Men's Basketball Makes Short Trip To Santa Clara Tuesday Night
Dec. 22, 2008
Stanford Cardinal (7-0, 0-0 Pac-10)
Santa Clara Broncos (5-6, 0-0 WCC)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Chris Fitzgerald)
The Opening Tip
For the third time this year, Stanford (7-0, 0-0 Pac-10) hits the road- sort of. This time around the Cardinal makes a quick trip south on Highway 101 for a matchup against Santa Clara (5-6, 0-0 WCC) on Tuesday night. The Cardinal has won seven in a row to open the season, including a 65-59 win over Northwestern on Dec. 20. Stanford continues to navigate through an NBA-like stretch that includes seven games to be played over 19 days.
Tuesday'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 Chris Fitzgerald (play-by-play). The game will also be televised nationally on ESPNU, with Steve Physioc (play-by-by) and Krista Blunk (color) handling the broadcast chores.
Scouting Santa Clara
It's been a streaky season so far for Santa Clara (5-6, 0-0 WCC), which enters Tuesday's contest on a two-game losing skid. After winning their season opener, the Broncos dropped four straight games before embarking on a four-game winning streak. Santa Clara opens a three-game homestand tonight before playing five of its next six games on the road. Unbeaten in three home games this year, Santa Clara is shooting 45.6 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free throw line while limiting opponents to 57.8 points per game. Santa Clara finished 15-16 last year and fourth in the WCC with a 6-8 mark. Keep an eye on: John Bryant (17.7 ppg, 11.9 rpg, 26 blocks, 61.7 percent from the field), Kevin Foster (11.0 ppg, 24-63 three-pointers, 17-19 free throws) and James Rahon (10.1 ppg, 21-49 three-pointers). Head coach Kerry Keating is in his second season.
Stanford All-Time vs. Santa Clara
Stanford owns a 49-26 lead in the all-time series. The Cardinal has won nine of the last 11 meetings, including a 74-48 rout last year at Maples Pavilion. Santa Clara's last victory in the series came back on Dec. 16, 2006 in the form of a 62-46 triumph. Stanford is searching for its first road victory in the series since Dec. 30, 2000, when the Cardinal picked up a 78-63 win in the championship game of the Cable Car Classic.
Davey Returns To Leavey
Stanford associate head coach Dick Davey will be making his much-anticipated return to the Leavey Center on Tuesday night. Davey, in his first season with the Cardinal, previously spent 30 years working with the men's basketball program at Santa Clara and served the Broncos' head coach for 15 seasons. A four-time WCC Coach of the Year, Davey directed the Broncos to three NCAA Tournament appearances, three WCC regular season championships, a WCC Tournament title in 1993 and four 20-win seasons before retiring at the end of the 2006-07 campaign.
Cardinal Looks To Stay Perfect
Stanford is off to its best start since winning 26 straight games to open the 2003-04 campaign. One of 10 remaining undefeated teams in Division 1 competition as of Dec. 22, Stanford sits atop the Pac-10 standings as the conference's lone unbeaten squad.
Finding Scoring Balance
Stanford has placed at least four players in double-figure scoring on five different occasions this year. In three of those instances, the Cardinal has been paced by a different leading scorer. Stanford is inching closer to surpassing last year's mark of eight games where at least four players scored in double-figures.
Stanford's 7-0 start has translated into some early national recognition, with the Cardinal appearing in the national rankings for the first time in 2008. Stanford received eight votes in this week's Associated Press poll and three votes in the ESPN/USA Today/Coaches poll.