No. 2 Men's Basketball Travels To Arizona
Jan. 5, 2001
The nationally-ranked Stanford basketball team, ranked second in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls, will try to do something that many teams find difficult to accomplish in Tucson, winning against the Arizona Wildcats at McKale Center ... The game will be broadcast on KNBR Radio (610 am) and KZSU (90.1 fm) ... 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 to open the conference campaign ... 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 ... Stanford opened the Pac-10 season with a 94-77 victory at Arizona State (1/4/01), Stanford's biggest win ever in Tempe ... All five starters scored in double figures, led by All-America candidate Casey Jacobsen with a team-high 23 points ... Stanford's starting five scored 81 of the team's 94 points ... The Cardinal hit 56 percent from the floor, compared to 42 percent for the Sun Devils ... The Cardinal is the only unbeaten team (overall) in the conference ... The Cardinal is one of three schools that is unbeaten and ranked in the Top 25 ... Stanford is off to another strong start ... Winners of 12 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 (12-0 overall, 1-0 Pac-10) at Arizona (8-4 overall, 1-0 Pac-10)Saturday, January 6, 2001, 11:00 a.m. (MT), McKale Center (14,545)
Mike Montgomery is in his 15th season at Stanford with a record of 300-143 ... 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 454-220 ... Montgomery is 7-24 against Arizona.
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 63-3 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 32-5 record on the road, and 23-5 on a neutral court ... Stanford has beaten its opponents on the road by a margin of 12.6 points per game ... In three games on the road this year, the Cardinal has won by an average of 18.3 points per game ... And also during that time, Stanford is shooting .542 on enemy territory, while scoring 87.0 ppg.
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 26.3 points per game, #1 in the Pac-10.
After eleven games, Cardinal shooting is doing just fine ... The Cardinal has hit .500 from the floor, including five games in which Stanford hit 50 percent or better ... The Cardinal has hit .506 in their last four games ... Stanford has not shot this well since the 1988-89 season when the Cardinal hit .522 from the floor.
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 12 games, the Cardinal has hit 92-of-219 three-point attempts for .420, #1 in the Pac-10 ... And while Moseley has graduated, Jacobsen and Mendez are back in mid-season form, hitting .492 (#3 in the Pac-10) and .451 (#6 in the conference, respectively ... And Michael McDonald is hitting 15-of-32 from three-point range, good for .469, fifth-best in the Pac-10.
Last year, the Cardinal set an NCAA record for field goal percentage defense at .352 ... After 12 games, the defensive stat is .373, #1 in the Pac-10 ... From three-point territory, Stanford is allowing the opponent only a shooting percentage of .291, #1 in the Pac-10.
Stanford's imposing frontline players, which includes two seven-foot centers, and a 6-foot-11 forward, has already generated 48 blocks in 12 games ... Three of Stanford's players, Jason Collins, Curtis Borchardt and Jarron Collins rank in the Top-10 in career blocks in the school record book ... Jason Collins is seventh (59), Borchardt is eighth (57) and Jarron Collins is ninth (56).
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 16.6 rebounds per game ... Jason is averaging a team-leading 8.8 rebounds per game (#3 in the Pac-10), while Jarron is averaging 7.8 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 23 games at Stanford (eleven games last year, 12 this year) and the Cardinal is 23-0 during that span.
Michael McDonald's assist-to-turnover ratio is eye-catching ... The senior point-guard, and now in his second season as a starter, leads the Pac-10 in that category at 60-to-13 ... In the last three games, McDonald has dished out 20 assists compared to only three turnovers ... In three games, McDonald had no turnovers, and in six games he had only one turnover ... And his shooting percentage is up ... Entering this season, McDonald's career field goal percentage was .329 and his three-point percentage stood at .317 ... Thus far during the 2000-01 season, McDonald has hit .484 from the floor, and .469 from three-point territory.
All-America candidate Casey Jacobsen is putting up All-America-type numbers ... Jacobsen, a sophomore, leads the team in scoring at 18.0 ppg ... Jacobsen is shooting .515 from the floor, and .492 from three-point territory ... Jacobsen has led the team in scoring in seven games, and has scored in double-figures in eleven games ... That included a career-high 26 points, including the game-winning shot against Duke (12/21/00) ... In the last three games, Jacobsen has hit 23-of-42 shots for .547 ... That includes 9-of-17 shots from three-point territory for .529.
Ryan Mendez is known as an outstanding shooter from three-point range ... But the Cardinal coaches have praised his play not only from three-point territory, but also for his rebounding, passing, and overall team play ... Mendez is among the Pac-10's top three-point shooters at .451, leads the team in free throw shooting (.955), averages nearly four rebounds per game, and is second on the team in assists with 33 ... His scoring average of 12.0 ppg is third-best on the Cardinal.
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.