Men's Basketball Hosts California On Wednesday
Jan. 2, 2007
CARDINAL HOST CALIFORNIA IN CONTINUED PAC-10 ACTION: The Stanford men's basketball team (8-3, 1-1 Pac-10) return to the friendly confines of Maples Pavilion as they host California on Wednesday, January 3, at 7 p.m. in a game televised by FOX Sports Net Bay Area. On the radio, KNTS (1220 AM) will broadcast the Cardinal matchups. Bob Murphy and John Platz will provide play-by-play and color commentary respectively. Stanford then takes a break from league action to travel to Virginia on Sunday, January 7.
WEEKEND RECAP: In the opening weekend of Pac-10 play, Stanford split with the Arizona schools, defeating the Sun Devils, 71-60, on Thursday night and falling 89-75 to the Wildcats on Saturday afternoon ... Anthony Goods scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half to lead four Stanford players in double figures Thursday night with a 71-60 victory over the Sun Devils ... Goods was just 1-for-9 from the field but made 11-of-13 free throws for Stanford (8-2, 1-0) ... Taj Finger also scored 14 and Lawrence Hill 13. Freshman Landry Fields scored all 11 of his points in the first half for the Cardinals ... On Saturday, Stanford fell to Arizona 89-75, in Tucson .. The Wildcats blew a 13-point first-half lead and fell behind by five midway through the second half before rallying ... Stanford outrebounded Arizona 36-27 and outscored it 42-32 in the paint ... Lawrence Hill led the Cardinal with 20 points ... Brook Lopez scored 17 points with nine rebounds and his brother, Robin, had 14 points and seven boards.
ABOUT CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears are coached by Ben Braun who is in his 11th season at Cal ... Last week, California opened Pac-10 play with a split at the Arizona schools, falling to Arizona, 94-85, and beating Arizona State, 66-62, in overtime ... The team is led by Ryan Anderson who is averaging 17.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game ... Ayinde UBaka is chipping in 13.3 points and 5.5 assists per game as well ... The Golden Bears lead the all-time series with Stanford, 135-109, however the Cardinal has won seven of the last 10 meetings ... The two teams split the series last season, each winning at home ... Cal's last victory in Maples came in 1992-93 as the Golden Bears won 86-61 ... The last meeting between the two squads was at Haas Pavilion with Cal winning 65-62 ... Stanford has won 13 consecutive games vs. the Golden Bears at Maples Pavilion.
THIS AND THAT: Outside of the starting five, only Taj Finger and Carlton Weatherby have seen action in all 11 of Stanford's games this season ... Lawrence Hill has led the team in scoring in six games this year ... Hill has scored in double figures nine times ... Stanford's win over Arizona State in this year's Pac-10 opener was a first for Coach Johnson ... Mitch Johnson, Anthony Goods, Lawrence Hill, Fred Washington and Robin Lopez have started all 11 games for the Cardinal this season ... Goods leads the team, averaging 32.1 minutes per contest ... Robin Lopez's six blocks vs. Siena is tied for first in the Pac-10 for the most in a single game ... Anthony Good's 11 free throws made vs. ASU is also tied for first in the league for a single game.
HOME COOKING: Stanford is 5-2 in Maples Pavilion this season ... The Cardinal have had 13 straight winning seasons ... The Cardinal has won 50 of its last 58 games at Maples Pavilion dating back to the 2002-03 season.
PAC-10 RANKINGS: Lawrence Hill is 11th in scoring (15.3 ppg) ... Robin Lopez ranks 12th in the league in rebounds (6.7) and Hill is 13th (6.2) ... Hill is fifth in the conference in FG percentage at .578 ... Mitch Johnson is fifth in the league in assists per game (4.8) while Fred Washinton ranks 10th (3.73 apg) ... Goods is third in 3-pt. FG made (2.36 per game) ... Robin Lopez is second in the league in blocked shots (2.27 bpg) ... As a team, Stanford is fourth in the conference in Rebounding offense (38.3) and fifth in Rebounding defense (31.8) ... They are second in blocked shots (4.36 bpg) and fourth in assists (16.45).
AROUND THE HORN: Forward Taj Finger recorded a season-high 14 points on Thursday night vs. Arizona State ... Guard Anthony Goods dished out a season and career-high five assists against the Sun Devils ... Center Robin Lopez tied his season and career high with 14 points at Arizona ... Forward Brook Lopez pulled down a season/career best nine rebounds versus the Wildcats ... His 17 points against U of A was one shy of his career high.
BLOCK PARTY: In his collegiate debut, freshman center Robin Lopez tied the school record for single game blocks with six against Siena College ... Lopez currently leads the team with 25 blocks (2.27 bpg) in 11 games ... Lopez is currently seventh on the single season freshmen block record at Stanford.
INJURY UPDATE: Junior center Peter Prowitt has missed the last four games (Santa Clara, Fresno State, ASU, Arizona) with pain in his knees ... He is not expected to play on Wednesday.
UCLA PICKED TO DEFEND ITS PAC10 TITLE IN 2006-07: The UCLA Bruins are picked to finish first in the 2006-07 Pacific-10 Conference Men's basketball race, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball. The poll shows that UCLA, the defending Pac-10 champion and Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament champion, gathered 21 first-place votes and is picked the favorite this season. Arizona picked up 13 first-place votes and is tabbed for second place. Washington is slotted for third place, followed by Oregon, which picked up the remaining first-place vote. California is picked for fifth, followed by USC and Stanford. Rounding out the preseason poll is Oregon State in seventh, followed by Arizona State and Washington State.
PAC-10 HALL OF HONOR: Each year, the Pac-10 honors a former coach or student-athlete with induction into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor. The induction will place at the 2007 Pac-10 Tournament. Former Stanford standout George Yardley is the Cardinal recipient in 2006-07. Yardley, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, was an All-American during his senior season at Stanford and is considered one of the top forwards in school history. After Stanford, Yardley played three years of AAU basketball with Stewart Chevrolet and at the Los Alamitos Naval Air Base. Yardley later enjoyed a highly productive career in the NBA, winning All-Star honors six times.
CAREER DAY FOR GOODS: Sophomore guard Anthony Goods set a career high with 30 points in Stanford's season opener against Siena ... His previous high was 12 against UCLA last season ... Goods went 11-of-16 from the field and added five rebounds and four assists.
CAREER DAY, PART II: Sophomore Lawrence Hill had a career-best 21 points in the Cardinal's 58-52 victory over Northwestern ... Hill also tied his career high with nine rebounds ... Hill currently leads the team in points per game, averaging 14.8.
SEASON OUTLOOK: After making their 13th consecutive postseason appearance in 2005-06, Stanford will have a different look in 2006-07 with the departure of three all-conference starters and four veteran seniors (Jason Haas, Chris Hernandez, Dan Grunfeld and Matt Haryasz). The Cardinal loses one of the conferences top post players in Haryasz and one of the nation's top guards in Hernandez. Grunfeld, Haryasz and Hernandez all scored in double-figures for Stanford last year. Only four upperclassmen dot the Cardinal roster this season. Helping lead the team this year will be seniors Fred Washington (Los Angeles, CA) and Carlton Weatherby (Tacoma, WA). The Cardinal played small last season with only four players on the roster taller than 6-6. That changes in 2006-07 with six players over 6-6, including two seven-footers. Junior Taj Finger (Mt. Kisco, NY) is one of two starters returning to the court for Stanford. At guard, sophomore Mitch Johnson (Seattle, WA) is Stanford's only other returning starter. Seven newcomers grace the 2006-07 roster and will add a complete new look to the Cardinal. Once again, staying injury free this season will play into the success of the squad.
HEAD COACH Trent Johnson: Trent Johnson became the 16th men's basketball head coach in Stanford history on May 25, 2004. Johnson, who is considered one of the true teachers of the game, is a perfect fit for one of the most dominant basketball programs in the last two decades. In Johnson's first season on The Farm, he showed the strength of his leadership style as Stanford dealt with a season-ending injury to its leading scorer and only nine healthy players competing at the end of the year. But despite the obstacles, Johnson helped lead the Cardinal to its11th consecutive NCAA postseason appearance. With an 18-13 overall record and 11-7 mark in the Pac-10 Conference (third place finish), three players were tabbed to the Pac-10 All-Conference teams: Chris Hernandez (first team), Dan Grunfeld (first team) and Matt Haryasz (honorable mention). Hernandez and Grunfeld were further honored as first-team NABC District-14 selections. Several student-athletes were recognized for their work in the classroom. Grunfeld was honored as a 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic Second Team All-American selection while four of the five first-team Pac-10 All-Academic spots were awarded to Cardinal players (Grunfeld, Hernandez, Rob Little and Nick Robinson). Jason Haas was second team selection as well.
YOUTH IS SERVED: This year's team welcomes seven newcomers including five freshmen ... The class includes McDonald's High School All-Americans Brook and Robin Lopez ... Also expected to see time on the court this year are Will Paul, Da'Veed Dildy and Landry Fields.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Cardinal travel East to take on Virginia in a non-conference game on January 7th at 5 p.m. ET. The game will be televised by FOX Sports Net. Stanford then returns to resume league action as they host the Washington schools at Maples.
LISTEN TO THIS: The Cardinal men's basketball games can also be heard on KZSU 90.1 FM this season - Stanford's student radio station.