Stanford & California Meet for 237th Time

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Dec. 31, 2002

Stanford StoryStanford (9-3 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) vs California (7-2 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)Saturday, January 4, 7:00 p.m. (KRON, Channel 4)Haas Pavilion (12,000) 

Cardinal Catalogue
For the second straight season, Stanford and California will open the Pacific-10 Conference season ... The Cardinal and Golden Bears will be meeting for the 237th time on Saturday (1/4/03, 7:00 p.m.) at Haas Pavilion ... The Cardinal is currently 9-3, with two of those 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 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 8-1 against teams with winning records ... Stanford is ranked 30th in the Associated Press poll, and 37th in the USA Today/ESPN poll.

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 12 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 ... Chris Hernandez, who was projected as Stanford's starting point-guard, will miss the rest of the season ... Hernandez had broken a bone in his left foot on Oct. 26 and returned to action against St. Mary's on Dec. 14 ... But two nights later against Montana (Dec. 16) in the Stanford Invitational, Hernandez rebroke the bone in his left foot, and will be out of action for the remainder of the year ... Hernandez will be on crutches for six weeks, and will probably not be able to run until April or May ... No surgery is planned.

Stanford Cardinal Starters (9-3 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)F - Justin Davis, 6-9, 225, Junior, Berkeley, Ca (11.3 ppg, 9.5 rpg)F - Josh Childress, 6-8, 200, Sophomore, Lakewood, Ca (14.2 ppg, 7.6 rpg)C - Rob Little, 6-10, 275, Sophomore, Hampton, Va (8.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg)G - Matt Lottich, 6-4, 205, Junior, Winnetka, Il (9.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg)G - Julius Barnes, 6-1, 185, Senior, Rowland Heights, Ca (14.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg)

California Golden Bears Starters (7-2 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)F - Amit Tamir, 6-11, 260, Sophomore, Jerusalem, Israel (17.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg)F - Joe Shipp, 6-5, 220, Senior, Los Angeles, Ca (19.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg)C - Gabriel Hughes, 6-11, 225, Junior, Carson, Ca (2.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg)G - Brian Wethers, 6-5, 215, Senior, Murrieta, Ca (14.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg)G - A.J. Diggs, 5-9, 175, Junior, Long Beach, Ca (5.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg)

Series Story
California leads the series with Stanford, 133-103 ... Stanford had won ten straight games over the Golden Bears until last year when Cal scored a 68-54 decision at Haas Pavilion ... Cal lists their series record as 136-103 over Stanford ... The difference in three Cal wins came during the 1911-12 (32-16 win over Stanford) and the 1912-13 campaign (28-15 and 22-12 Cal wins) when Stanford was not participating in intercollegiate varsity play ... Stanford began intercollegiate competition during the 1913-14 campaign.

Coaches Corner
Mike Montgomery is in his 17th season at Stanford with a record of 348-159 ... 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 502-235 ... Montgomery became the 61st Division I head coach to earn at least 500 wins with the team's 77-66 victory at UNLV (12/21/02) ... Montgomery earned his first collegiate win on Nov. 24, 1978 as head coach at Montana ... Montgomery coached the Grizzlies to a 61-41 victory over Stout State (Wisconsin-Stout) in Missoula ... Montgomery gained his first victory as Stanford head coach on Nov. 29, 1986, as the Cardinal defeated Rice, 72-52, in the consolation game of the Central Fidelity Classic in Richmond, Va. ... Montgomery is 24-9 vs California, including a 9-7 record at Berkeley ... Ben Braun is in his seventh season at California with a record of 125-72 ... Brauns' career record (8 years at Siena Heights, 11 years at Eastern Michigan, 6-plus years at California) is 458-307 ... Braun is 2-10 against Stanford.

Maples Madness
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford is 102-20 (.836) ... During that time, Stanford is 44-3 (.936) vs non-league opponents and 58-17 (.773) vs Pac-10 schools ... Stanford had won 18 straight non-conference games at Maples Pavilion since the 1998-99 season before losing to Montana, 70-68, in the opening round of the Stanford Invitational on Dec. 16.

Road Review
Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 48-8 on enemy turf.

Neutral Notation
Stanford has done well on neutral courts during the last several years ... Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 31-10.

Rebounding Report
Stanford has outrebounded the opposition in eleven of the 12 games ... Stanford has outrebounded its opponents by a margin of 9.7 (#1 in the Pac-10) over the 12 games ... Significant was a 54-27 rebounding advantage over UNLV (12/21/02), a 46-31 advantage over North Carolina (46-31) and a 42-22 margin against Montana (12/17/02) ... Justin Davis leads the Pac-10 in rebounding at 9.5 per game ... Davis has recorded double-digits in rebounds in six games with a career-high 16 caroms in games against UNLV (12/21/02).

Trey Talk
Julius Barnes, Matt Lottich and Josh Childress have combined to make 74 of the team's 87 three-pointers ... Barnes has hit a team leading 27 three-pointers (27-for-73 for .370), Lottich has hit 25-of-67 three-pointers for .373, while Childress has scored 22-of-55 three-point attempts for a team-leading .400.

Charity Chat
Julius Barnes continues to show his strength on the free throw line ... Last year, Barnes led the Cardinal in free throw shooting at .814 ... This year, Barnes again leads Cardinal charity stripe shooters at .800 (24-for-30) ... Over the last two seasons, Barnes is 72-for-89 for .809.

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.

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.

The 2002-03 Stanford Varsity

#24 Julius Barnes, Guard, 6-1, 185, Senior, Rowland Heights, Ca
Stanford's starting point-guard and leading scorer (14.3 ppg) ... Leads the team in free throw percentage (.800) ... Also the team leader in assists (44) and minutes played (34.2 mpg) ... Has hit a team-leading 27 three-pointers ... Scored a career-high 28 points against Rice (11/24/02) ... Tied a school record with eight three-pointers against Rice (11/24/02) ... Hit 8-of-11 three-pointers against the Owls ... Has hit in double-figures in points in ten of 12 games ... That included a 24-point effort against UC Irvine (12/19/02).

#14 Tyler Besecker, Guard/Forward, 6-6, 210, Junior, Bellevue, Wa
Has played in four games, including a four-minute game against UC Irvine (12/19/02) ... Scored a three-pointer in two minutes play against Yale (12/30/02).

#1 Josh Childress, Guard/Forward, 6-8, 200, Sophomore, Lakewood, Ca
Has emerged as one of the team leaders in scoring (14.2 ppg, #2 on the Cardinal) and rebounding (7.6 rpg, #4 in the Pac-10) ... Has scored in double-figures in ten of the 12 games ... That included a career-high 22-point effort in the season opener against Boston University (11/18/02) and a 21-point game at UNLV (12/21/02) ... Has hit 22 three-pointers ... Has grabbed ten or more rebounds in three games ... Shooting well in his last four games, hitting 23-of-44 shots for .523 ... During that span, has hit 10-of-18 three-point attempts for .556 ... Leads the team in blocks (14) ... Has collected at least one block in eleven of 12 games ... Shooting .466 from the floor.

#22 Justin Davis, Forward, 6-9, 225, Junior, Berkeley, Ca
Enjoying an excellent 2002-03 season ... Leads the Pac-10 in rebounding (9.5 rpg) ... Produced ten or more rebounds in six games, including a career-high 16 boards at UNLV (12/21/02) ... In his last three games, has collected 57 points (19.0 ppg) ... Scored a career-high 24 points (9-for-13 from the floor) against Gonzaga (12/28/02) at the Pete Newell Challenge ... Scored 21 points at UNLV (12/21/02) ... Unstoppable around the basket, hitting .580 from the floor ... Has shot 50 percent or better in the last seven games ... In his last four games, has hit 25-of-37 shots for .676 ... Averaging 11.3 points per game ... Leads the team in steals (16).

#30 Dan Grunfeld, Forward, 6-6, 210, Freshman, River Hills, Wi
The freshman has provided a spark off the bench ... Averaging 12.7 minutes per game ... Averaging 5.2 ppg ... Has made nine three-pointers, fourth-best on the Cardinal ... Has hit all nine three-pointers in the last eight games ... Scored a season-high 12 points (4-for-4 from the floor, 2-for-2 from three-point territory, 2-for-2 from the free throw line ) against UC Irvine (12/19/02).

#32 Jason Haas, Guard, 6-2, 180, Freshman, Centre Hall, Pa
Has proven to be a valuable point-guard off the bench ... Gives the Cardinal solid, fundamental play ... Has played in all 12 games, including a season-high 16 minutes against UNLV (12/21/02) ... Has played double-digit minutes in three of the last four games ... Played a major role in the 77-66 victory at UNLV (12/21/02) ... With Julius Barnes sustaining his fourth foul early in the second half, Haas came off the bench and helped lead the Cardinal charge to victory ... Has played in double-digits in four games.

#52 Matt Haryasz, Forward, 6-10, 215, Freshman, Page, Az
Has played in all 12 games ... Gives Stanford added big man strength off the bench ... Played a season-high 17 minutes against UC Irvine (12/19/02) ... Against North Carolina (11/29/02), grabbed a season-high six rebounds ... Tallied a season-high nine points (4-for-5 from the floor) against Yale (12/30/02).

#11 Chris Hernandez, Guard, 6-2, 190, Sophomore, Fresno, Ca
A broken foot has sidelined Chris for the 2002-03 season ... Projected as the team's starting point-guard, but broke a bone in his left foot during practice on Oct. 26 ... That pushed him out of action until the Dec. 14 game against St. Mary's when he collected three assists in six minutes of play ... But he then rebroke the bone in his left foot two nights later against Montana (12/16/02).

#00 Joe Kirchofer, Forward, 6-9, 245, Junior, Elk Grove, Ca
An experienced forward/center who gives Stanford strength around the basket ... Has played double-digit minutes in six games, including 17 minutes against Gonzaga (12/29/02) ... Shooting .579 from the floor ... Grabbed a season-high five rebounds against North Carolina (11/29/02).

#42 Rob Little, Center, 6-10, 275, Sophomore, Hampton, Va
Has enjoyed a solid season thus far ... Third on the team in rebounding (5.0 rpg) ... Has grabbed six or more rebounds in six games, including a career-high nine rebounds against Florida (11/27/02) in the semi-finals of the Pre-Season NIT at Madison Square Garden ... Hitting a team-leading .696 from the floor, tops on the Cardinal and #2 in the Pac-10 ... Has hit 50 percent or better in all 12 games ... That included 4-for-5 efforts against Rice (11/24/02), Montana (12/16/02) and Gonzaga (12/28/02) ... Averaging 8.9 ppg ... Has scored in double-digits in points in five games, including a career-high 18 points against Florida (11/27/02).

#33 Matt Lottich, Guard, 6-4, 205, Junior, Winnetka, Il
A starter at off-guard ... Averaging 9.1 ppg ... Second on the team in three-pointers (25) ... Hitting .373 (25-for-67) from three-point territory ... Has hit at least one three-pointer in eleven of 12 games ... In five games, has hit double-digits in scoring ... That included a career-high 18 points against Florida (11/27/02).

#21 Nick Robinson, Forward/Guard, 6-6, 200, Sophomore, Liberty, Mo
Has given Stanford a tremendous lift off the bench ... Tops among the reserves in minutes played (17.7 mpg) ... Averaging 3.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game ... Scored a season-high in points (7) and rebounds (6) against Xavier (11/20/02) in the second round of the Pre-Season NIT ... Collected seven points and five rebounds along with two steals against Yale (12/30/02).

#3 Carlton Weatherby, Guard, 5-11, 165, Freshman, Tacoma, Wa
Gives Stanford added strength at the point-guard position ... Has played in four games.

Monty Memo
Stanford head basketball coach Mike Montgomery will host a series of press conferences and media teleconferences during the course of the 2002-03 season ... Please join us on the following dates ... The press conferences will be held in the ABC Room at the Arrillaga Family Sports Center at Stanford University ... The phonber number for the teleconferences is (650) 723-2400 ... The Pac-10 Conference phone number for its teleconferences is (913) 981-5510.

Thursday, January 2, 11:30 a.m., Stanford Teleconference

Tuesday, January 7, 11:23 a.m. - Pac-10 TeleconferenceTuesday, January 7, 11:30 a.m. - Press Conference (ABC Room)

Tuesday, January 14, 11:23 a.m. - Pac-10 TeleconferenceTuesday, January 14, 11:45 a.m. - Stanford Teleconference

Tuesday, January 21, 11:23 a.m. - Pac-10 TeleconferenceTuesday, January 21, 11:30 a.m. - Press Conference (ABC Room)

Tuesday, January 28, 11:23 a.m. - Pac-10 TeleconferenceTuesday, January 28, 11:45 a.m. - Stanford Teleconference

Tuesday, February 4, 11:23 a.m. - Pac-10 TeleconferenceTuesday, February 4, 11:45 a.m. - Stanford Teleconference

Tuesday, February 11, 11:23 a.m. - Pac-10 TeleconferenceTuesday, February 11, 11:30 a.m. - Press Conference (ABC Room)

Tuesday, February 18, 11:23 a.m. - Pac-10 TeleconferenceTuesday, February 18, 11:45 a.m. - Stanford Teleconference

Tuesday, February 25, 11:23 a.m. - Pac-10 TeleconferenceTuesday, February 25, 11:30 a.m. - Press Conference (ABC Room)

Tuesday, March 4, 11:23 a.m. - Pac-10 TeleconferenceTuesday, March 4, 11:30 a.m. - Press Conference (ABC Room)

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