Feb. 9, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA: Stanford Cardinal forward Josh Huestis (24) celebrates a play with forward Dwight Powell (33) in the first half against the Arizona State Sun Devils at the Wells Fargo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Stanford Tries To Rebound Against Oregon State: Game Preview

After being swept last weekend in Southern California, the Stanford Cardinal (15-11, 6-7 Pac-12) are looking to rebound againts the Oregon State Beavers (13-13, 3-10 Pac-12) on this Thursday night showdown.  The last time these two played Stanford won at home by the final score of 81-73.

In their last game Oregon State lost to the Washington Huskies by 10 points.  They are sitting at 10th place out of 12 teams with a 3-10 record in the Pac-12 conference and have struggled all season.

Stanford is trying to recover from two devastating losses that may have dashed their tournament hopes while in Southern California.

Leading the way for the Beavers  is guard Roberto Nelson who averages 17.2 points per game, good for sixth best in the conference.  In total, Oregon State has five guys who average over 10 points a game, but for some reason have been unable to translate that to wins.  The other guys are Devon Collier (13.0), Ahmad Starks (11.8), Joe Burton (11.4), and Angus Brandt (11.2).  Junior forward Eric Moreland leads the team in rebounds averaging 10.5 per game.

For the Cardinal, from here on out, all games are going to have to be won if they want a shot at the ‘Big Dance’ in March.  Even just splitting the two games in Southern California would have been nice, but two losses hurts them big time.

The big guys like Josh Huestis (10.3 ppg and 9.4 rpg) and Dwight Powell (15.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg) will have to play strong once again in the paint for the Cardinal to be successful.  Guards Aaron Bright (8.7ppg) and Chasson Randle (13.8 ppg) will have to play equally as well out on the perimeter against this Oregon State team that can get points from all directions.

In order for Stanford to pull out the win they will need to play strong team defense against the third highest scoring team in the conference.  And, not only will defense be important, offense will too in case this game turns into a shootout.  Thats where the big guys Powell and Huestis will have to play big in on the boards in order to limit Oregon State’s second chance opportunities while trying to maximizing those for the Cardinal.  If they can stick to that, they should be able to pull out the victory.

Tags: Aaron Bright Ahmad Starks Angus Brandt Chasson Randle Dwight Powell Eric Moreland Joe Burton Josh Juestis Oregon State Basketball Oregon State Beavers Roberto Nelson Stanford Cardinal Stanford Cardinal Basketball

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