Oregon State @ Stanford - Dec. 9
Tip-off: 7:00 pm (Pacific)
Sponsored by the The Cafe at the Arrillaga Alumni Center: Official Pre-Game Hangout of The Bootleg
(note: arrive early for this game, as Mike Montgomery is honored 15 minutes before tip for his 500th win!)
Jay John's Oregon State Beavers roll into Maples Thursday smelling upset. Senior big men Philip Ricci (6-7 235) and Brian Jackson (6-9 244) are the soul of the team and will touch the ball down low every time down the floor. Jackson is questionable with an abdominal strain but must be looking forward to giving the young but talented Cardinal big men a few lessons. Both players have a good touch from 15 feet in, and know how to play the post.
Senior Jimmie Hayward (6-2 175) and sophomore Floyd North III (6-4 215) play the wing. Both players are unselfish, work hard and think team first. Hayward is a slasher who is good on the open floor. North has a very solid game and is the best defender. Freshman Lamar Hurd (6-4 175), runs the point. Hurd looks to distribute the ball with dribble penetration or feeding the post. He gets very involved by evidence of his 4.0 rpg and 4.3 apg. His long arms and quickness can present problems.
David Lucas (6-7 210), Derek Potter (6-11 250), J.S. Nash (6-1 189) and Chris Stephens (6-1 173), come off the bench and provide energy for the Beavers. Stephens is perhaps their best 3-point shooter and Lucas can go off big time any given night. Nash is a player who looks to score but will dish it to others and mix it up down low.
Jay John (former Arizona assistant) wants the Beavers to run Arizona's system. John also coached under former Montgomery assistants Barry Collier (Butler) and Ernie Kent (Oregon). This year's OSU team is probably a combination of Monty and Lute's system. They thrive of dribble penetration and getting Ricci and Jackson in a position to score. Their early offense is good. Stop the Beavers transition and sound defense at the post; they will have trouble on offense. Much like Stanford, you want their outside shooting to beat you. The Beavers are on pace to take fewer 3 point attempts since the 3 point line was instituted. On the reverse side, the Beavers are averaging 6 more free throws a game than their opponent.
On defense Oregon State will play a hard-nosed scrappy man-to-man defense. They will make Stanford work for their points
Obviously the key to the game will be post play. OSU is going to take it right at Stanford. Given OSU's poor 3 point shooting we may see more zone than normal to protect our big guys. As usual Stanford must rebound and defend for 40 minutes. Most of all, it is time for Matt Lottich, Josh Childress, Rob Little, Nick Robinson and Joe Kirchofer to come of age. No more waiting for others to step up and make plays. It's their turn.
F 3 Brian Jackson 6-9 244 Sr 12.2 4.6 1.2
F 31 Philip Ricci 6-7 235 Sr 17.5 7.5 1.2
W 0 Floyd North III 6-4 218 So 6.4 4.1 1.6
W 34 Jimmie Haywood 6-2 174 Sr 12.8 3.9 2.8
G 1 Lamar Hurd 6-4 174 Fr 5.2 4.0 4.3
G 13 Chris Stephens 6-1 173 Fr 2.6 0.5 0.4
G 22 J.S. Nash 6-1 189 So 4.7 2.5 2.8
C 24 Derek Potter 6-11 250 So 2.4 1.7 0.2
F 30 David Lucas 6-7 210 So 6.0 1.5 0.5
F 35 Jarman Sample 6-7 206 So 3.0 2.6 0.1
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