Nationally-Ranked Men's Basketball Team Faces Purdue in John R. Wooden Tradition
Nov. 21, 2001
Stanford StoryStanford (2-0 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10) vs Purdue (*1-0 overall, 0-0 Big Ten)John R. Wooden TraditionSaturday, November 24, 2001, 6:00 p.m. (eastern time)Conseco Fieldhouse (18,500)*Purdue plays Radford on Nov. 21
As one of the nation's elite basketball programs, Stanford is often invited to some of the higher profile collegiate basketball tournaments in the country ... This year, the Cardinal will compete (in additon to the John R. Wooden Tradition) in the Classic 4 Kids in Chicago (Dec. 1 against Texas), the Las Vegas Showdown (Dec. 22 vs BYU), and The Pete Newell Challenge (Dec. 29 vs Michigan State) ... In recent years, Stanford has played in such prestigious tournaments as the Puerto Rico Shootout, the Coaches vs Cancer Tournament and the Pre-Season NIT in New York City, and the Great Alaska Shootout ... An annual doubleheader invitational, the John R. Wooden Tradition was organized as an annual tribute to Martinsville, Indiana native, Purdue All-American and legendary former UCLA head basketball coach John Wooden ... Since its origin in 1994, the John R. Wooden Classic, played in Anaheim, has been widely recognized as one of the premier regular season college basketball invitationals in the country ... Similar to the standards of the Wooden Classic, the Wooden Tradition brings together some of the finest teams in the country ... The inaugural event in November 2000 featured Purdue, Arizona, Notre Dame and Cincinnati ... Following the Stanford-Purdue game, Missouri will face Xavier ... The game will be played in one of the NBA's new arenas and home of the Indiana Pacers, Conseco Fieldhouse ... From the outside, the simple, red brick, limestone and concrete exterior leads to a vast, barrel-vault roof similar to traditional fieldhouses.
Stanford Cardinal Starters (2-0 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10)F - Justin Davis, 6-8, 230, Sophomore, Berkeley, Ca (7.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg)F - Josh Childress, 6-8, 190, Freshman, Lakewood, Ca (12.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg)C - Curtis Borchardt, 7-0, 240, Junior, Redmond, Wa (16.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg)G - Casey Jacobsen, 6-6, 210, Junior, Glendora, Ca (20.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg)G - Tony Giovacchini, 6-2, 180, Senior, Salt Lake City, Ut (6.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg)
Purdue Boilermaker Starters (*1-0 overall, 0-0 Big Ten)F - Rodney Smith, 6-6, 231, Senior, Indianapolis, In (4.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg)F - Darmetreis Kilgore, 6-5, 202, Junior, South Bend, In (16.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg)C - John Allison, 6-10, 242, Senior, New Palestine, In (6.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg)G - Maynard Lewis, 6-1, 187, Senior, Terre Haute, In (19.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg)G - Austin Parkinson, 6-0, 183, Sophomore, Kokomo, In (4.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg)*Purdue hosts Radford on Nov. 21
Mike Montgomery is in his 16th season at Stanford with a record of 321-146 ... In 15 previous seasons at Stanford, Montgomery has directed the Cardinal to 13 post-season appearances (9 NCAA, 4 NIT) ... Montgomery's overall record (15+ seasons at Stanford, 8 seasons at Montana) is 475-222 ... Montgomery is 1-0 against Purdue
Only once has Stanford and Purdue met on the basketball court ... That game took place on March 20, 1998 in St. Louis in the third game of the NCAA Midwest Regional ... Stanford won 67-59 as then freshman Jarron Collins came off the bench to score 12 points and grab eleven rebounds ... Stanford is 20-25 against Big Ten teams.
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 first 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 seniors (Tony Giovacchini and Kyle Logan) are on the 14-man roster ... 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 ... Johnson leads the Cardinal in receptions with 35 for 505 yards (14.4 avg) and seven touchdowns.
Stanford, despite losing four starters from a 31-3 team, is still gaining respect in the pre-season national polls ... The Cardinal was ranked ninth by Dick Vitale's College Hoops, 11th by Slam Magazine, 13th by Associated Press, ESPN.com, Street & Smith's, and Lindy's Magazine, 15th by ESPN/USA Today, and The Sporting News, and 24th by NCAA Preview Magazine, and Basketball News ... 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, was named a pre-season first team All-American by The Associated Press, The Sporting News, Athlon's Magazine, Basketball News and Dick Vitale's College Hoops.
The 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 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-two 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 ten 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.
Stanford has enjoyed great success on neutral court sites ... Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 26-6, including a 14-2 record in the last two seasons ... Stanford will play four neutral site games this year, not including the Pac-10 and NCAA Tournaments.
Curtis Borchardt is known as a shot blocker, one of the best in school history in school history although injuries have forced him to miss 25 games in the past two seasons ... However, in 39 games, Borchardt has collected 65 blocks which puts him sixth on the all-time blocks list at Stanford ... In 17 of those 39 games, Borchardt has collected two or more blocks ... In the season opening 81-66 victory at New Mexico (11/17/01), Borchardt patrolled the inside with four blocks ... Borchardt also added his first collegiate double-double with 17 points and eleven rebounds at New Mexico (11/20/01), both career-highs ... Borchardt then added 15 points and eleven rebounds against Southern Utah (11/20/01).
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.
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, while David Moseley is playing pro basketball in Turkey ... Former Cardinal sharpshooter Kris Weems has joined the Cardinal basketball marketing and promotions staff.
Last year, Purdue jumped to an 11-3 record (including a win over top-ranked Arizona) before injuries doomed the Boilermakers to a 17-15 final mark ... Purdue returns four of five starters and ten letterwinners ... The backbone of the team is the four seniors ... Senior guard Maynard Lewis scored 19 points (5-for-6 from the floor, 3-for-4 from three-point territory, 6-for-6 from the free throw line) along with two steals in 27 minutes of play in the team's 73-69 victory over Valparaiso ... Gene Keady, who has been National Coach of the Year six times, is in his 22nd year at Purdue with a record of 457-206 ... Keady's overall career mark (2 seasons at Western Kentucky, 21-plus seasons at Purdue) is 495-225 ... Keady is 0-1 against Stanford.