Showdown In Oakland: No. 3 Stanford vs. No. 1 Duke

Dec. 20, 2000

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Stanford Saga
The nationally-ranked Stanford basketball team, ranked third in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls, plays one of its biggest games in school history when the Cardinal challenges top-ranked Duke in the Pete Newell Challenge at The Arena in Oakland ... The Stanford-Duke game could set a new attendance record ... Two years ago in Oakland, the largest crowd (19,657) to ever watch a collegiate basketball game in the state of California witnessed Stanford against Temple, and California against North Carolina in the Pete Newell Challenge ... It was also the largest crowd to watch a collegiate basketball game during the regular season on the West Coast ... The crowd of 19,657 was seventh-largest in Stanford school history ... Stanford is off to another strong start in 2000-01 ... Winners of eight 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.

The Pete Newell Challenge
Stanford (8-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) vs Duke (10-0 overall, 0-0 ACC)
Thursday, December 21, 2000, 6:00 p.m., The Arena in Oakland (19,596)

Coaches Corner
Mike Montgomery is in his 15th season at Stanford with a record of 296-143 ... 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 450-220.

Series Story
Stanford and Duke have met only once on the basketball court ... That game took place on Nov. 11, 1999 when the Cardinal scored a 80-79 overtime victory over the Blue Devils in the opening round of the Coaches vs Cancer Tournament at New York's Madison Square Garden ... Michael McDonald hit two three-pointers and Ryan Mendez hit two free throws with 19 seconds remaining in overtime to lift Stanford to victory in the season opener ... The Blue Devils led 68-63 with 38 seconds in regulation, but a three-point basket by David Moseley and a layup by Jarron Collins tied the game at 68-68, and into overtime the game went.

December Data
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 37-2 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, a 94-52 victory over Sacred Heart (12/18/00) in the opening round of the Stanford Invitational, and a 80-66 decision over Georgia Tech in the championship game of the Stanford Invitational.

Top-Ranked Teams
Twenty-five times in school history the Stanford Cardinal has faced a #1 ranked team ... The 26th time arrives on Thursday (12/21/00) when Stanford faces top-ranked Duke ... Stanford is only 1-24 against a #1 ranked team ... Their lone victory was a 82-74 victory over Arizona on February 4, 1988 at Maples Pavilion ... Nineteen of those 24 losses have come at the hands of the UCLA Bruins ... Thirteen of those games against top-ranked opponents have been played in the Bay Area.

Maples Madness
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford is 78-9 at Maples Pavilion, including a 33-1 record against non-league competition ... Stanford has hosted 40 consecutive soldout crowds at Maples Pavilion.

Point Parade
Stanford's point differential remains strong in 2000-01 ... Stanford is beating its opponents by an average of 29.2 points per game ... No game has been closer than 13 points.

Defensive Data
Last year, the Cardinal set an NCAA record for field goal percentage defense at .352 ... After eight games, the defensive stat is .378 ... And the Cardinal has outrebounded its opponents, 313-238.

Block Barometer
Stanford's imposing frontline players, which includes two seven-foot centers, and a 6-foot-11 forward, has already generated 30 blocks in eight games ... Three of Stanford's players, Curtis Borchardt, Jason Collins and Jarron Collins rank in the Top-10 in career blocks in the school record book ... Borchardt is seventh all-time (56), Jarron Collins is ninth (52) and Jason Collins is also ninth (52).

Trey Time
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 eight games, the Cardinal has hit 65-of-152 three-point attempts for .428 ... And while Moseley has graduated, Mendez and Jacobsen are back in mid-season form, hitting .514 (#1 in the Pac-10) and .477, respectively ... And Michael McDonald is hitting 9-of-21 from three-point range, good for .429.

Collins Corner
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 25.0 points and 16.9 rebounds per game ... Jason is averaging 9.4 rebounds per game, while Jarron is averaging 7.5 rebounds per game ... 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 19 games at Stanford (eleven games last year, eight this year) and the Cardinal is 19-0 during that span.

Borchardt Bio
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 17.9 minutes per game, Borchardt is averaging 6.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per game ... Borchardt already has 14 blocks ... 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 27 career games at Stanford, Borchardt has 56 blocks, seventh-best in school history.

Road Report
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, Ca
Has looked impressive playing both the point and off-guard positions ... Averaging 15.8 minutes of play per game, and has averaged 6.1 ppg ... Scored eleven points (4-for-4 from the free throw line) against Old Dominion (11/23/00) at the Puerto Rico Shootout ... Tallied ten points (4-fo-6 from the floor) in 20 minutes of play against Sacred Heart (12/18/00) ... 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, Wa
Has appeared in four games ... Played six minutes against UC Riverside (11/29/00).

#11 Curtis Borchardt, center, 7-0, 230, Sophomore, Redmond, Wa
Shot-blocking remains his forte ... Already this year, Curtis has blocked 14 shots off the bench (17.9 minutes per game) ... In only 27 career games at Stanford, Curtis has already blocked 56 shots, seventh-best in school history ... Blocked four shots against Old Dominion (11/23/00) at the Puerto Rico Shootout ... Has blocked at least two shots in four games.

#31 Jarron Collins, forward, 6-11, 235, Senior, North Hollywood, Ca
All-America candidate ... A candidate for the John Wooden and Naismith Awards ... Averaging 12.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game ... Shooting .517 from the floor ... Has scored in double figures in seven 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, Ca
A co-captain along with Ryan Mendez ... Averaging 12.6 points and 9.4 rebounds per game ... Shooting a team-leading .567 from the floor ... Named Most Valuable Player at the Stanford Invitational ... In two games against Sacred Heart (12/18/00) and Georgia Tech (12/19/00), scored 26 points (8-for-13 from the floor, 10-for-11 from the free throw line), grabbed 24 rebounds, and blocked two shots ... 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) ... Also collected a double-double (11 points, career-high 13 rebounds) against Sacred Heart (12/18/00), and 16 points and eleven rebounds against Georgia Tech (12/19/00).

#22 Justin Davis, forward, 6-8, 230, RS Freshman, Berkeley, Ca
Saw his first collegiate action against Sacred Heart (12/18/00) and responded with seven points in 14 minutes of play ... Had not seen action until game seven with a strained abdominal muscle and a sprained ankle.

#25 Tony Giovacchini, guard, 6-2, 180, Junior, Salt Lake City, Ut
Has looked solid at both the point and off-guard positions ... Averaging 16.1 minutes off the bench ... His assist-to-turnover ratio is good at 22-12.

#23 Casey Jacobsen, forward/guard, 6-6, 210, Sophomore, Glendora, Ca
An All-America candidate ... A John Wooden, Naismith and Oscar Robertson Player of the Year candidate ... Stanford's top scorer at 16.3 ppg ... Leads the team in three-pointers with 21 ... Shooting .477 from three-point territory ... Has hit at least one three-pointer in all eight games ... 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 ... Named to the all-tourney team at the Stanford Invitational with 38 points in games against Sacred Heart (12/18/00) and Georgia Tech (12/19/00).

#5 Teyo Johnson, forward, 6-7, 256, Freshman, San Diego, Ca
A 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, Md
Has already played more minutes (33) this year as he did during an injury-plaqued season (25) last year ... An excellent defensive player who can also shoot (5-for-10).

#33 Matt Lottich, guard, 6-4, 190, Freshman, Winnetka, Il
Has appeared in seven games and has hit 7-of-15 shots for 46 percent ... That includes 4-of-9 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, Ca
A strong start for this Cardinal senior ... Has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 34-7 ... 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 43 percent from three-point range and 47 percent overall.

#32 Ryan Mendez, Forward/Guard, 6-7, 210, Senior, Burleson, Tx
Honors Candidate ... A co-captain along with Jason Collins ... Off to a strong start in 2000-01 ... Stanford's second leading scorer at 12.8 ppg ... Has scored in double figures in five 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 ... Also gained all-tournament honors at the Stanford Invitational ... Shooting 55 percent from the floor, and 51 percent from three-point territory ... Grabbed a season-high eight rebounds against UC Riverside (11/29/00) ... Also has dished out 23 assists, third-best on the Cardinal ... Has made 146 three-pointers in his Stanford career, sixth-best in school history ... His career three-point percentage of .437 is third-best all-time at Stanford ... A superb free throw shooter ... Has made 13-of-14 free throw attempts this year for .933, and .828 for his career, sixth-best all-time at Stanford.

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