The Oregon Ducks take on the Stanford Cardinal tonight in Maples Pavilion. This marks the 127th meeting between the teams with Stanford holding the series lead 89-47. For the Ducks, who will finish this trip with a games against Cal, this is the second road trip into the Golden State this year.
Every game is extremely important for Oregon at this point after moving up to No. 10 in the rankings, the highest ranking since January 2007. The Ducks are looking to remain unbeaten in conference play and earn a bid into the Big Dance. Oregon will most assuredly get into the tournament, but will receive a better seed if the winning ways continue.
Once again it looks as if the Ducks will be without star freshman Dominic Artis to control the flow of the game. They will need another big game from Johnathan Lloyd who finished with 9 points and 5 assists against Washington. Stanford is 126th in scoring, 63rd in rebounds, 268th in assists, and 299th in field goal percentage per game. In contrast, Oregon is 32nd in points, 28th in rebounds, 80th in assists, and 40th in field goal percentage.
These stats lead me to believe that if Oregon can keep up the defensive pressure and force Stanford to continue to shoot poorly from the field they will get the win. Stanford is also a good rebounding team so the Ducks will have to limit second chance points from the paint.
Stanford only has two players averaging in double digits with Dwight Powell putting up 14.5 points per game and Chasson Randle adding another 13.8. The Ducks will need to shut these two down while allowing their glue guys E.J. Singler and Arsalan Kazemi to control the flow of the game.
To watch the game, tune in to ESPNU at 8pm PST.