Stanford Basketball Hosts Washington Schools

Jan. 10, 2007

CARDINAL CONTINUE LEAGUE PLAY AGAINST WASHINGTON SCHOOLS: The Stanford men's basketball team (9-4, 1-2 Pac-10) return to the Bay Area to host conference foe Washington (11-4, 1-3) on Thursday, January 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Maples Pavilion. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports NW. On Saturday, January 13, the Cardinal will host Washington State (14-2, 3-1) at 4 p.m. in continued conference play. That game will be televised by FOX Sports Bay Area. Both games can 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 2-2 since returning from the holiday break and are coming off a hard fought road win (76-75) at Virginia.

SUNDAY RECAP: Lawrence Hill made a driving floater with nine-tenths of a second to play Sunday night, producing the 14th lead change in a game that was close throughout and giving Stanford a 76-75 victory against Virginia. The loss was the first in nine games for Virginia in its new John Paul Jones Arena. Robin Lopez led Stanford with 15 points, Hill had 13 and Brook Lopez, the 7-foot twin of Robin, had 12. Anthony Goods and Fred Washington each had 11 for the Cardinal. The Cavaliers had no answer for the Lopez twins, who repeatedly scored with ease over much smaller defenders in the low post. Brook Lopez made 6 of 10 shots before fouling out with 7:42 to play, and his brother also was 6-for-10 from the field. Stanford led 33-31 after a first half that was close all the way.

ABOUT WASHINGTON: The Huskies enter Thursday's contest with an 11-4 overall record and a 1-3 mark in league play ... They are coached by Lorenzo Romar ... Last week, UW split with the Arizona schools, beating ASU and falling to Arizona ... Washington ranks 11th nationally in scoring with an average of 84.8 points per game ... The Huskies had 100-point outbursts against Nicholls State (102) and Portland State (105) ... Stanford holds a 66-58 lead in the all-time series that began in 1916, including wins in 15 of the last 20 meetings against Washington ... The Huskies lost in their last 13 visits to Maples Pavilion ... The last time UW came away with a victory at Stanford was on Jan. 30, 1993 when they won 68-67.

BIG TIME: Sophomore Lawrence Hill made his last shot count as the seconds were winding down against Virginia on Sunday ... Hill made a driving floater with nine-tenths of a second to play Sunday night, giving Stanford the 76-75 win over the Cavaliers ... The Cardinal trailed 75-74 after Virginia's J.R. Reynolds made one of two free throws with 9.4 seconds left ... Stanford inbounded the ball, got it to Hill in the corner and he drove, making a short jumper that sat on the front of the rim and fell.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: Stanford had a new look to its starting lineup for the first time this season at Virginia ... Freshmen seven-footers Brook and Robin Lopez made their first collegiate start together in Charlottesville ... It was the first time this year a change has been made in the starting five for the Cardinal.

ROAD SWEET ROAD: Thourgh four road games this year, Stanford is 3-1 with impressive wins at Fresno State and Virginia ... The Cardinal are averaging 72.8 ppg and 35.2 rpg while shooting .442 from the field ... Lawrence Hill leads the team on the road with 15.8 ppg and 6.3 rbg while both Anthony Goods (11.0 ppg) and Robin Lopez (10.8 ppg) are chipping in over 10 points a piece.

IT DOESNT GET ANY EASIER: Stanford will play two ranked opponents this week in the Washington schools ... Next Thursday they will face their third consecutive ranked opponent when they travel to #17 Oregon.

REMEMBER TO SAY 'HI MOM': Stanford will have at least 21 of their games this season broadcast on television not counting the Pac-10 Tournament or potential postseason play ... The Cardinal are currently on televised game No 4 in a stretch of 11 consecutive games on t.v.

NEW HIGHS AGAINST VIRGINIA: Freshman Landry Fields dished out a season/career-high five assists against the Cavaliers on Sunday .. Freshman Robin Lopez played a season/career-high 34 minutes versus Virginia as well.

IT'S A SMALL WORLD: San Joaquin Memorial teammates will be reunited on Thursday night ... Brook and Robin Lopez will face off against former high school teammate Quincy Pondexter who now plays for the Washington Huskies.

BLOCK THIS: 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 31 blocks (2.4 bpg) in 13 games ... Lopez is currently fifth on the single season freshmen block record at Stanford ... His 31 blocks ranks 11th for a season in the Cardinal record book ... Lopez has recorded at least one block in 12 of 13 games this season and has recorded two or more blocks nine times ... He has notched four or more blocks three times.

UP NEXT: The Cardinal heads to the Pacific Northwest for matchups with Oregon and Oregon State as they continue league action ... Stanford and the Ducks square off at 5:30 p.m. on January 18 at Mac Court ... On Saturday, January 20, the Cardinal and Beavers face off at 5 p.m..

THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT LAWRENCE: Sophomore Lawrence Hill has turned it on in his second year on The Farm for the Cardinal ... Hill has led the team in scoring in six games this year and is averaging a team-leading 14.8 points per game as well as 6.1 rebounds per game ... Hill has scored in double figures 11 times and has one double-double on they year ... He has three 20-plus point games ... Last season, Hill averaged 4.7 ppg and 3.4 rpg

WASHINGTON DISHES IT OUT: 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 7.7 ppg ... In three years prior, he dished out 45 assists total (0.75 apg) - this year he has 54 assists so far and is averaging 4.1 per game.

THIS WEEK IN THE PAC-10 RANKINGS: Lawrence Hill is 12th in scoring (14.8 ppg) ... Robin Lopez ranks ninth in the league in rebounds (6.8) 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).

TWIN TOWERS: Freshmen seven-footers Robin and Brook Lopez are contributing in a big way their first year in collegiate basketball ... The twins are contributing 15.8 ppg, 8.6 rpg and 2.769 bpg as a tandem.

LEAGUE NUMBERS: 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.

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.

STUDENT STATION KZSU TO BROADCAST HOME GAMES: 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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