Back From Two-Week Break, Stanford Hosts UC Davis Sunday Night
Dec. 9, 2009
Stanford Cardinal (4-3, 0-0 Pac-10)
UC Davis Aggies (3-5, 0-0 Big West)
Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009 7 p.m.
Maples Pavilion (7,329) Stanford, CA
Series History: Stanford leads 13-1
Last Meeting: Stanford 84, UC Davis 72 (Nov. 28, 2006)
Radio: XTRA Sports 860 AM (PBP: Dave Flemming, Analyst: John Platz)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Mark Friese, Analyst: Jacob Jaffe)
TV: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (PBP: Ted Robinson, Analyst: Dan Belluomini)
The Opening Tip
Back on the court for the first time in 14 days, Stanford (4-3, 0-0 Pac-10) hosts UC Davis (3-5, 0-0 Big West) on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. Thanks to an 83-64 rout of Portland State back on Nov. 29, Stanford will be aiming for back-to-back victories for the second time this year. The Cardinal is 3-1 at home so far this season, winning its games by an average of 16 points.
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 Mark Friese (play-by-play) and Jacob Jaffe (analyst). The game will also be televised on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, with Ted Robinson (play-by-play) and Dan Belluomini (analyst) providing coverage.
Sunday's contest begins a stretch for the Cardinal that will include four games over the next 10 days before the Christmas break. Stanford hosts Oklahoma State on Wednesday, Dec. 16, as part of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. The Cardinal then makes its final non-league road trip with stops at Northwestern and Texas Tech.
Scouting UC Davis
UC Davis finished last season at 13-19 overall and 7-9 in the Big West.
The Aggies (3-5) have lost three of their last four overall, and have been idle since an 88-78 loss against Seattle University back on Dec. 5. UC Davis is kicking off a three-game road trip that also includes stops at Fresno State (Dec. 17) and Air Force (Dec. 22).
Mark Payne (17.4 ppg, 57.5 percent from the field) is one of three starters averaging double figures in scoring. He leads the team in free throw percentage, assists and steals.
UC Davis averages 72.6 points and 31.1 rebounds per game. The Aggies shoot 45.2 percent from the field but only 32.2 percent from beyond the arc.
Head coach Gary Stewart is in his sixth year at the helm.
Stanford All-Time vs. UC Davis
Stanford has dominated the all-time series with a 13-1 advantage. The Cardinal picked up an 84-72 win over the Aggies back on Nov. 28, 2006, in the most recent meeting. UC Davis came away with its only win (64-58) in the series on Dec. 4, 2005- which also marked the only game in the series to be played at Davis.
Cardinal In The Pac-10, National Statistics
Entering the week, Stanford ranked among the top-three in several Pac-10 categories. Stanford leads the conference and ranks 19th nationally in assist/turnover ratio (1.4) while the Cardinal's +5.3 turnover margin also leads the league. Stanford has committed just 10.7 turnovers per game, checking as in as the eighth-best total in the country. Stanford is second in the Pac-10 in three-pointers made per game at 7.7. Individually, Jeremy Green leads the league in three-pointers made per game (3.3) while Jarrett Mann is tops in assists per game (5.9). Landry Fields ranks second in points (23.3) and steals (2.6) per game, and is third in rebounding (9.1) and minutes played (35.4) per game. Fields also ranks eighth nationally in scoring.
Sharing The Ball, Forcing Mistakes
Stanford's commitment to sharing the basketball and forcing opponents into turnovers is once again paying dividends. A trend that developed last year under head coach Johnny Dawkins has continued in 2009, as the Cardinal once again leads the conference and ranks among the nation's best in assist/turnover ratio and turnover margin. Stanford leads the Pac-10 in both categories and ranks 19th nationally in assist/turnover ratio and 22nd in turnover margin. Stanford has tallied 106 assists on 181 field goals so far, including a season-best 23 dimes against Portland State on Nov. 29. Meanwhile, Stanford's opponents have totaled more turnovers than assists in every game this season.
Dialing Long Distance, Opponents Not So Much
Stanford is averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game and shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc- totals that rank second and third, respectively, in the Pac-10. Jeremy Green has been the leading sharpshooter, connecting on 23-49 attempts for a 46.9 percent clip. Meanwhile, opponents have made just 30.7 percent from three-point territory. Stanford has made at least one triple in 261 straight games, including a season-best 11 against Florida A&M on Nov. 21.
Yes, It Was A Business Trip
Stanford might look back on its trip to Mexico during Thanksgiving week as a pivotal turning point in the season. After splitting a pair of home games the previous week, Stanford traveled south of the border for back-to-back games against Virginia and No. 5 Kentucky as part of the Cancun Challenge. The Cardinal came away with a hard-nosed 57-52 win against Virginia, thanks to an inspired defensive effort in the second half. Twenty-four hours later, Stanford nearly shocked No. 5 Kentucky before falling 73-65 in overtime. In a game that featured 12 ties and nine lead changes, the Cardinal led 38-32 at halftime and 63-61 before Kentucky's John Wall hit two free throws with three seconds remaining in regulation. Stanford finished 1-1 in Cancun, with several players executing in key situations and others gaining experience. Landry Fields and Jeremy Green were named to the Cancun Challenge All-Tournament team.
He Went To Jarrett
After experiencing with different combinations in the backcourt during the first few games, head coach Johnny Dawkins has tabbed Jarrett Mann as his starting point guard. Projected to be a position where Stanford might struggle, the backcourt has been one of the biggest strengths in the early going. After playing in 24 games last year as a reserve, Mann has looked very comfortable as the floor general since taking over the starting duties back on Nov. 21. He is averaging 7.6 points and 3.0 rebounds per game, and has displayed a knack for getting to the foul line with 38 attempts. Mann's 5.9 assists per game total leads the Pac-10, dishing out 41 assists while making only 16 turnovers. He matched a career high with eight assists against Portland State on Nov. 29 and has dished out at least five assists in all but one game this year.
Green Is Red-Hot From Deep
Jeremy Green has started his sophomore season the same way he finished his rookie year: red-hot from three-point territory. A 2009 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team honoree, Green played in all 34 games, averaging 6.4 points while shooting 45.6 percent from three-point territory. Over the final 10 games of his freshman year, Green averaged 7.4 points in just over 15 minutes per game while shooting 50 percent from long distance (17-34). In his first seven games of this year, Green is once again a focal point of the Stanford offense and ranks second on the team at 15.1 points per game. His perimeter shooting has been stellar once again, leading the team with 23 makes in 49 attempts for a 46.9 percent clip. Green has knocked down at least four triples in a game four times this year.
Getting Their Start
After losing seniors Kenny Brown, Anthony Goods, Mitch Johnson and Lawrence Hill to graduation, it was a given this year's club would look considerably different. Through the first seven games, five players have already made their first start in a Stanford uniform. Da'Veed Dildy, Jarrett Mann, Jack Trotter and Andrew Zimmermann started the season opener at San Diego while Drew Shiller was also penciled into the starting lineup for back-to-back games. All five players with the exception of Zimmermann were making their first career start. Back on the court for essentially the first time in two seasons, Zimmermann started one game during his freshman season at Santa Clara in 2007-08.
Production From The Post
Despite entering the year as a relatively inexperienced group, Stanford's post players have made strides thanks to some frequent on-the-job training. Transfer Andrew Zimmermann joins a trio of players (Elliott Bullock, Matei Daian, Jack Trotter) who made their debuts as walk-ons last year. Zimmermann, who is averaging 4.6 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in seven starts, broke through with a nine-point, six-rebound effort against Oral Roberts on Nov. 18. Trotter is averaging 6.6 points and 4.0 boards per game in seven starts, and has scored in double-figures three times. Fellow sophomores Elliott Bullock (0.7 ppg, 1.2 rpg) and Matei Daian (2.3 ppg, 0.8 rpg) have also provided some key minutes during the first seven games.