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Travis, Pickens, Stanford

Reid Travis, right, and teammate Dorian Pickens are Stanford's top two scorers this season.

Stanford hosts Oregon State in a Pac-12 game Thursday. Here's a look at the Cardinal.

Stanford (11-11, 5-4 Pac-12) took its third straight loss Saturday in an 89-73 defeat at UCLA.

Daejon Davis led the Cardinal with season highs in points (23) and assists (10) with four rebounds and two steals. Dorian Pickens added 16 points.

UCLA shot 52.8 percent (28-53), marking the fifth time this season (and first in Pac-12 play) that a Stanford opponent has shot better than 50 percent. The others were North Carolina, Florida and Kansas — all AP top-25 teams — plus Long Beach State.

Stanford lost its conference opener at home against California after losing a 17-point lead. The Cardinal then won five straight, the program's first such streak in conference in 10 years. That was followed by the recent three-game losing streak, with the Cardinal falling at home against Arizona and at the L.A. schools.

Junior forward Reid Travis averages 19.4 points and 7.6 rebounds. He has 12 20-point games (two in conference) and seven double-doubles this season.

Pickens, a senior guard, is averaging 14.6 points and 3.8 rebounds. He's played nine games since missing 11 with a foot injury. Pickens has averaged 16 points (and shot 11 of 29 on 3-pointers) in the past four games. 

Senior forward Michael Humphrey averages 11.4 points and 7.9 rebounds.

"They’ve got some big, strong guys in there. I think they’re maybe one of the best duos in the post in our league," Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said of the 6-foot-8 Travis and 6-9 Humphrey.

"It’s going to be a challenge. It’s just going to be kind of a lunch pail and hardhat game. We can’t have anybody cower to their size and strength, and if we can match then I think we can cause a lot of frustration."

Davis, a freshman guard, 10.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists. 

Davis' big game Saturday came after he scored just eight combined points in the previous two contests. His game-ending buzzer-beater from beyond halfcourt on Jan. 7 against USC gave Stanford a 77-76 home win.

For the season, the Cardinal is shooting 46.1 percent overall, 35.1 percent on 3-pointers and 68.5 percent at the free-throw line. In Pac-12 games, those numbers are 47.3, 36.1 and 63.5.

Also in conference, Stanford is third in points scored (78.2) and ninth in points allowed (77.1); second in field goal percentage (47.3) and seventh in field goal percentage allowed (45.1); and first in rebounds (48.6) and fourth in rebounds allowed (33.9).

Travis, an all-Pac-12 selection last season, is eighth in scoring (16.6), third in rebounds (8.4), ninth in field goal percentage (51.4) and second in offensive rebounds (3.1). Pickens is third in 3-pointers made (3.0) and Davis fifth in assists (5.2).  

Jerod Hasse is in his second year as Stanford's head coach following four years at Alabama-Birmingham, where he was 80-53 overall with one NCAA tournament appearance. Stanford was 14-17 (6-12 Pac-12) last year.

Due to the Pac-12's unbalanced schedule, this is the only meeting between the two teams this season. 

The Cardinal got a season sweep against the Beavers last year and has won eight of the last 10 games between the two programs. Oregon State has a 73-70 advantage in the all-time series.


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