Homestand Continues Saturday With Colorado State
Nov. 21, 2007
Stanford Cardinal (5-1, 0-0 Pac-10)
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Colorado State Rams (3-1, 0-0 Mountain West)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PxP: Ben Spielberg, Analyst: Teddy Steinkelner)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (5-1, 0-0 Pac-10) looks to remain unbeaten at home when it hosts Colorado State (3-1, 0-0 Mountain West) on Saturday night at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal, which plays six of its eight November games at home, is in the middle of a three-game, eight-day homestand that wraps up with Sacramento State next week. Stanford is coming off a 72-61 victory over Yale on Tuesday evening thanks to a pair of career-high scoring performances from Lawrence Hill (25 points) and Robin Lopez (24 points).
Saturday's game can be heard live on KNTS 1220 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com. Dave Flemming handles the play-by-play duties while John Platz provides color commentary. KZSU 90.1 FM will also provide coverage with Ben Spielberg (play-by-play) and Teddy Steinkelner (analyst) describing the action.
Scouting Colorado State
Colorado State (3-1, 0-0 Mountain West) enters a stretch where it will play five of its next seven games on the road. The Rams are coming off a BP Top of the World Classic tournament championship, defeating Portland State 64-63 in the title game. Stuart Creason, who earned tournament MVP honors, is averaging 13.3 points and 8.3 rebounds so far this year. Colorado State, led by first-year head coach Tim Miles, finished 17-13 last year while taking sixth in the Mountain West at 6-10.
Stanford All-Time vs. Colorado State
Stanford owns a 4-2 record all-time against Colorado State. The Cardinal has won four in a row against the Rams. These two squads have not hooked up since Dec. 3, 1988, when Stanford posted a 63-49 victory at Maples Pavilion. Stanford is 3-0 in home games against Colorado State. The Rams earned their wins in the first two games of the series.
Leave No Doubt
Stanford's last nine victories dating back to last season have been decided by double-digit margins. The Cardinal's first five victories this year have come by an average of 27 points. The last time Stanford won a game that was decided by less than 10 points came back on Jan. 28, 2007, when the Cardinal upset UCLA 75-68 at Maples Pavilion.
Eight games during the first month of the season will test your depth. And with only 11 available players, Stanford's reserves are getting their opportunity to make an early contribution. 10 different players are averaging at least 11.0 minutes of playing time per game, with Josh Owens close behind at 9.4 per contest. Head coach Trent Johnson has employed the same starting lineup for the first six games.
...And Everyone Scores
Stanford is receiving balanced scoring from its entire roster to begin the year. Starters, reserves, it doesn't matter- everyone is getting into the act. Chalk it up to hot shooting, as six players are shooting at least 50-percent from the field. Eight of the 11 players are averaging at least 5.0 points per game while all five starters are averging at least 7.5 points per contest. Stanford has placed at least four different players in double-figure scoring on three different occasions this year. Stanford is connecting at a 50-percent rate from the field while scoring 80.8 points per game.
Stanford is averaging 80.8 points per game during its 5-1 start. That includes a 111-point outing against Harvard in the season opener, representing the Cardinal's highest point total since a 117-point showing against UC Irvine in 1990. In that game, Stanford led 63-28 at halftime, signaling the first time the Cardinal reached the 60-point mark in any half since getting 65 during the first half at home against New Hampshire on Dec. 29, 1999.
Stanford's work on the glass has also been impressive. The Cardinal is averaging 42.5 boards per game while limiting the opposition to just 27.2 per contest. Six different players are averaging at least 4.0 rebounds per game, led by a 7.0 clip from Robin Lopez. Stanford has outrebounded its opponent in each game so far this year, with the current margin standing at +15.3. The biggest discrepancy came in the season opener against Harvard, when a taller, physical Stanford squad finished with a 50-19 advantage.
Lopez Productive In The Post
Known best for his emphatic shot-blocking ability and intimidating presence, sophomore center Robin Lopez has simply taken over as of late. After coming off a solid two-game road trip in which he averaged 12.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks, Lopez torched Yale on Tuesday night with a career-high 24 point performance that also included 12 rebounds and five blocked shots. His 12.2 points per game is tied for the club's best scoring mark while his 7.0 rebounds are a team-best. Lopez is shooting 60.9-percent from the field and now ranks sixth on the program's all-time blocks list with 90.
It's All Goods
Despite a 2-16 shooting mark over his last two games, Anthony Goods has been one of the Cardinal's best offensive players so far. The junior guard is averaging a team-best 12.2 points per game and is shooting 41.7-percent from the field and 36.1-percent from beyond the arc with a team-best 13 triples. He has scored in double-figures three times so far, including a 23-point outing against UC Santa Barbara that earned him the MVP award of the Basketball Travelers Classic.
Floor Leader Helping In Other Areas
Junior guard Mitch Johnson has enjoyed a solid start to the season. Johnson is best known for providing his teammates with scoring opportunities, as evidenced by a 4.8 assists per game clip through six games. But he is also scoring and helping out on the glass. Johnson has scored in double-figures twice already, matching his complete output from last season in that category. He is averaging 8.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.
Fields Contributes Early On
Projected by many for a breakthrough season, sophomore guard Landry Fields has been a steady contributor early on. Fields has played in all six games, averaging 8.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. He poured in a career-high 16 points in a win at Northwestern last week, hitting a pair of key triples down the stretch to seal the win.
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