Oregon St. (17-10, 8-7) at Stanford (17-9, 8-6) / Maples Pavilion / 8 PM PST / Pac-12 Channel / KEJO 1240 AM / KEX 1190 AM
Oregon St. begins their last regular season road trip, and their first in 2 years to the Bay Area, with a stop off at Stanford.
Stanford enters the game (with UCLA) 1/2 game ahead of Oregon St. in the Pac-12, and all 3 are embroiled with Arizona St. in the battle for the 4th first day bye in the Conference Tournament in Las Vegas.
The Beavers broke out of a 3 game losing streak with a 72-58 win over Colorado last Saturday night, after holding the Buffs to just 12 points in the first half. It was a Gary Payton II highlight show, as the Beavers' leader in scoring and rebounding, posted a game high 24 points, including back to back statement dunks at the end, and a game high 7 blocked shots, to go with 5 rebounds, and a co-game high 4 steals. Meanwhile, Malcolm Duvivier added 17 points, and had 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, and a blocked shot of his own.
The Cardinal had only lost 2 in a row, but also had dropped 4 of their last 5, before beating visiting arch-rival California 72-61 last Saturday afternoon. It was yet another great episode in the long career of Chasson Randle, Stanford's leader in scoring and assists, who had a team high 19 points and a game high 8 assists, to lead the Cardinal. Meanwhile, another senior, Anthony Brown, who leads the Cardinal in rebounding and is second in scoring and assists, had a double double, with 16 points and 11 boards.
Clearly the first priority for both teams will be to try to control their opponent's top 2 players.
Oregon St. won last year's only meeting, which came in Corvallis, 81-72, and leads the all-time series 74-66, but prior to that win, Stanford had won 4 in a row, and 7 of 9.
But while the Beavers have been almost unbeatable in Fort Wayne, aka Gill Coliseum, they have only broken through for wins twice on the road this season, and only oince aga