Stanford Heads To Los Angeles To Face USC, UCLA
Feb. 26, 2001
The nationally-ranked Stanford basketball team, ranked first in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls, contiunes to lead the Pacific-10 Conference, but UCLA and Arizona are continuing to apply the heat ... The Cardinal travels to Los Angeles to face two highly important games, first against the USC Trojans (3/1/01) and then against the nationally-ranked UCLA Bruins (3/3/01) ... With four games remaining in the conference season, Stanford resides in first place with a 13-1 record, UCLA is one game back at 12-2 in second place while Arizona is 11-3 in third place ... Two of Stanford's final games are at home, while UCLA has two of its four games on the road ... Arizona has four more conference games, which includes two on the road ... Stanford is attempting to capture its third straight Pacific-10 title ... The last time Stanford won back-to-back-to-back conference crowns was from the 1935-36 to 1937-38 seasons ... During that era, Stanford was a member of the Pacific Coast Conference.
Mike Montgomery is in his 15th season at Stanford with a record of 312-144 ... 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 466-221 ... Montgomery is 22-8 (8-6 at USC) against the USC Trojans ... Montgomery is 13-17 against UCLA, including a 5-9 mark at Pauley Pavilion.
USC holds a 109-106 edge over the Stanford Cardinal ... However, the Cardinal has won three straight games over the Trojans, and six of the last seven games ... Stanford has won the last three games at the Los Angeles Sports Arena ... Earlier this year (2/1/01), four starters scored in double figures as Stanford scored a 77-71 victory over the Trojans at Maples Pavilion ... All-America candidate Casey Jacobsen scored 22 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out five assists ... Jarron and Jason Collins combined for 33 points and 15 rebounds ... UCLA holds a 123-80 series lead over Stanford ... The Bruins have won the last two games against the Cardinal, both at Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal, meantime, has turned the tables, winning the last three games at Pauley Pavilion ... In their last meeting (2/3/01), the backcourt of Billy Knight and Earl Watson combined for 42 points and eight rebounds in a 79-73 Bruin victory at Maples Pavilion ... Jacobsen led Stanford with 17 points.
'Stanford is as complete a basketball team as there is in the country.When I look at their team I see size, athleticism, quickness,outside shooting, depth and great coaching. There's a reason they're #1.' -New Mexico head coach Fran Fraschilla
USC is 18-8 overall and 8-6 in the Pac-10 ... The Trojans are 11-2 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena ... USC is second in the Pac-10 in blocked shots at 4.12 per game and steals at 7.58 per game ... ... Four USC starters average in double figures, led by Sam Clancy at 17.0 ppg (#5 in the Pac-10) ... Clancy also leads the team in rebounding at 7.2 per game, sixth-best in the conference ... Clancy is second in the Pac-10 in blocked shots at 2.15 per game ... Clancy also leads the Trojans in field goal percentage at .508 ... Brian Scalabrine is seventh in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage at .800 ... David Bluthenthal is seventh in the conference in rebounding at seven per game ... Brandon Granville is the Pac-10 leader in assists at 6.1 per game ... Granville is third in the Pac-10 in steals at 1.81 per game, and fifth in three-pointers made at two per game.
UCLA, ranked #12 in the Associated Press poll and 18th in the USA Today/ESPN poll, is 19-6 overall and 12-2 in the Pac-10, one game back of Stanford ... The Bruins are 11-2 at Pauley Pavilion ... Jason Kapono leads the team in scoring at 17.5 ppg, fourth-best in the Pac-10 ... Kapono is first in the Pac-10 in three-point field goals made (2.64), second in the Pac-10 behind Stanford's Ryan Mendez (.932) in free throw percentage at .856 ... Ray Young is third at .844 ... Kapono is second in the Pac-10 behind Stanford's Michael McDonald (.537) in three-point field goal percentage at .458 ... Earl Watson is #1 in the Pac-10 in steals (1.96 per game), #2 in the Pac-10 in assists (5.44 apg) and ninth in scoring (14.4 ppg) ... Dan Gadzuric leads the Bruins in rebounding at eight per game, third-best in the Pac-10 ... Gadzuric also leads UCLA in field goal percentage at .529, eighth-best in the Pac-10 ... Gadzuric is third in the Pac-10 in blocked shots (1.44 bpg).
Stanford has enjoyed great success away from Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal, since the 1997-98 season, has chalked up a 38-5 record (43 games, +575 points) on the road, and 23-5 on a neutral court ... Stanford has beaten its opponents on the road by a margin of 13.4 points per game during that time ... In nine games on the road (nine games, +164 points) this year, the Cardinal has won by an average of 18.2 points per game ... And also during that time, Stanford is shooting .535 on enemy territory, while scoring 83.4 ppg.
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford is 85-10 (51-9 vs Pac-10 schools, 34-1 vs non-league opponents) ... This year (12 home games), Stanford has beaten its opponents by an average of 24.3 points per game (12 games, +291 points) ... The Maples Pavilion record is 27.3 points per game set last year in 14 home games ... Stanford has hosted 48 consecutive soldout crowds at Maples Pavilion.
'Stanford's got everything it takes to be successful, at home,on the road, in the NCAA tournament, wherever. I think they have a great chance to win the national title. I don't know how to defend them.' -Washington State head coach Paul Graham
Stanford's point differential remains strong in 2000-01 ... Stanford is beating its opponents by an average of 20.7 points per game, #1 in the Pac-10 ... Stanford has won 13 games by 20 or more points.
'If anybody is going to beat Stanford, they're going to have to play ahell of a game, shoot about 100 percent from the field andnot turn the ball over. I mean that sincerely.' -Washington State head coach Paul Graham
Twenty-six times these five players have started, and 25 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 .538 (566-of-1,053) from the floor, and .461 (158-of-343) from three-point territory ... Four starters are averaging in double-figures.
After 26 games, Cardinal shooting is doing just fine ... The Cardinal has hit .514 from the floor (#1 in the Pac-10), including 15 games in which Stanford hit 50 percent or better ... In the last four games, Stanford has hit 127-of-215 shots for .591 ... In the last 13 games, the Cardinal has hit 383-of-723 shots for .530 ... Stanford has not shot this well from the floor for the season since the 1988-89 season when the Cardinal ended the year at .522.
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 26 games this year, the Cardinal has hit 195-of-460 three-point attempts for .424, #1 in the Pac-10 ... And while Moseley has graduated, Jacobsen and Mendez are back in mid-season form, hitting .451 (#3 in the Pac-10) and .406 (#8 in the Pac-10), respectively ... And Michael McDonald is hitting 44-of-82 from three-point range, good for .537, tops in the Pac-10.
'You watch so much tape on Stanford, but you get a different perspectivewhen you see them in person, and I think it really heightenshow good they really are.' -Washington head coach Bob Bender
Last year, the Cardinal set an NCAA record for field goal percentage defense at .352 ... After 26 games this year, the defensive stat is .412, #2 in the Pac-10 ... Only five opponents this year have shot 50 percent or better from the floor ... From three-point territory, Stanford is allowing the opponent only a shooting percentage of .331, #4 in the Pac-10.
'This year is Mike Montgomery's most complete team. Offensively,they have no weaknesses. They are a nightmarefor coaches to prepare for.' -Oregon State head coachRitchie McKay
Stanford's imposing frontline players, which includes two seven-foot centers, and a 6-foot-11 forward, has already generated 79 blocks in 26 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 fourth (74), Borchardt is sixth (61) and Jarron Collins is ninth (59).
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 ... Together Jarron and Jason Collins have started 37 games at Stanford (eleven games last year, 26 this year) and the Cardinal is 36-1 during that span ... Combined they are totaling 26.8 points and 14.6 rebounds per game ... Jason is averaging a team-leading 7.8 rebounds per game (#4 in the Pac-10), while Jarron is averaging 6.8 rebounds per game (#10 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 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 ... In the 71-61 victory at Washington State (1/25/01), Jarron and Jason combined for 36 points (16-of-22 from the floor) and 17 rebounds.
Since the 1983-84 season, Stanford has employed eight starting point-guards, including four-year starter Brevin Knight (1993-97), and three-year starters Terry Taylor (1985-89) and Keith Ramee (1982-86) ... Michael McDonald is in his second season as a Cardinal starter and he ranks among the Cardinal's best in terms of effectively running a team. Below is how McDonald compares to Stanford's seven other starting point-guards since the 1983-84 season.
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 14.8 minutes of play per game, and is averaging 4.3 ppg ... Has played double-digits in minutes played off the bench in 19 of 25 games ... Played perhaps his best game of the season against then top-ranked Duke (12/21/00) ... Playing the point-guard position, scored nine points, grabbed three rebounds, dished out two assists and blocked a shot in 17 minutes ... Helped upstart the Cardinal against Oregon State (1/11/01) with a career-high 15 points (6-for-9 from the floor, 3-for-5 from three-point territory) in 23 minutes ... Scored eleven points (4-for-4 from the free throw line) against Old Dominion (11/23/00) at the Puerto Rico Shootout ... Chalked up ten points against Fordham (12/29/00) in the opening round of the Cable Car Classic ... 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 five games ... Played six minutes against UC Riverside (11/29/00).
#11 Curtis Borchardt, Center, 7-0, 230, Sophomore, Redmond, Wa
Out for the remainder of the season with a stress fracture of the navicular bone in his right foot ... It is the second straight year that he has been bothered by a bad foot ... Had blocked 19 shots off the bench (16.5 minutes per game) ... In only 37 career games at Stanford, Curtis has already blocked 61 shots, sixth-best in school history ... Blocked four shots against Old Dominion (11/23/00) at the Puerto Rico Shootout ... Blocked at least two shots in four games ... Blocked at least one shot in 12 games ... Scored in double-figures in four games, including a season-high 14 points in the season opener against San Francisco State (11/19/00) ... Shot .534 from the floor, and had hit 16-of-21 shots for .762 in his last six games.
#31 Jarron Collins, Forward, 6-11, 235, Senior, North Hollywood, Ca
All-America candidate ... One of 15 finalists for Naismith Player of the Year ... Also a candidate for the John Wooden Award ... Averaging 12.8 points (#14 in the Pac-10) and 6.8 rebounds per game (has grabbed ten or more rebounds in four games) ... Eleventh in the Pac-10 in rebounding ... Shooting .576 from the floor, fifth-best in the Pac-10 ... Has shot 60 percent or better in 13 games ... Has scored in double figures in 20 games ... Has two double-doubles (points-rebounds) this year ... Named MVP at the Cable Car Classic ... In the championship game against Santa Clara (12/30/00), scored a career-high 25 points (7-for-11 from the floor, 10-for-11 from the free throw line) along with seven rebounds ... Tallied a team-high 22 points along with nine rebounds at Arizona (1/6/01) ... Scored 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 ... Named Pac-10 Co-Player of the Week (along with twin brother Jason) by scoring 38 points (13-of-21 from the floor, 11-of-13 from the free throw line), grabbing 18 rebounds, and blocking three shots in wins at Arizona State (1/4/01) and Arizona (1/6/01).
#34 Jason Collins, Center, 7-0, 260, Junior, North Hollywood, Ca
An All Pac-10 candidate ... A co-captain along with Ryan Mendez ... Averaging 14.0 points (#13 in the Pac-10) and a team-leading 7.8 rebounds per game (#4 in the Pac-10) ... Shooting a team-leading .616 from the floor (#3 in the Pac-10) ... Has shot 60 percent or better in 14 games ... Has shot 50 percent or better in 24 of 26 games ... For his career, shooting a school record .616 ... In his last five games, has hit 38-of-50 shots for 76 percent ... Enjoyed his best game in a Cardinal uniform with career-high in points (33, 13-of-14 from the floor, 4-for-5 from three-point territory), assists (5) and steals (4) against Washington (2/24/01) ... His 13-of-14 shots from the floor against the Huskies was the third-best shooting effort in school history ... His 33 points against Washington was the most for a Stanford player since the 1997-98 season when Kris Weems scored 34 points against Oregon ... Has collected eight double-doubles (points-rebounds) ... That included 25 points and 12 rebounds in 24 minutes of play against Oregon (1/13/01) ... Collected 19 points and 12 rebounds at Arizona (1/6/01) ... Scored 19 points (7-for-9 from the floor) and grabbed eleven rebounds at Oregon (2/8/01) ... Tallied ten points, a career-high 15 rebounds, and two blocks in Stanford's 84-83 victory over then top-ranked Duke (12/21/00) ... Had a 19 point, 11 rebound perfomance against UC Riverside (11/29/00) ... Tallied 18 points and 12 rebounds at Washington State (1/27/01) ... Also collected a double-double (11 points, 13 rebounds) against Sacred Heart (12/18/00), and 16 points and eleven rebounds against Georgia Tech (12/19/00) ... 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) ... Named Pac-10 Co-Player of the Week (along with his twin brother Jarron) for his efforts at Arizona State and Arizona ... In the two games in Tempe and Tucson, scored 34 points (9-for-16 from the floor, 16-of-17 from the free throw line), grabbed 16 rebounds, stole three passes and blocked two shots.
#22 Justin Davis, Forward, 6-8, 230, RS Freshman, Berkeley, Ca
Establishing himself as one of Stanford's key players off the bench (13.4 mpg) ... Has played double-digits in minutes played in 13 of the last 17 games ... Against Oregon (1/13/01), collected a career-high ten rebounds along with seven points, three steals, a block and an assist in 20 minutes of play ... Collected eight points (4-for-5 from the floor) and six rebounds in 16 minutes of play at California (2/17/01) ... Saw his first collegiate action against Sacred Heart (12/18/00) and responded with seven points in 14 minutes of play ... Tallied 19 minutes against Fordham (12/29/00) at the Cable Car Classic and responded with nine points and nine rebounds ... In a career-high 21 minutes, tallied eight points, three rebounds, and two blocks against UCLA (2/3/01) ... In his last 12 games, has hit 60 percent (24-of-40) from the floor ... Overall, hitting .529 from the floor ... Missed the first six games of the season 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 ... Scored a season-high seven points against Memphis (11/24/00) ... Tallied a career-high eight assists at California (2/17/01) ... Averaging 13.7 minutes off the bench ... Has played double-digit minutes in 25 of the team's 26 games.
#23 Casey Jacobsen, Forward/Guard, 6-6, 210, Sophomore, Glendora, Ca
An All-America candidate who is putting up All-America-type numbers ... One of 15 finalists for Naismith Player of the Year ... Also a John Wooden, and Oscar Robertson Player of the Year candidate ... A Pac-10 Player of the Year Candidate ... Stanford's top scorer at 17.7 ppg, fourth-best in the Pac-10 ... Has led the team in scoring in 15 games, and has scored in double-figures in 25 games ... Leads the team in three-pointers with 65 ... Shooting .451 from three-point territory, third-best in the Pac-10 ... Has shot 50 percent or better from three-point territory in 14 games ... Has hit at least one three-pointer in 25 games ... Overall, shooting .500 from the floor ... In the last five games, has hit 33-of-55 shots for .600 ... Shooting .797 from the free throw line ... Tied his career-high with 26 points against then top-ranked Duke (12/21/00) ... Named Fox Sports National Player of the Week for his winning basket with 3.6 seconds against the then top-ranked Blue Devils (12/21/00) ... Chalked up 23 points in the Pac-10 season opener at Arizona State (1/4/01) ... Scored 22 points 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) ... Also named to the all-tournament team at the Cable Car Classic ... In two games against Fordham (12/29/00) and Santa Clara (12/30/00), scored 37 points, grabbed eight rebounds and six assists.
#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 ... Scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds in 16 minutes of play at California (2/17/01) ... His two three-pointers in the second half helped key Stanford to victory (82-63) at Oregon State (2/10/01) ... Has hit 6-of-13 from three-point territory for .462 ... For the season, hitting .511 from the floor ... In the last five games, has hit 10-of-17 shots for .588.
#3 Kyle Logan, Guard/Forward, 6-5, 202, Sophomore, Hagerstown, Md
Has already played more minutes (70) this year as he did during an injury-plaqued season (25) last year ... Scored a career-high six points along with three rebounds and three assists in 12 minutes of play at Washington (1/25/01) ... An excellent defensive player.
#33 Matt Lottich, Guard, 6-4, 190, Freshman, Winnetka, Il
Has appeared in 23 games and has hit 19-of-41 shots for 46 percent ... 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) ... Scored eight points against Fordham (12/29/00) at the Cable Car Classic.
#4 Michael McDonald, Guard, 6-1, 180, Senior, Long Beach, Ca
A strong season for this Cardinal senior ... An All Pac-10 first team candidate ... McDonald's assist-to-turnover ratio is eye-catching ... The senior point-guard, in his second season as a starter, leads the Pac-10 in that category at 132to-37 ... In his last three games, has dished out 18 assists with two turnovers ... In five games, McDonald had no turnovers, and in eleven games he had only one turnover ... Averaging 5.1 assists per game, third-best in the Pac-10 ... 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 .514 from the floor, and .537 from three-point territory, tops in the Pac-10 ... 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) ... Scored 18 points (six three-pointers) against USC (2/1/01) ... Collected 15 points (3-for-4 from three-point territory) against UCLA (2/3/01) ... Scored 14 points (5-for-6 from the floor), along with seven assists and five rebounds in 26 minutes at Arizona State (1/4/01) ... Tallied 14 points (5-for-6 from the floor, 4-for-5 from three-point territory) along with a career-high nine assists, and five rebounds at Washington (1/25/01) ... Named to the all-tournament team at the Cable Car Classic ... In wins over Fordham (12/29/00) and Santa Clara (12/30/00), scored 15 points, dished out 13 assists and grabbed eleven rebounds.
#32 Ryan Mendez, Forward/Guard, 6-7, 210, Senior, Burleson, Tx
Honors Candidate ... A co-captain along with Jason Collins ... Enjoying his best season at Stanford ... 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 ... Stanford's fourth leading scorer at 10.8 ppg ... Has scored in double figures in 13 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) ... Tallied 20 points (7-for-9 from the free throw line) at Arizona (1/6/01) ... Gained all-tournament honors at the Puerto Rico Shootout ... Also gained all-tournament honors at the Stanford Invitational ... Shooting .477 percent from the floor, and .406 percent from three-point territory (#7 in the Pac-10) ... Has hit at least one three-pointer 22 of the team's 26 games ... In his last four games, has hit 14-of-27 shots for 52 percent ... Grabbed a season-high eight rebounds against UC Riverside (11/29/00) ... Also has dished out 54 assists, fourth-best on the Cardinal ... Has made 167 three-pointers in his Stanford career, fourth-best in school history ... His career three-point percentage of .423 is sixth-best all-time at Stanford ... A superb free throw shooter ... Has made 55-of-59 free throw attempts this year for .932 (#1 in the Pac-10, and ahead of the school record) and .855 for his career, third-best all-time at Stanford ... Hit six straight free throws in the final 33 seconds to seal a 69-62 victory over the Oregon Ducks (2/8/01) in Eugene ... Has hit his last 26 free throw attempts over the last ten games ... The school record is 41 straight by Todd Lichti during the 1988-89 season.