Men's Hoops Hosts Seattle Pacific In Final Exhibition Game
Nov. 7, 2008
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Seattle Pacific Falcons
The Opening Tip
Stanford hosts Seattle Pacific on Saturday night in its final exhibition tune-up before the season begins next week. The Cardinal opens the 2008-09 campaign at Yale on Friday, Nov. 14, representing the first time Stanford has opened the season on the road since an 81-66 victory at New Mexico back on Nov. 17, 2001.
Checking Out The Schedule
One year after establishing a program record for home victories (16) in a season, the Cardinal will play 17 games at home. In fact, the Cardinal will play seven of its first 10 contests at home before kicking off league play against Arizona State on Jan. 2. Four of those home games include visits from Air Force (Nov. 26), Colorado (Nov. 29), Northwestern (Dec. 20) and Texas Tech (Dec. 28)- signaling the first time in program history that at least one team from the Big Ten, Big 12 and Mountain West will play at Maples Pavilion in the same season. Stanford
A Look Back At 2007-08
Stanford closed out the 2007-08 campaign at 28-8 overall. The 28 victories ranked third-best in school history, matching the 1941-42 squad that finished 28-4 en route to capturing the NCAA championship. Making its 16th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, Stanford advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since an Elite Eight appearance in 2001. Picked to finish fifth in the conference preseason media poll, the Cardinal wrapped up the regular season in second place at 13-5.
Stanford Routs Cal State Stanislaus In First Exhibition, 93-54
Landry Fields posted game-high totals in points (24) and rebounds (10) as Stanford overwhelmed Cal State Stanislaus 93-54 on Tuesday night at Maples Pavilion. Anthony Goods knocked down four three-pointers to finish with 19 points, Lawrence Hill added 11 and Josh Owens chipped in with nine points and nine rebounds. Stanford shot 47.9-percent from the field, held a 50-32 rebounding edge and forced Cal State Stanislaus into 24 turnovers. The Cardinal cruised to a commanding 51-21 halftime advantage, grabbed its largest lead of the game at 72-29 with 13:24 left in the second half and racked up 15 steals in the lop-sided victory. The Cardinal maintained a 30-point lead for the entire second half. Statistics from the game do not count toward regular season totals.
This year's roster features nine letterwinners and three returning starters. There are four walk-ons, including three freshmen post players that stand 6-9 or taller. The Cardinal will have some added depth in the frontcourt with Elliott Bullock (6-10, 220), Matei Daian (6-10, 220) and Jack Trotter (6-9, 200). A fourth walk-on, Emmanuel Igbinosa, was also added to the roster. Igbinosa (6-2, 185) is a guard from Houston, Texas. Igbinosa has academic standing as a junior.
A Look At The Seniors
The Cardinal will surely benefit from a four-member senior class that collectively ranks as one of the best in the conference. Three of the four seniors were regular starters from last year's squad. Guard Mitch Johnson (6.7 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game, 5.2 assists per game), guard Anthony Goods (10.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg, team-best 64 three-pointers) and forward Lawrence Hill (8.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 74.6 percent from the foul line) will be counted on for the bulk of the club's production. Guard Kenny Brown (4.2 ppg, 24-61 three-pointers) opted to defer his admission to dental school at Baylor, so he will be returning for another season.
Stanford Tabbed Ninth In Pac-10 Preseason Poll
Stanford has been picked to finish ninth in this year's conference race, according to the preseason media poll. The Cardinal received 115 total points in the poll, checking in ahead of Oregon State. This year's roster features three returning senior starters- all of whom have earned All Pac-10 honors at one point in their career- and nine letterwinners overall. However, the Cardinal will also have to overcome the losses of Brook Lopez and Robin Lopez (2008 NBA Draft) and Taj Finger, Peter Prowitt and Fred Washington (graduation). Three-time defending conference champion UCLA is again the favorite, totaling 379 points in addition to gathering 37 first-place votes. Arizona State is tabbed for second with 325 points and one first-place vote, followed by USC in third with 292 and Arizona in fourth with 241. Washington is slotted for fifth place with 217 points, Washington State is sixth with 188 points, Oregon has been tabbed for seventh with 147 points and California is eighth with 143 points.