Stanford Faces Oregon in Pacific-10 Tournament Semifinals
March 12, 2004
Los Angeles, Ca - The second-ranked Stanford basketball team continues play in the 2004 Pacific-10 Tournament with a semi-final game on Friday night against the University of Oregon.
Tipoff is slated for 6:15 p.m. at the Staples Center. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net and heard locally on KABL Radio (960 am).
Stanford reached the semifinals with a convincing 68-47 victory over Washington State on Thursday. All-Ameria candidate Josh Childress led Stanford with 17 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Stanford shot 57 percent from the floor, and held the Cougars to 27 percent shooting. WSU made only 12 baskets compared to 26 for Stanford.
Oregon reached the semifinals with a 87-82 victory over California. Luke Jackson poured in 19 points while Andre Joseph and James Davis each added 19. Jackson led Duck rebounders with ten boards.
Other first round winners were Arizona and Washington. The Wildcats beat USC, 79-76, as Mustafa Shakur scored a three-point basket at the buzzer. The Huskies beat UCLA, 91-83, as Will Conroy scored 20 points.
Stanford Cardinal Starters (27-1 overall, 17-1 Pac-10)
F - Nick Robinson, 6-6, 200, Junior, Liberty, Mo (6.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg)
F - Josh Childress, 6-8, 205, Junior, Los Angeles, Ca (15.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg)
C - Rob Little, 6-10, 265, Junior, Hampton, Va (10.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg)
G - Matt Lottich, 6-4, 205, Senior, Winnetka, Il (12.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.57 apg)
G - Chris Hernandez, 6-2, 190, Sophomore, Fresno, Ca (10.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 4.62 apg)
Mike Montgomery is in his 18th season at Stanford with a mark of 390-166 ... His overall record (17-plus seasons at Stanford, 8 seasons at Montana) is 544-243 ... Montgomery, the 2004 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, is 28-9 against Oregon.
Stanford holds a 78-41 lead over the Oregon Ducks in the series ... This is the fourth longest series in Stanford history ... Earlier this year in Eugene (1/31/04), Stanford battled back from a 19-point deficit to beat the Oregon Ducks, 83-80 ... Chris Hernandez scored all 22 of his points in the second half, and Stanford scored on its final 15 possessions to pull out the win ... Stanford, in fact, scored on 18 of its last 19 possessions ... Matt Haryasz, making his first collegiate start in place of the injured Justin Davis, scored a career-high in points (19) while adding seven rebounds and three assists in 33 minutes of play ... Then on Feb. 28 in the final home game at Maples Pavilion, Pac-10 Player of the Year Josh Childress scored 29 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, dished out five assists and added three blocks as the Cardinal scored a 76-55 decision ... Joe Kirchofer added career-highs in points (13) and rebounds (10) ... In this 119-game series, only five games have been played on a neutral court ... The last time took place during the 1987-88 season when Stanford scored a 84-61 victory at the Pac-10 Tournament.
Stanford has done well on neutral courts in recent years ... Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 35-12 ... Stanford is 3-0 in neutral court games this year with wins over then #1 ranked Kansas (12/6/03, 64-58) at the John Wooden Classic in Anaheim, and a 87-80 victory over Gonzaga (12/20/03) at the Pete Newell Challenge.
All-America candidate Josh Childress needs only nine points to reach the 1,000 point plateau at Stanford ... Childress will then become the 34th player in the 89-year history of Stanford Basketball to reach that figure ... Childress has now been named first team All-American on two teams; the NABC and Adolph F. Rupp teams ,,, Stafnord has won at least 20 games (27-1, 2003-04) for the tenth year in a row ... Stanford has outrebounded its opponents in 24 of the 28 games, holds a 15-1 record agains teams with a winning record, has made 143 more field goals than its opponents, and 121 more free throws ... Stanford is #1 in the Pac-10 in scoring margin (+13.6), field goal percenage defense (.392), rebounding defense (29.4) and rebounding margin (+6.8) ... Only three other Stanford teams have ever won more than 27 games ... In 2000-01, Stanford went 31-3, in 1997-98, the team chalked up a 30-5 record, and the 1941-42 NCAA championship game went 28-4 ... Stanford is 27-1 this year.