No. 12 Men's Basketball Team Hosts California in Pac-10 Season Opener
Dec. 31, 2001
Stanford StoryStanford (7-2 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) vs California (9-1 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)Friday, January 4, 2001, 7:30 p.m., Maples Pavilion (7,391)
Stanford vs CaliforniaSunday, January 6, 2002, 7:00 p.m., Haas Pavilion (12,172)
School records have been broken numerous times for the Stanford basketball team in recent years, and an important team school record is a goal in 2001-02 ... The Cardinal has won three straight Pac-10 regular season titles, and will be aiming for a new school record fourth title when Stanford begins Pac-10 play against California on Jan. 4 at Maples Pavilion ... This year, the Cardinal is among the conference favorites, but in a poll of league sportswriters and sportscasters, UCLA is given the nod to win the title this year ... The Bruins are already off to a fast start in league play, winning games at Washington and Washington State ... USC, picked to finish third behind UCLA and Stanford, also is 2-0 ... Stanford captured three straight Pacific Coast Conference titles from 1936-38, but a third place finish in 1939 prevented a fourth consecutive league title ... No league team has won four straight conference titles since UCLA won 13 straight championships from 1967 to 1979.
Stanford Cardinal Starters (7-2 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)F - Justin Davis, 6-8, 230, Sophomore, Berkeley, Ca (7.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg)C - Curtis Borchardt, 7-0, 240, Junior, Redmond, Wa (16.2 ppg, 10.9 rpg)G - Casey Jacobsen, 6-6, 210, Junior, Glendora, Ca (20.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg)G - Julius Barnes, 6-1, 180, Junior, Rowland Heights, Ca (10.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg)G - Tony Giovacchini, 6-2, 180, Senior, Salt Lake City, Ut (4.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg)
California Golden Bear Starters (9-1 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)F - Jamal Sampson, 6-11, 235, Freshman, Inglewood, Ca (7.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg)F - Joe Shipp, 6-5, 220, Junior, Los Angeles, Ca (14.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg)C - Solomon Hughes, 6-11, 225, Senior, Carson, Ca (11.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg)G - Dennis Gates, 6-3, 195, Senior, Chicago, Il (7.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg)G - Shantay Legans, 5-10, 175, Junior, Goleta, Ca (7.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg)
Mike Montgomery is in his 16th season at Stanford with a record of 326-148 ... 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 480-224 ... Montgomery is 23-8 against California, and 13-2 at Maples Pavilion against the Golden Bears ... Montgomery was just named an assistant coach of USA Basketball's 2002 World Championship Team that will compete in the 2002 FIBA World Basketball Championship for Men (Aug. 29-Sept. 8, 2002) in Indianapolis.
California leads the series with Stanford, 132-102, but the Cardinal has won the last nine games, a school record ... Stanford has won the last eight games against the Golden Bears at Maples Pavilion dating back to the 1993-94 season ... Since the opening of Maples Pavilion during the 1968-69 season, Stanford holds a 21-12 record against Cal at home ... Stanford has beaten California the last four meetings away from Maples Pavilion (twice at Haas Pavilion in 1999-2000 & 2000-01 & twice in Oakland in 1997-98 & 1998-99).
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford is 89-11 (52-10 vs Pac-10 schools, 37-1 vs non-league opponents) ... That includes a 8-0 record against California, and a winning margin of 16.6 ppg over the Golden Bears ... In the last two seasons at Maples Pavilion, Stanford has scored a 101-50 victory in 1999-00 and a 84-58 verdict last year ... The 101 points by Stanford scored during the 1999-00 game against the Golden Bears was the most ever scored by the Cardinal in this series, and the 51-point margin of victory is the largest over Cal in the series ... The 51-point margin of victory by Stanford was the largest ever for the Cardinal in a league game at Maples Pavilion, and fourth-largest ever in school history.
Stanford is on a record pace to break the school record for season blocks ... After nine games, the Cardinal has averaged 4.6 blocks per game, compared to a season-average of 3.2 last year ... Twenty-six of those 41 team blocks this year belong to Curtis Borchardt, who is averaging 2.9 blocks per game ... Borchardt tallied 19 blocks in 20 games played last year ... The school record for average blocks per game is held by Tim Young at 1.7 per game (1996-97 season) ... Borchardt has had least three blocks in five games this year ... Stanford has hit opponents to a .409 shooting percentage, only .385 from three-point territory, and has a rebound margin of +12.0 per game, one of the top marks in the country ... Nine of Stanford's 14 players are averaging ten minutes or more per game.
Stanford, despite losing four starters from a 31-3 team, still gained 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, Basketball Times and Dick Vitale's College Hoops.
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 2001-02 Stanford Varsity (Alphabetical)
#24 Julius Barnes, 6-1, 180, Junior, Guard, Rowland Heights, Ca
Has proven to be a valuable player at both the point and off-guard positions ... Barnes has the ability to run the fast break, and break down defenses with penetration ... Has started the last three games ... In those three games, Barnes is averaging 13.3 ppg and shooting 50 percent (15-for-30) ... Barnes help spearhead the Cardinal to victory with a career-high 19 points (7-for-9 from the floor) along with four assists against Michigan State (12/29/01) at the Pete Newell Challenge ... Barnes started his first collegiate game against Portland State (12/19/01) and responded with 16 points (4-for-8 from three-point territory), three assists, two rebounds and a steal ... Named to the all-tournament team at the Stanford Invitational ... Barnes scored 13 points against Texas (12/1/01), and followed that up with eleven points (5-for-5 from the floor) against Long Beach State (12/15/01) ... Averaging 10.1 ppg, third-best on the Cardinal varsity.
#14 Tyler Besecker, 6-6, 205, Sophomore, Guard/Forward, Bellevue, Wa
Starting the season, Besecker was 100 percent healthy after missing all but five games last year with food poisoning ... However, Besecker is out definitely after suffering a sprained right ankle in practice (12/21/01) ... Besecker is a hard-working athlete with great enthusiasm for the game ... Played his first game of the season with four minutes of action against Belmont (12/18/01) in the first round of the Stanford Invitational.
#2 Curtis Borchardt, 7-0, 240, Junior, Center, Redmond, Wa
Known as a shot blocker, one of the best in school history although injuries forced him to miss 25 games during his freshman and sophomore seasons ... However, in 46 games, Borchardt has collected 87 blocks which puts him fourth on the all-time blocks list at Stanford ... In 22 of those 46 games, Borchardt has collected two or more blocks ... Borchardt already has 26 blocks in nine games this year ... Has recorded a school record six blocks in two games (Purdue & Michigan State) this year ... Originally set the blocks school record with six against Cal State Bakersfield during the 1999-00 season ... Has collected double-doubles (points-rebounds) in five of Stanford's nine games ... Tallied a career-high 27 points (9-for-11 from the floor), ten rebounds and six blocks against Michigan State ... Scored 25 points (10-for-11 from the floor, seventh-best effort in school history) and grabbed 14 rebounds with a career-high five assists, three blocks and a steal in 29 minutes of play against Long Beach State (12/15/01) ... Borchardt opened the season with his first collegiate double-double with 17 points and eleven rebounds at New Mexico (11/20/01) ... Borchardt then added 15 points and eleven rebounds against Southern Utah (11/20/01) ... Borchardt added another double-double with 13 points, a career-high 20 rebounds and a school record six blocks against Purdue (11/24/01) ... Only ten players in school history have grabbed 20 or more rebounds in a game ... That list now includes Borchardt's 20 boards against Purdue (11/24/01) ... Recorded another double-digit rebound game with eleven against Texas (12/1/01) ... One of the nation's leading rebounders at 10.9 per game ... Borchardt has made 44-of-61 shots (.721) in the last eight games to boost his season field goal percentage to .633 ... Stanford's second leading scorer at 16.2 ppg ... Named to the all-tournament team at the Stanford Invitational.
#1 Josh Childress, 6-8, 190, Freshman, Forward/Guard, Lakewood, Ca
Childress can create his shot off the dribble and has deep range ... Childress' game is likened to former NBA all-star George Gervin ... Stanford's fourth leading scorer at 9.4 ppg ... Childress was only the second freshman to start his first collegiate game during head coach Mike Montgomery's 16-year tenure at Stanford ... The other freshman was Brevin Knight during the 1993-94 season ... Childress has scored in double figures in five games, including a season-high 21 points against Purdue (11/24/01) ... Childress hit 9-of-14 shots against the Boilermarkers ... Childress can also rebound ... Averaging 4.2 rebounds per game, third-best on the Cardinal ... Tallied a season-high nine boards against Southern Utah (11/20/01).
#22 Justin Davis, 6-8, 230, Sophomore, Forward, Berkeley, Ca
Stanford's starting power forward ... An athletic frontline player who is active at both ends of the court ... Davis notched his first collegiate double-double with 19 points (8-for-10 from the floor) and ten rebounds against Brigham Young (12/22/01) at the Las Vegas Showdown ... Davis then followed with 12 points (5-for-6 from the floor) along with four rebounds against Michigan State (12/29/01) at the Pete Newell Challenge ... Davis started the season hitting 7-of-10 shots in wins over New Mexico (11/17/01) and Southern Utah (11/20/01) ... Collected ten points and eight rebounds in the season opener at New Mexico (11/17/01) ... Shooting a team-leading .682 from the floor ... Has hit 20-of-25 shots (.800) in the last five games ... Has upped his season-average to 7.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game ... Has scored 31 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in his last two games.
#25 Tony Giovacchini, 6-2, 180, Senior, Guard, Salt Lake City, Ut
Stanford's starting point-guard ... A co-captain along with Casey Jacobsen ... Giovacchini's assist-to-turnover ratio is good at 32-to-13 ... In seven of nine games, had two turnovers or less ... Scored a season-high 13 points (4-for-5 from the floor, 3-for-3 from three-point territory) in the season-opener at New Mexico (11/17/01) ... Giovacchini tallied ten points (3-for-4 from three-point territory) and grabbed a season-high six rebounds against Portland State (12/19/01) in the championship game of the Stanford Invitational ... Dished out a career-high eight assists against Southern Utah (11/20/01) ... Tallied seven assists with no turnovers against Belmont (12/18/01) at the Stanford Invitational.
#11 Chris Hernandez, 6-2, 185, Freshman, Guard, Fresno, Ca
One of Stanford's two reserve point-guards ... The Stanford coaches like his toughness and determination ... Hernandez is a natural born leader ... Hernandez has appeared in all nine games with a season-high 17 minutes against Belmont (12/18/01) ... Has played double-digits in minutes in four games ... Hernandez tallied ten points, four rebounds and three assists against Belmont (12/18/01) ... Is still learning the Stanford system, but is looking more confident on the court adjusting from high school to the major college level.
#23 Casey Jacobsen, 6-6, 215, Junior, Guard, Glendora, Ca
>An All-America candidate ... A co-captain along with Tony Giovacchini ... Stanford's leading scorer at 20.6 ppg ... Jacobsen has expanded his game with his rebounding average (5.1 per game, grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds against Purdue) and is also the team's leading assist person with 33 (dished out a career-high eight assists in the season opener at New Mexico) ... Scored a career-high 28 points along with four assists and two steals against Brigham Young (12/22/01) at the Las Vegas Showdown ... Jacobsen recorded his first collegiate double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds against Purdue (11/24/01) ... Jacobsen scored a game-high 25 points against Belmont (12/18/01) ... Tallied 24 points and nine rebounds against Portland State (12/19/01) in the championship game of the Stanford Invitational to earn tournament MVP honors ... Scored 23 points along with four assists in 32 minutes of play against Long Beach State (12/15/01) ... Has been a marked target by opposing defenses ... Has averaged 22 points in the last four games.
#5 Teyo Johnson, 6-7, 240, Sophomore, Forward, San Diego, Ca
Has the talent to develop into one of the top two-sport athletes in Stanford history ... Rare for a student-athlete to play two sports in college, but Johnson has the talent to do it ... Johnson, the Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year, has played an integral part in the success of the nationally-ranked Stanford football team ... Johnson was Stanford's second leading receiver during the regular season with 38 catches for 565 yards and seven touchdowns ... Johnson has joined the basketball team on a full-time basis after playing his final game of the 2001 season at the Seattle Bowl (12/27/01) against Georgia Tech ... Johnson caught six passes for 45 yards, including one touchdown catch of four yards from quarterback Chris Lewis in the Seattle Bowl against the Yellow Jackets ... Johnson suited up and played seven minutes (four points, 2-for-3 from the floor) against Long Beach State (Dec. 15) ... Johnson practiced with the football team on Dec. 18, then suited up for Stanford's basketball game against Belmont (12/18/01) that night with seven minutes of action ... The following day, practiced with the football team, then suited up and played five minutes against Portland State (12/19/01) and grabbed three rebounds ... The last time a Stanford athlete played both football and basketball at Stanford was John Paye, who quarterbacked the Cardinal from 1983-86 (#3 all-time in school history in passing with 7,669 yards) and played point-guard on the basketball team (1983-86, 88 games, 33 as a starter).
#00 Joe Kirchofer, 6-9, 245, Sophomore, Forward, Elk Grove, Ca
Returns to the Cardinal varsity after redshirting the 2000-01 season ... Kirchofer gives the Cardinal rebounding strength and good defense ... Has played in eight games, and has hit 8-of-11 shots for 73 percent ... Kirchofer scored a season-high five points in four minutes of play against Southern Utah (11/20/01) ... Kirchofer grabbed a season-high five rebounds in nine minutes of play against Texas (12/1/01).
#42 Rob Little, 6-10, 265, Freshman, Center, Hampton, Va
Has made a nice transition from high school to major college basketball ... Little has played double-digits in minutes in eight straight games ... Still making the transition to the college game, but the Cardinal coaches have been impressed with his hard work and aggressive play ... Little worked extensively on a strength and weight program during the summer of 2001 to prepare for this season ... Active at both ends of the court ...Little played a season-high 23 minutes in Stanford's game against Texas (12/1/01) ... Scored eleven points (3-for-5 from the floor, 5-for-6 from the free throw line) and grabbed five rebounds against the Longhorns ... Little scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds against Belmont (12/18/01) ... Little is hitting .619 from the floor, and is the team's fourth leading rebounder at 4.2 per game.
#3 Kyle Logan, 6-5, 202, Senior, Guard/Forward, Hagerstown, Md
Has appeared in four games ... Logan scored a career-high six points (3-for-3 from the floor) in four minutes of play against Long Beach State (12/15/01) ... Gives the Cardinal good defense.
#33 Matt Lottich, 6-4, 190, Sophomore, Guard, Winnetka, Il
A good-shooting three-point specialist who is also an active defender ... Lottich has played in seven games, including a six-point, three-rebound effort against Belmont (12/18/01) at the Stanford Invitational ... Lottich also enjoyed a six-point effort against Brigham Young (12/22/01) at the Las Vegas Showdown ... Tallied a five-point effort in eight minutes of play against Portland State (12/19/01) in the championship game of the Stanford Invitational ... Lottich gathered in a three-point effort in three minutes of play at New Mexico (11/17/01) in the season opener, and a three-point effort against Long Beach State (12/15/01) ... Has made at least one three-pointer in his last four games.
#21 Nick Robinson, 6-6, 200, Freshman, Forward, Liberty, Mo
One of Stanford's top reserves ... Makes smart decisions, runs the court and is an active defender ... Robinson played 18 minutes off the bench with eight points (8-for-8 from the free throw line) and five rebounds against Southern Utah (11/20/01) ... Has played double-digits in minutes in four games.