No. 23 Men's Basketball Travels To Berkley
Feb. 2, 2007
CARDINAL TRAVELS ACROSS THE BAY TO FACE CALIFORNIA: The 23rd-ranked Stanford men's basketball team (14-6, 6-3 Pac-10) travel across the bay to face California (12-9, 4-5 Pac-10) at 6:30 p.m. to kick off the second half on conference action. The game will also be televised by FOX Sports Net. It 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 six of their last eight games, is looking to rebound from a tough double overtime loss to Gonzaga on Thursday.
WEDNESDAY RECAP: Jeremy Pargo scored 11 of his 23 points in the second overtime and also had seven rebounds, three assists and three steals, lifting Gonzaga to a 90-86 victory over No. 23 Stanford on Wednesday night ... Brook Lopez scored 10 of his 20 points in the final 12:47 of regulation and also had 12 rebounds and five blocked shots for Stanford. His twin 7-foot brother, Robin, added four blocks ... Lawrence Hill made his first six field-goal tries and had 14 points in the first 11 1/2 minutes of the game on the way to 22.
ABOUT CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears enter Saturday's contest with a 12-9 overall record, 4-5 mark in Pac-10 play ... They are coached by Ben Braun who is in his 11th year at Berkeley ... Last weekend, Cal suited up just eight healthy scholarship players against UCLA and USC, but hopes to get junior F Eric Vierneisel back from a sprained left ankle this Saturday ... Freshman F Ryan Anderson continues to lead Cal in both scoring (17.2 ppg) and rebounding (8.5 rpg), and he remains the only player in the Pac-10 to rank among the top five in the league in both categories ... Cal holds a 139-109 all-time advantage over Stanford in a series that dates back to the 1911-12 season and have won the last two meetings between the two teams ... However, Stanford has won six of the last eight match ups ... Stanford's last win in Haas was in 2004-05 when they posted a 74-58 victory over the Golden Bears Back on Jan. 3, 2007, the Bears won at Maples Pavilion, 67-63, for the first time since the 1993 campaign ... Ayinde Ubaka paced Cal with a season-high 26 points, while Ryan Anderson had 12 points and six rebounds.
LAST YEAR AT CALIFORNIA: Leon Powe scored a career-high 32 points and California survived a late flurry from Stanford to win 65-62, snapping a six-game losing streak to its Bay Area rivals. Matt Haryasz, who did not start because of an eye injury, led Stanford with 18 points and Hernandez added 13 The Golden Bears made all six free throws in the final minute and stopped Stanford's last-ditch effort ... After Ayinde Ubaka's two foul shots made it 65-62 with 13.5 seconds left, Stanford tried to tie it with a 3-pointer ... Ubaka knocked the ball away from Hernandez and into the hands of Eric Vierneisel, who ran out the clock to give the Bears their fifth straight win.
THE LAST TIME: The last time Stanford played in a double overtime game before Wednesday's loss to Gonzaga was way back during the 1987-88 season when they beat UCLA, 116-110 in double overtime ... The last Pac-10 2OT game before Wednesday was earlier this season when USC beat then-No. 14 Washington 86-79 in double overtime (12/28/06).
LEXUS GAUNTLET: Stanford and Cal will go head-to-head this Saturday to vie for points in the Lexus Gauntlet Challenge ... So far, the schools are tied at 22.5 points each ... The men's basketball series is worth five points in the challenge ... Cal and Stanford will compete against one another in the following sports with the point total for each sport listed. In the event of a tie in the season series in a particular sport, both universities will split the point total for the sport equally ... For those sports that do not compete head-to-head, Pac-10 and/or NCAA competition will be used to determine the season series winner ... For sports with multiple events, such as men's and women's track and women's swimming, the dual meet finish of the teams will be used to award the points in each to the winner.
NEW HIGHS AGAINST GONZAGA: Freshman Brook Lopez set new season/career highs in points (20), rebounds (12) and minutes played (35) ... Sophomore Lawrence Hill had a season/career high in assists (5) vs. the Bulldogs ... Senior Fred Washington's 45 minutes on the court as well as sophomore Anthony Goods' 46 minutes of play were season/career highs as well.
UCLA-STANFORD TELECAST SCORES BIG NUMBER: Stanford's 75-68 upset victory against then No. 3-ranked UCLA on Sunday (Jan. 28) was the most-watched regular season Pac-10 Conference basketball game in the history of FSN. The game recorded a rating of 0.65, indicating it was viewed in 508,000 households with 697,000 viewers. The only regular season game involving a Pac-10 team to ever rate higher (0.90) was a game between Stanford and Duke in the Pete Newell Classic on December 21, 2000.
BLOCK PARTY: The Lopez twins, Brook and Robin, have combined for 80 blocks through 20 games this season ... The tandem has combined for more blocks than seven of Stanford's nine Pac-10 opponents in the team blocks category.
ROAD WARRIORS: Thourgh six road games this year, Stanford is 4-2 with impressive wins at Fresno State and Virginia ... The Cardinal are averaging 69.5 ppg and 36.0 rpg while shooting .449 from the field ... Lawrence Hill leads the team on the road with 16.7 ppg and 6.2 rbg while both Anthony Goods (11.2 ppg) and Robin Lopez (10.0 ppg) are chipping in over 10 points a piece.
CONFERENCE WEEKLY HONOR FOR Brook Lopez: Stanford forward Brook Lopez has been named the U.S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for January 22-28. Lopez, a freshman from Fresno, Calif., averaged 12.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 6.5 blocks as Stanford swept the Los Angeles schools. In the 65-50 win over No. 25 USC, Lopez recorded the first triple-double in school history with 18 points, 11 rebounds and a school record 12 blocked shots. In the 75-68 upset of No. 3 UCLA, Lopez scored seven points and pulled down eight rebounds. Defensively, he helped keep UCLA's leading rebounders to just five boards for the game as the Cardinal outrebounded the Bruins 40-28. For the week, he shot 11-of-24 (.458) from the field and dished out 2.5 assists per game.
CARDINAL IN THE RANKINGS: The Cardinal check in this week for the first time in the national rankings ... They are ranked No. 23 in the latest Associated Press poll ... The last time Stanford was ranked in the AP poll was last year's preseason poll.
BIG SECOND HALF: After trailing by 17 at halftime, Stanford scored 50 points in the second half to rally for the win vs. UCLA ... The 50 points in the second half ties a season high for a single half (50 pts. in the second half vs. Siena, 11/11/06).
THE LAST TIME, PART TWO: The last time Stanford beat a top five team was January 10, 2004 when the fourth-ranked Cardinal beat No. 3 Arizona, 82-72, in Tucson ... That same season, Stanford beat No. 1 Kansas in the John Wooden Classic, 64-58, on December 6, 2003.
A CLOSER LOOK AT HILL: 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 11 games this year and is averaging a team-leading 16.3 points per game as well as 6.3 rebounds per game ... Hill has scored in double figures 18 times and has one double-double on they year ... He has six 20-plus point games including three of the last four ... 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 12 games for the Cardinal ... Hill's five three pointers vs. OSU was a career best.
GOOD TIMES: Sophomore guard Anthony Goods has made marked improvement in his second season on The Farm as well ... He has started in every game for the Cardinal, leading the team in minutes per game with 34.1 ... 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 13.6 ppg and 3.4 rpg ... Goods has recorded at least one three-pointer in 19 of 20 games this season ... He was named Pac-10 Player of the Week (Jan. 15).
MOVING ON UP (THE CHARTS): Freshman center Robin Lopez broke the Stanford freshman block record for a single season last week against USC ... Lopez had three blocks on the night to bring his season total to 44 (previous record was 43 by freshman Tim Young in 1994-95) ... His 49 blocks in 2006-07 ranks third for a single season at Stanford and is one shy of No. 2 (Tim Young, 50) ... Lopez has recorded at least one block in 19 of 20 games this season and has recorded two or more blocks 14 times ... He has notched four or more blocks six times ... Lopez ranks first in the conference averaging 2.37 blocks per game.
STANFORD HITS THE BOARDS: Stanford is averaging 39.3 rebounds as a team this year, outrebounding their opponents by a 6.4 margin ... The Cardinal has outrebounded their opponent in the last five games and are 4-1 in those contests ... Stanford's 6.4 rebound margin ranks first in the Pac-10.
LEAGUE FACTS: Stanford is 6-3 in league play, averaging 69.3 ppg whIle shooting .456 from the field ... The team is averaging 39.0 rebounds per game while shooting .356 from beyond the arc ... At the same time last year, the Cardinal was also 6-3 in league play heading into a game against Oregon.
CARDINAL NOTES: Stanford's 119 blocked shots so far this season ranks fifth for a single season on the Farm ... Sophomore Lawrence Hill has 43 blocked shots for his career which ties him for 18th on the Farm ... Freshman Robin Lopez's 49 career blocked shots ties him for 15th on the Cardinal charts ... Junior Peter Prowitt's 35 career blocked shots ranks him 25th in career blocked shots ... Anthony Goods 52 three pointers ranks him 22nd for a single season .... His 139 three-point attempts ties for 18th for a single season.
UP NEXT: The Cardinal continue the second half of league play with a road trip to the Washington schools ... Stanford travels to Pullman on Thursday, February 28 before a Sunday game in Seattle versus Washington ... Sunday's game against the Huskies can be seen on FOX Sports Net.
PREMIER CONFERENCE: 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 four of the last five games ... Stanford continues the streak with nationally ranked USC and UCLA in Maples Pavilion last week.
CONFERENCE RANKINGS: Lawrence Hill is sixth in scoring (16.3 ppg) and Anthony Goods is 18th (13.6 ppg) ... Robin Lopez is 10th at 6.5 in rebounds, Hill is 11th (6.3 rpg) ... Robin Lopez is 10th in the conference in FG percentage at .520 while Hill is fifth (.552) ... Washinton ranks ninth (3.75 apg) in assists per game and Mitch Johnson is 7th (3.80) ... Goods is second in 3-pt. FG made (2.60 per game) and 6th in minutes played (34.10)... Robin Lopez is first in the league in blocked shots (2.45 bpg), Brook Lopez is second (2.07 bpg) while Hill is ninth (1.00) ... Hill ranks ninth in 3-pt FG pct at .442 ... As a team, Stanford second in the conference in Rebounding offense (39.3) and third in FG Pct. defense (.410) ... They are first in blocked shots (5.95 bpg) and third in assists (15.70) ... Stanford is second in rebounding margin (+6.5).
TWINS, PART 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 Collins twins both earned All-America honors during their college careers ... The Lopez tandem is contributing 22.9 ppg, 5.3 bpg and 14.1 rpg in the 15 games they have both appeared in.
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. 11 in a stretch of 11 consecutive games on t.v. ... Stanford is 12-5 in televised games so far this year.
TRIPLE-DOUBLE FIRST: Freshman forward Brook Lopez (Fresno, Calif.) recorded the school's first triple double on Thursday night against USC when he posted 18 points, 11 rebounds and 12 blocks.
RECORDS FALL AGAINST USC: It was a night for the record books last Thursday as Brook Lopez shattered the school record for blocks in a single game when he swatted 12 against the Trojans (previous high was six held by four different players including current players Lawrence Hill and Robin Lopez) ... The team block total of 19 also broke the school record for team blocks in a single game (previous record 13 vs. Oregon St., 2003-04) ... The 19 blocks also breaks the Pac-10 record for blocked shots (previous record 16, Ariz. vs. Ore., Feb. 3, 2000).
WHERE IT RANKS IN THE NCAA RECORD BOOK: Stanford's 19 team blocks ties for fifth for a single game in the NCAA record books (the record is 21 - Georgetown vs. Southern, 1993) ... Brook Lopez's 12 blocks is tied for 13th for an individual in a single game (record is 14 held by four players).
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.