No. 1 Arizona Invades Maples For Pac-10 Clash Against No. 19 Stanford
Feb. 28, 2003
Stanford StoryStanford (22-6, 13-3 Pac-10) vs Arizona (22-2, 14-1 Pac-10)Saturday, March 1, 2003, 4:00 p.m. (ABC - West Coast only)Maples Pavilion (7,391)
A ticket to the Stanford-Arizona game ... That is indeed a tough ticket ... The Saturday game at 4 p.m. between Stanford and top-ranked Arizona has been soldout for months, yet there has still been a high demand for tickets this week as the nation's #1 team, the Arizona Wildcats, invades Maples Pavilion for a Pac-10 contest against Stanford ... Not since Feb. 6, 1999, has a #1 team played at Stanford, and on that day Connecticut handed Stanford a 70-59 defeat ... Arizona, on one occasion, arrived at Maples Pavilion as the nation's top team ... That was on Feb. 4, 1988, and the Cardinal scored a 82-74 victory ... Stanford has chalked up a 22-6 overall record and a 13-3 mark in the Pac-10) ... League leader Arizona is 22-2 overall and 14-1 in the conference ... The Cardinal has two more home games (Arizona, 3/1/03, 4:00 p.m; and California, 3/8/03, 7:00 p.m.) ... Arizona has three more Pac-10 games, at Stanford, and two home games against Oregon State (3/6/03) and Oregon (3/8/03) ... Winners of a season-high six straight games, ten of its last eleven, and 13 of its last 15, Stanford continues its remarkable season with a 22-6 overall record, three games better than at this time a year ago ... Stanford is 13-3 in the Pac-10, three games better than at this time a year ago ... The Cardinal has posted 20 more wins for the ninth straight season, and ten or more wins in Pac-10 play also for a ninth straight year ... Only Arizona's streak of 18 straight winning seasons in league play is longer ... 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 22 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 is 8-2 in games decided by five or less points ... That includes three one-point victories over Xavier (11/20/02), UCLA (1/23/03) and Arizona State (2/1/03) ... Stanford is ranked 19th in the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls.
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford is 109-20 (.845) at Maples Pavilion ... During that time, Stanford is 44-3 (.936) vs non-league opponents and 65-17 (.793) vs Pac-10 schools... Stanford has a current winning streak of nine games at Maples Pavilion.
Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 54-11 (.831) on enemy turf.
Stanford is 22-6 overall, three games better than the team's record a year ago ... Stanford is 13-3 in the Pac-10 this year, three games better than a year ago at this time ... With a 22-6 record this year, Stanford has now recorded nine straight seasons with 20 or more wins ... Julius Barnes has attempted 187 three-pointers this year which ties the school record originally set by Dion Cross during the 1995-96 season.
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 14-4 against teams with winning records.
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 (22-6 overall, 13-3 Pac-10)F - Justin Davis, 6-9, 225, Junior, Berkeley, Ca (10.4 ppg, 8.0 rpg)F - Josh Childress, 6-8, 200, Sophomore, Lakewood, Ca (13.9 ppg, 8.0 rpg)C - Rob Little, 6-10, 275, Sophomore, Hampton, Va (8.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg)G - Matt Lottich, 6-4, 205, Junior, Winnetka, Il (11.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg)G - Julius Barnes, 6-1, 185, Senior, Rowland Heights, Ca (16.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg)
Arizona Wildcat Starters (22-2 overall, 14-1 Pac-10)F - Luke Walton, 6-8, 245, Senior, San Diego, Ca (10.2 ppg, 5.1rpg)F - Rick Anderson, 6-9, 225, Senior, Long Beach, Ca (10.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg)C - Channing Frye, 6-10, 235, Sophomore, Phoenix, Az (11.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg)G - Salim Stoudamire, 6-1, 176, Sophomore, Portland, Or (13.1 ppg, 1.5 rpg)G - Jason Gardner, 5-10, 191, Senior, Indianapolis, In (14.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg)
Stanford is in the midst of its 88th season of collegiate basketball competition ... The Cardinal returned 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 returned, Julius Barnes ... Justin Davis started 18 games last year, and has started 17 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 while another key player, Teyo Johnson, did not play this year to enter the NFL Draft ... 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.
Arizona leads the series with Stanford, 41-22 ... However, the Cardinal has won the last two games against the Wildcats, both games in Tucson ... Earlier this year (1/30/03), Matt Lottich scored 23 points, including a crucial three-pointer with 58 seconds to play, to lift Stanford to an 82-77 victory over the #1 ranked Wildcats ... Stanford led by as many as eleven points in the first half ... Arizona has won the last three games at Maples Pavilion, and ten of the last 13 games on Stanford's home court ... Arizona is only one of two Pac-10 schools (UCLA is the other) to have a winning record (13-12) against Stanford at Maples Pavilion ... Last year at Maples Pavilion, Arizona scored a 88-82 overtime decision ... The Wildcats rallied from a 15-point deficit in the second half behind the shooting of Channing Frye, who was 10-for-13 from the floor ... Curtis Bochardt scored 25 points and grabbed 21 rebounds (tied for fifth place in school history) for the Cardinal.
Mike Montgomery, who is a finalist for the 2003 Naismith Coach Basketball Coach of the Year, is in his 17th season at Stanford with a record of 361-162 ... 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 515-238 ... 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 10-26 against Arizona, including a 4-14 record at Maples Pavilion ... Lute Olson is in his 20th season at Arizona with a record of 494-145 ... Olson's career record (1 year at Long Beach State, 9 years at Iowa, 19-plus years at Arizona) is 685-237 ... Olson is 29-13 against Stanford.
Stanford is #1 in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (66.6 ppg) ... In 14 of Stanford's 22 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 .410 shooting percentage, #2 in the Pac-10 ... The Stanford defense has held the opposition to only a .307 shooting percentage from three-point range, first in the Pac-10 ... In only three games has the opponent hit double-digits in three-pointers ... In 22 of 28 games, the Cardinal has outrebounded its opponent ... The Cardinal has five players with 20 or more steals in a season for the first time since 1994.
Stanford has outrebounded the opposition in 22 of the 28 games ... Stanford has outrebounded its opponents by a margin of 5.8 (#2 in the Pac-10) over the 28 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 and Justin Davis are each averaging eight rebounds per game, second-best in the Pac-10 ... Childress has produced ten or more rebounds in nine 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 nine 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 170 of the team's 195 three-pointers ... Barnes has hit a team leading 67 three-pointers (67-for-187 for .358), Lottich has hit 66-of-165 three-pointers for .400 (#8 in the Pac-10) ... Childress has tallied 37-of-110 three-point attempts for .336 ... Stanford is fourth in the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage (.369).
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 probably start running around April or May ... No surgery is planned.
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 (16.1 ppg, #9 in the Pac-10) ... Leads the team in free throw percentage (.837, #9 in the Pac-10) ... Has hit his last 20 free throw attempts (13-for-13 against Arizona State, and 7-for-7 against UCLA) ... 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) and 13-for-13 against Arizona State (2/27/03) ... Also the team leader in assists (105, 3.75 apg, #8 in the Pac-10) and minutes played (34.9 mpg) ... 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 ... Has played 30 or more minutes in the last seven games, and ten of the last eleven ... Averaging 34.9 minutes per game, and at rate, will finish with finish the regular season with 1,047 minutes, only the eighth player in school history to play 1,000 or more minutes ... In his last seven games, has scored 159 points ... 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) ... Also hit for 29 points (4-for-4 from behind arc) against Arizona State (2/27/03) ... 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) ... Tallied 27 points (7-for-7 from the free throw line, seven assists) at UCLA (2/22/03) ... Has hit in double-figures in points in 22 of the 28 games ... Has hit at least one three-pointer in 24 of 28 games ... Leads the team in three-pointers (67) ... Has started 52 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 (13.9 ppg, #2 on the Cardinal, #15 in the Pac-10) and rebounding (8.0 rpg, #1 on the Cardinal, #2 in the Pac-10) ... Has scored in double-figures in 24 of the 28 games ... Has grabbed 125 rebounds in his last 14 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 37 three-pointers, third-best on the Cardinal ... Has grabbed ten or more rebounds in nine games ... Recorded a career-high 15 rebounds against USC (1/25/03) ... Has recorded eight double-doubles ... Leads the team in blocks (37, #6 in the Pac-10) ... Has collected at least one block in 25 of 28 games ... Has hit 50 percent or better in 12 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 ... At USC (2/20/03), tallied 20 points (7-for-11 from the floor) along with 14 rebounds ... One of the Pac-10's leading rebounders (8.0 rpg, #2 in the Pac-10) ... Has produced ten or more rebounds in nine 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 a team-leading .583 from the floor, #4 in the Pac-10 ... Has shot 50 percent or better in 16 of his last 18 games ... In his last 15 games, has hit 62-of-100 shots for .620 ... Averaging 10.4 points per game.
#30 Dan Grunfeld, Forward, 6-6, 210, Freshman, River Hills, Wi
The freshman has provided a spark off the bench ... Averaging 11.7 minutes per game ... Has played double-digit minutes in 20 of 28 games ... Averaging 4.1 ppg ... Has made 16 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) ... Hit for nine points (4-for-6 from the floor) at UCLA (2/22/03).
#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 27 of 28 games, including a season-high 17 minutes against Washington State (2/15/03) ... Has played double-digits in minutes in eight games, including three of the last 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 ... 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 28 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 .500 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 (5.7 rpg, #14 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 14 games, including a career-high 12 rebounds at Washington (1/18/03) ... Hitting .580 from the floor, #2 on the Cardinal and #5 in the Pac-10 ... Has hit 50 percent or better in 23 of the 28 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 14 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 11.2 ppg ... Second on the team in three-pointers (67) ... Hitting .400 (66-for-165) from three-point territory, #8 in the Pac-10 ... Has hit at least one three-pointer in 24 of the 28 games ... In 15 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) ... Collected 20 points (6-for-8 from the floor, 5-for-7 from behind the arc) at UCLA (2/22/03).
#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 22.4 minutes per game ... Averaging 4.5 points and 4.1 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 seven games ... Scored his first collegiate basket with a three-pointer against Washington State (2/15/03).
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, March 4, 11:23 a.m. - Pac-10 Teleconference
Tuesday, March 4, 11:30 a.m. - Press Conference (ABC Room)
Tuesday, March 11, 11:30 a.m. - Stanford Teleconference
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.