Stanford Cardinal (15-11, 6-7 Pac-12)
Oregon State Beavers (13-13, 3-10 Pac-12)
Tipoff: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 • 8 p.m.
Series History: Oregon State leads 73-65
The last time Stanford came to town, the Beavers played the longest game in school history; Quadruple over-time. 103-101 loss
The last time Stanford played OSU, the Beavers allowed 14 three-point shots in a game that saw ten lead changes in the final ten minutes: 71-66 loss.
Both memorable, but nothing worth repeating Thursday.
With Stanford coming off demoralizing back-to-back losses, the Beavers may be able to take advantage in a home game environment. So long as they don't let their defense slip or get themselves into an emotional, frantic two possession situation in the final minutes.
“Our offense hasn't been our problem. It's been pretty fluid. We've been making open shots, and I'm not going to make any drastic changes. I just want to make sure we get up enough shots before the game,” Coach Robinson said Tuesday.
Agreed. Offense is not the problem. They're averaging 73.3 points while shooting 45.3 percent from the field, yet allow a league-worst 69.6 points per game.
And let's not forget the onslaught of successful Cardinal three-balls against the Beavers last month at The Farm.
"If Stanford had been making the kind of shots they did on us all along, they'd be number one in the league," Robinson noted.
“We just have to talk to each other more,” Ahmad Starks recently told me. “When we don't communicate, we get confused.”
Time to speak up, especially for Joe Burton. After all, he only has two more games in Gill.
“I feel like he's finally seeing his role more like a coach on the court than a player trying to make dazzling plays for the crowd,” Robinson told Mike Parker a couple of weeks ago on the Joe Beaver show.
Yes, we've all seen sparks here and there from Burton on the court, demanding plays from young guys like Olaf Schaftenaar. “Shoot the ball. SHOOT IT. Now!”
This is one of the smartest players in the league, but one who's lead through action most of his career. We know there's a fire inside. Release the beast, Joe. It's now or never.
Stanford Weapons (Stats from Cardinal Athletics)
Dwight Powell and Josh Huestis are one of six duos nationally to have notched at least seven double-doubles apiece.
Huestis produced his fourth double-double in five games, finishing with 11 points and 12 rebounds against UCLA. He is also dominates in the paint, tallying 103 career blocks.
Powell is averaging a team-best 15.4 points and 8.3 rebounds, shooting 47.6 percent overall and 78.4 percent from the foul line.
Beaver Weapons (Stats from OSU Athletics)
Ahmad Starks became the all-time leader at Oregon State with 181 career three-point field goals
Roberto Nelson has led the Beavers in scoring the last six games and has scored in double figures in 20 of his last 21 games.
Eric Moreland is second in the Pac-12 and eighth in the nation in rebounding at 10.5 per game. The Beavers will need Moreland’s help on the boards if they want to beat Stanford, as the team is 8-1 when he gets a double-double.
Will We See More Freshman On The Court?
Coach Robinson expressed his intention to get the freshman substantial minutes this week, saying, “I'm going to put them in earlier in the game, based on situations. They've been practicing really well and I want to see how they do in some real crunch time minutes early on.
FAN QUESTION: Are the freshmen capable of leading OSU to success, or has Coach already scratched this season and looking at 2014?
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