The Stanford Cardinal men’s basketball team are back in action tonight hosting the Oregon State Beavers at Maples Pavilion at 8pm pt or you can catch the game on ESPNU and stream it online at Watch ESPN.
Stanford basketball is 13-13 on the season with a 5-9 Pac-12 Conference record. The Cardinal are also coming off an awesome win at home against the California Golden Bears. The Oregon State Beavers are 5-23 on the season and are 1-14 in conference play. Needless to say the Beavers are struggling mightily this year but on Sunday they snapped a 14-game losing streak by defeating the Utah Utes.
These two teams last met on January 19th in Corvallis with Stanford winning 62-46. Oregon State holds the all-time series lead 75-69, but Stanford has won 7 of the last 9 contests. In the January 19th meeting Michael Humphrey and Marcus Allen were the scoring leaders with 21 and 12 points respectively. Reid Travis did not play in that game due to injury.
What’s at stake for Stanford basketball tonight?
Stanford basketball coach Jerod Haase continues to build the program in his opening season. While building a program certainly takes time games like this at home against struggling opponents are ones the Cardinal simply have to win. For Stanford games like tonight against Oregon State are about improving.
Barring an epic run in the Pac-12 Conference tournament the NCAA tournament is a non-starter, though there is a possibility that if they can finish above .500 that they might make the NIT. Regardless of how the postseason projections shake out the Cardinal are looking to continue to improve and build the program, particularly on offense while also continue to instill the right culture in the program.
A Grueling Stanford Basketball schedule:
The Stanford men’s basketball schedule has been grueling having already faced seven opponents with an RPI ranked in the top 25 nationally as well as several more teams that could be headed to the NCAA Tournament. The Stanford basketball schedule is currently ranked as the 4th most difficult in the country according to ESPN. This type of early adversity for a young talented team could prove highly advantageous in the long run.
What to watch for when Stanford takes on Oregon State?
Reid Travis (Junior - Forward), Dorian Pickens (Junior - Guard), Michael Humphrey (Junior - Forward) have been standouts for the Cardinal. Look for these three to have excellent games tonight. Reid Travis in particular is a critical part of the Stanford basketball offense.
While Travis is averaging 22 points per game in the last 4 contests Stanford still needs to help him out on offense. Tonight’s game is an opportunity to continue to address an ongoing problem for Jerod Haase and the Stanford basketball program — the lack of consistent, quality outside shooting. Obviously the fewer weapons an offense has the easier they are to defend so opening up the offense should afford Stanford more success in the long run.
On defense Stanford is solid but could always use improvement. Without a consistent offense, however, the Stanford defense has to play well to keep the score manageable. Fortunately Stanford basketball excels at winning the turnover battle.
“Expect the Beavers to be confident and excited for the task at hand, but also mindful of the fact that they are still a winless road outfit on the season. However, in front of a nationally televised audience against a manageable opponent, the potential is there for Oregon State to reach out and grab the opportunity laid out before them. Don’t be surprised to see the inside-out duo of Drew Eubanks and Stephen Thompson Jr. try to carry this team once again, just as they did in their first conference win on the season over Utah.”
Tip time is 8pm on ESPNU full game info is below.
Oregon State Beavers 5-23 (1-14 conference) at Stanford Cardinal 13-13 (5-9 conference)
How to Watch:
Start Time: Wednesday, February 22, 8:00 p.m. PST
Location: Maples Pavilion — Stanford, California
Radio: Tune In
Live Streaming: Watch ESPN