Cardinal Men Take On No. 4 UCLA In Los Angeles

Feb. 23, 2007

CARDINAL CLOSES OUT ROAD TRIP AT NATIONALLY RANKED UCLA: The Stanford men's basketball team (17-9, 9-6 Pac-10) takes on No. 4 UCLA (24-3, 13-2 Pac-10) in a game to be aired by FOX Sports on Saturday, February 24 at 3 p.m. Steve Physioc and Marques Johnson 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 looking to rebound from a close lose to USC on Thursday night.

THURSDAY RECAP: Nick Young scored 22 points and Lodrick Stewart had 17 as Southern California beat Stanford 69-65 Thursday night to take sole possession of third place in the Pac-10 with its 20th win of the season. Brook Lopez, coming off a career-high 26 points in Sunday's win over Oregon, had 23 points and eight rebounds for Stanford. Lawrence Hill added 21 points and eight boards. The Cardinal managed a late rally when Hill made three free throws and Lopez made a layup to pull within four, 63-59 with 2:30 to play. Hill made two more free throws to make it 64-61, but Young went 4-for-4 from the line in the final minute to put the game away.

ABOUT UCLA: The Bruins enter Saturday's game with a 24-3 overall record, 13-2 in league play and a top five ranking in the polls ... They are coached by Ben Howland ... Winners of their last three game, UCLA is 8-2 in the last 10 ... The team is led by Arron Afflalo who is averaging 17.4 points while Josh Shipp checks in averaging 13.5 pg ...The Bruins hold a 126-88 advantage in the all-time series against Stanford ... The Cardinal won this season's earlier matchup down in Palo Alto with a 75-68 victory at Maples ... Stanford has won seven of the last 10 however is 1-2 in the last three matchups ... The Cardinal's last win at Pauley cam in 2004-05 with a 75-64 win over the Bruins.

LAST YEAR AT UCLA: Arron Afflalo scored 18 of his 23 points in the first half and UCLA beat Stanford 71-54 on Thursday night, snapping two losing streaks to the Cardinal in the Pac-10 opener for both teams. The Bruins had lost eight straight at home to Stanford and six in a row overall. The win was the eighth straight for UCLA, which is off to its best start since the national championship season of 1994-95. Stanford shot 20 percent in the first half while UCLA was at 60 percent. Matt Haryasz led the Cardinal with 13 points. The Bruins last beat the Cardinal on Feb. 23, 2002, and last beat them at Pauley Pavilion on Feb. 8, 1997.

USC GAME NOTES: Freshman Landry Fields tied his season/career high with one block ... Freshman Brook Lopez played a season/career high 39 minutes vs. USC ... Fred Washington tied his season best with two steals.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Through 10 road games this year, Stanford is 5-5 with quality wins at Fresno State, Virginia and Cal ... The team has dropped their last three road games and are 2-3 in the last five ... The Cardinal are averaging 66.9 ppg and 37.2 rpg while shooting .432 from the field ... Lawrence Hill leads the team on the road with 16.0 ppg and 6.3 rbg while Brook Lopez is chipping in 11.8 points per game along with 5.1 rpg.

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.

Robin Lopez SETS FRESHMAN RECORDS AND THEN SOME: 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 63 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 24 of 26 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 2.4 blocks per game ... He is ranked 21st nationally in 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.

NOTES ON WASHINGTON: This season for the Cardinal, forward Fred Washington has definately stepped it up ... He has started all 26 games this season, averaging 30.1 minutes per game while shooting .533 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 101 assists so far and is averaging 3.88 per game.

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.

BLOCK THIS: The Lopez twins, Brook and Robin, have combined for 105 blocks through 26 games this season ... The tandem has combined for more blocks than seven of Stanford's nine Pac-10 opponents in the team blocks category.

NO SOPHOMORE SLUMP HERE: 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 16.3 points per game as well as 6.2 rebounds per game ... Hill has scored in double figures 23 times and has one double-double on they year ... He has nine 20-plus point games including six of the last 10 ... 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.

BROOK BANTER: Freshman Brook Lopez (Fresno, Calif.) is starting to hit his groove on the court ...He has scored 20 more more points in his last three games ... Over the past eight games he is averaging 16.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game ... He recorded a season/career high 26 points against Oregon last week ... He has recorded at least one block in his last 13 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).

BOARD WORK: Stanford is averaging 39.2 rebounds as a team this year, outrebounding their opponents by a 6.6 margin ... The Cardinal has outrebounded their opponent in 10 of the last 11 and are 7-4 in those contests ... Stanford's 6.6 rebound margin ranks second in the Pac-10.

PAC-10 NUMBERS: Stanford is 9-6 in league play, averaging 68.9 ppg whIle shooting .447 from the field ... The team is averaging 39.1 rebounds per game while shooting .347 from beyond the arc ... At the same time last year, the Cardinal was 9-6 in league play heading into a game at Washington State.

THIS AND THAT: Stanford's 159 blocked shots so far this season ranks second for a single season on the Farm ... Sophomore Lawrence Hill has 52 blocked shots for his career which ranks 14th on the Farm ... Freshman Robin Lopez's 63 career blocked shots ranks11th 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?: The Cardinal rank 12th nationally in team blocks per game (6.1) ... Stanford has outblocked its opponent in 21 of 26 games this season ... They are 16-5 in those games ... Stanford owns a 14-3 record when they lead at halftime ... When trailing? They are 3-6.

UP NEXT: Stanford will close out the regular season with home games against the Arizona schools ... The Cardinal host Arizona State on March 1 and Arizona on March 3 ... The Arizona game will be played at 12:30 p.m. and can be seen on ABC.

WHERE THEY RANK IN THE LEAGUE: Lawrence Hill is fifth in scoring (16.3 ppg) and Anthony Goods is 19th (13.0 ppg) ... Hill is 10th in rebounds (6.2 rpg), Robin Lopez is 11th (6.1 rpg), Brook Lopez is 15th (5.7 rpg) and Fred Washington is 18th (5.4 rpg) ... Hill is sixth (.525) in FG percentage ... Washinton ranks seventh (3.88 apg) in assists per game and Mitch Johnson is ninth (3.50) ... Goods is fourth in 3-pt. FG made (2.43 per game), 10th in FT percentage (.788) and sixth in minutes played (33.96)... Robin Lopez is first in the league in blocked shots (2.42 bpg), Brook Lopez is second (2.00 bpg) while Hill is eighth (1.12) ... Hill ranks 8th in 3-pt FG pct at .412 ... As a team, Stanford leads the conference in Rebounding offense (39.3) and third in FG Pct. defense (.406) ... They are first in blocked shots (6.12 bpg), first in defensive rebounds (26.58) and third in assists (15.15) ... Stanford is second in rebounding margin (+6.9).

DEJA VU: 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. TIDBITS: Stanford will have at least 24 of their games this season broadcast on television not counting the Pac-10 Tournament or potential postseason play ... Stanford is 15-7 in televised games so far this year ... Two of the Cardinal's last three games will be televised.

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).

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.

Brook Lopez RECOGNIZED FOR EFFORTS: Stanford forward Brook Lopez was 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.

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.

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