Later tonight, the Stanford Cardinal will get set to face their third BCS Conference opponent of the Pre-Pac-10 slate as the Oklahoma State Cowboys come to town. This will be a huge victory for the Farm Boys to get with a daunting road trip ahead to Evanston and Lubbock. Exactly how good are the Cowboys, and what will Stanford need to do get to .667 for the first time this season? Let's take a look at some essential facts on Oklahoma State and keys to the game for the Cardinal.
2009-2010 Season: 8-1 (6-0 home, 0-1 away, 2-0
That .889 winning percentage sure looks good,
doesn't it? But let's dissect the Cowboy non-conference slate a little
further. Three of their wins have come against SWAC Opponents, which,
according to my non-conference record calculations in the Pac-10 Round-ball
Roundup article, is the worst conference in D-I basketball. Furthermore,
in their game against winless SWAC squad Arkansas-Pine Bluff, the Cowboys held
just a six point lead at the half and were leading 46-43 with 16:31 to play in
the game. Their best wins so far this season have come against Utah and
Bradley, and both of these programs are off to slow starts in 2009-2010 (Utah
5-5, Bradley 5-3). They also received a scare from Texas-San Antonio,
holding on for a 61-55 victory. UTSA is a good team at 6-2 and having
already knocked off Iowa, but again, a good Big 12 team doesn't let a good
Southland team hang around for that long. Their lone loss came at the
hands of Tulsa by a count of 86-65. Tulsa will most definitely make an
NCAA Tournament Appearance this season unless they fall off the map in
conference play, so that loss isn't horrible. 21 points though? That
might raise a few eyebrows.
James Anderson (6'6, 210 junior): leads the team with 20.4 ppg, 85.1% FT,
nine blocks, seven steals, and is 2nd on the team with 6.3 rpg. He is
basically their Landry Fields.
Marshall Moses (6'7, 240
junior): averages a double-double with 12.4 ppg and 10.6 rpg. He
went absolutely bonkers against Arkansas-Pine Bluff with 23 points and 14
rebounds and has 30 rebounds in his last two games.
(6'5, 220 senior): doesn't have the biggest stat line, but he is the
only senior on the team. The Cowboys are not quite the same team that went
to the Round of 32 and gave Pitt a serious scare. They lost two of their
top-three scorers from a year ago in Byron Eaton and Terrel Harris.
Keiton Page (5'9, 170 sophomore): leading
three-point shooter who hits at a 37.9% clip from beyond the arc and averages
just over 11 ppg, which is good for 3rd on the team. In high school, this
dude averaged over 44 points per game. Might not have been the best
competition, but WOW. He was a Big 12 All-Frosh team member last
Keys to the
1. Landry Fields vs. James Anderson - whoever
wins this match up has a very good chance of winning the game for his
team. Landry has definitely shone brightly against top competition, but he
is going to need to play big on the defensive end to stop Anderson. He is
going to need to eclipse his 2.6 steals per contest average to keep the Cowboys
2. Keep Marshall Moses off the glass - the Cowboys are a very
good rebounding team, and it starts with this guy. While he isn't the
tallest post, his 240-pound frame is only matched by Elliott Bullock on
Stanford, and Elliott is 6'11. Boxing out will be paramount to the
Cardinal effort on the boards.
3. Quick Start - UC Davis might not be
the best competition, but a 14-0 deficit is going to mess with a lot of teams'
rhythms. It will much more difficult to get out to that lead against the
Cowboys, but a quick start can do wonders for putting Oklahoma State on its back
foot. Remember the last time a Big 12 team came to Maples? December
28, 2008 - Texas Tech fell behind quickly and it quickly became an avalanche of
runs for the Cardinal as Stanford won by 45 points.
4. Loud Crowd -
maybe a little cheesy, but Oklahoma State has only played one proper road game,
and they got destroyed by 21 points against Tulsa. The fans that show up
need to help create a hostile environment to let the Cowboys know they aren't
welcome in Palo Alto!
Come out and support the Cardinal tonight and get
all your Bootleg fix with Ray Salloom's post-game wrap-up
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