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2011 Pac-10 Basketball Tournament: Stanford Cardinal, Oregon State Beavers Set To Open The Action

The Pac-10 Tournament tips off at 6 p.m. on Wednesday with the opening round of play at Staples Center. The Stanford Cardinal and Oregon State Beavers have the honors, playing in the 8/9 play-in game with the right to play the Arizona Wildcats on the table. Wednesday serves as an appetizer for Thursday’s wall-to-wall hoops bonanza in Los Angeles, with all eight remaining teams in action and games taking place throughout the day.

Stanford comes into the matchup at an even .500 on the year, holding a 15-15 record under head coach Johnny Dawkins. The Cardinal finished eighth in the Pac-10 with a 7-11 record. Stanford picked up its biggest win of the year early on in Pac-10 play with a two-point win over the Washington Huskies. The Cardinal also did what Oregon State couldn’t on Feb. 26 with an 11-point win over Seattle University.

Oregon State has struggled under head coach Craig Robinson, finishing the season with a 10-19 record. The Beavers dropped a few cringe-worthy games during the non-conference slate, falling to Seattle and Texas Southern in back-to-back. Oregon State also lost to Utah Valley and George Washington as the Beavers’ season got off on the wrong foot.

Oregon State and Stanford split the season series, with Wednesday night’s game serving as a rubber-match between the two. It all gets started at 6 p.m., live on FSN.

For more on the tournament, check out the rest of our Pac-10 Tournament StoryStream.