Men's Basketball Tries For Season Sweep Of California
Feb. 12, 2009
Stanford Cardinal (15-7, 4-7 Pac-10)
California Golden Bears (18-6, 7-4 Pac-10)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: David Lombardi)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (15-7, 4-7 Pac-10) wraps up a three-game, seven-day stretch on Saturday afternoon when it looks to complete a season sweep of rival California (18-6, 7-4 Pac-10). The Cardinal needs to pick up Pac-10 wins quickly, and a victory in Berkeley would provide the team with momentum heading into next week's critical road swing through the Pacific Northwest.
Saturday's game can be heard live on KTRB AM 860 and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com, featuring the chemistry-rich tandem of Dave Flemming (play-by-play) and John Platz (analyst). KZSU 90.1 FM provides coverage with David Lombardi (play-by-play). The game will also be televised by FSN/Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, as Ted Robinson handles play-by-play duties while Marques Johnson offers color commentary.
Picked to finish eighth in the preseason media poll, California (18-6, 7-4 Pac-10) is tied for third place in the Pac-10 standings entering the week. The Golden Bears are 3-3 over their last six games dating back to a 75-69 loss to Stanford at Maples Pavilion last month. California is the nation's top three-point shooting team with a 45.6 percentage and the Golden Bears are averaging 75.6 points per game while shooting 49.4 percent from the field. The Golden Bears, 14-1 at home, are coming off a 17-16 season that resulted in an NIT berth Keep an eye on: Jerome Randle (18.5 ppg, 51.3 percent from the field, 46.3-percent from three-point territory, 88.2 percent free throws, 121 assists), Patrick Christopher (14.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 82 percent from the foul line) and Theo Robertson (12.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 49.1 percent from three-point territory). California is led by Mike Montgomery, in his first season as head coach in Berkeley. Montgomery, Stanford's all-time winningest coach at 393-167 in 18 years at the helm, guided the Cardinal to 16 postseason appearances (12 NCAA, four NIT) and a 1998 Final Four berth.
Stanford All-Time vs. California
In a series that dates back to the 1913-14 campaign, California owns a 137-112 edge. However, Stanford has won 10 of the last 12 meetings and that includes a 75-69 victory at Maples Pavilion last month. The Cardinal swept the season series last year, winning 82-77 in Berkeley and 79-69 at Maples Pavilion. California's most recent victory in the series came back on Jan. 3, 2007, when the Golden Bears squeaked out a 67-63 road win.
Who To Watch Against California
In seven career games, Mitch Johnson is shooting 50 percent from the field and his 20 baskets and 58 points against Cal are the most against any Pac-10 club. Lawrence Hill is averaging 11.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in seven career contests and those numbers were boosted by a career-high 25-point outing in this year's earlier meeting. Meanwhile, Drew Shiller is 3-4 from the field (all three-pointers) and has scored 11 points in three games against California.
Cardinal Strong In Non-Conference...
Thanks to an 85-50 rout of Cal State Bakersfield on Tuesday night in its most recent contest, Stanford completed non-conference play with a perfect 11-0 mark. It's the second straight season the Cardinal has racked up at least 10 victories against non-league foes, as the club posted an 11-1 mark last year in such games during the regular season. Prior to this year's 11-0 mark, Stanford last went undefeated (9-0) during the non-league portion of its schedule in 2003-04.
...And A Look At The Numbers
As one would expect with an 11-0 mark, Stanford looked very sharp during non-league play this year. Seven of the 11 victories were decided by double-digits, the Cardinal's margin of victory stood at +17.0 and four different players averaged at least 11.0 points per game apiece. Stanford reached the 100-point plateau twice, shot 46.9 percent from the field and registered a turnover margin of +6.9.
Anthony Goods did not play in Stanford's 85-50 win over Cal State Bakersfield on Tuesday, missing his first contest of the year (flu). He was back on the court Thursday and participated in practice. His status is probable for Saturday's game against California.