Nationally-Ranked Men's Basketball Faces Georgia
Nov. 24, 2000
The nationally-ranked Stanford basketball team will attempt to add another championship to its trophy case when the Cardinal faces the University of Georgia in the title game of the Puerto Rico Shootout in San Juan on Saturday (11/25/00) ... Tipoff time is slated for 4:00 p.m. (Puerto Rico time) and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 ... The game will be played at the Eugene Guerra Sports Complex, located on the American University of Puerto Rico campus ... Stanford reached the finals with a 83-60 victory over Memphis (11/24/00) in the championship semi-finals ... Jason Collins tallied a career-high 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 23 minutes of play ... All-America candidate Casey Jacobsen led the Cardinal with 22 points (11-for-13 from the free throw line) ... Stanford hit 16-of-23 shots in the second half for 70 percent ... The Cardinal won its opening round game with a 84-60 victory over Old Dominion (11/23/00) as Honors Candidate Ryan Mendez scored 18 points ... Jason Collins led both teams in rebounds with ten.
Stanford Starters (3-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)
F- Jarron Collins, 6-11, 255, Senior, North Hollywood, Ca (11.3 ppg, 9.0 rpg)
F - Ryan Mendez, 6-7, 210, Senior, Burleson, Tx (11.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg)
C - Jason Collins, 7-0, 260, Junior, North Hollywood, Ca (11.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg)
G - Casey Jacobsen, 6-6, 210, Sophomore, Glendora, Ca (17.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg)
G - Michael McDonald, 6-1, 180, Senior, Long Beach, Ca (6.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg)
Mike Montgomery is in his 15th season at Stanford with a record of 291-143 ... In 14 previous seasons at Stanford, Montgomery has directed the Cardinal to 12 post-season appearances (8 NCAA, 4 NIT) ... Montgomery's overall record (14-plus seasons at Stanford, 8 seasons at Montana) is 445-220.
Stanford has enjoyed playing neutral court games ... Dating back to the 1996-97 season, the Cardinal has won 25 of 33 games on a neutral court, including 8 of 9 wins dating back to last year.
Last year, the Cardinal set an NCAA record for field goal percentage defense at .352 ... After three games, the defensive stat is .347 ... And the Cardinal has outrebounded its opponents, 127-84.
Shooting from three-point territory has remained a strength for the Cardinal thus far in 2000-01 ... Last year, the Cardinal led the Pac-10 in three-point shooting percentage at .400, and in three-point field goals made at 7.90 per game ... Stanford produced the second (David Moseley, .449), third (Casey Jacobsen, .435) and fifth-best (Ryan Mendez, .420) three-point shooters in the Pac-10 ... After three games, the Cardinal has hit 25-of-49 three-point attempts for .510, and have made 8.3 three-pointers per game ... And while Moseley has graduated, Jacobsen and Mendez are back in mid-season form, hitting .533 and .500, respectively.
They were born eight minutes apart, and have been playing basketball since the age of six ... Jarron and Jason Collins are now in the starting lineup for the nationally-ranked Cardinal and making a major impact ... Each is averaging 11.3 points per game, and have combined to grab 17.7 rebounds per game ... Combined they are shooting 55 percent (22-of-40 from the floor).
He missed the last eleven games of the 1999-00 season with a stress fracture in his right foot ... And then he was hampered by bone spurs in his foot that required surgery during the summer ... Thus he came back to Stanford not in the greatest shape and not expected to contribute right away ... But Curtis Borchardt has made a remarkable comeback even though he is not 100 percent ... Coming off the bench and averaging 18.7 minutes per game, Borchardt is averaging ten points and 5.3 rebounds per game ... Borchardt is hitting .545 from the floor, and leads the team in blocks with ten ... Last year in 20 games he blocked 42 shots, and was well on his way to breaking the school record of 50 when he was sidelined for the last eleven games with a stress fracture in his right foot ... Even though he has only played in 23 games at Stanford, Borchardt has blocked 52 shots, eighth-best in school history.
Stanford and Georgia have met only once on the basketball court that was during the 1997-98 season at the John Wooden Classic in Anaheim ... Mark Madsen's tipoff basket in the final seconds gave the Cardinal a 76-74 win ... Stanford is 12-6 against SEC teams ... Jim Harrick is in his second season at Georgia ... Harrick is 11-6 against the Cardinal (11-4 at UCLA, 0-2 at Rhode Island).