Stanford Men Host No. 25 USC On Thursday At Maples

Jan. 23, 2007

CARDINAL CLOSE OUT FIRST HALF OF PAC-10 PLAY WITH L.A. SCHOOLS: The Stanford men's basketball team (12-5, 4-3 Pac-10) return home to face #25 USC (15-5, 5-2 Pac-10) on Thursday, January 25 at 8 p.m. in a game televised by FOX Sports Net. On Saturday, January 27, the Cardinal will take on #2/3 UCLA (17-1, 6-1 Pac-10) at 5 p.m. in Maples. This game can also be seen on FOX Sports Net. 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, winners of four of their last five games, is coming off a split with the Oregon schools.

SATURDAY RECAP: Lawrence Hill scored 24 points, including five 3-pointers, to help Stanford defeat Oregon State 67-56 Saturday night. Marcel Jones had 20 points and eight rebounds, and Kyle Jeffers added 14 for the Beavers (9-11, 1-6 Pac-10), who shot just 37.7 percent from the field and fell for the sixth time in seven games. Anthony Goods had 16 points and made 8 of 10 free throws, and Brook Lopez had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Cardinal (12-5, 4-3), winners of four of their last five. The Cardinal won despite 18 turnovers to Oregon State's five. Stanford trailed by five in the second half, but put together an 18-1 run that included three 3-pointers.

ABOUT USC: USC enters Thursday contest with a 15-5 overall record, 5-2 in league play and are on a two-game winning streak ... They are coached by Tim Floyd ... The Trojans have held 16 opponents under 40 percent shooting from the field and lead the league allowing a low of 35.4 percent for the year ... Over the last five games, the Trojans are shooting 39-of-80 (.488) from three-point range. Junior G/F Nick Young paces USC in percentage from beyond the arc, hitting 22-of-47 (.468), while senior G Lodrick Stewart is hitting 46-of-104 (.442) from three-point range ... The all-time series between the two schools is tied up at 114-144 ... Last year, USC and Stanford split the series with each school winning at home ... Stanford has won four of the last five meetings and seven of the last 10 ... The last time USC won at Maples was in 2001-02 when the Trojans posted a 77-58 victory.

LAST YEAR VS. USC AT MAPLES: Chris Hernandez sank two free throws with four seconds left to lift Stanford to a 58-56 victory over Southern California. Hernandez finished with 16 points and Dan Grunfeld added 14 as the Cardinal won its second straight. Matt Haryasz had nine points and 11 rebounds. Lodrick Stewart scored 17 points to lead the Trojans, who lost their fifth in seven games. Haryasz blocked three shots to move into sole possession of third place on Stanford's all-time list with 123. Hernandez hit a short jumper with a minute to play to tie the game at 54 and Haryasz made both of his free throws with 35 seconds left to give Stanford a 56-54 edge.

HOME ON THE FARM: The Cardinal are 7-3 in the friendly confines of Maples this year, shooting .456 from the floor ... They are averaging 69.2 ppg and 39.1 rebounds ... The Cardinal are winning by an average of 5.1 points and shooting .622 from the free throw line ... They are averaging 5.0 blocks pg and 5.3 steals pg ... At Maples, Lawrence Hilll is averaging 14.7 ppg while Anthony Goods checks in with 14.4 ppg ... Stanford is 3-2 in their last five home games and have won the last two.

DID YOU KNOW? The Lopez twins, Brook and Robin, have combined for 54 blocks through 17 games this season ... The Collins twins, Jarron and Jason, who played for the Cardinal in the late 90's and early 2000's, combined for 59 during their freshmen campaigns.

LEAGUE PLAY: Stanford is 4-3 in conference action, averaging 69.1 ppg whle shooting .452 from the field ... The team is averaging 38.0 rebounds per game while shooting .333 from beyond the arc ... At the same time last year, the Cardinal was also 4-3 in league play heading into a game against Washington State.

NEW HIGHS AGAINST OREGON STATE: Sophomore Lawrence Hill scored a season/career-high 24 points versus the Beavers on Saturday ... Anthony Goods tied his season/career high with five assists against OSU.

THIS AND THAT: Seven-foot freshman Brook Lopez had a first against OSU - he took his first collegiate shot from behind the three-point line and made it ... Last year at this point, the Cardinal were 10-7 overall and 4-3 in the Pac-10 ... Stanford's nine three pointers made vs. OSU was one shy of their season best of 10 (vs. Denver) ... The Cardinal's two steals vs. OSU tied a season low while their 38 field goal attempts was a season low as well ... Five of Stanford last six games have been decided by seven points or less ... Anthony Goods has scored in double figures in seven of his last eight games ... Lawrence Hill has blocked at least one shot in three of his last four games.

GOOD TIMES: Sophomore guard Anthony Goods has made marked improvement in his second season on The Farm ... He has started in every game for the Cardinal, leading the team in minutes per game with 33.1 ... 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 13.2 ppg and 3.2 rpg ... Goods has recorded at least one three-pointer in 16 of 17 games this season ... He was named Pac-10 Player of the Week (Jan. 15).

ON TAP: The Cardinal kick off the second half of Pac-10 play after a non-conference tilt against Gonzaga on January 31 at 8 p.m. in Maples Pavilion ... The game will be televised by FOX Sports Net ... Stanford then travels accross the bay to square off with California on February 3 at 6:30 p.m. in Haas Pavilion ... The game can also be seen on FOX Sports Net.

IT DOESNT GET ANY EASIER: The Pac-10 ranks as the top conference in the nation this year in the RPI conference power rankings this season ... The Cardinal have played five teams ranked in the national polls - including three of the last four games ... Stanford continues the streak with nationally ranked USC and UCLA in Maples Pavilion this week.

PAC-10 RANKINGS: Lawrence Hill is ninth in scoring (15.5 ppg) and Anthony Goods is 19th (13.2 ppg) ... Robin Lopez ranks 10th in the league in rebounds (6.5), Hill is 11th (6.3) and Fred Washington is 18th (5.2 rpg) ... Robin Lopez is seventh in the conference in FG percentage at .537 while Hill is eighth (.535) ... Washinton ranks 7th (3.82 apg) in assists per game and Mitch Johnson is 10th (3.53) ... Goods is third in 3-pt. FG made (2.47 per game), 10th in FT percentage (.796) and seventh in minutes played (33.12)... Robin Lopez is first in the league in blocked shots (2.41 bpg) ... As a team, Stanford second in the conference in Rebounding offense (38.4) and third in FG Pct. defense (.418) ... They are first in blocked shots (4.88 bpg) and fourth in assists (15.35).

TWINS TIMES TWO: The Lopez twins, Brook and Robin, are the second set of highly touted big men to grace The Farm ... Jason and Jarron 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 16.4 ppg, 3.1 bpg and 9.5 rpg ... Robin Lopez has already passed up Jarron Collins on the Stanford freshmen single season block list and is two shy of tying Jason Collins who had 43 blocks as a freshman.

BIG TIME: 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 eight games this year and is averaging a team-leading 15.5 points per game as well as 6.3 rebounds per game ... Hill has scored in double figures 15 times and has one double-double on they year ... He has four 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 nine games for the Cardinal ... Hill's five three pointers vs. OSU was a career best.

CARDINAL CLUTCH: 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.

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. 8 in a stretch of 11 consecutive games on t.v. ... Stanford is 10-4 in televised games so far this year.

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 41 blocks (2.4 bpg) in 17 games ... Lopez is currently tied for fourth on the single season freshmen block record at Stanford ... His 41 blocks ties him for seventh for a single season in the Cardinal record book ... Lopez has recorded at least one block in 15 of 17 games this season and has recorded two or more blocks 12 times ... He has notched four or more blocks five times, including four on Thursday against Oregon.

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 st udent-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.

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