Stanford Aims For 10-0 Start, Hosts Hartford Tuesday Night
Dec. 29, 2008
Stanford Cardinal (9-0, 0-0 Pac-10)
Hartford Hawks (4-8, 0-0 America East)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Chris Fitzgerald)
The Opening Tip
Fresh off its most impressive performance so far, Stanford (9-0, 0-0 Pac-10) looks for its 10th win of the year on Tuesday night against Hartford (4-8, 0-0 America East) in a 7:30 p.m. tip-off at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal looked very sharp in a 111-66 rout of Texas Tech on Dec. 28. Following Tuesday's game, Stanford opens Pac-10 play by hosting No. 17/14 Arizona State (Friday, Jan. 2) and Arizona (Sunday, Jan. 4) to complete a four-game, eight-day stretch.
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).
Hartford (4-8, 0-0 America East), which plays six of its next nine games on the road, is 2-2 at home and 1-5 on the road so far this year. The Hawks have lost three of their last four games, most recently suffering a 74-59 setback at Baylor on Dec. 22. Hartford averages only 66.6 points per game and is allowing opponents to score at a 76.8 clip. The Hawks are shooting 42.9 percent from the field, 67.2 percent from the foul line and average seven fewer rebounds (30.4 rpg) than their opponents. Last season, Hartford finished 18-16 overall and tied for second place at 10-6 in the America East conference. Make sure to watch: Joe Zeglinski (15.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, team-best 33 three-pointers), Jared von Rosenberg (11.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 51 assists, 43.7 percent from the field) and Morgan Sabia (11.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 46.4 percent from the field). Head coach Dan Leibovitz is in his third season at the helm. Stanford and Hartford will be meeting on the hardwood for the first time.
Cardinal Looks To Stay Perfect
One of nine remaining undefeated teams in Division 1 competition as of Dec. 29, Stanford sits atop the Pac-10 standings as the conference's lone unbeaten squad.
Stanford's 9-0 start has translated into some early national recognition as the Cardinal first appeared in the receiving votes section of the national rankings last week. In this week's edition, Stanford is receiving 17 votes in the Associated Press poll and six votes in the ESPN/USA Today/Coaches poll.
Fast Start For Stanford
Stanford is off to its best start since winning 26 straight games to open the 2003-04 campaign. With a victory over Hartford, Stanford will improve to 10-0 and match the seventh-best start to a season in school history. Also, Stanford's nine-game winning streak is the best since the 26-0 start in 2003-04.
Stanford has now reached the 100-point plateau for the second time this year following a 111-66 win over Texas Tech on Dec. 28. Throw in Stanford's 103-85 win over Cal State Northridge back on Nov. 18, and the Cardinal has recorded two 100-point game in the same season for the first time since 2000-01 when Stanford defeated San Francisco State 100-49 and topped Oregon 100-76.
Home Sweet Home
Since the start of the 2007-08 campaign, Stanford owns a 22-1 record in its last 23 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.