No. 9/9 Stanford Opens Three-Game Homestand Against California
Feb. 19, 2008
No. 9/9 Stanford Cardinal (21-4, 10-3 Pac-10)
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California Golden Bears (15-9, 6-7 Pac-10)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PxP: Daniel Novinson, Analyst: Ben Spielberg)
The Opening Tip
No. 9/9 Stanford (21-4, 10-3 Pac-10) opens a three-game homestand on Sunday night against rival California (15-9, 6-7 Pac-10). The Cardinal has won eight of its last nine overall and remains in second place in the conference standings, a half-game behind UCLA. Stanford is 13-1 at Maples Pavilion so far this year.
Sunday's game can be heard live on KNTS 1220 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com. Dave Flemming handles play-by-play duties while John Platz offers color commentary. KZSU 90.1 FM provides coverage with Daniel Novinson (play-by-play) and Ben Spielberg (analyst). The contest will also be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net, with Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Marques Johnson (analyst) and Michael Eaves (sideline).
California (15-9, 6-7 Pac-10) has won four of its last six overall to climb back into the postseason consideration. The Golden Bears, 5-3 on the road this year, earned a split of last weekend's road trip with an 83-73 loss at Arizona followed by a 76-73 victory at Arizona State. The Golden Bears average 78.2 points per game and shoot 47.5-percent from the field. However, they allow 73.3 points per game and opponents are shooting 43.4-percent overall. Make sure to keep an eye on: Ryan Anderson (22.0 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 52 three-pointers), Patrick Christopher (16.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg) and Jerome Randle (12.0 ppg, 87.7-percent free throws, 86 assists).
Stanford All-Time vs. California
In a series that dates back to the 1913-14 campaign, California owns a 137-110 edge. However, Stanford has won eight of the last 11 meetings. Stanford claimed an 82-77 win back on Jan. 26 at Haas Pavilion, thanks to a 23-point effort by Brook Lopez and a career-high 16 points from Mitch Johnson. Robin Lopez chipped in with nine points, 14 rebounds and four blocks. Each squad won on the road last year, with Cal stealing a 67-63 victory at Maples Pavilion and Stanford using a 90-71 rout to get even.
Who To Watch Against California
Brook Lopez is shooting 18-33 from the field and has averaged 15.3 points per game, thanks to a 23-point outing this year. Mitch Johnson's 13 baskets and 40 points against California in five games are the most against any Pac-10 club. In five career games, Lawrence Hill is averaging 8.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per contest while making 17-36 from the field. Fred Washington has poured in 7.0 points per game in six appearances.
Stanford's Mar. 1 contest against Washington State has been slated for a 1 p.m. tip-off. Additionally, the Mar. 6 game at UCLA is now scheduled for 8 p.m. Both matchups will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net.
Conference Streak Continues
Stanford picked up its 10th Pac-10 win of the year on Feb. 16 with a 67-66 win at Arizona. The Cardinal has now notched at least 10 conference victories for the 15th consecutive season. There are five Pac-10 games remaining in the regular season.
Home and Away
In 14 home games, Stanford is averaging 72.7 points per game while limiting its foes to a 53.9 clip. The Cardinal also owns a rebounding margin of +12.2 and is shooting 47.1-percent from the field at Maples Pavilion. In 11 road games, Stanford is scoring 68.0 points per game and holding opponents to 62.8. The Cardinal owns an +8.6 rebounding margin on the road and connects at a 42.7-percent clip from the field. Brook Lopez has actually been more effective in eight road games, averaging 22.8 points and making 52.7-percent from the field. In eight home games, Lopez is averaging 15.5 points while making 44-percent from the field.
Cardinal In The Pac-10, National Statistics
Stanford is the Pac-10 leader in rebounding (40.0 rpg), field-goal percentage defense (38.2), rebounding margin (+10.6) and blocked shots (128). Stanford is also holding foes to 57.8 points per game, good for second in the conference. Individually, Mitch Johnson ranks second in assists (119) and assists per game (4.7) while checking in third in assist/turnover ratio (2.16). Robin Lopez is second in the Pac-10 with 57 blocked shots. The Cardinal is also well-represented in the following national categories: rebounding margin (2nd), defense (7th), field-goal percentage defense (10th) and scoring margin (18th).
20 In The Books, Looking For More
Having already surpassed its win total (18) from all of last year, Stanford recorded the 19th 20-win season in program history with a 71-56 victory over Oregon State on Feb. 9. Prior to this year's 21 victories, the Cardinal last reached the 20-win plateau in 2003-04 with a 30-2 finish.
Back Among The Top-10
Stanford is ranked in the top-10 of both national polls for the third straight week. The Cardinal checked in at No. 7 last week, representing the club's highest mark since the 2003-04 squad was ranked No. 1 late in the year. Stanford cracked the top-10 back on Feb. 4, vaulting to No. 9 in both polls.