Stanford, Colorado Clash In Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series
Nov. 30, 2007
Stanford Cardinal (7-1, 0-0 Pac-10)
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Colorado Buffaloes (5-2, 0-0 Big 12)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PxP: Daniel Novinson)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (7-1) carries a three-game winning streak into Sunday afternoon's matchup against Colorado (5-2). The contest represents just the third road game of the year for Stanford, which plays 10 of its first 14 games at Maples Pavilion. Sunday's game is part of the inaugural Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series, a four-year agreement that features home-and-home competition between member schools.
Sunday's game can be heard live on KNTS 1220 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com. John Platz will handle the play-by-play duties. Also, KZSU 90.1 FM will provide coverage with Daniel Novinson describing the action. Sunday's contest represents Stanford's fourth televised game of the young season and will be shown on ESPNU, as Doug Bell (play-by-play) and Krista Blunk (analyst) have the call.
Colorado (5-2) is wrapping up a busy week after already having played two games on the road. The Buffaloes topped Denver 55-44 behind 18 points from Marcus Hall before receiving 21 points from Richard Roby during a 60-50 win over Air Force. After seven games, Colorado is shooting 48.3-percent from the field, 34.7-percent from three-point territory and limiting its foes to just 55.1 points per game. The Buffaloes are led by first-year head coach Jeff Bzdelik. Keep an eye on: Richard Roby (14.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 75-percent free throws), Marcus Hall (13.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 14-32 three-pointers) and Xavier Silas (10.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg).
Stanford All-Time vs. Colorado
Stanford is 5-3 all-time against Colorado. These two schools have not matched up since Nov. 30, 1991, when the Cardinal picked up a 71-58 victory. Three of the games have been played on neutral courts while Colorado owns a 3-1 record in games played in Boulder. Stanford's only road win was a 25-21 victory back in 1932.
November To Remember
Stanford's seven victories and eight games played during the month of November represent program records. The schedule slows down a bit in December, with Stanford competing in just four games in addition to one exhibition contest at home.
Score At The Half
Not sure how the Cardinal will fare against an opponent? Enjoy the first 20 minutes then glance at the scoreboard. Stanford is 7-0 when leading at the half and 0-1 when trailing.
Leave No Doubt
Stanford's last 11 victories dating back to the 2006-07 campaign have been decided by double-digit margins. The Cardinal's first seven victories this year have come by an average of 25.8 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 notched a 75-68 upset of then- No. 3 UCLA 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. Ten 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 eight 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 seven players are shooting at least 50-percent from the field. Nine of the 11 players are averaging at least 5.0 points per game while all five starters are averging at least 6.0 points per contest. Stanford has placed at least three different players in double-figure scoring on five different occasions this year. Stanford is connecting at a 50.8-percent rate from the field while scoring 80.2 points per game.
Stanford is averaging 80.2 points per game during its 7-1 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 41.5 boards per game while limiting the opposition to just 28.9 per contest. Four different players are averaging at least 4.0 rebounds per game, led by a 6.6 clip from Robin Lopez. Stanford has outrebounded its opponent in seven of its eight games, with the current margin standing at +12.6. 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. He has scored in double-figures in five of the last six games, including a career-high 24-point performance against Yale on Nov. 20 that included 12 rebounds and five blocked shots. His 12.4 points per game ranks second on the club while his 6.6 rebounds are a team-best. Lopez is shooting 60.9-percent.
One More For 100
After setting the freshman single-season blocked shot record last year (73), Robin Lopez is off to another quick start. Thanks to his team-high 26 swats, Lopez' career total now stands at 99. That's good for fifth behind Howard Wright's 121 in the school record books.
It's All Goods
Despite a brief shooting slump, Anthony Goods has been one of the Cardinal's best offensive players so far. The junior guard is leading the squad in scoring at 12.8 points per game and is shooting 45-percent from the field and 38.8-percent from beyond the arc with a team-best 19 triples. He has scored in double-figures five times so far, including a 23-point outing against UC Santa Barbara that earned him the MVP award of the Basketball Travelers Classic.
It's The Law
Junior forward Lawrence Hill is quickly returning to the form shown last year when he earned All-Pac-10 honors. After a slow start in which he reached double-digit point totals in just three of the first four games, Hill has become a key contributor to Stanford's 7-1 start. Hill is averaging 9.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game while shooting 50.8-percent from the field and 83.3-percent from the charity stripe. He poured in a career-best 25 points during a 72-61 victory over Yale on Nov. 20.
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 4.5 assists per game clip. 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 6.9 points and 3.9 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 eight games, averaging 8.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. He poured in a career-high 16 points in a win at Northwestern on Nov. 15, hitting a pair of key triples down the stretch to seal the win.
Shiller Back On The Court
After sitting out last year due to NCAA transfer rules, sophomore guard Drew Shiller has made an immediate impact since returning to the court for the first time since the 2005-06 campaign. In 14.8 minutes, Shiller is averaging 6.9 points per game and has reached double-figures in two games. No matter where he shoots from on the floor, he's been impressive. Shiller has made 55.6-percent (15-27) from the field, 57.1-percent (12-21) from three-point territory and 13-16 from the foul line. In fact, Shiller had a consecutive made free throws streak of 21 (dating back to Jan. 30, 2006) snapped on Nov. 20 against Yale.
Three Routs Result In Tournament Title
Stanford opened the year hosting the Basketball Travelers Classic, easily winning the four-team, round-robin tournament with three dominant performances. The Cardinal opened tourney play with a 111-56 rout of Harvard, thanks to Drew Shiller's 18 points leading five players in double-figures. The Cardinal's point total was the most since a 117-point showing against UC Irvine in 1990 and the sixth-highest in school history. 24 hours later, Stanford almost reached the century mark again with a 97-58 laugher of Northwestern State. Five players reached double-figure scoring once again for Stanford, which knocked down 10 three-pointers, forced 17 turnovers and shot 54-percent. The Cardinal then defeated unbeated UC Santa Barbara 67-48 the following day on the strength of a game-best 23 points from Anthony Goods, who was named the tournament MVP. Fred Washington was also selected to the All-Tournament team.
Fifth The Spot In Challenging Pac-10
Stanford has been picked to finish fifth in this year's competitive Pac-10 race according to the preseason media poll. The Cardinal, which finished last year 18-13 overall and sixth in the Pac-10 at 10-8, received 205 total points in the poll. Defending conference champion UCLA is again the favorite, totaling 339 points in addition to gathering 33 first-place votes. Washington State is tabbed for second with 273 points and one first-place vote, followed by Oregon in third with 240 and Arizona in fourth with 238. The Cardinal returns 12 letterwinners and its entire starting lineup from last year's NCAA Tournament squad.
Preseason Polls Tab Cardinal In Top-25
Several preseason publications tabbed Stanford as a top-25 club. The preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll supported that theory, with the Cardinal checking in at No. 21. In addition, Stanford was also ranked No. 23 in the first edition of the Associated Press poll. The recognition in both polls represented Stanford's first preseason top-25 ranking since 2005-06, when the Cardinal was No. 13 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls. Stanford is receiving votes in both polls this week following last week's 1-1 road trip that included a 79-67 loss at Siena.
Dildy, Paul To Redshirt The Season
Head coach Trent Johnson announced that sophomores Da'Veed Dildy and Will Paul will redshirt the upcoming season. Dildy played in 11 games as a reserve last year, averaging 1.1 points and 0.3 rebounds in 3.4 minutes per game. Paul appeared in 17 contests off the bench, averaging 1.2 points and 1.4 rebounds in 5.7 minutes.
Cardinal Closes Out Summer Italy Trip
The Cardinal completed a seven-game, 11-day summer tour of Italy against a mix of local competition in several different cities. Away from the court, the travel party enjoyed sightseeing in Rome, Florence and Milan while touring The Colosseum, Vatican, Lake Como and attending a social at the residence of U.S. Ambassador Ronald P. Spogli. Stanford finished with a 4-3 record overall on the trip with several players enjoying impressive performances during that stretch. Among the notables: Lawrence Hill (6 games, 14.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 20-31 FT), Landry Fields (6 games, 13.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.3 apg, 7-17 3FG, 14-21 FT), Brook Lopez (6 games, 13.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg), Anthony Goods (6 games, 12.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 10-18 3FG) and Kenny Brown (7 games, 6.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 8-10 FT).
Lopez Academically Ineligible For Fall Quarter
Sophomore forward Brook Lopez has been ruled academically ineligible for the fall quarter. Lopez is currently practicing with the team during the fall quarter and can become eligible for the entire Pac-10 campaign and any postseason competition if he meets NCAA requirements. A 7-0 sophomore from Fresno, Calif., Lopez averaged 25.2 minutes, 12.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game last season. He played in 26 contests, making 18 starts, and was named to the 2006-07 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team. Lopez was also tabbed an Honorable Mention selection on the All-Pac-10 squad.