No.3 Men's Hoops Hosts Sacred Heart At Stanford Invitational First Round
Dec. 11, 2000
The nationally-ranked Stanford basketball team, ranked third in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls, plays host to Sacred Heart, Georgia Tech and Idaho State in this year's Stanford Invitational on Dec. 18-19 at Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal will play Sacred Heart in the first round on Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. followed by Georgia Tech vs Idaho State at 8:30 p.m. ... The two winners will play in the championship game on Dec. 19 at 8:30 p.m. ... The consolation game will be played at 6:00 p.m. ... Stanford has won the last two championships of the Stanford Invitational ... Stanford is off to another strong start in 2000-01 ... Winners of six straight games, the Cardinal started the previous three seasons in grand fashion ... Last year, the Cardinal won its first 12 games ... In 1998-99, Stanford started the year 17-2, and during the 1997-98 campaign, Stanford started the year 18-0.
Mike Montgomery is in his 15th season at Stanford with a record of 294-143 ... 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 448-220.
This will be the first meeting between Stanford and Sacred Heart ... Stanford and Georgia Tech are tied at 1-1 ... Last year, the Cardinal scored a 64-61 overtime decision in Atlanta ... Stanford hit 5-of-6 free throws in the 1:29 of overtime to earn the victory ... Stanford is 6-13 against ACC schools ... Stanford and Idaho State have never met in basketball ... The Cardinal is 9-0 against Big Sky schools.
The month of December has proven to be a highly successful time of the year for the Stanford Cardinal ... Dating back to the 1994-95 season, the Cardinal is 35-2 during the month of December ... Stanford will play six games in December this year, which already includes a 86-63 victory on December 2 at Long Beach State.
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford is 76-9 at Maples Pavilion, including a 31-1 record against non-league competition ... Stanford has hosted 38 consecutive soldout crowds at Maples Pavilion.
Stanford's point differential remains strong in 2000-01 ... Stanford is beating its opponents by an average of 29.5 points per game ... No game has been closer than 13 points.
Last year, the Cardinal set an NCAA record for field goal percentage defense at .352 ... After two games, the defensive stat is .361 ... And the Cardinal has outrebounded its opponents, 234-189.
Stanford's imposing frontline players, which includes two seven-foot centers, and a 6-foot-11 forward, has already generated 26 blocks in six games ... Three of Stanford's players, Curtis Borchardt, Jason Collins and Jarron Collins rank in the Top-11 in career blocks in the school record book ... Borchardt is eighth all-time (54), Jarron Collins is ninth (52) and Jason Collins is eleventh (50) ... Borchardt leads the Pac-10 in blocks at 2.40 per game.
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 six games, the Cardinal has hit 47-of-102 three-point attempts for .461, tops in the Pac-10 ... And while Moseley has graduated, Mendez and Jacobsen are back in mid-season form, hitting .500 (#1 in the Pac-10) and .483 (#4 in the Pac-10), respectively ... And Michael McDonald is hitting 7-of-14 from three-point range, also #1 in the Pac-10.
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 ... Combined they are totaling 25.2 points and 17.0 rebounds per game ... Jarron and Jason are each averaging 8.5 rebounds per game, fourth-best in the Pac-10 ... Against UC Riverside (11/29), Jarron and Jason each produced a double-double, the second-time in their careers that has happened in the same game ... The first time was in the championship game of the Coaches vs Cancer Tournament against Iowa last year when Jason scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while Jarron scored 17 points and grabbed eleven rebounds ... Against UC Riverside, Jason tallied a career-high 19 points and eleven rebounds, while Jarron chalked up 12 points and 12 rebounds ... At Long Beach State (12/2/00) on their 22nd birthdays, Jarron and Jason combined for 33 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and three blocks ... In that game, the twins shot 14-of-17 from the floor for 82 percent ... Together Jarron and Jason Collins have started 17 games at Stanford (eleven games last year, six this year) and the Cardinal is 17-0 during that span.
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 (7-0, 230 pounds, Sophomore) has made a remarkable comeback even though he is not 100 percent ... Coming off the bench and averaging 18.6 minutes per game, Borchardt is averaging 7.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game ... Borchardt already has 12 blocks, tops in the Pac-10 ... Last year, in 20 games he blocked 42 shots, and was well on his way to breaking the school record of 50 before he was sidelined for the last eleven games with a stress fracture in his right foot ... In 25 career games at Stanford, Borchardt has 54 blocks, eighth-best in school history.
Stanford has enjoyed great success away from Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal, since the 1997-98 season, has chalked up a 30-5 record on the road, and 21-5 on a neutral court ... Stanford has beaten its opponents on the road by a margin of 12.6 points per game.
A look at the Stanford Varsity in 2000-01
#24 Julius Barnes, guard, 6-1, 180, Sophomore, Rowland Heights, CaHas looked impressive playing both the point and off-guard positions ... Averaging 16 minutes of play per game, and has averaged 6.2 ppg ... Scored eleven points (4-for-4 from the free throw line) against Old Dominion (11/23/00) at the Puerto Rico Shootout ... Dished out a career-high five assists in the season opener against San Francisco State (11/19/00).
#14 Tyler Besecker, forward/guard, 6-6, 205, RS Freshman, Bellevue, WaHas appeared in three games ... Played six minutes against UC Riverside (11/29/00).
#11 Curtis Borchardt, center, 7-0, 230, Sophomore, Redmond, WaShot-blocking remains his forte ... Already this year, Curtis has blocked 12 shots off the bench (18.6 minutes per game), #1 in the Pac-10 ... In only 25 career games at Stanford, Curtis has already blocked 54 shots, eighth-best in school history, and only two short of seventh place occupied by former Stanford All-American Adam Keefe (1988-92) ... Blocked four shots against Old Dominion (11/23/00) at the Puerto Rico Shootout.
#31 Jarron Collins, forward, 6-11, 235, Senior, North Hollywood, CaAll-America candidate ... A candidate for the John Wooden and Naismith Awards ... Averaging 12.7 points and 8.5 rebounds per game (fourth-best in the Pac-10) ... Shooting 55 percent from the floor (#9 in the Pac-10) ... Has scored in double figures in all six games ... Has two double-doubles (points-rebounds) this year ... Scored a season-high 20 points (8-for-10 from the floor) along with seven rebounds and five assists at Long Beach State (12/2/00) .. Named to the all-tourney team at the Puerto Rico Shootout.
#34 Jason Collins, center, 7-0, 260, Junior, North Hollywood, CaA co-captain along with Ryan Mendez ... Averaging 12.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game (#4 in the Pac-10) ... Shooting a team-leading .553 from the floor (sixth-best in the Pac-10) ... Gained all-tournament honors at the Puerto Rico Shootout ... In three games in San Juan, scored 47 points and grabbed 27 rebounds against Old Dominion (11/23/00), Memphis (11/24/00) and Georgia (11/25/00) ... Had a 19 point, 11 rebound perfomance against UC Riverside (11/29/00).
#22 Justin Davis, forward, 6-8, 230, RS Freshman, Berkeley, CaHas not seen action this year with a strained abdominal muscle ... Not known when he will see his first collegiate action.
#25 Tony Giovacchini, guard, 6-2, 180, Junior, Salt Lake City, UtHas looked solid at both the point and off-guard positions ... Averaging 16.3 minutes off the bench ... His assist-to-turnover ratio is good at 20-10.
#23 Casey Jacobsen, forward/guard, 6-6, 210, Sophomore, Glendora, CaAn All-America candidate ... A John Wooden and Naismith Candidate ... Stanford's top scorer at 15.3 ppg (#10 in the Pac-10) ... Leads the team in three-pointers with 14 ... Seventh in the Pac-10 in three-point field goals made at 2.33 per game ... Shooting .483 from three-point territory, fourth-best in the Pac-10 ... Scored season-highs in points with 22 against Memphis (11/24/00) and Georgia (11/25/00) ... Named MVP at the Puerto Rico Shootout ... In three games against Old Dominion (11/23/00), Memphis (11/24/00) and Georgia (11/25/00) in San Juan, scored 60 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
#5 Teyo Johnson, forward, 6-7, 256, Freshman, San Diego, CaA two-sport athlete at Stanford (football and basketball), who has been a valuable frontline player off the bench ... Played a season-high 19 minutes against UC Riverside (11/29/00) and scored eleven points along with seven rebounds ... Hitting 47 percent from the floor.
#3 Kyle Logan, guard/forward, 6-5, 202, Sophomore, Hagerstown, MdHas already played as minutes (25) this year as he did during an injury-plaqued season last year ... An excellent defensive player who can also shoot (4-for-8).
#33 Matt Lottich, guard, 6-4, 190, Freshman, Winnetka, IlHas appeared in five games and has hit 5-of-8 shots for 63 percent ... That includes 3-of-4 shots from three-point territory ... In his collegiate debut, scored ten points (4-for-4 from the floor, 2-for-2 from three-point territory) against San Francisco State (11/19/00).
#4 Michael McDonald, guard, 6-1, 180, Senior, Long Beach, CaA strong start for this Cardinal senior ... Has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 21-5 ... Has committed no more than two turnovers in any game this season ... Also looking to score more this year ... Scored a career-high 19 points (7-for-9 from the floor, 5-for-6 from three-point territory) in the season opener against San Francisco State (11/19/00) ... Shooting 50 percent from three-point range (#1 in the conference) and 48 percent overall.
#32 Ryan Mendez, Forward/Guard, 6-7, 210, Senior, Burleson, TxHonors Candidate ... A co-captain along with Jason Collins ... Off to a strong start in 2000-01 ... Stanford's second leading scorer at 13.2 ppg ... Has scored in double figures in four games, including a season-high 22 points (9-for-12 from the floor, 4-for-6 from three-point territory) at Long Beach State (12/2/00) ...Gained all-tournament honors at the Puerto Rico Shootout ... Shooting 54 percent from the floor (#10 in the Pac-10), and 50 percent from three-point territory (#1 in the Pac-10) ... Grabbed a season-high eight rebounds against UC Riverside (11/29/00) ... Also has dished out 19 assists, third-best on the Cardinal ... Has made 140 three-pointers in his Stanford career, sixth-best in school history ... His career three-point percentage of .433 is fourth-best all-time at Stanford ... A superb free throw shooter ... Perfect from the charity stripe (13-for-13, #1 in the Pac-10) this year, and .833 for his career, sixth-best all-time at Stanford.
Sacred Heart, a member of the Northeast Conference, is in its second season as a Division I member ... The Pioneers are 0-7 ... Senior forward Marijus Kovaliukas leads the team in scoring at 16.6 ppg ... Forward Andrew Hunter is close behind at 15.4 ppg.
Georgia Tech Gossip
The Yellowjackets of Georgia Tech are 5-2 ... Their four wins include a 72-67 decision against UCLA at the John Wooden Classic, and a 86-84 decision over Kwntucky ... Guard Tony Akins led the Yellowjacket attack with 28 points ...Four players average in double figures led by guard Shaun Fein at 15.7 ppg ... Fein is shooting 50 percent from the floor ... Fein hit the winning shot with time running out against Kentucky ... 6-foot-11, 265-pound center Alvin Jones is averaging 15.4 ppg ... Jones is shooting 59 percent from the floor, and leads the team in rebounding at 9.1 per game ... Akins is hitting at 13.9 ppg and has dished out nearly six assists per game ... The fourth double-digit scorer is guard Marvin Lewis at 10.9 ppg ... Fein, Akins and Lewis have combined for 50 three-pointers ... Overall, Georgia Tech has made 69 three-pointers in seven games.
Idaho State Incidentals
The Bengals of Idaho State are 1-4 ... One of their losses was a 71-65 decision at Utah ... Jordie McTavish leads the Bengal attack at 15.8 ppg ... McTavish recently scored 26 points in the team's 71-68 victory over Loyola Marymount ... The team's leading rebounder is 6-foot-11 center Doug Silva at 6.8 per game ... Silva hails from Tracy, California.