Cardinal Men Prepare For Oregon State
Jan. 19, 2007
CARDINAL CONTINUE LEAGUE PLAY AT OREGON STATE: The Stanford men's basketball team (11-5, 3-3 Pac-10) look to rebound from Thursday's loss to Oregon when they take on Oregon State (9-10, 1-5) in Corvallis at 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 20. That game will be broadcast by FOX Sports Bay Area. Brian Davis and Bob Weiss are the announcers. The game 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 most recently had their three game winning streak snapped by the Ducks in Eugene.
THURSDAY RECAP: Aaron Brooks had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 9 Oregon to a 66-59 win against Stanford on Thursday night. Tajuan Porter added 15 points and Bryce Taylor scored 14 for the Ducks (17-1, 5-1), who are off to their best start in 80 years. The win ended a seven-game losing streak to the Cardinal (11-5, 3-3), who upset then 23rd-ranked Washington State 71-68 in overtime in their last game. Lawrence Hill led Stanford with 13 points, while Washington scored 12 and Robin Lopez had 10 points.
ABOUT OREGON STATE: OSU enters Saturday's matchup with a 9-10 overall record and 1-5 mark in league play ... They are coached by Jay John ... On Thursday, OSU played well in a 77-74 loss to California on Thursday night, but shot itself in the foot with poor free throw shooting ... OSU was just 12-for-22 (54.5%) compared to Cal's 17-for-20 (85.0%) ... OSU had a chance to tie the game on its final possession when Jack McGillis' three-point attempt went in, but he shot it just after the buzzer sounded ... Marcel Jones had another outstanding game with 29 points (21 in the second half, including 13 in a row down the stretch) ... The Beavers lead the all-time series with the Cardinal, 66-54. However, Stanford has won 13 of the last 14 games. The only OSU win during that stretch was at home in 2004-05. All-time in Gill Coliseum, OSU is 32-19 in the series. Last year, the Cardinal won in Palo Alto 80-66 and in Corvallis 71-64.
LAST YEAR VS. OREGON STATE IN CORVALLIS: Chris Hernandez had 22 of his 28 points in the second half to lead Stanford to a 71-64 win over Oregon State on Saturday, despite losing leading scorer Matt Haryasz to a first-half injury. The Cardinal have won six in a row and eight of their last nine. Dan Grunfeld had 13 points for Stanford and Taj Finger added seven points and six rebounds. With his eye swollen shut, Haryasz, averaging 19.3 points and 9.3 rebounds, never returned and Stanford wasn't the same without him. But with Haryasz out, Hernandez carried the load on offense, hitting 7-of-10 shots and killing Beaver rallies with big plays.
STANFORD TURNS IN CLUTCH PERFORMANCES: With a 5-1 record in games decided by five points or less, the Cardinal have proven themselves to be a tough foe in the close game ... Both Anthony Goods and Lawrence Hill have made key baskets in late game situations to give Stanford a victory ... Anthony Goods was the hero against nationally ranked WSU, draining the go-ahead three-pointer with five seconds left on the clock ... Lawrence Hill made a driving floater with nine-tenths of a second to play, giving Stanford a 76-75 victory against Virginia.
STANFORD BY THE NUMBERS: Stanford is 3-3 in conference action, averaging 69.5 ppg whle shooting .441 from the field ... The team is averaging 38.5 rebounds per game while shooting .301 from beyond the arc ... At the same time last year, the Cardinal was also 3-3 in league play heading into a game against Arizona State.
HIGHS SET AGAINST OREGON: Freshman Landry Fields pulled down a season/career best six rebounds vs. the Ducks ... He also matched his season/career high in minutes with 22 ... As a team, Stanford recorded a season-best 10 blocks against Oregon and had a season-high 28 fouls.
NOTES FROM AROUND THE COURT: Following the OSU game, Stanford will return home to begin a three game homestand, including a non conference matchup with Gonzaga ... Freshman center Robin Lopez has scored in double figures in five of his last six games ... Freshman Will Paul saw his first action in five games against the Ducks ... Last year at this point, the Cardinal were 9-7 overall and 3-3 in the Pac-10 ... Stanford's loss to Oregon marked the first time this season, the Cardinal have led at halftime and lost a game ... The Cardinal's two steals vs. Oregon tied a season low while their nine assists was their lowest team assist total since they had seven against Santa Clara ... Stanford's last five games have been decided by seven points or less.
SENIOR LEADERSHIP: 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 7.8 ppg ... In three years prior, he dished out 45 assists total (0.75 apg) - this year he has a team-leading 63 assists so far and is averaging 3.9 per game.
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 nationally ranked UCLA at 5 p.m. This game will also be on FOX Sports Net.
THE TOUGH GETS TOUGHER: The Pac-10 ranks as the top conference in the nation this year ... The Cardinal have played five teams ranked in the national polls - including the last thee games ... Stanford then returns home to take on nationally ranked UCLA in Maples Pavilion.
TWIN TOWERS, PART 2: The Lopez twins, Brook and Robin, are the second set of highly touted big men to grace The Farm ... Jason (2000-01) and Jarron (1998-01) Collins were the first set of big men to light up the court for Stanford in the late 90's and early 2000's ... The Lopez tandem is contributing 16.5 ppg, 3.2 bpg and 8.7 rpg ... Robin Lopez has already passed up Jarron Collins on the Stanford freshmen single season block list and needs just five more to pass Jason Collins who had 41 blocks as a freshman.
MODEL OF 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 seven games this year and is averaging a team-leading 14.9 points per game as well as 6.2 rebounds per game ... Hill has scored in double figures 14 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 eight games for the Cardinal.
THE SIXTH AND SEVENTH MAN: Four players have started every single game for the Cardinal (Hill, Goods, Lopez and Washington ... Only two other players have taken the court in all 16 games - guard Mitch Johnson (4.6 ppg, 3.7 apg) and forward Taj Finger (4.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg).
CARDINAL IN THE CONFERENCE RANKINGS: Lawrence Hill is 11th in scoring (14.9 ppg) ... Robin Lopez ranks 10th in the league in rebounds (6.7), Hill is 11th (6.2) and Fred Washington is 18th (5.3 rpg) ... Robin Lopez is ninth in the conference in FG percentage at .538 ... Fred Washinton ranks 7th (3.94 apg) in assists per game ... Goods is third in 3-pt. FG made (2.50 per game) and seventh in minutes played (33.19)... Robin Lopez is first in the league in blocked shots (2.44 bpg) ... As a team, Stanford is second in the conference in Rebounding offense (38.6) and third in FG Pct. defense (.421) ... They are first in blocked shots (4.88 bpg) and third in assists (15.56).
SMILE FOR THE CAMERA: 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. 7 in a stretch of 11 consecutive games on t.v. ... Stanford is 9-4 in televised games so far this year.
Robin Lopez CLIMBS THE 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 39 blocks (2.4 bpg) in 16 games ... Lopez is currently fifth on the single season freshmen block record at Stanford ... His 39 blocks puts him eighth for a single season in the Cardinal record book ... Lopez has recorded at least one block in 14 of 15 games this season and has recorded two or more blocks 11 times ... He has notched four or more blocks five times, including four on Thursday against Oregon.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Thourgh five road games this year, Stanford is 3-2 with impressive wins at Fresno State and Virginia ... The Cardinal are averaging 70.0 ppg and 36.2 rpg while shooting .435 from the field ... Lawrence Hill leads the team on the road with 15.2 ppg and 5.8 rbg while both Anthony Goods (11.4 ppg) and Robin Lopez (10.2 ppg) are chipping in over 10 points a piece.
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.