Pac-10 Preview: Oregon State Shoots for a Stanford Sweep

Steve AugerAnalyst IIMarch 10, 2009

Stanford Cardinal (17-12, 6-12) vs. Oregon State Beavers (13-16, 7-11)

Wednesday, March 1, 2009 – 6:00 PM PST

The first game of the opening round of the Pac-10 tournament features the No. 8 seed Oregon State Beavers against the No. 9 seed Stanford Cardinal.

The Beavers, having beaten Stanford twice in the regular season, will look to make it three in a row as these two teams open the Pac-10 tournament on Wednesday evening from the Staples center in Los Angeles.

Neither game was close as OSU first won at Stanford, 77-62, in late January, and then followed that up with a 66-54 home win about a month later. Stanford did play the first game without senior point guard Mitch Johnson, who was out with a calf injury.

In the first game, the Beavers jumped out to an early 16-2 lead and never looked back.

Oregon State was hot from the floor—62 percent—and from behind the three-point line—50 percent—to subdue the Cardinal.

Stanford, on the other hand, was anything but hot. They managed to shoot only 42.6 percent from the floor and 24.6 percent on threes.

Calvin Haynes led the Beavers’ attack with 25 points. Seth Tarver scored 19 points and snagged six rebounds while Roeland Schaftenaar dropped 18 points.

For Stanford, Anthony Goods scored 15 points. Landry Fields notched a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

The second game was similar to the first.

Oregon State was once again sinking shots—53.8 percent from the floor and 50 percent from behind the arc—while Stanford was not—41.7 percent and 36.4 on threes.

While both teams were even on the glass in the first game, this time around, Oregon State dominated the back boards, 32-20.

The Beavers had a 29-17 halftime lead, which accounted for the margin of victory.

Schaftenaar scored 26 points to go along with five rebounds. Haynes notched 17 with five boards of his own.

Jeremy Green led the Cardinal with 19 points while Fields scored 17.

Current line: Stanford -6.5

Oregon State is 11-14 against the spread with a record of 11-10 as an underdog.

Stanford is 16-11 against the spread with a record of 11-7 as the favorite.

Unless the book makers know something the rest of us don’t, this spread doesn’t make a lot of sense.

The Beavers swept the season series, and won both games by double figures, yet, they’re an underdog?

Tough to say if OSU will get the win, as it’s hard to beat a team three times in one year, but this has the makings of a close game.

Steve’s pick: Oregon State +6.5