Stanford Hosts Montana in Stanford Invitational first round game

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Dec. 15, 2002

Stanford StoryStanford (5-1 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) vs Montana (3-6 overall, 0-0 Big Sky)Stanford InvitationalMonday, December 16, 2002, 7:00 p.m.Maples Pavilion (7,391)

Pepperdine (3-3 overall, 0-0 WCC) vs Richmond (3-2 overall, 0-0 Atlantic-10)Stanford InvitationalMonday, December 16, 2002, 4:30 p.m.Maples Pavilion

Cardinal Catalogue
Stanford will face the Montana Grizzlies in the opening round of the Stanford Invitational ... Tipoff is slated for Monday (Dec. 16) at 7:00 p.m. at Maples Pavilion ... In the other first round contest, Pepperdine will face Richmond at 4:30 p.m. ... The two winners will meet the following night in the championship game at 7:00 p.m. while the consolation game will be played at 4:30 p.m. ... Monday's game against Montana will begin a string of four games between Dec. 16 and Dec. 21 ... 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 5-1 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.

Cardinal Chatter
Stanford is in the midst of its 88th season of collegiate basketball competition ... The Cardinal returns nine 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 ... One starter returns, Julius Barnes ... Justin Davis started 18 games last year, and has started all six 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, who broke a bone in his left foot in mid-October, returned to action in Stanford's last game against St. Mary's (12/14/02) ... Hernandez, who was projected as the team's starting point-guard, played six minutes with three assists ... Barnes has assumed the point-guard duties.

Stanford Cardinal Starters (5-1 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)F - Justin Davis, 6-9, 225, Junior, Berkeley, Ca (8.7 ppg, 9.7 rpg)F - Josh Childress, 6-8, 200, Sophomore, Lakewood, Ca (13.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg)C - Rob Little, 6-10, 275, Sophomore, Hampton, Va (8.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg)G - Matt Lottich, 6-4, 205, Junior, Winnetka, Il (10.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg)G - Julius Barnes, 6-1, 185, Senior, Rowland Heights, Ca (15.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg)

Montana Grizzlies Starters (3-6 overall, 0-0 Big Sky)F - Ryan Pederson, 6-9, 210, Junior, Maple Grove, Mn (3.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg)F - Steve Horne, 6-6, 190, Junior, Pensacola, Fl (10.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg)C - Marcus Rosser, 6-8, 245, Senior, Philadelphia, Pa (7.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg)G - Derrick Mansell, 6-2, 190, Junior, Costa Mesa, Ca (5.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg)G - David Bell, 6-0, 190, Senior, Oakland, Ca (15.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg)

Pepperdine Waves Starters (3-3 overall, 0-0 WCC)F - Boomer Brazzle, 6-7, 230, Senior, Portland, Or (13.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg)F - Jimmy Miggins, 6-6, 220, Senior, Canton, Ms (17.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg)F - David Patten, 6-8, 200, Freshman, Placentia, Ca (5.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg)G - Terrance Johnson, 6-5, 190, Sophomore, Dallas, Tx (15.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg)G - Alex Acker, 6-5, 185, Freshman, Compton, Ca (7.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg)

Richmond Spiders Starters (3-2 overall, 0-0 Atlantic-10)G - Jamaal Scott, 6-5, 215, Sophomore, Phoenix, Az (11.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg)F - Mike Skrocki, 6-6, 190, Junior, Howell, NJ (14.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg)C - Eric Zwayer, 6-9, 250, Junior, Sebring, Fl (8.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg)G - Tony Dobbins, 6-4, 190, Junior, Mitchellville, Md (12.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg)G - Jeff Myers, 6-1, 180, Senior, Rockford, Il (12.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg)

Series Story
Stanford holds a 2-0 advantage in the series against Montana ... During the 1930-31 season, Stanford scored a home 34-33 victory over the Grizzlies, and added a 79-63 decision during the 1988-89 season in Missoula ... Stanford is 6-0 against Big Sky schools ... Stanford and Pepperdine have never met on the basketball court ... The Cardinal is 137-65 against West Coast Conference (WCC) schools ... Richmond has a 1-0 edge on Stanford ... Their only meeting took place during the 1985-86 season as the Spiders scored 57-53 victory in the championship game of the Apple Invitational at Maples Pavilion ... Stanford is 19-9 against Atlantic-10 schools, including a 63-62 victory over Xavier earlier this year.

Coaches Corner
Mike Montgomery is in his 17th season at Stanford with a record of 344-157 ... 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 498-233 ... Montgomery is 1-0 against Montana, 0-0 against Pepperdine and Richmond ... Pat Kennedy is in his first season at Montana ... Kennedy's overall record (6 years at Iona, 11 years at Florida State, 5 years at DePaul) is 396-282 ... Kennedy is 0-0 against Stanford ... Paul Westphal is in his second season at Pepperdine with a record of 25-12 ... Westphal's career record (2 years at Grand Canyon College, 1 season at Southwestern Baptist Bible College, 1-plus seasons at Pepperdine) is 109-39 ... Westphal is 0-0 against Stanford ... Jerry Wainwright is in his first season at Richmond ... Wainwright had coached the previous eight seasons at UNC-Wilmington where he chalked up a 136-103 record ... Wainwright is 0-0 against Stanford.

Maples Madness
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford is 100-18 (.847) ... During that time, the Cardinal is 42-1 (.977) vs non-league opponents and 58-17 (.773) against Pac-10 schools ... Stanford has won 18 straight non-conference games at Maples Pavilion since the 1998-99 season.

Defensive Data
Stanford is off to a good start with a 5-1 record, thanks in part to its defense ... The Cardinal has allowed the opposition only a .407 shooting percentage, and .278 from three-point teritory ... Stanford has forced the opposition into 89 turnovers (14 by Boston University, 14 by Xavier, 13 by Rice, 16 by Florida, 13 by North Carolina, 19 by St. Mary's) ... In addition, Stanford has outrebounded the opposition in five of the six games.

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

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.

Time Tale
The tipoff time for the Stanford-Oregon game in Eugene on Feb. 6 has been switched from 7:00 to 5:30 p.m.

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 ... Teyo Johnson, who played in 53 games (11 as a starter) during the last two seasons, has decided not play basketball this year ... Johnson, a wide receiver on the football team, has declared for the NFL draft.

Captain Catalogue
Julius Barnes, Justin Davis and Joe Kirchofer will serve as tri-captains during the 2002-03 season.

Clinic Chatter
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.

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).

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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