Nationally-Ranked Stanford Basketball Team To Open Exhibition Season
Nov. 4, 2001
Stanford, Ca - It's that time of the year again ... Time again for Stanford Basketball, and the Cardinal of 2001-02 will be unveiled on Tuesday (Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.) when the Cardinal hosts Athletes in Action in an exhibition game at Maples Pavilion ... This is the first of two exhibition games with the second contest slated for Nov. 12 against the EA Sports All-Stars ... Stanford will officially start the regular season on Nov. 17 at New Mexico ... The home opener is Nov. 20 against Southern Utah.
Stanford, despite losing four starters from a 31-3 team, is still gaining respect in the national polls ... The Cardinal is ranked 11th by Slam Magazine, 13th by ESPN.com and Lindy's Magazine, 15th by ESPN/USA Today, and The Sporting News, and 24th by NCAA Preview Magazine ... Individually, Casey Jacobsen is a leading candidate for Naismith and John Wooden Player of the Year ... Jacobsen, who was named to six All-America teams last year, has already been named a pre-season first team All-American by The Sporting News and Athlon's Magazine.
Stanford is coming off one of its best years in school history (31-3, Elite Eight) ... With Casey Jacobsen leading the way, the Cardinal is prime for another run at a fourth straight Pacific-10 title ... Though expectations may not be as high as they were last season after losses to graduation and the NBA, head coach Mike Montgomery remains optimistic his team has an excellent shot at going deep into the NCAA Tournament ... Jacobsen, who is already considered one of the great players in school history, also has been named to several All-America pre-season teams, and is a leading candidate for National Player of the Year ... Jacobsen averaged 18.1 ppg, shot 51 percent from the floor, and 47 percent from three-point territory last season ... Jacobsen's name appears in the Stanford record book 39 times ... With a league-leading +17.7 scoring margin, the bench was able to see ample game minutes that should help provide experience ... This team is young ... Only two players (Tony Giovacchini and Kyle Logan) on the 14-man roster are seniors ... Nine of the 14 players are either freshman or sophomores ... One of those 14 players is Teyo Johnson, who will not be available to the team until the conclusion of the football season ... Johnson has been a key member as a wide receiver on the nationally-ranked football team.
Schedule StoryThe Stanford basketball team will embark on another tough, challenging schedule in 2001-02 season ... The Cardinal will face such notables as Michigan State, Purdue, Texas, Brigham Young and New Mexico during the non-league schedule in addition to the likes of Arizona, UCLA, and USC in the Pacific-10 Conference ... Stanford opens the 2001-02 season on the road at New Mexico (Nov.17) ... Stanford will face Big-10 power Purdue at the Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis (Nov.24) ... A week later (Dec. 1), Stanford will face Texas at the Classic 4 Kids at the United Center in Chicago ... Stanford travels to the Las Vegas Showdown (Dec. 22) where they will face Brigham Young ... On Dec. 29 at the Pete Newell Challenge, Stanford will face Michigan State ... Twenty-three of Stanford's 27 regular season games will be televised nationally or locally ... Twelve games will be on national television (Fox Sports Net, ABC, CBS, ESPN and another eleven games will be televised locally on KRON, Channel 4.
The UCLA Bruins are the overwhelming favorite to finish first in the 2001-02 Pacific-10 Conference Men's basketball race, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball ... The polls shows UCLA gathered 24 of 27 possible first-place votes (267 points) and are tabbed the favorite this season ... Three-time defending Pac-10 champion Stanford is picked for second place (one first place vote, 222 points) ... USC (208 points) edges Arizona (two first place votes, 200 points) for third place ... California (161 points) follows in fifth place, while Oregon (117 points) narrowly edges Arizona State (111 points) for sixth place ... Oregon State (95 points) gets the nod for eighth place, while Washington State (57 points) and Washington (47 points) round out the preseason poll.
The 2002 Pac-10 Tournament, scheduled for March 7 through March 9, will bring together the top eight teams in the Pac-10's final regular season standings ... The tournament champion will be crowned on Saturday afternoon (Mar. 7) and will receive the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament ... Fox Sports Net will broadcast the quarterfinals on Thursday and the semifinals on Friday ... Saturday's championship game will be broadcast on CBS.
The Pacific-10 Conference will honor ten former coaches and student-athletes with their induction into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor during the 2002 Pac-10 Tournament (Mar. 7-9) ... Those individuals to be inducted include Hank Luisetti (Stanford), Sean Elliott (Arizona), Byron Scott (Arizona State), Pete Newell (California), John Dick (Oregon), Gary Payton (Oregon State), John Wooden (UCLA), Bill Sharman (USC), Bob Houbregs (Washington) and Craig Ehlo (Washington State) ... A three-time All-American and two-time College Player of the Year, Luisetti revolutionized the game with his one-handed shot during the 1930's ... Luisetti is a member of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame and the Citizens Savings Foundation Basketball Hall of Fame ... Luisetti is the owner of the oldest school record in Stanford basketball history, as he tossed in a school-best 50 points in a 92-27 victory over Duquesne on Jan. 1, 1938.
Tickets are now on sale for the 2001 Pete Newell Challenge, which is set for Saturday, December 29, at the The Arena in Oakland ... Stanford, the three-time defending Pac-10 champion, will face Michigan State (28-5 in 2000-01) at 7:30 p.m. ... At 5:00 p.m., USF will face Michigan ... Michigan State has appeared in three consecutive Final Fours (the 2000 national champion) ... At last year's Pete Newell Challenge, the largest crowd in California college basketball history (19,804), watched All-American Casey Jacobsen hit a jumper with 3.6 seconds to play to beat Duke, 84-83 ... In a fan poll conducted by ESPN.com, the Stanford-Duke game was the overwhelming choice as college basketball's game of the year (2000-01 season) ... For ticket information, call tickets.com (510-762-2277, 415-478-2277, 408-998-2277) or go to www.tickets.com ... Outside California, dial toll-free (800) 225-2277 ... Or call The Arena in Oakland at (510) 569-2121 or the Stanford Ticket Office at 800-STANFORD.
Ryan Mendez is playing professional basketball in Australia ... Mendez, one of Stanford's all-time best three-point shooters, is playing for a team that is owned by former Cardinal star Andrew Vlahov ... Michael McDonald is attending graduate school at Stanford ... Former Cardinal players Adam Keefe and Tim Young are playing professionally in Spain ... Former Cardinal sharpshooter Kris Weems has joined the Cardinal basketball marketing and promotions staff.