No. 25 Stanford, Texas Tech Clash Saturday In Dallas
Dec. 21, 2007
No. -/25 Stanford Cardinal (9-1, 0-0 Pac-10)
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Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-4, 0-0 Big 12)
The Opening Tip
Fresh off its seventh home victory of the year in as many games, No. -/25 Stanford (9-1, 0-0 Pac-10) has just one more test before the holiday break. The Cardinal travels to Dallas to take on Texas Tech (6-4, 0-0 Big 12) on Saturday afternoon in the O' Reilly Red Raider Christmas Classic at the American Airlines Center. Stanford, coming off a dominant 74-48 victory over Santa Clara on Wednesday night, is riding a season-best five-game winning streak.
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. The game will also be televised on ESPN2, with Ron Franklin (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst) calling the action.
Scouting Texas Tech
Texas Tech enters this weekend's contest at 6-4 overall. Aside from a three-game winning streak back in November, the Red Raiders have alternated wins and losses throughout the rest of the year. In its most recent contest, Texas Tech suffered an 80-63 setback at New Mexico on Dec. 15. The Red Raiders have outscored their opponents by an average of 10 points (68.6 to 58.6) so far. Make sure to watch: Martin Zeno (15.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 52.3-percent from the field), Alan Voskuil (12.7 ppg, 25-38 three-pointers, 78.3-percent free throws), John Roberson (10.4 ppg, 17-24 free throws).
Stanford All-Time vs. Texas Tech
These two clubs hooked up for the first time last year, with Stanford claiming a 70-59 victory at the Pete Newell Challenge in San Jose. Lawrence Hill poured in 19 points, Brook Lopez scored 18 points in his second collegiate game and Anthony Goods added 11. Texas Tech was outrebounded 45-32 and never got closer to Stanford than seven points in the closing minutes.
A Look At The Card Through 10
The last time Stanford posted a 9-1 record through its first 10 games of the year came during the 1991-92 campaign, when the Cardinal finished 18-11 overall. This year's 9-1 mark represents the best 10-game start for the club during head coach Trent Johnson's four-year tenure.
First-Half Defense Keys The Streak
Stanford's outstanding numbers on defense have been well documented, especially those early in the game. During the current five-game winning streak, the Cardinal has been able to shut down opponents from the opening tip and establish some commanding halftime leads. Here is a look at the lack of production from Stanford's opponents:
Date (Opponent) FG FG% 3FG 3FG% Asst./TO Halftime Score11/20 (Yale) 10-29 34.5 2-8 25.0 3/5 STAN 36-2611/24 (Colorado St.) 7-27 25.9 0-5 0.0 2/9 STAN 34-1511/27 (Sacramento St.) 9-32 28.1 2-11 18.2 3/9 STAN 42-2512/2 (Colorado) 7-19 36.8 3-6 50.0 5/9 STAN 25-2212/19 (Santa Clara) 5-22 22.7 2-4 50.0 1/9 STAN 29-17
Leave No Doubt
Stanford's last 13 victories dating back to the 2006-07 campaign have been decided by double-digit margins. The Cardinal's first nine victories this year have come by an average of 25.6 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.
Stanford's starters and reserves have been getting their opportunity to make an early contribution. Ten different players are averaging at least 11.7 minutes of playing time per game, with Josh Owens close behind at 8.9 per contest. Head coach Trent Johnson has employed the same starting lineup in nine of the first 10 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 eight players are shooting at least 50-percent from the field. 10 of the 12 players are averaging at least 5.0 points per game while all five starters are averging at least 6.8 points per contest. Stanford has placed at least three different players in double-figure scoring on seven different occasions this year. Stanford is connecting at a 49.9-percent rate from the field while scoring 78.3 points per game.
Stanford is averaging 78.3 points per game during its 9-1 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 41.0 boards per game while limiting the opposition to just 27.5 per contest. Five different players are averaging at least 4.0 rebounds per game, led by a 6.4 clip from Robin Lopez. Stanford ranks second in the country in rebounding margin at +13.5 and has outrebounded its opponent in nine of 10 games. The biggest discrepancy came in the season opener against Harvard, when Stanford tallied a 50-19 advantage.
Brook Lopez Cleared For NCAA Competition
Sophomore forward Brook Lopez was deemed academically eligible on Dec. 17 and has been cleared to return to NCAA competition. Lopez was ruled academically ineligible for the fall quarter back on Oct. 5 and missed the first nine games of the year. He was able to practice with the team during this time. In his first game back against Santa Clara on Dec. 19, he poured in a game-high 20 points (7-12 from the field, 6-9 free throws) in 19 minutes off the bench. 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.
Robin 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 games, including a career-high 24-point performance against Yale on Nov. 20 that included 12 rebounds and five blocked shots. His 10.9 points per game ranks fourth on the club while his 6.4 rebounds are a team-best. Lopez is shooting 56-percent.
Number 100 Comes Against Santa Clara
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 29 swats, Lopez' career total now stands at 102. That's good for fifth behind Howard Wright's 121 in the school record books. Lopez reached the century mark during the first half of Stanford's 74-48 win over Santa Clara on Dec. 19 at Maples Pavilion.
It's All Goods
Anthony Goods has been one of the Cardinal's best offensive players so far. The junior guard is second on the squad in scoring at 12.8 points per game and is shooting 44.4-percent from the field and 43.3-percent from beyond the arc with a team-best 26 triples. He has scored in double-figures seven 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 9-1 start. Hill is averaging 11.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per game while shooting 50.6-percent from the field and 81-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 6.8 points and 3.6 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 10 games, averaging 6.8 points and 3.3 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 13.9 minutes, Shiller is averaging 5.8 points per game and has reached double-figures twice. No matter where he shoots from on the floor, he's been impressive. Shiller has made 53.3-percent (16-30) from the field, 54.2-percent (13-24) 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.
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 9-0 when leading at the half and 0-1 when trailing.
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.