Stanford Faces Olympic Club in Exhibition Game
Nov. 11, 2002
Stanford, Ca - The Stanford men's basketball team will play its only exhibition game of the 2002-03 season when the Cardinal hosts the Olympic Club on Tuesday, November 12 at Maples Pavilion. Tipoff is slated for 7:00 p.m.
The Olympic Club will be coached by former Stanford assistant and current Menlo College head coach Keith Larsen. The Olympic Club roster features former Stanford star Kris Weems (1995-99). Weems, who now works in the basketball marketing office at Stanford, helped lead the Cardinal to the 1998 NCAA Final Four. Weems earned his fame as an excellent three-point shooter. Weems is third all-time in the Cardinal record for three-pointers (201) and three-point attempts (509).
During his tenure at Stanford, Weems played in 124 games (7th all-time at Stanford), and started 98 games (8th all-time at Stanford). Weems scored 1,235 points, 21st best in school history.
Weems scored 23 points (7-for-11 from three-point territory) in the Olympic Club's 80-73 victory over USF last Saturday (11/9/02). Other top players on the Olympic Club roster include former Santa Clara guard John Woolery.
Stanford returns ten players from a squad that produced a 20-10 mark, a second place finish in the Pac-10 Conference, and a school record eighth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. Although the names this year are not has high profile as Casey Jacobsen and Curtis Borchardt (both players now in the NBA), the Cardinal of 2002-03 will be looking to maintain Stanford's status as a tough team that will compete at the conference and national level.
Stanford has been hit by the injury bug. Starting point-guard Chris Hernandez recently broke a bone in his left foot, and is out of action for four to six weeks.
A highly competitive schedule again awaits the Cardinal team in 2002-03. Stanford returns to the Pre-Season NIT (Nov. 18-29) where the field includes Kansas, North Carolina and Florida. On Nov. 18, Stanford hosts Boston University in the Pre-Season NIT opener at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal also returns for a second straight year to the Las Vegas Showdown (Dec. 21) and will face the Runnin' Rebels of UNLV. Gonzaga will provide the opposition for Stanford at the Pete Newell Challenge (Dec. 28). The Cardinal will open the Pac-10 schedule on Jan. 4 at California. The home league opener is Jan. 9 against Oregon State.
Mike Montgomery Quotes
'We're in kind of a tough stretch with the our basketball team, but I think we'll be fine in time. We're short two kids on the roster because they (Casey Jacobsen, Curtis Borchardt) went to the NBA. We're a young team with one senior again. I think the formula in this league has been senior/junior leadership. We've just got one senior in Julius Barnes, and two juniors in Joe Kirchofer and Justin Davis. Barnes and Josh Childress will have to have big games for us. They'll have to be consistently good, and knock down open shots. We're going to have some growing pains, there's no question about it. The kids have a great attitude, and they're going to be a fun team to coach. It's going to take some time to get this thing together the way we'd like. We have to get kids healthy. I think we're probably a middle of the pack team in the conference right now without the leadership other than Barnes. The attitude is good, the kids like each other and had a good summer workout.'
At the recent Pac-10 Media Day, a panel of media picked Arizona to win the conference title this year. The Wildcats collected 270 points (all 27 first place votes). Oregon is picked to finish second (237) followed by UCLA (195), Arizona State (160), Cal (154), USC (152), Stanford (136), Washington (81), Oregon State (71) and Washington State (29).