Stanford Welcomes Colorado To Maples Pavilion On Saturday
Nov. 28, 2008
Colorado Buffaloes (3-1, 0-0 Big 12)
Stanford Cardinal (3-0, 0-0 Pac-10)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PxP: Ben Spielberg, Analyst: Mark Friese)
(PxP: Barry Tompkins, Analyst: Dan Belluomini)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (3-0, 0-0 Pac-10) closes out the month of November with a matchup against Colorado (3-1, 0-0 Big 12) on Saturday night at Maples Pavilion. A 14-day finals break awaits the Cardinal after tonight, so the club is looking for some momentum heading into the break. Stanford, which returns to the hardwood Dec. 14 at Colorado State, plays on the road only three times during the first two months of the year.
Saturday's game can be heard live on KTRB AM 860 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 Ben Spielberg (play-by-play) and Mark Friese (analyst). The game will be televised nationally on FSN, with Barry Tompkins (play-by-play) and Dan Belluomini (analyst) handling the broadcast chores.
Colorado (3-1, 0-0 Big 12) is coming off a 73-59 home win over Lafayette on Tuesday. Prior to that win, the Buffaloes sandwiched victories around an 85-82 overtime loss to Montana State. Colorado plays eight of its first nine games at home, with the only exception coming in the form of Saturday's contest at Stanford. The Buffaloes went 12-20 overall last year and finished last in the Big 12 at 3-13. Players to watch this year include: Cory Higgins (17.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 30-41 free throws, team-best 15 assists), Dwight Thorne II (13.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 64.3 percent from the field) and Austin Dufault (11.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg). Head coach Jeff Bzdelik begins his second season at the helm.
Stanford All-Time vs. Colorado
Stanford holds a 6-3 overall against Colorado in the nine meetings between the two programs. The Cardinal has won five of the last seven and two in a row overall. Last year in Boulder, Stanford routed Colorado 67-43 behind 15 points apiece from Anthony Goods and Lawrence Hill. In the only game played at Maples Pavilion to date in the series, Stanford defeated Colorado 71-58 back on Nov. 30, 1991.
Delivering The Goods
Anthony Goods has emerged as Stanford's top scoring threat, averaging a team-best 21.3 points per game in three starts. He is shooting 42.9 percent overall but has been even more impressive with team-high marks from three-point territory (11-24, 45.8 percent) and the free throw line (17-19, 89.5 percent). Goods followed a 25-point outing against Cal State Northridge with a 20-point effort against Air Force, representing the first time in his career he reached the 20-point plateau in back-to-back games.
First Throws, Then Threes
In addition to the up-tempo offense, Stanford's first two home games have provided excitement in that the club has flirted with a pair of school records. In a 105-83 win over Cal State Northridge on Nov. 18, Stanford finished 40-47 from the foul line and threatened single-game school records for makes (44) and attempts (62). Three days ago in a 76-57 triumph over Air Force, Stanford knocked down 12 three-pointers (nine in the first half) to finish three triples shy of matching the school standard of 15.
Senior Starters Pace Offense
A total of 97 games passed before Stanford received at least 10 points apiece from Mitch Johnson, Anthony Goods and Lawrence Hill in the same game. The senior trio finally accomplished the feat in a 75-67 season-opening win at Yale, with Hill leading all scorers with 22, Goods adding 19 and Johnson chipping in with 11. In the Cardinal's next game against Cal State Northridge, the group was at it again with Goods scoring a game-high 25 points and Hill and Johnson adding 14 each. Through three games, Goods is Stanford's leading scorer at 21.3 ppg, Hill ranks second at 18.0 ppg while Johnson is fifth at 8.3 ppg.
Making The Freebies
Getting to the line is one thing, but for the most part the Cardinal has converted on its chances with a 78.4 percent clip. In fact, Stanford is 69-88 from the free throw line so far and has attempted 44 more freebies then its opponents (27-44) . Anthony Goods (17-19), Mitch Johnson (11-14) and Lawrence Hill (14-20) are all above 60 percent while Josh Owens has been perfect in 14 opportunities.