Stanford Travels to Washington in Important Pac-10 Game
Jan. 17, 2003
Stanford (12-4 overall, 3-1) at Washington (6-8 overall, 1-4)
Saturday, January 18, 2003, 4:00 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)
Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavilion (10,000)
Head coach Mike Montgomery has said that in order for the Cardinal to win, the team must work extremely hard for 40 minutes, rebound and defend ... So far, that strategy has worked as the Cardinal has chalked up an 12-4 record and a 3-1 ledger in the Pac-10 ... Stanford travels to Washington (1/18/03) to hopefully extend its winning streak to six games over the Huskies in Seattle ... Last Thursday in Pullman, all five Cardinal starters scored in double figures as the Cardinal scored a 73-68 overtime decision over Washington State ... Stanford fought back from a 16-point deficit in the first half, and a 40-26 halftime deficit ... Matt Lottich led Stanford scorers with 17 points ... Lottich added five rebounds and three assists in 42 minutes of play ... Josh Childress added his fourth double-double of the year with 13 points and eleven rebounds ... It was the eighth straight season that Stanford has beaten WSU in Pullman ... The Cardinal is hoping to have the services of forward Justin Davis for the Washington game ... Davis, who is having his best season on The Farm by averaging 11.2 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, sprained his medial collateral ligament in his left knee during the second half of the Pac-10 opener at California (1/4/03) ... Davis has not practiced and has been fitted for a brace that will hopefully speed his return to the court ... Nick Robinson has moved into the starting lineup and has performed with high marks ... In his three starts (Oregon State, Oregon and Washington State), Robinson has scored 30 points and grabbed 22 rebounds.
Three of Stanford's wins have been against 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's third win over a nationally-ranked team was a decisive 81-57 win over then tenth-ranked Oregon (1/11/03) ... Stanford is 10-2 against teams with winning records ... Stanford is ranked 32nd in the Associated Press poll, and 35th in the USA Today/ESPN poll.
Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 49-9 on enemy turf.
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford is 104-20 (.839) at Maples Pavilion ... During that time, Stanford is 44-3 (.936) vs non-league opponents and 60-17 (.779) 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.
Stanford Cardinal Starters (12-4 overall, 3-1 Pac-10)
F - Nick Robinson, 6-6, 200, Sophomore, Liberty, Mo (4.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg)
F - Josh Childress, 6-8, 200, Sophomore, Lakewood, Ca (13.5 ppg, 7.4 rpg)
C - Rob Little, 6-10, 275, Sophomore, Hampton, Va (9.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg)
G - Matt Lottich, 6-4, 205, Junior, Winnetka, Il (10.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg)
G - Julius Barnes, 6-1, 185, Senior, Rowland Heights, Ca (14.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg)
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 13 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.
Stanford holds a 61-53 advantage over the Washington Huskies ... The Cardinal has won ten straight games over the Huskies including the last five meetings in Seattle.
Mike Montgomery is in his 17th season at Stanford with a record of 351-160 ... 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 505-236 ... 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 25-8 against Washington ... Lorenzo Romar is in his first season at Washington ... His career mark (3 seasons at Pepperdine, 3 seasons at St. Louis, first season at Washington) is 99-96 ... Romar is 0-0 against Stanford.
Matt Lottich was Stanford's choice for Pac-10 Player of the Week ... Last week, Lottich helped lead the Cardinal to victories over Oregon State (57-53, 1/9/03) and Oregon (81-57, 1/11/03) ... Lottich scored 18 of his career-high 23 points in the final 7:12 as Stanford rallied from a 15-point deficit in the second half to beat Oregon State ... Lottich made five 3-pointers for the second straight game against Oregon ... Lottich scored all 15 of his points behind the arc ... Lottich was 10-for-16 in three-point attempts in the two games.
In nine of Stanford's 12 wins, the Cardinal has held the opposition to under 40 percent shooting ... The Stanford defense has held the opposition to only a .293 shooting percentage from three-point range, and in only two games has the opponent hit double-digits in three-pointers ... In the last three games, Stanford has given up only 59.7 points per game, and a .356 shooting percentage ... And in 14 of 16 games, the Cardinal has outrebounded its opponent.
Stanford has outrebounded the opposition in 14 of the 16 games ... Stanford has outrebounded its opponents by a margin of 8.6 (#2 in the Pac-10) over the 16 games ... Significant was a 54-27 rebounding advantage over UNLV (12/21/02), a 42-22 margin against Montana (12/17/02), a 45-26 advantage over Oregon (1/11/03), and a 46-31 advantage over North Carolina (11/29/02) ... Justin Davis leads the Pac-10 in rebounding at 9.4 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).
Julius Barnes, Matt Lottich and Josh Childress have combined to make 98 of the team's 113 three-pointers ... Lottich has hit a team leading 39 three-pointers (39-for-93 for .419), Barnes has hit 35-of-99 three-pointers for .354, while Childress has scored 24-of-64 three-point attempts for .375 ... In the last four games, Lottich has hit 14-of-23 three-pointers for .609.
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 Tech High School in Portland, Or ... Sobomehin has served as team manager the past two seasons ... While at Benson Tech 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 Tech 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 to play basketball this year ... Johnson, a wide receiver on the football team, has declared for the NFL draft.
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.
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.
Stanford has done well on neutral courts during the last several years ... Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 31-10.
The 2002-03 Stanford Cardinal Varsity
#24 Julius Barnes, Guard, 6-1, 185, Senior, Rowland Heights, Ca
Stanford's starting point-guard and leading scorer (14.2 ppg, #13 in the Pac-10) ... Leads the team in free throw percentage (.760) ... Also the team leader in assists (57, 3.56 apg, #10 in the Pac-10) and minutes played (34.9 mpg) ... 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 13 of the 16 games ... That included a 24-point effort against UC Irvine (12/19/02) ... Has hit at least one three-pointer in 14 of 16 games.
#14 Tyler Besecker, Guard/Forward, 6-6, 210, Junior, Bellevue, Wa
Has played in five 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 (13.5 ppg, #2 on the Cardinal, #15 in the Pac-10) and rebounding (7.4 rpg, #2 on the Cardinal, #4 in the Pac-10) ... Has scored in double-figures in 13 of the 16 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 24 three-pointers, third-best on the Cardinal ... Has grabbed ten or more rebounds in four games ... Leads the team in blocks (19, #8 in the Pac-10) ... Has collected at least one block in 15 of 16 games ... Has hit 50 percent or better in seven games ... Shooting .464 from the floor ... Named to the all-tournament team at the Pre-Season NIT.
#22 Justin Davis, Forward, 6-9, 225, Junior, Berkeley, Ca
A partial tear of his medial collateral ligament in his left knee has sidelined the junior forward from the last three games ... Suffered the injury during second half action at California (1/4/03) ... Leads the Pac-10 in rebounding (9.4 rpg) ... Has produced ten or more rebounds in six games, including a career-high 16 boards at UNLV (12/21/02) ... In his last four games, collected 67 points (16.8 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 .579 from the floor, #5 in the Pac-10 ... Has shot 50 percent or better in his last eight games ... In his last five games, has hit 29-of-44 shots for .659 ... Averaging 11.2 points per game ... Leads the team in steals (17).
#30 Dan Grunfeld, Forward, 6-6, 210, Freshman, River Hills, Wi
The freshman has provided a spark off the bench ... Averaging 13.1 minutes per game ... Has played double-digit minutes in 14 of 16 games ... Averaging 4.8 ppg ... Has made ten three-pointers, fourth-best on the Cardinal ... 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 16 games, including a season-high 16 minutes against UNLV (12/21/02) ... Has played double-digit minutes in three of the last eight 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 minutes in four games.
#52 Matt Haryasz, Forward, 6-10, 215, Freshman, Page, Az
Has played in all 16 games ... Gives Stanford added big man strength off the bench ... Played a season-high 18 minutes against Oregon (1/11/03) ... 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) ... Shooting .500 from the floor.
#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 .550 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 (5.8 rpg, #16 in the Pac-10) ... Collected his first collegiate double-double with 12 points and eleven rebounds against Oregon State (1/9/03) ... Has grabbed six or more rebounds in ten games, including a career-high eleven rebounds against Oregon State (1/9/03) ... Hitting a team-leading .640 from the floor, tops on the Cardinal and #2 in the Pac-10 ... Has hit 50 percent or better in 15 of 16 games ... That included 4-for-5 efforts against Rice (11/24/02), Montana (12/16/02) and Gonzaga (12/28/02) ... Averaging 9.6 ppg ... Has scored in double-digits in points in eight 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 10.3 ppg ... Tops on the team in three-pointers (39, #5 in the Pac-10) ... Hitting .419 (39-for-93) from three-point territory ... Has hit at least one three-pointer in 14 of 16 games ... Has hit 14 of 23 shots from behind the arc in the last threee games for .609 ... In eight games, has hit double-digits in scoring ... Scored 18 of his career-high 23 points in the final 7:12 as Stanford rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat Oregon State (1/9/03).
#21 Nick Robinson, Forward/Guard, 6-6, 200, Sophomore, Liberty, Mo
Has moved into the starting lineup with the knee injury to Justin Davis ... In three starts, has scored 30 points and grabbed 22 rebounds ... Hitting 14-of-22 shots for .636 during that three-game span ... Started his first collegiate game against Oregon State (1/9/03) and responded with six points and seven rebounds ... His next start (vs Oregon, 1/11/03) resulted in his first collegiate double-double with 13 points and eleven rebounds ... Scored eleven points and grabbed four rebounds at Washington State (1/16/03) ... Previous to his two starts, had given Stanford a tremendous lift off the bench ... Averaging 20.7 minutes per game ... Averaging 4.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.
#12 Olatunde Sobomehin, Guard, 5-11, 170, Senior, Tacoma, Wa
Made his collegiate debut against Oregon (1/11/03) ... Served as the team manager the previous two years.
#3 Carlton Weatherby, Guard, 5-11, 165, Freshman, Tacoma, Wa
Gives Stanford added strength at the point-guard position ... Has played in four games.
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.
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)