Men's Basketball Hosts #23 Washington State On Saturday
Jan. 12, 2007
CARDINAL FACE OFF AGAINST WASHINGTON STATE ON SATURDAY: The Stanford men's basketball team (10-4, 2-2 Pac-10) will host Washington State (14-2, 3-1) at 4 p.m. in continued conference play, after winning two consecutive games by one point. The 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 take a two-game winning streak into Maples on Saturday against the Cougars.
THURSDAY RECAP: Anthony Goods scored 19 points and hit the tiebreaking free throws with 27.5 seconds to play as Stanford rallied for its 14th consecutive home victory over Washington, 78-77 Thursday night. Lawrence Hill scored 18 points and converted a three-point play with 41 seconds left for the Cardinal, who trailed for most of the second half before holding on in the tense final seconds against the Huskies, who haven't won at Maples Pavilion since 1993. Robin Lopez scored a career-high 17 points and his 7-foot twin Brook had 12 for the Cardinal, with the brothers combining for seven blocked shots. Stanford's twin freshman 7-footers started together for the second straight game and provided some lively inside action with Jon Brockman and Spencer Hawes.
ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars enter Saturday's contest with an 15-2 overall record and a 4-1 mark in league play ... They are coached by Tony Bennett ... For the first time sincle Feb. 1, 1983, WSU is ranked nationally ... Kyle Weaver had 14 points, a career-high 10 assists and six rebounds, as Washington State won playing as a ranked team for the first time in nearly 24 years, beating California 73-56 on Thursday night ... Last night's win marked the Cougars' fourth straight victory and eighth in nine games ... Stanford holds a 62-54 lead in the all-time series that began in 1916 ... Stanford has won the last three meetings between the two teams and have won nine of the last 10 in Maples ... WSU's last victory in Maples came in the 2004-05 season when they pulled off a 59-48 win over the Cardinal ... Last season, Stanford won both matchups against the Cougars including a 69-59 win at Stanford.
LAST YEAR IN MAPLES VS. WSU: Matt Haryasz had 22 points and nine rebounds to help Stanford beat Washington State 69-59 last year at home ... Haryasz scored more than 20 points for the fourth straight game and eighth time this season as Stanford (9-7, 5-3 Pac-10) won its seventh consecutive home game and fifth in its last six overall. Chris Hernandez added 11 points ... The Cardinal's biggest lead was a 12-point advantage with five minutes left in the first half. The Cougars only lead was at 2-0.
HOLD ON TO YOUR SEATS!: The Stanford Cardinal last three games have been decided by four points or less, including the last two which were decided by one point ... SU is 2-1 in those games ... Last night, with the game tied at 75-all and 27 seconds left on the clock, Anthony Goods stepped to the free line and calmly sank two to put Stanford up 77-75 ... After a steal by Fred Washington, Taj Finger was fouled and sank one of two free throws to put the Cardinal up 78-75 with eight seconds remaining ... Jon Brockman recorded a layup with one second left to make the final score 78-77.
ON THE FARM: The Cardinal are 6-3 in the friendly confines of Maples this year, shooting .457 from the floor ... They are averaging 69.0 ppg and 38.4 rebounds ... The Cardinal are winning by an average of 5.3 points and shooting .26 from the free throw line ... They are averaging 5.0 blocks pg and 5.6 steals pg.
NEW HIGHS AGAINST WASHINGTON: Freshmen Brook Lopez set new season/career highs vs. the Huskies in minutes played (30) and blocks (3) ... Sophomore Anthony Goods played a season/career high 37 minutes against UW ... Sophomore Lawrence Hill dished out a season-best and career-tying three assists ... Freshman Robin Lopez recorded a season/career high in points (17) and minutes played (37) ... As a team, Stanford's eight blocks vs. the Huskies was a season best.
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 35 blocks (2.5 bpg) in 14 games ... Lopez is currently fifth on the single season freshmen block record at Stanford ... His 35 blocks ties him for 10th for a season in the Cardinal record book ... Lopez has recorded at least one block in 13 of 14 games this season and has recorded two or more blocks 10 times ... He has notched four or more blocks four times, including four on Thursday vs. Washington.
BY THE NUMBERS: Last year at this point, the Cardinal were 7-7 overall ... Stanford's .545 shooting percentage vs. Washington was their best since shooting .a season-best .582 vs. UC Davis (11/28/06) ... The Cardinal's 30 rebounds against the Huskies tied a seaon low by the team (30 at ASU, 12/28/06).
ON TAP: 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..
TOUGH ROAD AHEAD: 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 ... The Cardinal have played three teams currently ranked in the national polls - WSU will be the fourth.
HILL CONTINUES TO SHINE: 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 15.1 points per game as well as 6.1 rebounds per game ... Hill has scored in double figures 12 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 READY TO PLAY: 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 7.6 ppg ... In three years prior, he dished out 45 assists total (0.75 apg) - this year he has 59 assists so far and is averaging 4.2 per game.
STANFORD IN THE CONFERENCE RANKINGS: Lawrence Hill is 11th in scoring (15.1 ppg) ... Robin Lopez ranks 10th in the league in rebounds (6.6), Hill is 12th (6.1) and Fred Washington is 20th (5.1 rpg) ... Hill is seventh in the conference in FG percentage at .547 ... Fred Washinton ranks 7th (4.1 apg) in assists per game ... Goods is third in 3-pt. FG made (2.43 per game) and 10th in free throw percentage (.789) ... Robin Lopez is first in the league in blocked shots (2.50 bpg) ... As a team, Stanford is fourth in the conference in Rebounding offense (38.0) and sixth in Rebounding defense (32.4) ... They are first in blocked shots (4.50 bpg) and third in assists (16.14).
IN PAC-10 PLAY: Stanford is 2-2 early in conference action, averaging 71.8 ppg whle shooting .446 from the field ... The team is averaging 36.5 rebounds per game while shooting .300 from beyond the arc ... At the same time last year, the Cardinal was also 2-2 in league play heading into a game against Cal.
STANFORD ON T.V.: 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.
Big 12 AND PAC-10 CONFERENCES ANNOUNCE MEN'S BASKETBALL SERIES: The Big 12 and Pacific-10 Conferences have announced an agreement to play a four-year men's basketball series of 12 annual games between the two leagues, starting with the 2007-08 season. The series will continue in 2008, with games slated for December 4-7. The contests scheduled will be return games of the matchups from 2007, but may not be scheduled for the same day of the week. The games in the series in 2009 will be played December 3-6, 2009, while matchups in 2010 will be played December 2-5, 2010. Next year, Stanford will play at Colorado, Sunday, December 2, as part of the package.
PAC-10 HALL OF HONOR TO RECOGNIZE GEORGE YARDLEY: 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.