Men's Hoops Opens 2009-10 Campaign At San Diego On Friday
Nov. 11, 2009
Stanford Cardinal (0-0, 0-0 Pac-10)
San Diego Toreros (0-0, 0-0 WCC)
Friday, Nov. 13, 2009 7 p.m.
Jenny Craig Pavilion (5,100) San Diego, CA
Series History: Stanford leads 3-1
Last Meeting: Stanford 77, San Diego 69 (Mar. 20, 2003)
Radio: XTRA Sports 860 AM (PBP: Dave Flemming, Color: John Platz)
TV: Ch. 4SD (PBP: Steve Quis, Color: Jim Brogan)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (0-0, 0-0 Pac-10) ushers in the start of the 2009-10 campaign with a road game at San Diego (0-0, 0-0 WCC) on Friday, Nov. 13. This marks the second consecutive year Stanford has opened the year on the road. The Cardinal picked up a 75-67 win at Yale in last year's season opener, signaling the first time since 2001 that Stanford had opened its season away from home.
Friday's game can be heard live on XTRA Sports 860 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com, featuring the chemistry-rich tandem of Dave Flemming (play-by-play) and John Platz (analyst). The contest will be televised locally, airing on Ch. 4SD with Steve Quis (play-by-play) and Jim Brogan (analyst).
A Look Back At 2008-09
Stanford closed out the 2008-09 campaign at 20-14 overall and 6-12 in Pac-10 play. For the 20th time in school history, the Cardinal reached the 20-win plateau. Following up on a 28-8 mark from 2007-08, it was the first time since 2002-03 (24-9 overall) and 2003-04 (30-2 overall) that Stanford posted back-to-back 20-win campaigns. Stanford secured a winning record for the 16th consecutive season and notched at least 18 victories for the third year in a row.
Scouting San Diego
San Diego closed out the 2008-09 campaign with a 16-16 overall record and a 6-8 mark in WCC play, good for fifth place in the league standings.
In its only exhibition, San Diego cruised to a 91-52 win over Occidental. De'Jon Jackson led five Toreros in double-digit scoring with 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting.
After Friday's game, San Diego plays nine of its next 12 contests on the road.
San Diego has been picked to finish sixth in this year's WCC Preseason Coaches poll.
The Toreros will be looking for someone to step up in place of Gyno Pomare, a three-time First Team All-WCC selection and the leading scorer in school history.
Keep an eye on: Brandon Johnson (13.5 ppg in eight games prior to injury), De'Jon Jackson (8.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg) and Matt Dorr (6.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg).
Stanford All-Time vs. San Diego
Stanford owns a 3-1 advantage in the all-time series. San Diego posted a 79-70 overtime win in the first meeting back on Dec. 27, 1980. Stanford has won three in a row since then, capturing wins at home, on the road and at a neutral site. The teams last matched up in the first round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament, with Stanford prevailing 77-69 in Spokane, Wash.
Stanford In Season Openers
In its 94-year history, the Cardinal sports a 77-17 record in season openers. Stanford has won 20 of its last 21 lid-lifters, with the only exception coming in the form of a 79-63 loss to UC Irvine to begin the 2005 campaign. Stanford has opened its season on the road only 17 times in school history and the result is a 9-8 ledger. The Cardinal also owns a 53-41 mark in road openers.
Stanford will play seven games during the month of November over a span of 17 days. For the first two weeks, the Cardinal will enjoy only seven off-days. After hosting Cal Poly on Nov. 15 in its home opener, Stanford continues its homestand on Nov. 18 against Oral Roberts. That contest, along with a Nov. 21 date against Florida A&M, is part of the 2009 Cancun Challenge. Stanford will be playing regular season games outside the United States for the first time since 2000, when the Cardinal defeated Old Dominion, Memphis and Georgia en route to capturing the Puerto Rico Shootout. Grouped in the Riviera Division of the Cancun Challenge, Stanford will face Virginia (Nov. 24) in its first game in Cancun. Stanford's second game in Cancun (Nov. 25) will feature a matchup against either Kentucky or Cleveland State. The month wraps up with a contest against Portland State on Nov. 29.
After losing seniors Kenny Brown, Anthony Goods, Mitch Johnson and Lawrence Hill to graduation, this year's club will look considerably different. Landry Fields (team captain), Emmanuel Igbinosa and Drew Shiller are the team's three seniors, while juniors Da'Veed Dildy and Josh Owens return for their third seasons. Transfer Andrew Zimmermann joins a six-member sophomore class that includes Elliott Bullock, Matei Daian, Jeremy Green, Jarrett Mann and Jack Trotter. Freshmen Andy Brown and Gabriel Harris round out the squad.
Landry Fields poured in a game-high 15 points to lead five Cardinal players in double-figures as Stanford routed Sonoma State 82-61 in an exhibition game at Maples Pavilion on Nov. 6. Andrew Zimmermann notched a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds while Emmanuel Igbinosa and Jarrett Mann each chipped in with 11 points. Jack Trotter added 10 points and seven boards in 19 minutes, while Da'Veed Dildy contributed nine points, four assists and four steals. Stanford shot 50 percent overall, connected on 10-20 attempts from beyond the arc and outrebounded Sonoma State 43-22. The Cardinal dished out 22 assists and forced the Seawolves into 20 turnovers. Stanford coasted to a 47-30 halftime lead, ending the first half on a 17-5 scoring run that spanned the last five minutes. Stanford's lead swelled to a game-best 35 points, when a three-pointer from Mann at the 9:19 mark of the second half gave Stanford a 74-39 cushion.
Four players have changed uniform numbers. After sporting No. 51 last season, Elliott Bullock becomes the first player to wear the No. 40 since Pete Van Elswyk during the 1997-98 campaign. Matei Daian switches from No. 52 to No. 15, inheriting the number worn by Lawrence Hill. Jarrett Mann moves from No. 3 to No. 22, taking over for Kenny Brown. Finally, Jeremy Green jumps from No. 5 to No. 45, last donned by Mark Madsen in 1999-00.
Freshman forward Andy Brown will miss the 2009-10 campaign due to an ACL tear in his left knee. Brown suffered the injury during a team practice on Oct. 17. The setback is the second in a 10-month span for Brown, who was recovering from an ACL tear in the same knee back in January, cutting short his senior year at Mater Dei High School where he led the Monarchs to state championships as a sophomore and junior. An all-state selection as a junior and two-time all-league honoree, Brown was tabbed an All-CIF Southern Section first team selection as a junior while also earning All-Orange County first team accolades.
Junior forward/center Josh Owens has not been cleared to practice by the team's medical staff and is out indefinitely.
Sophomore Jeremy Green, who up until last week was unavailable to practice with the team due to a left ankle sprain, was suspended indefinitely on Oct. 28 for a violation of team rules by head coach Johnny Dawkins.
Road Warriors Outside The Pac-10
Stanford has won six straight non-conference road games, a streak that began with a 67-43 victory at Colorado back on Dec. 2, 2007.
Stanford Joins Elite Company With Non-League Success
Stanford finished the 2008-09 campaign as one of three teams in NCAA Division I competition with an undefeated record (13-0) against non-conference competition. The other programs who did not lose a non-league game were NCAA champion North Carolina (20-0) and NCAA Final Four participant Pittsburgh (16-0). Stanford has finished non-conference play unbeaten on five other occasions, most recently in 1955-56 with an 8-0 mark. As a result, Stanford's non-conference numbers were outstanding. Nine of the 13 victories were decided by double-digits, the club's victory margin was +17. and four players averaged at least 10.6 points per game.
Fields Is Club's Top Returner
Senior Landry Fields is the lone team captain and returning leading scorer. Fields enjoyed a breakthrough junior season in which he led the club in rebounding (6.6 rpg) and steals (42), finished third in scoring (12.6 ppg) and connected on 49.8 percent of his attempts from the floor. At 6.6 boards per game, he is also the Pac-10's leading returning rebounder. A solid weapon from the perimeter (36.8 percent) as well, Fields scored in double-figures 24 times while notching five double-doubles. Fields was impressive in summer workouts, highlighted by earning Co-MVP honors of the San Francisco Bay Area Pro-Am.
Stanford Advances To 2009 CBI Semifinals
Stanford owns a 30-20 all-time postseason record after advancing to the semifinals of the CBI. In its second year, the CBI featured a single-elimination, 16-team field with the first three rounds of competition played at campus sites. Stanford routed Boise State 96-76 at home in the first round, won at Wichita State 70-56 in the quarterfinals, then fell to eventual champion Oregon State 65-62 in overtime on the road.
20 In The Books...Again
With a 70-56 win at Wichita State on Mar. 23, Stanford recorded its 20th season with at least 20 victories. Stanford also managed to extend a pair of lengthy streaks with its 75-63 rout over USC back on Feb. 28. That triumph clinched a winning record for the 16th consecutive season and gave the Cardinal at least 16 wins for the 16th straight year. The 2008-09 campaign was only the second 20-win season for Stanford over the last five years.
Dawkins Among Nation's Top Rookies, Best All-Time At Stanford
Johnny Dawkins completed his first season at the helm with a 20-14 record and goes in the books as Stanford's winningest first-year head coach, surpassing Robert Burnett's 19-9 mark in 1951-52. Furthermore, of the 21 first-year head coaches in Division 1 with no prior college head coaching experience, Dawkins ranked third for the distinction of winningest rookie coach.
D'Amelio Brings NBA Experience To Support Staff
Keith D'Amelio enters his first season as the team's Intercollegiate Athletic Development Specialist. D'Amelio will design and implement all aspects of the players' strength and speed development programs throughout the year in addition to overseeing their nutritional needs. D'Amelio spent the previous four seasons as the strength and conditioning coach for the Toronto Raptors. Prior to joining Toronto, D'Amelio served for three seasons as the assistant athletic trainer with the Boston Celtics.