Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Pac-10 Tournament Game One



WHEN/WHERE: 6 tonight, Staples Center


STANFORD (17-12, 6-12 Pac-10)

Cardinal starting lineup Pts. Reb. Ast.
G Mitch Johnson (Sr.) 7.0 2.6 4.4
G Anthony Goods (Sr.) 15.7 3.3 1.9
G/F Landry Fields (Jr.) 12.6 6.3 1.9
F Lawrence Hill (Sr.) 13.6 5.5 2.6
F/C Josh Owens (Fr.) 7.4 3.7 0.8

OREGON STATE (13-16, 7-11)

Beavers starting lineup Pts. Reb. Ast.
G Rickey Claitt (Sr.) 6.9 1.9 2.6
G Josh Tarver (Jr.) 3.8 1.6 1.3
G Seth Tarver (Jr.) 8.1 5.0 2.0
F Kevin McShane (Fr.) 0.4 0.9 0.4
C Roeland Schaftenaar (Jr.) 9.8 3.4 3.1

WHAT TO KNOW: Both of these teams are playing for some type of postseason berth and with three tournaments other than the NCAA Tournament, both clubs could find themselves with a berth in the NIT, CSI or The Beavers appeared to be on their way to a winning season, but they lost their final three games, including two disappointing efforts in Los Angeles, which may have had something to do with Washington's Lorenzo Romar edging out Craig Robinson for Pac-10 coach of the year. Still, Robinson did an admirable job as Oregon State lost all 19 conference games last season. ... Stanford got off to an 11-0 start and then hit reality in the Pac-10 and was exposed for its lack of inside presence. But the Cardinal did beat Arizona State last Thursday in Tempe and scored 87 points in a loss last Saturday at Arizona. New coach Johnny Dawkins is basically played with three guards and two forwards and Owens, his first recruit, has had a strong second half to his freshman season. The winner of this matchup plays Washington and the Huskies would probably prefer to see Oregon State, which they beat twice easily this season.

WHO TO WATCH: The best player in this game is coming off the bench in Oregon State's Calvin Haynes. The sophomore, who played in the same backcourt with the Lakers' Jordan Farmar while at Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Calif., leads the Beavers with 14.4 points per game with a silky perimeter game. He tallied 25 in the victory over Stanford on Jan. 24. Haynes scored just a total of six points on 2-for-16 shooting in losses to UCLA and USC.

HEAD TO HEAD: This is the third meeting between the two clubs and Oregon State has won both previous games, a 77-62 win at Stanford on Jan. 24 and 66-54 on Feb. 19 in Corvallis. Haynes averaged 21 points in the two games.

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