Stanford Hosts USC Trojans in Important Pac-10 Contest

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Jan. 24, 2003

Stanford StoryStanford (13-5 overall, 4-2 Pac-10) vs USC (7-7 overall, 3-3 Pac-10)Saturday, January 25, 2003, 3:00 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)Maples Pavilion (7,391)

Cardinal Catalogue
The Stanford Cardinal, winners of four of their last five games, will host the USC Trojans on Saturday (1/25/03) at 3:00 p.m. at Maples Pavilion ... Last Thursday (1/23/03), Stanford scored a 52-51 victory over UCLA ... It was the least number of points a Cardinal team had scored in a win in the 33-year history of Maples Pavilion ... The previous lows were a 54-48 victory over California during the 1978-79 season, and a 54-52 decision over Wyoming during the 1979-80 campaign ... Josh Childress led the Cardinal with 18 points and seven rebounds ... Rob Little added 12 points and eight boards ... Childress' free throw with 1:11 proved to be the winning point in the Cardinal victory ... Stanford is 9-2 at home this year, including a 3-0 home conference record ... The Cardinal is hoping to have the services of forward Justin Davis for the USC 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) and has missed the last five games ... Nick Robinson has moved into the starting lineup and has performed with high marks ... In his five starts (Oregon State, Oregon, Washington State, Washington, UCLA), Robinson has averaged 6.8 points and seven rebounds per game.

Maples Madness
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford is 105-20 (.840) at Maples Pavilion ... During that time, Stanford is 44-3 (.936) vs non-league opponents and 61-17 (.782) 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.

Rankings Report
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 36th in the Associated Press poll.

Road Review
Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 49-10 on enemy turf.

Stanford Cardinal Starters (13-5 overall, 4-2 Pac-10)F - Nick Robinson, 6-6, 200, Sophomore, Liberty, Mo (4.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg)F - Josh Childress, 6-8, 200, Sophomore, Lakewood, Ca (14.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg)C - Rob Little, 6-10, 275, Sophomore, Hampton, Va (9.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg)G - Matt Lottich, 6-4, 205, Junior, Winnetka, Il (10.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg)G - Julius Barnes, 6-1, 185, Senior, Rowland Heights, Ca (13.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg)

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 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.

Series Story
USC holds a 112-107 edge over Stanford ... The 219-game series is the second-longest in Stanford history ... The Trojans have won the last three games, including a 90-82 decision last year at Maples Pavilion.

Coaches Corner
Mike Montgomery is in his 17th season at Stanford with a record of 352-161 ... 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 506-237 ... 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 23-11 against USC, including a 13-3 record at Maples Pavilion ... Henry Bibby is in his seventh season at USC with a mark of 110-84 ... Bibby is 5-9 against Stanford.

Defensive Data
Stanford leads the Pac-10 in scoring defense (64.2 ppg) ... In ten of Stanford's 13 wins, the Cardinal has held the opposition to under 40 percent shooting ... The Cardinal is allowing the opposition only a .412 shooting percentage, #2 in the Pac-10 ... The Stanford defense has held the opposition to only a .291 shooting percentage from three-point range, second in the Pac-10 ... In only two games has the opponent hit double-digits in three-pointers ... In 15 of 18 games, the Cardinal has outrebounded its opponent.

Rebounding Report
Stanford has outrebounded the opposition in 15 of the 18 games ... Stanford has outrebounded its opponents by a margin of 7.4 (#2 in the Pac-10) over the 18 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).

Trey Talk
Julius Barnes, Matt Lottich and Josh Childress have combined to make 106 of the team's 124 three-pointers ... Lottich has hit a team leading 42 three-pointers (42-for-104 for .404, #8 in the Pac-10), Childress has tallied 27-of-74 three-point attempts for .365 while Barnes has hit 37-of-110 three-pointers for .336 ... In the last four games, Lottich has hit 17-of-34 three-pointers for .500 ... Stanford is third in the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage (.368).

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 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.

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

Team Talk
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 remains on crutches, and will probably not be able to run until April or May ... No surgery is planned.

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.

Neutral Notation
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 second-leading scorer (13.6 ppg, #10 in the Pac-10) ... Leads the team in free throw percentage (.772) ... Also the team leader in assists (64, 3.56 apg) and minutes played (34.2 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 14 of the 18 games ... That included a 24-point effort against UC Irvine (12/19/02) ... Has hit at least one three-pointer in 15 of 18 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 of 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 (14.0 ppg, #1 on the Cardinal, #14 in the Pac-10) and rebounding (7.5 rpg, #2 on the Cardinal, #4 in the Pac-10) ... Has scored in double-figures in 15 of the 18 games ... Has scored 63 points and grabbed 36 rebounds in his last four games ... Collected a career-high 22-points in the season opener against Boston University (11/18/02) and a 21-point game at UNLV (12/21/02) ... Has hit 27 three-pointers, third-best on the Cardinal ... Has grabbed ten or more rebounds in five games ... Has recorded five double-doubles ... Leads the team in blocks (22, #8 in the Pac-10) ... Has collected at least one block in 17 of 18 games ... Has hit 50 percent or better in seven games ... 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 five 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 12.9 minutes per game ... Has played double-digit minutes in 15 of 18 games ... Averaging 4.7 ppg ... Has made 12 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 18 games, including a season-high 16 minutes against UNLV (12/21/02) ... Has played double-digits in minutes in five 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.

#52 Matt Haryasz, Forward, 6-10, 215, Freshman, Page, Az
Has played in all 18 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 .519 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 seven games, including 17 minutes against Gonzaga (12/29/02) ... Shooting .565 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 (6.3 rpg, #11 in the Pac-10) ... Has grabbed 46 rebounds in his last five games ... Collected his first collegiate double-double with 12 points and eleven rebounds against Oregon State (1/9/03) ... Added his second double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds at Washington (1/16/03) ... Has grabbed six or more rebounds in 12 games, including a career-high 12 rebounds at Washington (1/18/03) ... Hitting a team-leading .632 from the floor, tops on the Cardinal and #3 in the Pac-10 ... Has hit 50 percent or better in 17 of 18 games ... That included 4-for-5 efforts against Rice (11/24/02), Montana (12/16/02) and Gonzaga (12/28/02) ... Averaging 9.8 ppg ... Has scored in double-digits in points in ten 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 10.1 ppg ... Tops on the team in three-pointers (42, #5 in the Pac-10) ... Hitting .404 (42-for-104) from three-point territory, eighth-best in the Pac-10 ... Has hit at least one three-pointer in 15 of 18 games ... Has hit 17 of 34 shots from behind the arc in the last five games for .500 ... In nine 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 five starts, has averaged 6.8 points and seven rebounds per game ... Hitting 16-of-31 shots for .516 during that five-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 22.3 minutes per game ... Averaging 4.2 points and 4.3 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.

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.

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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