Stanford Vs. North Carolina Iin Pre-Season NIT Championship Game

Nov. 28, 2002

Stanford Story
Stanford (4-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) vs North Carolina (4-0 overall, 0-0 ACC), Friday, November 29, 2002, 9:00 p.m. et, Madison Square Garden. TV: ESPN2

Cardinal Catalogue
Stanford is proving the experts wrong ... Picked as a team to be rebuilding and slated to finish seventh in the Pac-10 pre-season poll, the Cardinal is off to a fast start with a 4-0 record, including two wins over nationally-ranked teams ... On Nov. 20, the Cardinal scored a 63-62 victory over then eleventh-ranked Xavier in the second round of the Owens Corning Pre-Season NIT, and then followed up with a 69-65 decision over seventh-ranked Florida (11/27/02) in the semi-finals of the NIT at Madison Square Garden ... With two games at the Pre-Season NIT at Madison Square Garden and three previous games, the Cardinal will have played five games from Nov. 18 through the 29th ... The Cardinal opened the regular season with a 61-57 decision against Boston University (11/18/02), a 63-62 decision over Xavier (11/20/02), a 79-62 verdict over Rice (11/24/02) and a 69-65 win over Florida (11/27/02).

Cardinal Chatter
Stanford is in the midst of its 88th season of collegiate basketball competition ... 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 not immediately join the basketball team after suffering a sprained left knee in the closing minutes of the Stanford-California football game on Nov. 24 ... Johnson, who was a starting wide receiver this year, is expected to be out of action three-to-four weeks ... Justin Davis started 18 games last year, and has started all four games this year ... 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 has assumed the point-guard duties.

Record Report
Stanford tied a school record in its 79-62 victory over Rice (11/24/02) ... Julius Barnes tied the school record with eight three-pointers, and added a career-high 28 points.

Tournament Tale
This is 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).

NIT Notes
Stanford's 69-65 upset win over seventh-ranked Florida (11/27/02) in the Owens Corning Pre-Season NIT saw seven Cardinal players tie or exceed their career-bests in 14 categories ... That included,

Julius Barnes, six assists
Justin Davis, three steals, 32 minutes
Rob Little, 18 points, nine rebounds, two blocks

Tournament Tale
Stanford earned a right to play in New York City with a 61-57 victory over Boston University (11/18/02) and a 63-62 decision over Xavier (11/20/02) ... After a cold first half in which Stanford only shot 25 percent (6-for-24), Stanford hit .483 (14-for-29) in the second half in the win over BU ... The Cardinal was down 28-19 with 18:20 left in the game, but scored seven straight points, and took the lead at 31-30 with 14:14 to play ... Stanford extended the lead to eight points, 54-46, with 2:46 to play before settling for the four point victory ... Josh Childress led Stanford with 22 points (career-high) and eleven rebounds ... Justin Davis added a double-double with 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds ... Two nights later, the Cardinal upset eleventh-ranked Xavier as Julius Barnes and Childress each scored 14 points ... Against Florida (11/27/02), sophomore center Rob Little scored career-highs in points (18, 7-for-11 from the floor), rebounds (9), and blocks (2) ... Davis added his second double-double of the year with 14 points and a game-high ten rebounds ... Stanford's starters accounted for 63 of the team's 69 points in the win over Florida.

NIT Notes

November 18Stanford 61, Boston University 57Xavier 87, St. Peter's 48Eastern Illinois 73, Boise State 59North Carolina 85, Penn State 55Rutgers 60, Columbia 36

November 19Florida 76, Louisiana Tech 55UNC Greensboro 84, Wagner 65Kansas 81, Holy Cross 57November 20Stanford 63, Xavier 62North Carolina 71, Rutgers 67

November 21Florida 95, Eastern Illinois 65

November 22Kansas 105, UNC Greensboro 66

November 27 - Semi-Finals (Owens Corning Pre-Season NIT)Stanford 69, Florida 65North Carolina 67, Kansas 56

November 29 - Championship & Consolation Games9:00 p.m. et - Stanford vs North Carolina - Championship Game (ESPN2)

Stanford Cardinal Starters (4-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)F - Justin Davis, 6-9, 225, Junior, Berkeley, Ca (9.5 ppg, 10.3 rpg)F - Josh Childress, 6-8, 200, Sophomore, Lakewood, Ca (11.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg)C - Rob Little, 6-10, 275, Sophomore, Hampton, Va (9.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg)G - Matt Lottich, 6-4, 205, Junior, Winnetka, Il (13.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg)G - Julius Barnes, 6-1, 185, Senior, Rowland Heights, Ca (14.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.5 apg)

North Carolina Tar Heel Starters (4-0 overall, 0-0 SEC)F - Sean May, 6-8, 272, Freshman, Bloomington, In (15.0 ppg, 9.8 rpg)F - Rashad McCants, 6-4, 201, Freshman, Asheville, NC (22.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg)C - Jawad Williams, 6-8, 204, Sophomore, Cleveland, Oh (13.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg)G - Jackie Manuel, 6-5, 189, Sophomore, West Palm Beach, Fl (7.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg)G - Raymond Felton, 6-0, 194, Freshman, Latta, S.C. (7.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg)

Coaches Corner
Mike Montgomery is in his 17th season at Stanford with a record of 343-156 ... 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-plus seasons at Stanford, 8 seasons at Montana) is 497-232 ... Montgomery is 0-4 vs North Carolina ... Matt Doherty is in his third season at North Carolina with a 38-27 record ... Doherty's career record (1 year at Notre Dame, 2-plus years at UNC) is 60-43 ... Doherty is 0-0 against Stanford.

Series Story
Stanford is 0-9 against North Carolina ... The last four meetings have taken place on neutral territory including the last game which resulted in a 60-53 UNC victory in the second round of the South Regional in the 2000 NCAA Tournament ... The championship game of the 1998 Pre-Season NIT saw the Tar Heels score a 57-49 victory over Stanford ... The Cardinal is 8-14 against ACC schools.

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.

Neutral Notation
Stanford has done well on neutral courts during the last several years ... Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 30-10.

Maples Madness
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford is 99-18 (.846) ... During that time, the Cardinal is 41-1 (.976) vs non-league opponents and 58-17 (.773) against Pac-10 schools ... Stanford has won 17 straight non-conference games at Maples Pavilion since the 1998-99 season ... Last year, Stanford won its ten home games by an average of 22.5 points per game.

Defensive Data
Stanford is off to a good start with a 4-0 record, thanks in part to its defense ... The Cardinal has allowed the opposition only a .388 shooting percentage, and .279 from three-point teritory ... Stanford has forced the opposition into 57 turnovers (14 by Boston University, 14 by Xavier, 13 by Rice, 16 by Florida) ... In addition, Stanford has outrebounded the opposition in three games, and was outrebounded by only one against Florida (11/27/02).

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).

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