The Cardinal, Spartans Meet In First Round
March 11, 2001
Kansas City, Mo - The nationally-ranked Stanford men's basketball team, Pac-10 champions for a third straight season, is NCAA Tournament-bound for a school record seventh straight time.
The Cardinal earned a #1 seed in the West in this year's 64-team national tournament. Stanford will open first round play on Thursday, March 15, against the University of North Carolina-Greesboro. The tipoff time will be announced on Monday afternoon (3/12/01).
UNC-Greensboro is 19-11 and a member of the Southern Conference. Stanford met UNC-Greensboro in the 1996-97 season opener at the Great Alaska Shootout. The Cardinal scored a 88-52 victory.
Only six times in school history has Stanford met a Southern Conference school.
The Stanford-UNC Greensboro will face either #8 Georgia Tech or #9 St. Joseph's on Saturday (3/17/01).
Only eleven Stanford basketball players in school history have ever played on four Stanford NCAA Tournament teams. The list includes three members of this year's team, seniors Jarron Collins, Michael McDonald and Ryan Mendez.
This year's Cardinal team is blessed with near-perfect team chemistry, outstanding leadership from its senior class, quality depth and excellent overall talent. Since December 25, 2000, the Cardinal has been ranked no lower than second in the nation.
Stanford is 5-0 on neutral courts this year. In those games, the Cardinal has won by an average of 17.4 points per game.
Part of Stanford's success this year has been its shooting percentage. The Cardinal is .513 from the floor, #1 in the nation. Stanford has hit 50 percent or better in 18 games. In the last eight games, Stanford has hit 236-of-431 shots for .550.
Stanford has not shot this well from the floor for the season since the 1988-89 season when the Cardinal ended the year .522.
Stanford's defense has also been strong. After 30 games this year, the defensive stat is .418, #2 in the Pac-10. Last year, the Cardinal set an NCAA record for field goal percentage defense at .352.
The Cardinal has won 28 games this year, second-best in school history and only two short of the school record. Stanford has won at least 20 games or more for seven straight seasons.
Stanford is ranked first-or-second in 12 categories in the Pac-10 Conference.
Stanford joins Arizona, UCLA, California, and USC as participants from the Pac-10 in this year's NCAA Tournament.