Top-ranked Stanford Basketball Team Hosts New Mexico
Jan. 19, 2001
The nationally-ranked Stanford basketball team, ranked first in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls, concludes its four game homestand with a non-league contest against the New Mexico Lobos (Jan. 20, 5:00 p.m.) ... This will be the first appearance ever for New Mexico at Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal is the only unbeaten team (overall) in the conference ... The Cardinal is one of two schools nationally that is unbeaten and ranked in the Top 25 (Georgetown is 16-0 and ranked ninth) ... Stanford is off to another strong start ... Winners of 16 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 304-143 ... 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 458-220 ... Montgomery is 0-0 against New Mexico.
Stanford and New Mexico meet for just the second time ... Their only meeting took place during the 1974-75 season in the championship game of the Lobo Classic in Albuquerque ... The Lobos won the game, 78-63 ... Stanford is 24-30 against Mountain West Conference schools.
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford is 81-9 (48-8 vs Pac-10 schools, 33-1 vs non-league opponents) ... This year (7 home games), Stanford has beaten its opponents by an average of 32.6 points per game (7 games, +228 points) ... Stanford has hosted 43 consecutive soldout crowds at Maples Pavilion.
Sixteen times these five players have started, and 16 times the Cardinal has won ... The Cardinal starting five of Casey Jacobsen, Jarron Collins, Ryan Mendez, Jason Collins and Michael McDonald have helped Stanford attain a #1 national ranking ... Combined, they are shooting .529 (338-of-639) from the floor, and .465 (94-of-202) from three-point territory ... Four starters are averaging in double-figures.
Stanford's point differential remains strong in 2000-01 ... Stanford is beating its opponents by an average of 23.5 points per game, #1 in the Pac-10 ... Stanford has won ten games by 20 or more points.
Stanford has enjoyed great success away from Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal, since the 1997-98 season, has chalked up a 33-5 record (38 games, +475 points) on the road, and 23-5 mark on a neutral court ... Stanford has beaten its opponents on the road by a margin of 12.5 points per game during that time ... In four games on the road (four games, +64 points) this year, the Cardinal has won by an average of 16.0 points per game ... And also during that time, Stanford is shooting .513 on enemy territory, while scoring 86.5 ppg.
After 16 games, Cardinal shooting is doing just fine ... The Cardinal has hit .501 from the floor (#1 in the Pac-10), including eight games in which Stanford hit 50 percent or better ... The Cardinal has hit .505 (232-for-459) in their last eight games ... In the last three games, the Cardinal has hit 88-of-166 shots for .530 ... Stanford has not shot this well from the floor since the 1988-89 season when the Cardinal hit .522 ... And from the free throw line, the stats are impressive ... In the last five games, Stanford has hit 116-of-143 free throw attempts for .811 ... For the season, Stanford is hitting .746 from the free throw line, #1 in the Pac-10.
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 16 games, the Cardinal has hit 121-of-284 three-point attempts for .426, #1 in the Pac-10 ... And while Moseley has graduated, Jacobsen and Mendez are back in mid-season form, hitting .511 (#1 in the Pac-10) and .426 (#6 in the conference, respectively ... And Michael McDonald is hitting 21-of-46 from three-point range, good for .457, third-best in the Pac-10.
Last year, the Cardinal set an NCAA record for field goal percentage defense at .352 ... After 16 games, the defensive stat is .388, #1 in the Pac-10 ... No opponent this year has shot 50 percent or better from the floor ... 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 57 blocks in 16 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 fifth (62), Borchardt is eighth (59) 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 26.7 points and 15.7 rebounds per game ... Jason is averaging a team-leading 8.4 rebounds per game (#2 in the Pac-10), while Jarron is averaging 7.3 rebounds per game (#7 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 ... In Stanford's 85-76 victory at Arizona (1/6/01), Jarron and Jason combined for 41 points and 21 rebounds ... Together Jarron and Jason Collins have started 27 games at Stanford (eleven games last year, 16 this year) and the Cardinal is 27-0 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 82-to-22 ... In three games, McDonald had no turnovers, and in eight 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 .482 from the floor, and .457 (#3 in the Pac-10) 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 18.1 ppg (#5 in the Pac-10) ... Jacobsen is shooting .522 from the floor, and .511 from three-point territory (#1 in the Pac-10) ... Jacobsen has led the team in scoring in nine games, and has scored in double-figures in 15 games ... That included a career-high 26 points, including the game-winning shot against Duke (12/21/00).
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 .426 (#6 in the Pac-10), leads the team in free throw shooting (.886), averages 3.3 rebounds per game, and is second on the team in assists with 39 ... His scoring average of 11.2 ppg is fourth-best on the Cardinal ... Mendez played an important role in Stanford's 85-76 victory at Arizona (1/6/01), scoring 20 points, along with three assists in a career-high 35 minutes.
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 16.8 minutes per game, Borchardt is averaging 6.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game ... Borchardt already has 16 blocks, fourth-best 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 33 career games at Stanford, Borchardt has 59 blocks, eighth-best in school history.