No. 25 Men's Basketball Travel To No. 14 Washington State
Feb. 6, 2007
CARDINAL HEAD TO THE NORTHWEST FOR CONTINUED CONFERENCE ACTION: The Stanford men's basketball team (15-6, 7-3 Pac-10) hit the road this week as they head to the northwest to face the Washington schools. On Thursday, February 8, the Cardinal will face #14 Washington State (19-4, 8-3 Pac-10) at 7 p.m. in Pullman. On Sunday, February 11, Stanford will square off with Washington (14-8, 4-7 Pac-10) at 4 p.m. in Seattle. The game will also be televised by FOX Sports Net. Both games can be heard on the radio 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 an impressive road win at California on Saturday.
SATURDAY RECAP: Fred Washington scored a season-high 21 points to go with eight assists and six rebounds, leading No. 23 Stanford past rival California 90-71 on Saturday night. Brook Lopez, coming off a career-high 20 points against Gonzaga, had 19 points and seven rebounds and Lawrence Hill scored seven straight points during one second-half stretch on the way to 24 points and also added seven rebounds and four assists. The Cardinal avenged a four-point loss to the Golden Bears at Maples Pavilion last month, when Cal ended a 13-game losing streak on Stanford's home floor. Stanford also converted 22 of 24 free throws, 8-for-8 by Anthony Goods, 7-of-9 for Washington and 6-of-6 by Taj Finger.
ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE: The Coug's enter Thursday's contest with a 19-4 overall record, 8-3 mark in Pac-10 play ... They are coached by Tony Bennett who is in his first year as head coach in Pullman ... Last weekend, WSU swept the Arizona schools on the road with a 72-66 win over Arizona and a 48-47 victory at Arizona State ... The Cougars have won four of their last five .... Forward Daven Harmeling has been named the U.S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 29-Feb. 4, for his efforts last week ... Stanford holds a 63-54 advantage in the all-time series with WSU and have won four of the last five meetings ... The Cardinal recorded a 71-68 overtime win earlier this year in Maples ... Cardinal guard Anthony Goods hit a three-pointer with 3.3 seconds left on the clock to seal the victory for Stanford ... WSU's Kyle Weaver recorded a triple-double in that game as well ... Stanford's last win in Pullman came last year ... The Cardinal has won nine of the last 10 match ups at WSU.
LAST YEAR AT WASHINGTON STATE: Anthony Goods scored on a tip-in with 3.7 seconds left to give Stanford a 39-37 victory over Washington State. Chris Hernandez, who led Stanford with 10 points, missed a 15-foot jump shot that Goods converted when no defenders blocked him out. The total of 76 points was the lowest in a Pac-10 game since Oregon State defeated Oregon 29-23 on March 23, 1984 (prior to the shot clock). Stanford's 39 points was the team's lowest score in a victory since a 38-33 win over UCLA in 1946-47. Stanford had not scored fewer points in any game since a 42-34 loss to UCLA in 1981-82.
NEW HIGHS AGAINST CALIFORNIA: Senior guard Carlton Weatherby tied his career high with three assists vs. the Golden Bears ... Senior guard/forward Fred Washington posted a season-best 21 points against Cal - just one shy of his career high ... Washington also recorded a season/career high in assists with eight ... As a team, Stanford's free throw percentage of .917 (22-of-24) was there best on the year ... The Cardinal's nine turnovers vs. Cal tied their season low ... Stanford's 90 points in that game is the second highest point total for the Cardinal this season ... Lawrence Hill matched his career high with 24 points.
WASHINGTON STEPS IT UP: In his final season for the Cardinal, forward Fred Washington has definately stepped it up ... On Saturday, Washington posted a season-best 21 points and career-high eight rebounds while helping the Cardinal to a 90-71 victory ... His seven field goals made (7-of-10) was a season best as was his seven free throws made (7-of-9) ... He has started all 21 games this season, averaging 29.0 minutes per game while shooting .545 from the field ... In his three previous seasons, Washington was averaging 3.5 points per game and this year's he's up to 7.7 ppg ... In three years prior, he dished out 45 assists total (0.75 apg) - this year he has a team-leading 83 assists so far and is averaging 3.9 per game.
DID YOU KNOW? Freshman Brook Lopez (Fresno, Calif.) is starting to hit his groove on the court ... In the past five games he is averaging 15.2 points, 9.4 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game ... He recorded a season/career high 20 points and 12 rebounds last Wednesday against Gonzaga ... He has recorded at least one block in his last eight games and holds the school record for most blocks in a single game with 12 (vs. USC, 1/25/07) ... Brook has two double-doubles on the year (which includes a triple-double).
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Through seven road games this year, Stanford is 5-2 with impressive wins at Fresno State, Virginia and Cal ... The team is 3-2 in their last five road games and are winners of the last two ... The Cardinal are averaging 72.4 ppg and 37.0 rpg while shooting .463 from the field ... Lawrence Hill leads the team on the road with 17.7 ppg and 6.3 rbg while Anthony Goods (11.6 ppg), Brook Lopez (10.9 ppg) and Robin Lopez (10.0 ppg) are chipping in over 10 points a piece.
CONFERENCE POWER RANKINGS: The Pac-10 Confernce is ranked second in the Sagarin rankings and third in the RPI Report this week ... Stanford is ranked 43rd by Sagarin, 35th by the RPI Report and 30th according to the NCAA RPI.
BLOCK THIS: The Lopez twins, Brook and Robin, have combined for 86 blocks through 21 games this season ... The tandem has combined for more blocks than seven of Stanford's nine Pac-10 opponents in the team blocks category.
HILL LEADS THE WAY: 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 12 games this year and is averaging a team-leading 16.6 points per game as well as 6.3 rebounds per game ... Hill has scored in double figures 19 times and has one double-double on they year ... He has seven 20-plus point games including four of the last five ... Against Cal, Hill went 10-of-13 from the field (the 10 FG is a career best) ... 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.
AND WHEN HE WAS GOODS, HE WAS VERY, VERY GOOD: 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 34.3 ... 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 3.5 rpg ... Goods has recorded at least one three-pointer in 19 of 21 games this season and leads the team with 52 on the year ... He knocked down a career best seven treys in the season opener against Siena ... He was named Pac-10 Player of the Week (Jan. 15).
BEWARE THE BIG MAN: Freshman center Robin Lopez broke the Stanford freshman block record for a single season against USC earlier this season ... 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 54 blocks in 2006-07 ranks second for a single season at Stanford ... The Cardinal record is held by Curtis Borchardt (2001-02) who had 85 blocks in a single season ... Lopez has recorded at least one block in 20 of 21 games this season and has recorded two or more blocks 15 times ... He has notched four or more blocks seven times ... Lopez ranks first in the conference averaging 2.57 blocks per game.
CARDINAL REBOUND: Stanford is averaging 39.5 rebounds as a team this year, outrebounding their opponents by a 6.9 margin ... The Cardinal has outrebounded their opponent in the last six games and are 5-1 in those contests ... Stanford's 6.9 rebound margin ranks second in the Pac-10.
STANFORD AND THE PAC-10: Stanford is 7-3 in league play, averaging 71.4 ppg whIle shooting .465 from the field ... The team is averaging 39.4 rebounds per game while shooting .354 from beyond the arc ... At the same time last year, the Cardinal was also 7-3 in league play heading into a game against Oregon State.
TEAM TIDBITS: Stanford's 125 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 54 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 144 three-point attempts ties for 15th for a single season.
UP NEXT: Stanford returns home to host the Oregon schools next week .. The Cardinal will take on Oregon State on Thursday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Maples in a game televised by FOX Sports Net ... On Saturday, February 17, Stanford and Oregon square off in Maples at 5 p.m. in a contest broadcast by FOX Sports Bay Area.
LEAGUE RANKINGS: Lawrence Hill is sixth in scoring (16.6 ppg) and Anthony Goods is 17th (13.6 ppg) ... Robin Lopez is 10th at 6.5 in rebounds, Hill is 11th (6.3 rpg) ... Hill is fourh (.564) ... Washinton ranks seventh (3.95 apg) in assists per game and Mitch Johnson is 8th (3.71) ... Goods is fourth in 3-pt. FG made (2.48 per game) and 4th in minutes played (34.29)... Robin Lopez is first in the league in blocked shots (2.57 bpg), Brook Lopez is third (2.00 bpg) while Hill is ninth (0.95) ... Hill ranks third in 3-pt FG pct at .443 ... As a team, Stanford leads the conference in Rebounding offense (39.5) and third in FG Pct. defense (.408) ... They are first in blocked shots (5.95 bpg) and third in assists (15.95) ... Stanford is second in rebounding margin (+6.9).
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.
DEJA VU, 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 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.
T.V. OFFERINGS: 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 just ended a stretch of 11 consecutive games on t.v. ... Stanford is 13-5 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 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.
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.
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.