No. 2 Stanford Returns To Action Friday
Dec. 26, 2000
The nationally-ranked Stanford basketball team, ranked second in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls, returns to the court with a trip to the Cable Car Classic (Dec. 29-30) at Santa Clara University ... The Cardinal is returning to action after its dramatic 84-83 victory over then top-ranked Duke (12/21/00) at the Pete Newell Challenge ... The Cardinal scored at least one point in its last 14 possessions, and All-America candidate Casey Jacobsen hit a bank shot with 3.6 seconds to give the Cardinal the come-from-behind victory ... Stanford is off to another strong start in 2000-01 ... Winners of nine 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.
Cable Car Classic
Stanford (9-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) vs Fordham (6-3 overall, 0-0 Atlantic-10)
Friday, December 29, 2000, 8:00 p.m., Leavey Center (5,000)
Santa Clara (5-6 overall, 0-0 WCC) vs George Mason (7-2 overall, 0-0 CAA)
Friday, December 29, 2000, 6:00 p.m., Leavey Center
Consolation Game - Saturday, December 30, 6:00 p.m.
Championship Game - Saturday, December 30, 8:00 p.m.
This will be Stanford's second trip to the Cable Car Classic ... During the 1997-98 season, Stanford beat Rhode Island (70-69) and defeated Santa Clara (69-60) to win the tournament title which was played at the San Jose Arena ... This year the 34th annual Cable Car Classic will be held at the Leavey Center on the Santa Clara campus ... Stanford's last three trips to Santa Clara have produced victories dating back to the 1989-90 season ... All three victories have been by at least 12 points or more.
Stanford Starters (9-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)
F - Jarron Collins, 6-11, 255, Senior, North Hollywood, Ca (12.6 ppg, 7.3 rpg)
F - Ryan Mendez, 6-7, 210, Senior, Burleson, Tx (12.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg)
C - Jason Collins, 7-0, 260, Junior, North Hollywood, Ca (12.3 ppg, 10.0 rpg)
G - Casey Jacobsen, 6-6, 210, Sophomore, Glendora, Ca (17.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg)
G - Michael McDonald, 6-1, 180, Senior, Long Beach, Ca (6.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg)
Fordham Starters (6-3 overall, 0-0 Atlantic-10)
F - Jeff McMillan, 6-8, 250, Freshman, Staten Island, NY (12.2 ppg, 7.3 rpg)
F - Teremun Johnson, 6-6, 205, Junior, Detroit, Mi (9.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg)
C - Duke Freeman-McKamey, 6-9, 215, Junior, Steelton, Pa (14.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg)
G - Bevon Robin, 6-2, 200, Senior, Bronx, NY (17.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg)
G - Antoine Knighton, 6-3, 180, Junior, Decatur, Ga (2.8 ppg, 0.4 rpg)
Mike Montgomery is in his 15th season at Stanford with a record of 297-143 ... 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 451-220.
This will be the fourth meeting between Stanford and Fordham with the Cardinal holding a 2-1 lead ... Not since the 1985-86 season has Stanford and Fordham met on the basketball court, and that game saw the Rams score a 69-66 victory in the consolation game of the Hawaii Pacific Invitational ... Stanford is 16-8 against Atlantic-10 schools ... Stanford holds a 47-24 advantage over Santa Clara in the eighth-oldest series in school history ... The Cardinal has won the last seven games against the Broncos including three wins on Santa Clara's home court, then known as Toso Pavilion ... The Cardinal is 136-65 against West Coast Conference (WCC) schools ... Stanford and George Mason have never met on the basketball court ... The Cardinal is 4-1 against schools from the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).
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 38-2 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, a 80-66 decision over Georgia Tech (12/19/00) in the championship game of the Stanford Invitational, and a 84-83 victory over then #1-ranked Duke at the Pete Newell Challenge.
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 22-5 on a neutral court ... Stanford has beaten its opponents on the road by a margin of 12.6 points per game.
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.
Stanford's point differential remains strong in 2000-01 ... Stanford is beating its opponents by an average of 26.0 points per game.
Last year, the Cardinal set an NCAA record for field goal percentage defense at .352 ... After nine games, the defensive stat is .382.
Stanford's imposing frontline players, which includes two seven-foot centers, and a 6-foot-11 forward, has already generated 26 blocks in nine 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), Jason Collins is eighth (55) and Jarron Collins is ninth (52).
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 nine games, the Cardinal has hit 70-of-168 three-point attempts for .417 ... And while Moseley has graduated, Jacobsen and Mendez are back in mid-season form, hitting .479 and .475, respectively ... And Michael McDonald is hitting 10-of-22 from three-point range, good for .455.
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 24.9 points and 17.3 rebounds per game ... Jason is averaging 10.0 rebounds per game, while Jarron is averaging 7.3 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 20 games at Stanford (eleven games last year, nine this year) and the Cardinal is 20-0 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 17.0 minutes per game, Borchardt is averaging 6.4 points and 3.6 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 28 career games at Stanford, Borchardt has 56 blocks, seventh-best in school history.