The Stanford Cardinal will take on the Oregon Ducks tonight when Pac-10 action resumes at Maples Pavilion.
Oregon will be looking for their first win in conference play tonight, as they are still winless with an 0-6 record in the Pac-10. Stanford will try to even their conference record at 3-3.
The leading scorer on Stanford is their shooting guard, Anthony Goods. Goods averages 17.3 points a game. Power forward Lawrence Hill is their main cog in the paint, and he averages 14.7 points and 6.1 rebounds a game.
Stanford will either start Will Paul or Josh Owens at center tonight. Neither of these players has contributed much scoring.
Owens averages 9.3 points a game so far this year, but his average in Pac-10 games is only 4.6.
Paul and Owens must contend tonight with 6'10" freshman center Michael Dunigan of the Ducks. Dunigan is a talented freshman, but he needs to stay out of foul trouble.
Dunigan has fouled out of two of the last three games.
Tonight should be a good time for Stanford to give the ball more to Owens in the paint and see if he can score more than he has recently. Dunigan will be a tough challenge for him, but Owens has the talent to get Dunigan in foul trouble.
Oregon lost three scorers to graduation after last season, and the roster is filled with a lot of underclassmen.
The leading scorer for the Ducks is 5'6" guard Tajuan Porter, who averages 13.2 points a game.
Stanford's point guard, Mitch Johnson, did a very good job last Saturday night against Cal's speedy guard, Jerome Randle, and he should be able to contain Porter as well.
Porter was more effective last season when he was not the primary scorer for the Ducks.
Tonight's game should be very high scoring since both these teams rank at the bottom of the Pac-10 in both scoring defense and field goal percentage defense. Oregon gives up 76.9 points a game, while Stanford gives up 66.5 a game.
Oregon has eight freshmen on their roster, and they will have a hard time competing against a tough Stanford team in a hostile environment.
Look for a possible blowout tonight as Stanford scores over 80 points.
The Ducks might keep it competitive early on, but Stanford's team is just more experienced than Oregon's.