And 1: Stanford 84, Oregon 69

Men's Basketball Writer Kevin "Kevo" Danna provides the Bootleg faithful a look at the game flow, stats, facts, and his keen observations after Stanford completed a sweep of the Oregon schools with an 84-69 win over the Ducks on Saturday night.

The Farm Boys continued to hold serve in Pac-10 play, knocking off the Oregon Ducks 84-69 on Saturday night in front of a very sizable crowd.  The win put Stanford back above .500 for both their overall and conference records, as they now stand at 10-9 (4-3 Pac-10).  Let's take a look at what made Stanford successful against the Ducks.

It all started and ended with the captain on Saturday night.  Landry Fields DOMINATED the Ducks with a stellar 32-point, eight-rebound, and five-assist performance.  Heck, he even had three blocks and two steals on defense!  It didn't matter who Oregon put on Landry - Longmire, Sim, Singler - Fields was going to get off his shot one way or another.  This performance, combined with his 17-point effort against the Beavers on Thursday night, earned him the first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor of his career.  It's about time others started to take notice of this guy.  Those Pacific Northwest fellers Quincy Pondexter and Klay Thompson are certainly great talents, but neither have been more consistent than Landry.  Long Beach's Finest has scored at least 14 points in every game this season, has recorded at least five rebounds in 18 of 19 contests, and has seven double-doubles.  Quincy Pondexter, on the other hand, already has four games this season in which he has scored fewer than 10 points, including a mere two against USC on Saturday in their blowout loss to the Trojans.  Klay Thompson?  Two games under double-figures and has yet to record a double-double.  That looks like pretty simple math to me, folks.  Landry Fields should be Pac-10 Player of the Year and he should win it going away, provided he keeps up his productivity rate.

His sidekick Jeremy Green was pretty good as well.  That Texan was more than Robin to Landry's Batman with his 25 points on 8-12 FGs, 3-4 3FG, and a perfect 6-6 from the charity stripe.  Shot selection was a little bit of a concern at the beginning of the season, but it certainly isn't anymore.  Plus, any possession that ends in some sort of attempt by Jeremy is a good possession.  This guy does not need much daylight, and he certainly took advantage of smaller defenders on Saturday.  One thing that goes a little bit unnoticed is his vertical leap when taking his shot.  Typically he gets off his shot quickly and doesn't need to get much elevation, but when he needs to, he can certainly rise above a defender of his height to get off an attempt.  He is a very athletic guy and it has already surprised a few defenders that just expect him to pull up from long distance every time.

I also liked Drew Shiller a lot in this game.  He wasn't as accurate as he usually is from the field, but he never stopped looking for his shot and he was very aggressive.  Even though he missed a couple early in the game, he kept shooting and eventually he knocked down a couple of threes.  With perfect free throw shooting down the stretch, he wound up as the third and last Cardinal player in double figures with ten points.  For the Cardinal to be successful throughout the rest of the season, Shiller is going to need to come up big. And how about that kid Matei?  Once again, Matei came in off the bench and gave the Card another six points on 3-4 shooting.  His two rebounds were both on the offensive glass.  He just produces - that's all there is to it.

Obviously, Landry and Jeremy were able to get whatever they wanted offensively and that is what propelled Stanford to a 15-point victory.  But defensively, Stanford did a very good job on Oregon's top threats for the vast majority of the game.  Michael Dunigan was rendered irrelevant and only played 14 minutes with just two points (and zero rebounds) to show for his efforts.  He turned the ball over once - when?  When Stanford doubled him on the low block, that's when!  He tried to pass out of the double and it ended up going the other way for an easy two for the Farm Boys.  That 1:25 assist-to-turnover ratio says a lot about his passing abilities, and it was good to see Stanford take advantage of his weakness.

Tajuan Porter scored 16 points, but just about all of them were by the time the game was well out of reach.  He hit three three-pointers in the final minute of the game with his team down by at least 15.  When it mattered most, the Cardinal perimeter defenders did more than hold Porter in check - he didn't have a field goal until the game was more than decided and turned the ball over four times.

The Cardinal won the rebounding battle for the second straight game, 36-29, always a stat that is good to see.  However, the Ducks got more than their fair share of offensive rebounds.  Stanford did a great job of forcing rushed shots all night long, but were unable to corral a lot of the misses.  I was shocked to see that Stanford had a 20-13 rebounding edge at the half when the halftime stats were displayed on the scoreboard.  Although the rebounding on the defensive end wasn't superb, it certainly was on the offensive end.  Coach Dawkins' kids corralled 14 of their own misses and ended up with 18 second-chance points as a result.  Six different players had an offensive rebound and four had two.  That is just a great collective effort on the glass.  If the Cardinal can protect the glass on the road, they will be in good shape.

All might be good now for the Farm Boys, but it has been a different story so far on the road.  Can Stanford straighten things out in Arizona against the Wildcats and Sun Devils?  Catch the games on Thursday and Saturday, and check for wonderful post-game analysis from Boom Boom Salloom!

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