Stanford Men Prepare For No. 15 Oregon
Feb. 16, 2007
CARDINAL HOST NO. 15 OREGON ON SATURDAY: The Stanford men's basketball team (16-8, 8-5 Pac-10) host No. 15/17 Oregon (20-6, 8-6 Pac-10) at 5 p.m. on The Farm in a game televised by FOX Sports BA/ESPN Full Court. Glen Kuiper and Mike Montgomery will call the action. The game 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 coming off of a 70-55 victory over Oregon State on Thursday night.
THURSDAY RECAP: Lawrence Hill scored 23 points and Brook Lopez matched his career high with 20 points, and Stanford extended its dominance at home over Oregon State with a 70-55 win on Thursday night. Oregon State shot just 32.3 percent from the floor, trailed the entire game and was outrebounded 42-29. Marcel Jones led the Beavers with 13 points. Despite being without Anthony Goods, their second-leading scorer, the Cardinal never trailed against the Beavers, held off Oregon State's best charge midway through the second half, then coasted the rest of the way behind Hill and Brook Lopez. A three-point play from Hill and a free throw by Washington gave Stanford a 26-22 halftime lead.
ABOUT OREGON: The Ducks enter Saturday's game with a 20-6 overall record and 8-6 mark in Pac-10 play ... They are coached by Ernie Kent ... The team is led by Aaron Brooks 17.3 points and 4.5 apg ... Maarty Leunen leads the team averaging 9.1 rebounds per game while chipping in 11.0 points ... Five players are averaging over 10 points per game for the Ducks ... Oregon is coming off a 63-61 loss at California and have lost their last two games ... Stanford holds a 83-42 advantage in the all-time series with the Ducks and are 45-13 when playing at home vs. Oregon ... The Cardinal are 8-2 in their last 10 meetings with the Ducks and lost earlier this season in Eugene, 59-66 ... Oregon's last win in Palo Alto came during the 1985-86 seasons when they posted a 83-69 win ... Stanford has won the last 20 games vs. Oregon in Palo Alto.
LAST YEAR VS. OREGON: Matt Haryasz scored six of his 16 points in the final 3:57 and Stanford dealt Oregon its 11th straight defeat in the Bay Area with a wild 64-62 victory over the Ducks. The 6-foot-11 Haryasz, the Cardinal's leading scorer and rebounder, returned after missing Thursday's win over Oregon State with a sprained left ankle but didn't start. He checked in at the 16:29 mark of the first half and carried the Cardinal in the waning moments. Chris Hernandez had 12 points and four assists for the Cardinal. Stanford used a 10-0 run midway through the first half to build a 24-15 lead, holding the cold-shooting Ducks scoreless for nearly four minutes. Oregon began the game by missing 15 of its first 21 shots.
OREGON STATE GAME NOTES: Freshman Brook Lopez tied his season/career high with 20 points vs. OSU ... Sophomore Lawrence Hills' 23 points was one shy of his season/career best of 24 ... Sophomore Mitch Johnson pulled down a season/career high eight rebounds ... RS Sophomore Kenny Brown swiped a season/career best two steals and dished out a season/career high three assists ... Stanford's 22 turnovers vs. the Beavers tied their season high ... The Cardinal's .889 FT percent (16-of-18) is their second best on the year.
STRANGE COINCIDENCE: Last night, both the Stanford men's and women's teams beat Oregon State by the score of 70-55.
Fred Washington GRANTED MEDICAL HARDSHIP WAIVER: Senior Fred Washington has been granted a medical hardship waiver by the NCAA for his season-ending injury last year ... Washington only played in five games during the 2005-06 season before knee injury cut the season short ... Washington had surgery on January 23, 2006 to repair a tear in his patella in his left knee.
OREGON CONNECTIONS: Stanford's Director of Men's Basketball Operations Julius Hicks was a two-year member of the Oregon Ducks basketball team (1999-00 and 2000-01) and served as team captain his senior year.
GOODS OUT WITH ANKLE SPRAIN: 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.
BROOK BANTER: Freshman Brook Lopez (Fresno, Calif.) is starting to hit his groove on the court ...Over the past eight games he is averaging 14.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.2blocks per game ... He recorded a season/career high 20 points and 12 rebounds against Gonzaga then matched the 20 points in a win over Oregon State (2/15) ... He has recorded at least one block in his last 11 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).
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 SWEET HOME: The Cardinal are 10-4 in the friendly confines of Maples this year, shooting .455 from the floor ... They are averaging 70.6 ppg and 40.6 rebounds ... The Cardinal are winning by an average of 6.0 points and shooting .653 from the free throw line ... They are averaging 6.6 blocks pg and 5.3 steals pg ... At Maples, Lawrence Hilll is averaging 16.4 ppg while Brook Lopez checks in averaging 10.4 ppg ... Stanford is 4-1 in their last five home games.
COMMUNITY SERVICE: The Stanford men's basketball team continues its commitment to an active community outreach program hosting and conducting a clinic for patients and their families from Ronald McDonald House on February 19 at 12:00 p.m. The Ronald McDonald House at Stanford provides a home-away-from-home and support for all families of children with life-threatening illnesses receiving treatment at local hospitals.
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.
LEADER OF THE PACK: In his final season for the Cardinal, forward Fred Washington has definately stepped it up ... He has started all 24 games this season, averaging 29.7 minutes per game while shooting .528 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 91 assists so far and is averaging 3.8 per game.
PAC-10 POWER NUMBERS: 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 THIS: The Lopez twins, Brook and Robin, have combined for 99 blocks through 24 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 OF A PLAYER: 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 14 games this year and is averaging a team-leading 16.1 points per game as well as 6.3 rebounds per game ... Hill has scored in double figures 21 times and has one double-double on they year ... He has eight 20-plus point games including five of the last eight ... 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 CONTINUES CLIMB ON STANFORD BLOCK CHARTS: 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 61 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 23 of 24 games this season and has recorded two or more blocks 18 times ... He has notched four or more blocks seven times ... Lopez ranks first in the conference averaging 2.5 blocks per game ... He is ranked 16th nationally in blocks per game.
REBOUND FACTS: Stanford is averaging 39.3 rebounds as a team this year, outrebounding their opponents by a 6.5 margin ... The Cardinal has outrebounded their opponent in nine of the last 10 and are 6-4 in those contests ... Stanford's 6.5 rebound margin ranks third in the Pac-10.
BY THE NUMBERS: Stanford is 8-5 in league play, averaging 67.8 ppg whIle shooting .445 from the field ... The team is averaging 39.0 rebounds per game while shooting .345 from beyond the arc ... At the same time last year, the Cardinal was 9-4 in league play heading into a game against Arizona.
THIS AND THAT: Stanford's 145 blocked shots so far this season ranks third for a single season on the Farm ... Sophomore Lawrence Hill has 48 blocked shots for his career which ranks 17th on the Farm ... Freshman Robin Lopez's 61 career blocked shots ties him for 11th 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.
QUICK FACTS: Stanford has outblocked its opponent in 20 of 24 games this season ... They are 15-5 in those games ... Stanford owns a 13-3 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 (FOX Sports West/Bay Area Plus) then head over to No.2 UCLA on February 24 in a FOX Sports Net televised game.
CONFERENCE RANKINGS: Lawrence Hill is sixth in scoring (16.1 ppg) and Anthony Goods is 18th (13.0 ppg) ... Robin Lopez is 11th at 6.2 in rebounds, Hill is 10th (6.3 rpg), Brook Lopez is 17th (5.4 rpg) and Fred Washington is 20th (5.2 rpg) ... Hill is sixth (.535) in FG percentage ... Washinton ranks eighth (3.79 apg) in assists per game and Mitch Johnson is ninth (3.54) ... Goods is fourth in 3-pt. FG made (2.43 per game) and fourth in minutes played (33.96)... Robin Lopez is first in the league in blocked shots (2.54 bpg), Brook Lopez is second (2.00 bpg) while Hill is ninth (1.04) ... Hill ranks 8th in 3-pt FG pct at .400 ... As a team, Stanford leads the conference in Rebounding offense (39.3) and third in FG Pct. defense (.403) ... They are first in blocked shots (6.04 bpg), first in defensive rebounds (26.58) and third in assists (15.38) ... Stanford is third in rebounding margin (+6.5).
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 18.7 ppg, 4.5 bpg and 11.0 rpg in the 19 games they have both appeared in.
T.V. TID BITS: Stanford will have at least 22 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 14-6 in televised games so far this year ... The Cardinal's next three 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.
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.