Men's Hoops Wraps Up Road Trip At No. 23/- Texas Tech
Dec. 21, 2009
Stanford Cardinal (5-5, 0-0 Pac-10)
No. 23/- Texas Tech Red Raiders (9-1, 0-0 Big 12)
Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009 5 p.m. PT
United Spirit Arena (15,098) Lubbock, TX
Series History: Stanford leads 3-0
Last Meeting: Stanford 111, Texas Tech 66 (Dec. 28, 2008)
Radio: XTRA Sports 860 AM (PBP: Dave Flemming, Analyst: John Platz)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Kevin Danna)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (5-5, 0-0 Pac-10) completes its extended two-game road trip on Tuesday night against No. 23/- Texas Tech (9-1, 0-0 Big 12). The Cardinal is looking to snap a two-game losing streak after suffering a 70-62 loss at Northwestern on Saturday. Texas Tech, which opened the year 9-0 before an 85-83 defeat at Wichita State last weekend, is the second top-25 team Stanford has faced this year. Stanford's last three opponents have either been ranked in the top-25 or receiving votes in both polls.
Tuesday'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 rare road coverage with Kevin Danna handling the broadcast chores.
Stanford hosts James Madison on Tuesday, Dec. 29, to close out non-conference play before the Pac-10 opener at California on Jan. 2. Stanford's first Pac-10 homestand takes place Jan. 6-9, when the LA schools visit Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal hosts USC on Wednesday, Jan. 6 (7 p.m.) and UCLA on Saturday, Jan. 9 (3 p.m.).
Scouting No. 23/- Texas Tech
Texas Tech is ranked No. 23 in the latest Associated Press poll and receiving 49 votes in this week's ESPN/USA Today poll, checking in two spots out of the top- 25.
The Red Raiders won their first nine games to begin the year prior to an 85-83 loss at Wichita State on Saturday night. Texas Tech scored 62 points in the second half.
Texas Tech has already defeated a pair of Pac-10 schools this year: Oregon State (64-60) and Washington (99-92 in overtime).
Texas Tech, 7-0 at home, is playing at United Spirit Arena for the first time since Dec. 3.
John Roberson leads three players in double-figure scoring at 14.6 points per game. Mike Singletary has chipped in 14.1 ppg and 5.8 rpg while David Tairu has added 11.1 ppg.
Texas Tech is averaging 78.8 points per game while shooting 48.1 percent from the field and 74.3 percent from the charity stripe. Five players are shooting at least 70 percent from the foul line.
Stanford All-Time vs. Texas Tech
The teams will be meeting for the fourth consecutive season, with Stanford owning a 3-0 mark. The Cardinal played arguably its best game of the 2008-09 campaign in a 111-66 thrashing of the Red Raiders at Maples Pavilion. Two years ago in Dallas, Stanford nipped Texas Tech 62-61 to begin the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. Finally, the Cardinal picked up a 70-59 win on Dec. 3, 2006, at the Pete Newell Challenge in San Jose.
This Game, Last Year:
Stanford 111, Texas Tech 56 (Dec. 28, 2008 at Stanford, CA)
Anthony Goods led four Stanford players in double figures with 21 points and the Cardinal improved to 9-0 with a 111-66 victory over Texas Tech, handing the Red Raiders their second-worst defeat in school history. Landry Fields added 19 points and eight rebounds as Stanford scored their most points since a 111-56 win over Harvard in the 2007 season opener. The Cardinal made nine of its first 12 shots on the way to a quick 20-6 lead and took a 57-34 edge at intermission. Stanford shot 51.3 percent in the first half.
A Look At The Card Through 10
Stanford is 5-5 through 10 games, representing the fourth consecutive season that the Cardinal has produced at least a .500 record after 10 games. Stanford started 10-0 last year, 9-1 in 2007 and 8-2 in 2006 after sitting at 4-6 through the first 10 contests in 2005.
Four of Stanford's five losses have come by eights points or less. Among those close calls were an 83-81 home decision to Oral Roberts on a buzzer-beater and a 71-70 home setback to Oklahoma State despite having an opportunity to win the contest on its final possession. Conversely, four of Stanford's five wins have come by double-digits in addition to a 57-52 victory over Virginia at the Cancun Challenge back on Nov. 24.
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