Stanford Men Take On Virginia In Non-Conference Tilt

Jan. 6, 2007

CARDINAL TAKE A BREAK FROM LEAGUE PLAY AND TRAVEL EAST: The Stanford men's basketball team (8-4, 1-2 Pac-10) looks to snap a two-game losing streak this Sunday, January 7, when they travel East to take on Virginia (9-3) in a non-conference game at 5 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports Net. Rod Thulin will handle the play-by-play while Dan Bonner is the analyst. Jenn Hildreth is the sideline reporter. The game will be heard on the radio locally on KNTS (1220 AM) with Bob Murphy and John Platz providing play-by-play and color commentary respectively. The Cardinal are 1-2 since returning from the holiday break and will be playing in their fourth road game of the season when they face Virginia on Sunday.

WEDNESDAY RECAP: Ayinde Ubaka scored seven of his season-high 26 points in the final 3:32 and California ended a 13-game losing streak on Stanford's home floor dating nearly 14 years, beating the Cardinal 67-63 on Wednesday night. Stanford's Lawrence Hill missed a contested 3-pointer with 9 seconds left to tie and Ubaka hit one free throw with 6 seconds to go that sealed it. Freshman Robin Lopez had 16 points, nine rebounds and four blocks for Stanford and Fred Washington added 11 points, eight boards and seven assists, including several key baskets during Stanford's run in the second half. Stanford, which is 5-3 at home, hadn't played in Maples since Dec. 16 and this was only the second home game for the Cardinal since Nov. 28.

ABOUT VIRGINIA: Virginia enters the week with a 9-3 overall record after beating Gonzaga, 108-87 on Wednesday night ... Sean Singletary scored a career-high 37 points and hit seven of Virginia's school-record 18 3-pointers during that game ... Singletary leads the team averaging 19.1 points per game while teammate J.R. Reynolds is averaging 16.0 ppg ... The Cardinal lead the all-time series with the Cavaliers, 4-1 and have won the last three meetings between the two teams ... Last year, the two met for the first time in a postseason contest (NIT) with Stanford winning 65-49 in Palo Alto ... Stanford is playing for the third time in Charlottesville and is 1-1 in its previous trips to UVa. The two teams met four consecutive seasons from 1991-92 through 1994-95 with the Cardinal winning in all but the 1992-93 season. UVa won 72-48 on Dec. 5, 1992 at University Hall, but the Cardinal evened its record in Charlottesville with a 64-60 victory on Dec. 22, 1994.

START ME UP: Outside of the starting five, only Taj Finger and Carlton Weatherby have seen action in all 12 of Stanford's games this season .Mitch Johnson, Anthony Goods, Lawrence Hill, Fred Washington and Robin Lopez have started all 12 games for the Cardinal this season.

ROAD NUMBERS: In three roads games thus far this season, Stanford is averaging 71.7 ppg and 36.7 rpg while shooting .436 from the field ... Lawrence Hill leads the team on the road with 16.7 ppg and 7.0 rbg while both Anthony Goods (11.0 ppg) and Robin Lopez (10.7 ppg) are chipping in over 10 points a piece.

WHERE STANFORD RANKS AROUND THE LEAGUE: Lawrence Hill is 12th in scoring (15.0 ppg) ... Robin Lopez ranks ninth in the league in rebounds (6.9) and Hill is 12th (6.3) ... Hill is seventh in the conference in FG percentage at .560 ... Mitch Johnson is sixth in the league in assists per game (4.5) while Fred Washinton ranks eighth (4.0 apg) ... Goods is fourth in 3-pt. FG made (2.33 per game) ... Robin Lopez is first in the league in blocked shots (2.42 bpg) ... As a team, Stanford is third in the conference in Rebounding offense (39.2) and fifth in Rebounding defense (31.8) ... They are first in blocked shots (4.42 bpg) and fourth in assists (16.17).

NEW HIGHS AGAINST CAL: Freshman center Robin Lopez scored a season and career high 16 points against California on Wednesday night ... Senior forward Fred Washington tied his season/career high in assists vs. the Golden Bears with seven on the evening.

Robin Lopez CONTINUES TO CLIMB BLOCK CHARTS: 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 29 blocks (2.4 bpg) in 12 games ... Lopez is currently fifth on the single season freshmen block record at Stanford ... His 29 blocks ranks 13th for a season in the Cardinal record book ... Lopez has recorded at least one block in 11 of 12 games this season and has recorded two or more blocks eight times ... He has notched four or more blocks three times.

ON TAP: The Cardinal get back to the business of Pac-10 play next week when they host Washington and Washington State. Stanford will host Washington on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. (please note time change) in a game to be televised by FOX Sports NW. On Saturday, the Cardinal will match up against Washington State at 4 p.m. in a game televised by FOX Sports Bay Area.

DID YOU KNOW: Lawrence Hill has led the team in scoring in six games this year ... Hill has scored in double figures 10 times.

BEST AND WORST OF IT: Stanford shot a season-best .582 from the field vs. UC Davis ... Season-low was .302 against Air Force ... The Cardinal recorded a season-best 92 points against Siena in the season opener ... Season-low was 45 versus Air Force ... Stanford pulled down a season-best 50 rebounds on Wednesday night against Cal ... Season-low was 30 at Arizona State.

THE LOPEZ FACTOR: Freshmen seven-footers Robin and Brook Lopez are contributing in a big way their first year in collegiate basketball ... The twins are averaging 14.9 ppg, 8.6 rpg and 2.75 bpg as a tandem.

LEAGUE TALE OF THE TAPE: Stanford is 1-2 early in conference action, averaging 69.7 ppg whle shooting .416 from the field ... The team is averaging 38.7 rebounds per game while shooting .288 from beyond the arc.

WASHINGTON STEPS IT UP: In his final season for the Cardinal, forward Fred Washington has definately stepped it up ... In his three previous seasons, Washington was averaging 3.5 points per game and this year's he's up to 7.4 ppg ... In three years prior, he dished out 45 assists total (0.75 apg) - this year he has 48 assists so far and is averaging 4.0 per game.

WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS: In Stanford's four losses this season, they are only shooting .352 as a team from the field as opposed to .489 when they win ... The Cardinal average 57.2 points in losses and 74.9 in victories.

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.

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.

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.

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