Stanford Prepares To Battle Texas Tech On Sunday
Dec. 26, 2008
Stanford Cardinal (8-0, 0-0 Pac-10)
Texas Tech Red Raiders (9-3, 0-0 Big 12)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Chris Fitzgerald)
(PBP: Barry Tompkins, Color: Dan Belluomini)
The Opening Tip
The start of an extremely busy week for Stanford (8-0, 0-0 Pac-10) gets underway on Sunday night against Texas Tech (9-3, 0-0 Big 12) in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. After another non-league contest Tuesday, the Cardinal opens Pac-10 play against the Arizona schools. Stanford continues to navigate through an NBA-like stretch that includes seven games to be played over 19 days.
Sunday'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 Fox Sports Net and shown locally on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, with Barry Tompkins (play-by-by) and Dan Belluomini (color).
Scouting Texas Tech
Texas Tech (9-3, 0-0 Big 12) makes its first-ever visit to Maples Pavilion on Sunday night. The Red Raiders opened the year by winning seven of their first eight games but are just 2-2 in their last four contests. Winless on the road in two attempts this year, Texas Tech is coming off a 67-53 victory over Centenary in its most recent action. Texas Tech boasts an explosive offense that is averaging 86.1 points per game and shooting 48 percent overall. In 2007-08, Texas Tech finished 16-15 overall and 7-9 in the Big 12 for seventh place. Keep an eye on: John Roberson (16.3 ppg, 27-66 three-pointers, 43-57 free throws, 77 assists), Alan Voskuil (14.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 40-88 three-pointers, 22 steals) and Mike Singletary (10.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 26 assists, 35-47 free throws). Head coach Pat Knight is in his first full season at the helm.
Stanford All-Time vs. Texas Tech
The teams have played twice with Stanford winning both meetings. The Cardinal picked up a 70-59 win on Dec. 3, 2006, at the Pete Newell Challenge in San Jose. Last year in Dallas, Stanford nipped Texas Tech 62-61 in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. This year's tilt on The Farm is a return game in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.
Cardinal Looks To Stay Perfect
Stanford is off to its best start since winning 26 straight games to open the 2003-04 campaign. Stanford is looking for its fourth 9-0 start in school history, with the most recent stretch coming in 1953-54. One of 10 remaining undefeated teams in Division 1 competition as of Dec. 26, Stanford sits atop the Pac-10 standings as the conference's lone unbeaten squad.
Stanford's 8-0 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.
Home Sweet Home
Since the start of the 2007-08 campaign, Stanford owns a 21-1 record in its last 22 games played at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal has not dropped a home game to a non-league opponent since Jan. 31, 2007, in a 90-86 double-overtime defeat to Gonzaga. Stanford is 5-0 at home so far this year against non-conference competition.
Road Warriors...Outside The Pac-10
Stanford has won five straight non-conference road games, a streak that began with a 67-43 victory at Colorado last year. The Cardinal last won five consecutive non-league games on the road during the following stretch that spanned four seasons (at Denver on Dec. 14, 2004, at Rice on Nov. 30, 2003, at UC Irvine on Nov. 25, 2003, at UNLV on Dec. 21, 2002 and at New Mexico on Nov. 17, 2001).
In Control From Start To Finish
In the 16 halves of basketball Stanford has played so far this year, the Cardinal has held a double-digit lead in 14. The only halves this year in which Stanford did not extend its lead to 10 points were the first periods at Yale (Nov. 14) and Colorado State (Dec. 14).
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