Stanford Returns to Action - Hosts St. Mary's in Non-Conference Game
Dec. 9, 2002
Stanford (4-1 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) vs St. Mary's (4-2 overall, 0-0 WCC)
Saturday, December 14, 2002, 7:00 p.m.
Maples Pavilion (7,391)
After not playing since Nov. 29 while studying for finals, it's back to the hardwood court for the nationally-ranked Stanford basketball team ... The Cardinal will return to Maples Pavilion to face a Bay Area rival, the Gaels of St. Mary's from Moraga ... 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 4-1 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 then seventh-ranked Florida (11/27/02) in the semi-finals of the NIT at Madison Square Garden.
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, is recovering 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 still undergoing rehab ... No specific time table has been set regarding his return to the basketball court ... Justin Davis started 18 games last year, and has started all five 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 has begun practicing after suffering a bone in his left foot in mid-October ... Hernandez, who was projected as the team's starting point-guard, could see action against St. Mary's ... Barnes has assumed the point-guard duties.
Stanford Cardinal Starters (4-1 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)F - Justin Davis, 6-9, 225, Junior, Berkeley, Ca (8.0 ppg, 9.6 rpg)F - Josh Childress, 6-8, 200, Sophomore, Lakewood, Ca (12.4 ppg, 8.0 rpg)C - Rob Little, 6-10, 275, Sophomore, Hampton, Va (8.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg)G - Matt Lottich, 6-4, 205, Junior, Winnetka, Il (11.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg)G - Julius Barnes, 6-1, 185, Senior, Rowland Heights, Ca (15.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.9 apg)
St. Mary's Gael Starters (4-2 overall, 0-0 WCC)F - Daniel Kickert, 6-10, 240, Freshman, Melbourne, Australia (14.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg)F - Chase Poole, 6-8, 220, Junior, Austin, Tx (13.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg)G - Tyler Herr, 6-5, 200, Junior, Gilbert, Az (14.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg)G - Adam Caporn, 6-3, 185, Sophomore, Belconne, Australia (6.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg)G - Samuel Saint-Jean, 6-1, 190,Senior, Versailles, France (6.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg)
Stanford leads the series with St. Mary's, 39-15 ... These two schools have not met since the 1988-89 season when the Cardinal escaped with a 65-64 decision in Moraga ... The last visit by St. Mary's at Maples Pavilion was during the 1986-87 season with Stanford scoring a 57-43 victory ... The 54-game series is the eleventh oldest in school history ... This series started during the 1913-14 season, Stanford's first season of intercollegiate competition ... Stanford is 137-65 against West Coast Conference (WCC) schools.
Mike Montgomery is in his 17th season at Stanford with a record of 343-157 ... 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 497-233 ... Montgomer is 1-0 against St. Mary's ... Randy Bennett is in his second season at St. Mary's with a record of 12-22 ... Bennett is 0-0 against Stanford.
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.
Stanford is off to a good start with a 4-1 record, thanks in part to its defense ... The Cardinal has allowed the opposition only a .409 shooting percentage, and .308 from three-point teritory ... Stanford has forced the opposition into 70 turnovers (14 by Boston University, 14 by Xavier, 13 by Rice, 16 by Florida, 13 by North Carolina) ... In addition, Stanford has outrebounded the opposition in four of the five games.
Stanford has done well on neutral courts during the last several years ... Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 30-10.
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.
The tipoff time for the Stanford-Oregon game in Eugene on Feb. 6 has been switched from 7:00 to 5:30 p.m.
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.
Cardinal head coach Mike Montgomery will conduct his annual Youth Coaches Clinic from 7-8:30 p.m. at Maples Pavilion on Tuesday, January 7, 2003 ... Anyone interested in improving their basketball coaching techniques is invited to attend ... Montgomery and his staff will cover defensive, ball-handling/shooting, and rebounding/fastbreak drills that will instill basketball fundamentals ... The event is open to the public ... Please RSVP to Matt Babrick in the Stanford Basketball Office at 650-725-0772.
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).
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.