No.2 Men's Basketball Travels To ASU To Open Pac-10 Conference Season
Jan. 1, 2001
The nationally-ranked Stanford basketball team, ranked second in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls, will seek to defend its Pacific-10 Conference title for a third straight season when the Cardinal travels to Arizona State (1/4/01) and Arizona (1/6/01) ... Not since the 1997-98 season has the Cardinal opened the Pacific-10 season on the road ... That season, Stanford won games at Oregon State and Oregon ... This is also the first time since the 1996-97 campaign that Stanford has opened the conference season at the Arizona schools ... In '96-97, Stanford scored a 81-65 victory at Arizona State to start league play, but lost a 76-75 decision at Arizona ... The Cardinal is the only unbeaten team in the conference ... The Cardinal is one of four schools that is unbeaten and ranked in the Top 25 ... Stanford is off to another strong start ... Winners of eleven 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.
Stanford (11-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) at Arizona State (8-3 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)
Thursday, January 4, 2001, 6:30 p.m. (MT), Wells Fargo Arena (14,198)
Stanford at Arizona (7-4 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)
Saturday, January 6, 2001, 11:00 a.m. (MT), McKale Center (14,545)
Stanford Starters (11-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)
F - Jarron Collins, 6-11, 255, Senior, North Hollywood, Ca (13.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg)
F - Ryan Mendez, 6-7, 210, Senior, Burleson, Tx (11.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg)
C - Jason Collins, 7-0, 260, Junior, North Hollywood, Ca (10.9 ppg, 9.3 rpg)
G - Casey Jacobsen, 6-6, 210, Sophomore, Glendora, Ca (17.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg)
G - Michael McDonald, 6-1, 180, Senior, Long Beach, Ca (6.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg)
Arizona State (8-3 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)
F - Awvee Storey, 6-6, 221, Junior, Chicago, Il (14.4 ppg, 8.0 rpg)
F - Shawn Redhage, 6-7, 214, Sophomore, Lincoln, Ne (11.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg)
C - Chad Prewitt, 6-9, 241, Junior, Phoenix, Az (10.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg)
G - Donnell Knight, 6-7, 200, Sophomore, Tempe, Az (13.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg)
G - Alton Mason, 6-1, 186, Senior, Lincoln, Ne (10.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg)
Arizona (7-4 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)
F - Michael Wright, 6-7, 238, Junior, Chicago, Il (16.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg)
F - Richard Jefferson, 6-7, 222, Junior, Phoenix, Az (12.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg)
C - Loren Woods, 7-1, 244, Senior, St. Louis, Mo (17.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg)
G - Gilbert Arenas, 6-3, 188, Sophomore, N. Hollywood, Ca (14.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg)
G - Jason Gardner, 5-10, 181, Sophomore, Indianapolis, In (13.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg)
Mike Montgomery is in his 15th season at Stanford with a record of 299-143 ... 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 453-220 ... Montgomery is 17-11 vs Arizona State, and 7-24 against Arizona.
The Stanford-Arizona State series is at 24-24 ... The Cardinal has won five straight games over the Sun Devils, and nine of the last ten games ... Stanford has won the last five games in Tempe by an average margin of 12.2 points ... That is the current longest winning streak for a Cardinal team against a Pac-10 opponent on the road ... Arizona holds a 39-19 advantage over Stanford ... The Wildcats have won the last two meetings against the Cardinal, and five of the last six games ... Dating back to the 1988-89 season, Arizona is 21-4 against the Cardinal ... Stanford is 2-24 at McKale Center ... Stanford's only wins were a 74-66 during the 1983-84 season, and a 85-79 decison during the 1995-96 campaign ... During the past four-plus seasons, Arizona is 62-3 at McKale Center ... UCLA is the only Pac-10 team to beat the Wildcats at home during that time.
Stanford has enjoyed great success away from Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal, since the 1997-98 season, has chalked up a 31-5 record on the road, and 23-5 on a neutral court ... Stanford has beaten its opponents on the road by a margin of 12.7 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 25.0 points per game.
After eleven games, Cardinal shooting is doing just fine ... The Cardinal has hit .495 from the floor, including four games in which Stanford hit 50 percent or better ... Stanford has not shot this well since the 1988-89 season when the Cardinal hit .522 from the floor.
Last year, the Cardinal set an NCAA record for field goal percentage defense at .352 ... After eleven games, the defensive stat is .369 ... From three-point territory, Stanford is allowing the opponent only a shooting percentage of .276.
Stanford's imposing frontline players, which includes two seven-foot centers, and a 6-foot-11 forward, has already generated 31 blocks in eleven 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 ... Jason Collins is seventh (58), Borchardt is eighth (57) and Jarron Collins is tenth (53).
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 eleven games, the Cardinal has hit 87-of-207 three-point attempts for .420 ... And while Moseley has graduated, Jacobsen and Mendez are back in mid-season form, hitting .492 and .435, respectively ... And Michael McDonald is hitting 14-of-30 from three-point range, good for .467.
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 24.3 points and 16.9 rebounds per game ... Jason is averaging a team-leading 9.3 rebounds per game, while Jarron is averaging 7.6 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 22 games at Stanford (eleven games last year, eleven this year) and the Cardinal is 22-0 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 16.9 minutes per game, Borchardt is averaging 6.0 points and 4.2 rebounds per game ... Borchardt already has 15 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 30 career games at Stanford, Borchardt has 57 blocks, eighth-best in school history.
What if ...
*** If Stanford beats Arizona State, the Cardinal would increase its season record to 12-0, the school's third-fastest start ... The school record is 18-0 to start the 1997-98 season.
*** If Stanford wins its Pac-10 season opener at Arizona State, the Cardinal will have won eight straight conference openers dating back to the 1993-94 season.
KTCT (1050 am) will be the home for Stanford Basketball in 2000-01 with Bob Murphy and John Platz providing the broadcast chores ... KZSU (90.1 fm), Stanford's student station, will also provide live broadcasts with Will Flemming and Nick Larson handling the broadcast duties ... The KZSU broadcast can be heard on the internet (realaudio.stanford.edu).
Twenty-one Stanford regular season games will be televised during the 2000-01 season ... The Stanford-Arizona State game will be televised on Fox Sports Bay Area ... The Stanford-Arizona game will be televised on a split-national basis on CBS.
Nine Cardinal players have played at least eleven minutes per game ... The Cardinal is on pace to score more than 229 three-pointers this year ... In three of the past four seasons, the Cardinal has scored 222 three-pointers or more ... That is in stark contrast to the first year (1986-87) that the three-pointer was allowed in collegiate games ... That season, Stanford made 84 three-pointers ... The Cardinal has made 110 more free throws than its opponents.
Stanford is 37-2 when Jarron Collins scores in double figures ... Stanford is 51-5 when Jarron Collins grabs five or more rebounds in a game ... Stanford is 17-1 when Casey Jacobsen hits at least three three-pointers in a game.
Sun Devil Saga
Arizona State is 8-3 ... Awvee Storey leads the team in both scoring (14.4 ppg) and rebounding (8.0 rpg) ... Four of ASU's starters average in double-figures ... The Sun Devils are 7-1 at home.
Arizona is 7-4 ... UA hosts California on Thursday (1/6/01) ... The Wildcats are 4-1 at McKale Center ... All five starters average in double figures ... The team leader is center Loren Woods at 17.4 ppg ... Woods is shooting 52 percent from the floor ... Michael Wright is averaging 16.5 ppg, and shooting a team-leading 59 percent ... Arizona, ranked #1 in the pre-season, is currently ranked 15th in the ESPN/USA Today poll, and 16th in the Associated Press poll.
Pacific-10 Standings Conf. Over.Stanford 0-0 11-0Oregon 0-0 9-1USC 0-0 10-2Arizona State 0-0 8-3California 0-0 8-3Washington State 0-0 6-3Arizona 0-0 7-4UCLA 0-0 5-4Oregon State 0-0 6-6Washington 0-0 6-6
Thursday in the Pacific-10Stanford at Arizona St, 6:30 p.m. mtCalifornia at Arizona, 6:30 p.m. mtWashington at UCLA, 7:30 p.m.Washington State at USC, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday in the Pacific-10Stanford at Arizona, 11:00 a.m. mtWashington State at UCLA, 3:00 p.m.California at Arizona St, 6:00 p.m. mtWashington at USC, 7:00 p.m.Oregon State at Oregon, 7:00 p.m.