the Cardinal have shot the lowest percentage from the field (.412) among Pac-12 teams. The Cardinal do surrender just 65.3 points per game, limiting teams to 41.8 percent shooting on the defensive end. Powell (15.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg) and Josh Huestis (10.3 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 2.0 bpg) are a formidable partnership in the frontcourt. Powell has been especially productive lately shooting better than 50 percent and scoring at least 22 points in three of the last four games. Chasson Randle (13.8 ppg) leads the way out on the perimeter despite shooting just 38.3 percent from the floor.
After fighting to a 34-32 edge at the break on the road against Washington, Oregon State crumbled after halftime. The Beavers had just seven field goals on 24.1 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes in the loss. The Beavers did have a 26-13 edge in points off turnovers but suffered a 41-28 deficit in rebounds.
Roberto Nelson (17.2 ppg) improved his streak of games in double figures to 11 by posting a team-high 19 points against Washington. Nelson leads four different players in double figures for the Beavers while ranking in the top 10 in points among Pac-12 players. Devon Collier (13.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg) is second on the team in scoring but has failed to reach into double figure in four straight games. He didn't have back-to-back games with less than 10 points in the previous 22 contests. Joe Burton (11.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg) and Ahmad Starks (11.8 ppg) provide additional scoring depth, while Eric Moreland (9.3 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 2.4 bpg) is a double-double waiting to happen and is one of the top shot blockers in the conference. Oregon State is the third best scoring team in the Pac-12 (73.3 ppg), shooting 45.3 percent from the field.
Though Powell is playing at a very high level of late, the Cardinal have not traveled well. That may just be the difference in this battle.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oregon State 73, Stanford 69
02/21 10:32:44 ET
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