Stanford Men Host Oregon State and Oregon This Week
Feb. 14, 2007
CARDINAL CONTINUE LEAGUE PLAY WITH OREGON SCHOOLS: The Stanford men's basketball team (15-8, 7-5 Pac-10) look to stop a two-game skid against the Oregon State Beavers (10-16, 2-11 Pac-10) on Thursday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Maples Pavilion. The game will also be televised regionally by FOX Sports Net. Steve Physioc and Marques Johnson will call the action. On Saturday, February 17, the Cardinal will host No. 15/17 Oregon (20-4, 8-4 Pac-10) at 5 p.m. on The Farm in a game televised by FOX Sports BA/ESPN Full Court. 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 is looking to rebound from a tough weekend in Washington.
SUNDAY RECAP: Spencer Hawes scored 18 points, had seven rebounds in the Washington Huskies' 64-52 win over No. 25 Stanford on Sunday ... Lawrence Hill scored 15 points ... The Huskies' two-point halftime lead increased to 46-38 on Ryan Appleby's first 3-pointer of the game. Appleby, who finished with 11 points, has a 3-pointer in all 23 Washington games this season ... Stanford struggled from the field shooting just 38 percent for the game ... Landry Fields led the team with a season/career high seven rebounds on the night while adding five points ... The Cardinal did outblock the Huskies nine to one, including four by Brook Lopez ... Hill added three blocks as well.
ABOUT OREGON STATE: The Beavers enter Thursday's contest with a 10-16 overall record, 2-11 mark in Pac-10 play ... They are coached by Jay John ... Junior Marcel Jones leads the team in scoring (15.5 ppg, ninth in the Pac-10), rebounding (5.8, 14th in the Pac-10) and steals (1.5, sixth in the Pac-10) ... Stanford defeated OSU earlier this season (Jan. 20) in Corvallis, 67-56 ... The Beavers lead the all-time series with the Cardinal, 66-55. However, Stanford has won 14 of the last 15 games ... The only OSU win during that stretch was at home in 2004-05 ... OSU has lost 13 straight at Maples Pavilion, last winning there in 1992-93.
LAST YEAR VS. OREGON STATE: Chris Hernandez scored 10 of his 20 points in the final five minutes in helping Stanford beat Oregon State 80-66 last year at Maples. Lawrence Hill added 13 points, including a clutch 3-pointer in the final minutes as the Cardinal beat Oregon State for the 13th straight time at home. Dan Grunfeld scored 14 (making all 10 of his foul shots) and Peter Prowitt added 12. The teams exchanged the lead several times through most of the second half, and the lead didn't get larger than three points either way until Hernandez hit a 3-pointer to put Stanford up 58-54 with just under five minutes to play. Hernandez hit another 3-pointer 37 seconds later to culminate a 10-0 Cardinal run. Stanford took control with a 19-3 run.
WASHINGTON GAME NOTES: Freshman Landry Fields grabbed a season/career high seven rebounds vs. the Huskies ... Stanford's 20 points in the second half of the UW game was a season low point total for a second half (the lowest point total for a half over was 12 vs. Santa Clara in the first half) ... Senior Carlton Weatherby had a season/career best two steals against Washington ... Stanford's current two-game skid ties their longest losing streak of the season ... The Cardinal were outrebounded by the Huskies 39-33 - the first time in the last nine games Stanford has not outrebounded its opponent ... Stanford's 25.0 percent shooting in the second half was a season low for a second half.
INJURY UPDATE: Sophomore guard Anthony Goods suffered a high ankle sprain in the second half of the Washington game on Sunday ... He is out for both the Oregon State and Oregon games this week ... His long term status will be determined at a later date.
RANKING RAMBLINGS: The Cardinal are 4-3 vs. ranked opponents in 2006-07 with wins over then #24 Washington, then #23 Washington State then #25 USC and then #3 UCLA.
HOME COURT: The Cardinal are 9-4 in the friendly confines of Maples this year, shooting .455 from the floor ... They are averaging 70.6 ppg and 40.5 rebounds ... The Cardinal are winning by an average of 5.3 points and shooting .637 from the free throw line ... They are averaging 6.6 blocks pg and 5.0 steals pg ... At Maples, Lawrence Hilll is averaging 15.8 ppg while Robin Lopez (9.8) and Brook Lopez (9.3) check in with just under 10 per game ... Stanford is 4-1 in their last five home games.
NOTABLE: Stanford have five home games and five road games to close out the regular season and play four of the last six at home, including this week's Oregon games.
PAC-10 TOURNAMENT: The Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament will run March 7-10 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. ... All ten conference schools will participate in the tournament ... The championship game will be held at 3:15 p.m. on Mar. 10 (CBS) ... Media can apply online for credentials to the event ... Deadline for requests is Wednesday, Feb. 28.
YOUTH MOVEMENT: On Stanford's 14 man active roster, nine are underclassmen ... To begin the year, the Cardinal started one freshman, three sophomores and one senior ... The most recent starting five features, two freshmen, two sophomores and one senior.
SENIOR LEADERSHIP: In his final season for the Cardinal, forward Fred Washington has definately stepped it up ... On Thursday, Washington recorded a career high 10 rebounds in Pullman ... He has started all 22 games this season, averaging 29.2 minutes per game while shooting .532 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 84 assists so far and is averaging 3.8 per game ... Over the past three games, he is averaging 5.0 apg.
BIG TIME: Freshman Brook Lopez (Fresno, Calif.) is starting to hit his groove on the court ...Over the past seven games he is averaging 13.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game ... He recorded a season/career high 20 points and 12 rebounds against Gonzaga ... He has recorded at least one block in his last 10 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).
PAC-10 POWER: The Pac-10 Conference is ranked second in the Sagarin rankings and third in the RPI Report this week ... Stanford is ranked 49th by Sagarin, 40th by the RPI Report and 36th according to the NCAA RPI.
BLOCK PARTY: The Lopez twins, Brook and Robin, have combined for 96 blocks through 23 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 HAPPENINGS: 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 13 games this year and is averaging a team-leading 15.8 points per game as well as 6.3 rebounds per game ... Hill has scored in double figures 20 times and has one double-double on they year ... He has seven 20-plus point games including four of the last seven ... 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 had scored in double figures for 13 consecutive game before being shut out at WSU ... Hill's five three pointers vs. OSU was a career best.
Robin Lopez SETS FRESMEN BLOCK RECORD: 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 59 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 22 of 23 games this season and has recorded two or more blocks 17 times ... He has notched four or more blocks seven times ... Lopez ranks first in the conference averaging 2.57 blocks per game.
BOARD WORK: Stanford is averaging 39.2 rebounds as a team this year, outrebounding their opponents by a 6.2 margin ... The Cardinal has outrebounded their opponent in the last six of the last seven games and are 5-2 in those contests ... Stanford's 6.2 rebound margin ranks third in the Pac-10.
BY THE NUMBERS: Stanford is 7-5 in league play, averaging 67.6 ppg whIle shooting .444 from the field ... The team is averaging 38.8 rebounds per game while shooting .351 from beyond the arc ... At the same time last year, the Cardinal was 8-4 in league play heading into a game against Arizona State.
CARDINAL CHATTER: Stanford's 139 blocked shots so far this season ranks third for a single season on the Farm ... Sophomore Lawrence Hill has 47 blocked shots for his career which ranks 17th on the Farm ... Freshman Robin Lopez's 59 career blocked shots puts him 13th on the Cardinal charts ... Junior Peter Prowitt's 35 career blocked shots ranks him 25th in career blocked shots ... Anthony Goods 56 three pointers ties him for 19th for a single season .... His 155 three-point attempts ties for 13th for a single season.
DID YOU KNOW? Stanford has outblocked its opponent in 19 of 23 games this season ... They are 14-5 in those games.
THE HALF OF IT: Stanford owns a 12-3 record when they lead at halftime ... When trailing? They are 3-5.
UP NEXT: Stanford will take their final Pac-10 regular season road trip next week when they travel south to the L.A. schools ... The Cardinal open at USC on February 22 then head over to No.2 UCLA on February 24 in a FOX Sports Net televised game.
LEAGUE RANKINGS: Lawrence Hill is sixth in scoring (15.8 ppg) and Anthony Goods is 19th (13.0 ppg) ... Robin Lopez is 10th at 6.3 in rebounds, Hill is 11th (6.3 rpg) ... Hill is fifth (.535) in FG percentage ... Washinton ranks seventh (3.78 apg) in assists per game and Mitch Johnson is 8th (3.52) ... Goods is third in 3-pt. FG made (2.43 per game) and 5th in minutes played (33.96)... Robin Lopez is first in the league in blocked shots (2.57 bpg), Brook Lopez is second (2.06 bpg) while Hill is ninth (1.04) ... Hill ranks 8th in 3-pt FG pct at .415 ... As a team, Stanford leads the conference in Rebounding offense (39.5) and third in FG Pct. defense (.406) ... They are first in blocked shots (6.04 bpg) and third in assists (15.39) ... Stanford is third in rebounding margin (+6.2).
DOUBLE TAKE: 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 19.0 ppg, 4.5 bpg and 11.2 rpg in the 17 games they have both appeared in.
T.V. TALK: 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 13-6 in televised games so far this year ... The Cardinal's next two games will be televised.
TRIPLE-DOUBLE FIRST: Freshman forward Brook Lopez (Fresno, Calif.) recorded the school's first triple double on against USC (1/25/07) when he posted 18 points, 11 rebounds and 12 blocks.
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.