Stanford Hosts Boston University in Owens Corning Pre-Season NIT

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Nov. 17, 2002

Stanford Story
Stanford (0-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) vs Boston University (0-0 overall, 0-0 America East), Monday, November 18, 2002, 6:15 p.m., Maples Pavilion (7,391)

Cardinal Catalogue
Stanford begins its 88th season of collegiate basketball competition when the Cardinal hosts Boston University in the first round of the Owens Corning Pre-Season NIT ... The Cardinal returns ten players from a squad that produced a 20-10 record, a second place finish in the Pac-10 Conference, and a school record eighth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament ... Stanford returns 47.6% of its offense, and 56.8% of its rebounding ... One starter returns, Julius Barnes, while a second starter, Teyo Johnson, will join the basketball team at the conclusion of the football season (last game is Nov. 23 at California) ... Justin Davis started 18 games last year, and will be in the starting lineup against Boston University ... Two other starters from a year ago, Curtis Borchardt and Casey Jacobsen, left Stanford after their junior seasons to join the NBA ... Borchardt plays for the Utah Jazz, but is currently injured with a broken foot, while Jacobsen plays for the Phoenix Suns ... Jacobsen led the Pac-10 in scoring (21.9 ppg) last year, while Borchardt led the league in rebounding (11.4 rpg) ... It was the first time in Pac-10 history that two different players from the same school led the league in scoring and rebounding ... Sophomore point-guard Chris Hernandez will be out of action until at least mid-December ... Hernandez, who was projected as a starter at point-guard, broke a bone in his left foot last month in practice, and recently underwent surgery ... Barnes will assume the point-guard duties.

Stanford Cardinal Starters (0-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)F - Justin Davis, 6-9, 225, Junior, Berkeley, CaF - Josh Childress, 6-8, 200, Sophomore, Lakewood, CaC - Rob Little, 6-10, 275, Sophomore, Hampton, VaG - Matt Lottich, 6-4, 205, Junior, Winnetka, IlG - Julius Barnes, 6-1, 185, Senior, Rowland Heights, Ca

Tournament Tale
This will be Stanford's third appearance in the Owens Corning Pre-Season NIT ... During the 1988-89 season, the Cardinal played Montana (W, 79-63) and Indiana (L, 84-73), and during the 1998-99 season, Stanford played SMU (W, 86-51), Southwest Missouri State (W, 76-51), St. John's (W, 55-53) and North Carolina (L, 57-47, championship game) ... If Stanford defeats Boston University, the Cardinal will face either Xavier or St. Peter's in a second round game on Wednesday, November 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Maples Pavilion ... The second round winner will advance to the semifinals on Nov. 27 at Madison Square Garden in New York City ... The championship game is slated for Nov. 29 ... Sixteen teams are entered in the Owens Corning Pre-Season NIT including Florida, Kansas and North Carolina.

Boston University Terrier Starters (0-0 overall, 0-0 America East)F - Ryan Butt, 6-8, 258, Junior, Lancaster, PaF - Jason Grochowalski, 6-6, 218, Junior, Shrewsbury, MaF - Billy Collins, 6-6, 205, Senior, Concord, NHG - Kevin Fitzgerald, 6-3, 198, Junior, Belle Harbor, NYG - Chaz Carr, 6-0, 182, Sophomore, Manchester, Ct

Coaches Corner
Mike Montgomery is entering his 17th season at Stanford with a record of 339-156 ... In 16 previous seasons at Stanford, Montgomery has directed the Cardinal to 14 post-season appearances (10 NCAA, 4 NIT) ... Montgomery's overall record (16 seasons at Stanford, 8 seasons at Montana) is 493-232 ... Montgomery is 0-0 vs Boston University ... Dennis Wolff is in his ninth season at Boston University with a record of 129-107 ... Wolff's overall record (8 seasons at BU, 2 seasons at Connecticut College) is 159-125 ... Wolff, who has led BU to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1997 and 2002, is 0-0 vs Stanford.

Series Story
This will be the first meeting between Stanford and Boston University ... The Cardinal has played only once against a member of the nine-team America East Conference ... That game saw Stanford score a 119-60 victory over New Hampshire during the 1999-00 season ... That 59-point victory was the second-largest in school history.

Experimental Episode
Three experimental rules will be used in all Owens Corning Pre-Season NIT games ... They are widening the free throw line by two feet on each side; moving the three-point line nine inches behind the current three-point line to create a distance of 20-feet, six inches; and relocating the free throw lane block between the first free throw lane space adjacent to the end line and the next lane space on both sides of the lane.

Maples Madness
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford is 96-18 (.842) ... During that time, the Cardinal is 38-1 (.974) vs non-league opponents and 58-17 (.773) against Pac-10 schools ... Last year, Stanford won its ten home games by an average of 22.5 points per game.

Pre-Season Preview
Stanford played one exhibition game, and the Cardinal scored a 84-67 victory over the San Francisco Olympic Club (11/12/02) ... Senior point-guard Julius Barnes scored 27 points and dished out five assists ... Barnes hit 10-of-15 shots from the floor, including 4-of-6 from three-point territory ... Junior forward Justin Davis added a double-double with 14 points and ten rebounds ... Davis hit 6-of-9 shots from the floor ... Freshman forward Matt Haryasz blocked four shots in 14 minutes of play.

Roster Report
Stanford has added a walkon to its roster ... Olatunde Sobomehin (#12) is a 5-foot-11, 169-pound senior guard from Benson High School in Portland, Or ... Sobomehin has served as team manager the past two seasons ... While at Benson High School, Sobomehin was a captain on the basketball team, played soccer and competed on the track & field team ... Averaged six points and six assists per game during his senior season at Benson ... Helped lead the team to an undefeated league championship ... In 1998, Sobomehin helped lead Benson High School to the state championship game ... Sobomehin is majoring in Urban Studies.

Conference Chatter
The Arizona Wildcats are the overwhelming favorite to finish first in the 2002-03 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball race, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball ... Arizona garnered all 27 first-place votes for 270 points ... Oregon is picked to finish second (237) followed by UCLA (195), Arizona State (160), California (154), USC (152), Stanford (136), Washington (81), Oregon State (71) and Washington State (29).

Ticket Talk
In past years, Stanford basketball games have been soldout ... This year, however, Cardinal men's basketball game tickets will now be available on the internet for selected games as part of the 'Ticket Tuesdays' Program ... This year, the following men's basketball games currently have single game ticket availability: November 18 vs Boston University (Owens Corning NIT); and November 24 vs Rice ... If Stanford wins the November 18 game vs Boston University, single game tickets for the November 20 (Owens Corning Pre-Season NIT - second round), against either Xavier or St. Peter's, will go on sale November 19 at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time ... Prices for the single game tickets will be $25 dollars each (upper reserved, section 6 seating only) and can be bought online or through the Stanford athletic ticket office at 1-800-STANFORD ... Check the Stanford athletic ticket website each Tuesday to see which men's basketball games have single game ticket availability.

Pac-10 Potpourri
The Pac-10 Tournament returns to the Los Angeles Staples Center in 2003, with games played March 13 through March 15 ... Fox Sports Net will broadcast the quarterfinals on Thursday and the semifinals on Friday ... Saturday's championship game will be broadcast on CBS.

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