Stanford Men's Basketball Travels To L.A. Schools

Feb. 20, 2007

CARDINAL HEADS SOUTH FOR FINAL REGULAR SEASON ROAD TRIP: The Stanford men's basketball team (17-8, 9-5 Pac-10) travel to Los Angeles to square off against USC (19-8, 9-5 Pac-10) at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, in a game televised by FOX Sports West/BA Plus. Jim Watson and Paul Westphal will handle play-by-play and color commentary duties. On Saturday, the Cardinal take on No. 4 UCLA (23-3, 12-2 Pac-10) in a game to be aired by FOX Sports. Steve Physioc and Marques Johnson will call the action. 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 coming off a sweep of the Oregon schools in Palo Alto.

SATURDAY RECAP: Brook Lopez scored a career-high 26 points and keyed a big second-half run that helped Stanford beat No. 15 Oregon for the 21st consecutive time at Maples Pavilion, 88-69 Saturday night ... The Cardinal wrapped up their 14th straight home sweep against the Oregon schools and gave their NCAA tournament hopes a big boost with their fifth win of the season against a ranked opponent ... Lawrence Hill added 15 points for the Cardinal, who won their second straight game since losing second leading scorer Anthony Goods to a sprained ankle ... Mitch Johnson and Fred Washington added 12 points apiece. Stanford used its size advantage with the 7-foot Lopez twins dominating the boards to control the game early, taking a 10-point lead after just 7 minutes ... The Cardinal had three offensive rebounds in the opening minutes and the presence of the big guys helped open the court for Hill to hit a pair of 3-pointers.

ABOUT USC: The Trojans enter Thursday's game with a 19-8 overall record and 9-5 mark in Pac-10 play ... They are coached by Tim Floyd ... The team is led by Nick Young's 17.2 points and 4.7 rpg ... Taj Gibson leads the team averaging 8.4 rebounds per game while chipping in 11.8 points ... Four players are averaging over 10 points per game for the Trojans... USC is coming off a 58-68 loss at Arizona State and are 3-2 in their last five games ... Stanford holds a slight 115-114 advantage in the all-time series with the Trojans and are 45-64 when playing on the road vs. USC ... The Cardinal are 8-2 in their last 10 meetings with the Trojans and beat USC earlier this year, 65-50 in Palo Alto ... Stanford's last win in Los Angeles came during the 2004-05 season when they posted a 78-70 win.

LAST YEAR AT USC: Lodrick Stewart had 18 points and eight rebounds, and Southern California's other four starters also scored in double figures as the Trojans held off a late rally by Stanford for a 82-71 victory ... Nick Young had 16 points, Ryan Francis 15 and Gabe Pruitt 14 for USC ... Peter Prowitt, who played only one minute during the first half, capped a 15-3 run with a pair of free throws that narrowed the gap to 63-57 with 6:09 to play ... Dan Grunfeld, who scored 17 points, made a 3-pointer that pulled Stanford within 64-60 ... But the Cardinal got no closer and fell to 0-4 on the road as USC closed with a 20-9 run ... Stanford forward Matt Haryasz left the game with 14:11 remaining after going down with a possible sprained left ankle and finished with seven points, ending his streak of 24 consecutive games in double-digit scoring.

OREGON GAME NOTES: Freshman Brook Lopez scored a career-best 26 points against the Ducks ... He also tied his season/career high in minutes with 35 ... Sophomore Mitch Johnson recorded a season/career best 12 points ... RS Sophomore Kenny Brown posted a career best 11 points and played a career high 28 minutes ... Senior Fred Washington tied his season/career high with eight assists vs. the Ducks ... Stanford's 25 FT made was a season high ... Sophomore Lawrence Hill tied his season best with four blocks vs. Oregon.

ROAD RAMBLINGS: Through nine road games this year, Stanford is 5-4 with quality wins at Fresno State, Virginia and Cal ... The team is 2-3 in their last five road games having dropped a pair to the Washington schools two weeks ago ... The Cardinal are averaging 67.1 ppg and 36.7 rpg while shooting .435 from the field ... Lawrence Hill leads the team on the road with 15.4 ppg and 6.1 rbg while Brook Lopez is chipping in 10.6 points per game.

L.A. CONNECTIONS: There will be plenty of Cardinal fans in the stands this week as several Stanford players are from the L.A. area ... Freshman Landry Fields is from Long Beach (Los Alamitos HS), senior Fred Washington is from Los Angeles (Bishop Montgomery) and Anthony Goods is from Corona (Centennial).

GOODS OUT WITH HIGH ANKLE SPRAIN: Sophomore guard Anthony Goods suffered a high ankle sprain in the second half of the Washington game (2/11) and missed both the OSU and Oregon games last week ... He is out for both the USC and UCLA games this week.

BIG TIME: Freshman Brook Lopez (Fresno, Calif.) helped the Stanford men's basketball team to a sweep of the Oregon schools last week, putting up some career numbers in the process ... Lopez, a seven-foot forward, tied his career high with a 20 point effort against Oregon State on Thursday night, then scored a new career best 26 points versus Oregon on Saturday ... For the weekend, Lopez averaged 23.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting .529 (18-for-34) from the field ... He also went 10-for-11 from the free throw line to help the Stanford cause ... On the season, Lopez is averaging 11.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game.

CARDINAL VS. RANKED OPPONENTS: The Cardinal are 5-3 vs. ranked opponents in 2006-07 with wins over then #24 Washington, then #23 Washington State then #25 USC, then #3 UCLA and then #15 Oregon.

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.

SENIOR STEPS UP: In his final season for the Cardinal, forward Fred Washington has definately stepped it up ... He has started all 25 games this season, averaging 29.8 minutes per game while shooting .535 from the field ... In his three previous seasons, Washington was averaging 3.5 points per game and this year's he's up to 8.0 ppg ... In three years prior, he dished out 45 assists total (0.75 apg) - this year he has a team-leading 99 assists so far and is averaging 3.9 per game.

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