Men's Basketball Hosts Portland State Sunday To Close Out Busy November
Nov. 27, 2009
Stanford Cardinal (3-3, 0-0 Pac-10)
Portland State Vikings (1-3, 0-0 Big Sky)
Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009 7 p.m.
Maples Pavilion (7,329) Stanford, CA
Series History: Stanford leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Stanford 87, Portland State 63 (Dec. 19, 2001)
Radio: XTRA Sports 860 AM (PBP: Dave Flemming, Analyst: John Platz)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Ben Spielberg, Analyst: Jacob Jaffe)
The Opening Tip
Fresh off a near upset of No. 5/5 Kentucky in the Cancun Challenge, Stanford (3-3, 0-0 Pac-10) returns home on Sunday night to square off against Portland State (1-3, 0-0 Big Sky). The contest wraps up a busy month of November, which featured seven games played over 17 days. Stanford returns to action Dec. 13 after the finals break.
Sunday'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). KZSU 90.1 FM provides coverage with Ben Spielberg (play-by-play) and Jacob Jaffe (analyst).
Inside Stanford Sports Returns Monday, Nov. 30
The second season of Inside Stanford Sports with Johnny Dawkins on XTRA Sports 860 AM kicks off on Monday, Nov. 30. The Inside Stanford Sports radio show is broadcast from Gordon Biersch Restaurant in downtown Palo Alto, and will run weekly during the conference season from 8-9 p.m. Fans can tune in to XTRA Sports 860 AM, listen from a Yahoo! Sports link at www.gostanford.com, stop by 640 Emerson Street and attend the show live or call in to 866-789-2420 and ask questions. Cardinal broadcasters Dave Flemming and John Platz serve as the show's hosts. Selected student-athletes and special guests are scheduled to appear throughout the year.
Scouting Portland State
Portland State finished last season at 23-10 overall and 11-5 in conference play. The Vikings were crowned Big Sky champions for the second straight season and are one of nine NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago to appear on Stanford's 2009-10 schedule.
Portland State checks in at 1-3. After losing three in a row to begin the year, the Vikings defeated Cal Poly 92-83 in their home opener.
Portland State should be fresh and ready to go: the Vikings have not taken the court since the aforementioned win over Cal Poly back on Nov. 21.
Dominic Waters (16.8 ppg) leads four starters averaging double figures in scoring.
The Vikings are allowing 85.8 points per game and 50.6 percent shooting from the field. Opponents have outrebounded Portland State by a margin of 11.7.
Stanford All-Time vs. Portland State
The clubs have matched up only one other time, with Stanford claiming an 87-63 victory back on Dec. 19, 2001 in the second game of the Stanford Invitational. The Cardinal is 11-2 all-time against Big Sky opponents: Montana (3-2), Montana State (2-0), Northern Arizona (1-0) and Sacramento State (4-0).
Stanford Nearly Upsets No. 5/5 Kentucky; Falls 73-65 In OT
John Wall scored a season-best 23 points and No. 5/5 Kentucky closed with an eight-point run for a 73-65 victory over Stanford in the Riviera Division championship game of the Cancun Challenge. Kentucky managed to escape despite another standout performance from Landry Fields, who registered his third straight double-double with 23 points and 13 boards in 45 minutes. Jeremy Green added 18 points, including five three-pointers, as Stanford led 38-32 at halftime and held a four-point lead with 7:38 left to play. But Wall hit a 12-foot fade-away jumper from the right wing to tie the score at 61-61 with 30.6 seconds remaining in regulation, then made two free throws with 2.4 seconds left to send the game to overtime. Fellow freshman Eric Bledsoe made an NBA-length 3-pointer with 33 seconds to go that gave Kentucky a 69-65 lead it did not relinquish. Fields was fouled by Ramon Harris during a scramble and hit both ends of a 1-and-1 to give Stanford a 63-61 lead with 28.2 seconds on the clock. The Wildcats opted not to call a timeout and went to DeMarcus Cousins, who was fouled on the block. Cousins missed the first free throw and then the second on purpose, but fouled Jarrett Mann on the rebound. Mann then missed both of his free throw attempts, setting up a final flurry. Wall drew a blocking call on Andrew Zimmermann with 2.4 seconds left and calmly swished both free throws to tie it again.
Takeaways From The Kentucky Game
Stanford was attempting to knock off its highest ranked opponent since rallying from 17 points down to stun No. 3/2 UCLA 75-68 back on Jan. 28, 2007 at Maples Pavilion.
Stanford has produced at least one 20-point scorer in every game so far this year.
Landry Fields and Jeremy Green were named to the Cancun Challenge All-Tournament team.
The game featured 12 ties and nine lead changes.
After making 35.5 percent in the first half, Kentucky shot 52.4 percent in the second half.
Andrew Zimmermann and Jack Trotter became the first Cardinal players to foul out of a game this year. Zimmermann finished with six points and five boards, including a clutch jumper to put Stanford ahead 61-59 with 2:07 remaining in regulation.
Stanford and Kentucky were meeting for the first time since an 86-85 overtime win for the Wildcats in the 1998 Final Four.
Recruiting Class Ranked Among Nation's Top-10
Head coach Johnny Dawkins announced the signing of five incoming student-athletes to national letters of intent for the 2010-11 campaign. The class is recognized as one of the best in the country, currently ranked as high as No. 8 in the nation by Rivals.com and No. 13 by Scout.com. According to Rivals.com, Stanford's recruiting class ranks as the best in the Pac-10. The class includes: Aaron Bright (5-11, 175, guard, Bellevue, Wash.), Anthony Brown (6-7, 190, guard/forward, Huntington Beach, Calif.), John Gage (6-10, 210, forward/center, Vashon Island, Wash.), Josh Huestis (6-8, 210, Great Falls, Mont.) and Dwight Powell (6-10, 215, forward, Bradenton, Fla.).
Fields' All-Around Game Impressive So Far
Landry Fields has scored at least 20 points in all but one game so far this year, averaging team high totals with 23.0 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. He also leads the squad with 14 assists and is shooting 45.0 percent overall, 31.8 percent from long range and 71.9 percent from the charity stripe. Stanford's lone team captain, Fields has recorded double-doubles in three consecutive games, increasing his career total to eight.
Getting Their Start
Five different players have made their first start in a Stanford uniform. Da'Veed Dildy, Jarrett Mann, Jack Trotter and Andrew Zimmermann started the opener at San Diego while Drew Shiller has earned a starting nod twice.
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