No. 21 Stanford Travels to USC, UCLA

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Feb. 17, 2003

Stanford StoryStanford (19-6 overall, 9-3 Pac-10) vs at USC (10-11 overall, 5-7 Pac-10)Thursday, Feburary 20, 2003, 7:30 p.m.Los Angeles Sports Arena (16,161)Game Audio | GameTracker

Stanford at UCLA (5-16 overall, 2-10 Pac-10)Saturday, February 22, 2003, 2:00 p.m.Pauley Pavilion (12,800)Game Audio

Stanford Scrapbook
Stanford, winners of three straight games and seven of its last eight, hits the road for the third time in four weeks when the Cardinal travels to USC (2/20/03, 7:30 p.m.) and UCLA (2/22/03, 2:00 p.m.) ... Stanford continues its remarkable season with a 19-6 overall record, two games better than at this time a year ago ... Stanford is 10-3 in the Pac-10, one game better than this time a year ago ... The Cardinal has posted ten or more wins in Pac-10 play for the ninth straight year ... Only Arizona's streak of 18 straight winning seasons in league play is longer ... The Cardinal remains two games back of league leader Arizona with five games to play, and one game back of second place California ... Stanford is enjoying an outstanding season ... Nobody knew at the start of the season what to expect from a Cardinal team that lost two juniors (Curtis Borchardt, Casey Jacobsen) as first round picks in the 2002 NBA Draft and Teyo Johnson (also wide receiver on the football team who has declared for the NFL Draft) ... What has emerged is a team that is resilient, poised, comprised of outstanding team chemistry, and a grit and determination to play tough defense and outrebound an opponent for 40 minutes ... Stanford's 19 wins include four victories over nationally-ranked teams ... Not bad for a team that was picked to finish seventh in the Pac-10 in a pre-season poll ... Stanford has won ten of its last 12 games ... Stanford is 8-2 in games decided by five or less points ... That includes three one-point victories over Boston University (11/18/02), UCLA (1/23/03) and Arizona State (2/1/03) ... Stanford is ranked 21st in the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls.

Road Review
Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 52-11 (.825) on enemy turf.

Maples Madness
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford is 108-20 (.844) at Maples Pavilion ... During that time, Stanford is 44-3 (.936) vs non-league opponents and 64-17 (.790) 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
Four 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 recorded a 82-77 victory at #1 ranked Arizona on Jan. 30 ... Stanford now owns three wins over #1 ranked teams in school history, including two over Arizona ... The other victory over a #1 ranked team was a 84-83 decision over Duke during the 2000-01 season ... Stanford is 13-4 against teams with winning records.

Cardinal Comebacks

  • In six of Stanford's wins, the Cardinal has stormed back from deficits as large as 16 points.
  • In the 61-57 victory over Boston University (11/18/02), the Cardinal was down nine points (19-28) with 17:58 in the first half
  • In the 69-65 victory over Florida (11/27/02), Stanford was down eight points (45-53) with 9:02 in the second half
  • In the 81-71 victory over Gonzaga (12/28/02), Stanford was down 12 points (37-49) with 15:23 in the second half
  • In the 57-54 victory over Oregon State (1/9/03), Stanford was down 15 points (31-46) with 12:18 in the second half
  • In the 73-68 overtime victory at Washington State (1/16/03), Stanford was down 16 points (20-36) with 3:57 in the first half
  • In the 58-57 victory at Arizona State (2/1/03), Stanford was down eight points (4-12) with 13:58 in the first half

Stanford Cardinal Starters (19-6 overall, 10-3 Pac-10)F - Justin Davis, 6-9, 225, Junior, Berkeley, Ca (10.2 ppg, 7.7 rpg)F - Josh Childress, 6-8, 200, Sophomore, Lakewood, Ca (14.1 ppg, 8.0 rpg)C - Rob Little, 6-10, 275, Sophomore, Hampton, Va (8.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg)G - Matt Lottich, 6-4, 205, Junior, Winnetka, Il (10.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg)G - Julius Barnes, 6-1, 185, Senior, Rowland Heights, Ca (15.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg)

USC Trojans Starters (10-11 overall,  5-7 Pac-10)F - Greg Guenther, Jr, 6-8, 245, Sophomore, Calabasas, Ca (6.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg)C - Rory O'Neill, 6-11, 240, Sophomore, Ridgecrest, Ca (10.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg)G - Errick Craven, 6-2, 190, Sophomore, Carson, Ca (13.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg)G - Derrick Craven, 6-2, 200, Sophomore, Carson, Ca (4.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg)G - Desmon Farmer, 6-4, 225, Junior, Flint, Mi (17.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg)

UCLA Bruins Starters (5-16 overall, 2-10 Pac-10)F - Jason Kapono, 6-8, 215, Senior, Lakewood, Ca (16.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg)F - Andre Patterson, 6-7, 197, Sophomore, Los Angeles, Ca (7.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg)C - Ryan Hollins, 6-11, 215, Freshman, Pasadena, Ca (4.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg)G - Dijon Thompson, 6-7, 195, Sophomore, Inglewood, Ca (13.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg)G - Cedric Bozeman, 6-6, 197, Sophomore, Los Angeles, Ca (7.3 ppg, 3.0 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 14 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 112-108 advantage over Stanford ... The Trojans had won three straight games over Stanford dating back to last year, but the Cardinal broke that streak when Julius Barnes scored 27 points as Stanford pulled away in the final minutes for an 80-72 victory earlier this year (1/25/03) at Maples Pavilion ... Josh Childress recorded a double-double with 13 points and a career-high 15 rebounds ... Matt Lottich added 22 points ... Stanford entered the game as the Pac-10's worst free throw shooting team but responded with a 16-for-18 effort in the final five minutes ... Barnes was 10-for-10 from the free throw line over the final 1:18 and tied a Maples Pavilion record by making all 13 of his foul shots ... Stanford has won three of the last four games at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, but lost a 90-82 decision last year ... UCLA leads the series with Stanford, 124-83 ... However, the Cardinal has won three of the last four games, and eight of the last eleven ... Stanford has won the last five games against the Bruins at Pauley Pavilion, the first time in the history of Pauley Pavilion that a visiting team had won five games in a row ... Last year at UCLA, Barnes scored 23 points to lead the Cardinal to an 86-76 win ... Childress added 14 points and a season-high 12 rebounds ... Earlier this year (1/24/03) at Maples Pavilion, Stanford held off UCLA, 52-51 ... Childress scored 18 points and Rob Little added 12 as the Cardinal beat UCLA at home for the first time in four years ... UCLA missed three shots in the final seven seconds ... Jason Haas hit a three-pointer with 8:37 remaining to play to highlight a 19-5 run that gave Stanford a 48-40 advantage.

Coaches Corner
Mike Montgomery is in his 17th season at Stanford with a record of 358-162 ... 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 512-238 ... 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 16-18 against UCLA, including a 7-9 mark at Pauley Pavilion ... Montgomery is 24-11 against USC, including a 9-7 record on the Trojans home court ... Henry Bibby is in his seventh season at USC with a record of 113-88 ... Bibby is 5-10 against Stanford ... Steve Lavin is in his seventh season at UCLA with a record of 138-75 ... Lavin is 4-9 against Stanford.

Defensive Data
Stanford is #1 in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (65.5 ppg) ... In 13 of Stanford's 19 wins, the Cardinal has held the opposition to under 40 percent shooting ... Only two opponents have hit 50 percent or better in a game ... The Cardinal is allowing the opposition only a .406 shooting percentage, #1 in the Pac-10 ... The Stanford defense has held the opposition to only a .301 shooting percentage from three-point range, first in the Pac-10 ... In only two games has the opponent hit double-digits in three-pointers ... In 20 of 25 games, the Cardinal has outrebounded its opponent ... The Cardinal has four players with 20 or more steals in a season for the first time since 1994.

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

Rebounding Roundup
Stanford has outrebounded the opposition in 20 of the 25 games ... Stanford has outrebounded its opponents by a margin of 6.4 (#2 in the Pac-10) over the 25 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) ... Josh Childress is second in the Pac-10 in rebounding at 8.0 per game, while Justin Davis is third at 7.7 rpg ... Childress has produced ten or more rebounds in eight games, including a career-high 15 caroms against USC (1/25/03) and 13 at Oregon (2/6/03) ... Davis has recorded double-digits in rebounds in seven 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 146 of the team's 170 three-pointers ... Lottich has hit a team leading 56 three-pointers (56-for-147 for .381), Barnes has also hit a team leading 56-of-165 three-pointers for .339 ... Childress has tallied 34-of-99 three-point attempts for .343 ... Stanford is fourth in the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage (.358).

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.

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 will probably start running around April or May ... No surgery is planned.

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 leading scorer (15.2 ppg, #10 in the Pac-10) ... Leads the team in free throw percentage (.812, #9 in the Pac-10) ... Hit two free throws with eight seconds to play to ice Stanford's 82-77 victory over #1 ranked Arizona (1/30/03) ... Tied a Maples Pavilion record with a 100 percent free throw effort (13-for-13) against USC (1/24/03) ... Also the team leader in assists (89, 3.56 apg, #10 in the Pac-10) and minutes played (34.5 mpg) ... In his last three games, has scored 70 points along with 13 rebounds ... Scored a career-high 33 points (23 in the first half) at Oregon State (2/9/03) ... Hit 10-of-15 shots from the floor against Oregon State, including five for nine from three-point territory ... Scored 29 points (9-for-18 from the floor, 6-for-12 from behind the arc) against Washington (2/13/03) ... Dished out a career-high ten assists at Arizona (1/30/03), only the eighth player in Stanford history to dish out ten or more assists in a game ... Scored 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 ... Tallied 27 points (13-for-13 from the free throw line) against USC (1/25/03) ... Has hit in double-figures in points in 19 of the 24 games ... That included a 24-point effort against UC Irvine (12/19/02) ... Has hit at least one three-pointer in 21 of 25 games ... Has started 49 straight games for the Cardinal.

#14 Tyler Besecker, Guard/Forward, 6-6, 210, Junior, Bellevue, Wa
Has played in eight 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) ... Scored two points and grabbed two rebounds in three minutes of play against Washington State (2/15/03).

#1 Josh Childress, Guard/Forward, 6-8, 200, Sophomore, Lakewood, Ca
Has emerged as one of the team leaders in scoring (14.1 ppg, #1 on the Cardinal, #14 in the Pac-10) and rebounding (8.0 rpg, #1 on the Cardinal, #2 in the Pac-10) ... Has scored in double-figures in 22 of the 25 games ... Has grabbed 101 rebounds in his last eleven games ... Collected a career-high 22-points in the season opener against Boston University (11/18/02), a 21-point game at UNLV (12/21/02), and a 21-point game at Arizona State (2/1/03) ... Scored the winning basket with 40 seconds to play at ASU (2/3/03) ... Has hit 34 three-pointers, third-best on the Cardinal ... Has grabbed ten or more rebounds in eight games ... Recorded a career-high 15 rebounds against USC (1/25/03) ... Has recorded eight double-doubles ... Leads the team in blocks (32, #6 in the Pac-10) ... Has collected at least one block in 22 of 25 games ... Has hit 50 percent or better in ten 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 sidelined the junior forward for five games ... Suffered the injury during second half action at California (1/4/03) ... Returned to action against USC (1/25/03) and responded with seven points, four rebounds and two assists in 15 minutes of play ... Returned to the starting lineup against Washington State (2/15/03) and responded with 21 points (7-for-10 from the floor), ten rebounds and two blocks ... One of the Pac-10's leading rebounders (7.7 rpg, #3 in the Pac-10) ... Has produced ten or more rebounds in seven games, including a career-high 16 boards at UNLV (12/21/02) ... 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 .588 from the floor, #3 in the Pac-10 ... Has shot 50 percent or better in 14 of his last 15 games ... In his last 12 games, has hit 51-of-80 shots for .638 ... Averaging 10.2 points per game.

#30 Dan Grunfeld, Forward, 6-6, 210, Freshman, River Hills, Wi
The freshman has provided a spark off the bench ... Averaging 11.9 minutes per game ... Has played double-digit minutes in 19 of 25 games ... Averaging 4.0 ppg ... Has made 15 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 25 games, including a season-high 17 minutes against Washington State (2/15/03) ... Has played double-digits in minutes in seven 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 ... Also ran the team with veteran precision during a major portion of the second half at Arizona State (2/3/03) when Barnes ran into foul trouble ... Produced six assists with no turnovers against Washington (2/13/03).

#52 Matt Haryasz, Forward, 6-10, 215, Freshman, Page, Az
Has played in all 25 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) ... Gave Stanford a boost off the bench by playing 17 minutes (four points, four rebounds, two assists) at Arizona (1/30/03).

#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 eleven games, including a season-high 17 minutes against Gonzaga (12/29/02) ... Shooting .514 from the floor ... Grabbed a season-high five rebounds against North Carolina (11/29/02) ... Scored a season-high eight points along with three minutes of 13 minutes play at Oregon (2/6/03) ... Added six points in 16 minutes of play at Oregon State (2/9/03).

#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, #15 in the Pac-10) ... 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 13 games, including a career-high 12 rebounds at Washington (1/18/03) ... Hitting a team-leading .588 from the floor, tops on the Cardinal and #4 in the Pac-10 ... Has hit 50 percent or better in 20 of 25 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 12 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 10.9 ppg ... Tied for the team in three-pointers (56) with Julius Barnes ... Hitting .381 (56-for-147) from three-point territory ... Has hit at least one three-pointer in 21 of 25 games ... In 13 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) ... Helped lead the Cardinal to victory with a career-high 23 points (5-for-8 from three-point territory, five rebounds, four assists, 36 minutes) at Arizona (1/30/03) ... Scored 22 points against USC (1/25/03).

#21 Nick Robinson, Forward/Guard, 6-6, 200, Sophomore, Liberty, Mo
Moved into the starting lineup for eleven games with the knee injury to Justin Davis ... In those eleven starts, averaged 5.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game ... 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) ... Scored ten points (4-for-5 from the floor) and grabbed nine rebounds in Stanford's 82-77 victory at #1 ranked Arizona (1/30/03) ... Gives Stanford a tremendous lift off the bench ... Averaging 23.0 minutes per game ... Averaging 4.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game ... Also an outstanding student ... Carries a 3.67 gpa as a Political Science major, and has been nominated for Academic All-America honors.

#12 Olatunde Sobomehin, Guard, 5-11, 170, Senior, Tacoma, Wa
Made his collegiate debut against Oregon (1/11/03) ... Grabbed two rebounds in two minutes of play against Washington State (2/15/03) ... 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 six games ... Scored his first collegiate basket with a three-pointer against Washington State (2/15/03).

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 phone number for the teleconferences is (650) 723-2400 ... The Pac-10 Conference phone number for its teleconferences is (913) 981-5510.

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