Men's Basketball Travels To No. 9 Oregon
Jan. 15, 2007
CARDINAL TRAVEL NORTH TO TAKE ON OREGON SCHOOLS: The Stanford men's basketball team (11-4, 3-2 Pac-10) take a three game winning streak into Eugene, Ore. on Thursday, January 18, as they face off against No. 9 Oregon (16-1, 4-1) at MacArthur Court at 5:30 p.m. The game will be televised by FOX Sports Net. On Saturday, the Cardinal play Oregon State (9-9, 1-4) in Corvallis at 5 p.m. That game will be broadcast 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. Stanford is coming off an overtime victory over nationally ranked Washington State.
SATURDAY RECAP: Anthony Goods hit a long 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds left and matched his career high with 30 points, lifting Stanford to a thrilling 71-68 overtime victory over No. 22 Washington State on Saturday. Goods shot 11-for-16 and 5-of-8 from 3-point range for his second 30-point game this season. Stanford held a 45-36 advantage on the boards, including 23-13 in the first half - with the Lopez twins combining for 12 of those. Lawrence Hill added 15 points and nine rebounds, and Brook Lopez had eight points, 10 boards and three blocks as the Cardinal had their third straight narrow victory.
ABOUT OREGON: The Ducks enter Saturday's contest with an 16-1 overall record and a 4-1 mark in league play ... They are coached by Ernie Kent ... They are ranked ninth nationally by AP and 10th in the ESPN Coaches Poll ... Oregon swept the Arizona schools last weekend, including an upset of then No. 10 Arizona in Tucson ... Aaron Brooks banked a shot over two defenders with 2 seconds left to give Oregon a 79-77 victory over 10th-ranked Arizona on Sunday night. ... Brooks leads the team, averaging 18.2 ppg while teammate Bryce Taylor is adding 16.2 ppg ... All five starters are averaging double figures in points ... Stanford holds an 83-41 edge in the all-time series with Oregon and have won the last seven consecutive meetings ... The Cardinal have won their last three trips to Mac Court, dating back to the 2003-04 season ... Oregon last beat Stanford in Eugene during the 2002-03 season when they posted a 79-64 victory.
LAST YEAR VS. OREGON IN EUGENE: Chris Hernandez sank a 3-pointer with 11.3 seconds left to lift Stanford to a 57-56 come-from-behind victory over Oregon. Hernandez scored Stanford's final eight points, rescuing the Cardinal from a 54-49 deficit with 2:20 to play. Hernandez finished with 20 points and Matt Haryasz had 24 points and 14 rebounds for Stanford (11-7, 7-3 Pac-10), which has won four straight and seven of its last eight. Malik Hairston scored 23 points to lead OregoN, which has lost its last four. Stanford has won seven in a row against the Ducks, including its last three in Eugene.
THE LAST TIME: The last time Stanford played in an overtime game was, ironically, against Washington State during the 2002-03 season ... The Cardinal won 73-68 in Pullman ... Stanford is 3-2 in their last five overtime games and have won the last three consecutive.
ROAD TRIP: 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.
THE CARDINAL AND THE CLOSE GAME: The Stanford Cardinal last four games have been decided by four points or less, including the last two which were decided by one point ... SU is 3-1 in those games ... Anthony Goods was the hero in Saturday's game against nationally ranked WSU, draining the go-ahead three-pointer with five seconds left on the clock.
NEW HIGHS AGAINST WASHINGTON STATE: Sophomore Anthony Goods tied his career high with 30 points and set a new mark in minutes played with 45 ... Freshman Brook Lopez pulled down a new season/career high with 10 rebounds ... Sophomore Lawrence Hill's 40 minutes of play is a new season/career high as well.
LOPEZ TWINS: Freshmen seven-footers Robin and Brook Lopez are contributing in a big way their first year in collegiate basketball ... The twins are contributing 16.5 ppg, 9.1 rpg and 3.0 bpg as a tandem.
THIS AND THAT: Last year at this point, the Cardinal were 8-7 overall ... Stanford's ..429 three-point FG percentage vs. WSU was their best since going .500 (4-of-8) against UC Davis (11/28/06) ... The Cardinal's33 defensive rebounds ties a season best which they set against Fresno State (12/19/06).
A LOOK AHEAD: The Cardinal will close out the first half of Pac-10 play by hosting the L.A. schools at Maples Pavilion ... Stanford will take on USC on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. in a game broadcast by FSN ... On Sunday, January 28, the Cardinal will host UCLA at 5 p.m. This game will also be on FOX Sports Net.
IT DOESN'T GET ANY EASIER: Stanford continues its tough stretch of ranked opponents when they take on Oregon on Thursday night ... The Cardinal have played four teams ranked in the national polls -Oregon will be the fifth ... Stanford then returns home to take on nationally ranked UCLA in Maples Pavilion.
AND WHEN HE WAS GOODS, HE WAS VERY, VERY GOOD: Sophomore guard Anthony Goods has come up clutch this year for the Cardinal ... Goods made key plays in Stanford's wins over the Washington schools this weekend ... He now has two 30-point games this season ... Last year, Goods averaged 2.7 points and 1.5 rebounds - this year, he checks in with 13.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg ... Goods has recorded at least one three-pointer in 14 of 15 games this season.
HILL SHOWS HIS CONSISTENCY: 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 6.3 rebounds per game ... Hill has scored in double figures 13 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 ... Hill has been named Stanford's Muscle Milk Athlete of the Week, twice this season ... He has scored in double figures his last seven games for the Cardinal.
CARDINAL IN THE CONFERENCE RANKINGS: Lawrence Hill is 11th in scoring (15.1 ppg) ... Robin Lopez ranks 10th in the league in rebounds (6.7), Hill is 11th (6.3) and Fred Washington is 20th (5.1 rpg) ... Hill is eighth in the conference in FG percentage at .540 ... Fred Washinton ranks 7th (4.0 apg) in assists per game ... Goods is second in 3-pt. FG made (2.60 per game) and 10th in free throw percentage (.786) ... Robin Lopez is first in the league in blocked shots (2.33 bpg) ... As a team, Stanford is second in the conference in Rebounding offense (38.5) and third in FG Pct. defense (.428) ... They are first in blocked shots (4.53 bpg) and third in assists (16.00).
STANFORD IN LEAGUE ACTION: Stanford is 3-2 early in conference action, averaging 71.8 ppg whle shooting .447 from the field ... The team is averaging 38.2 rebounds per game while shooting .321from beyond the arc ... At the same time last year, the Cardinal was also 3-2 in league play heading into a game against Arizona.
CATCH THE CARDINAL 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. 6 in a stretch of 11 consecutive games on t.v. ... Stanford is 9-3 in televised games so far this year.
KEEP AN EYE ON Robin Lopez: 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 15 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 last Thursday vs. Washington.
YARDLEY TO ENTER 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.