Fields And Green Form Terrific 1-2 Punch
Feb. 8, 2010
STANFORD, Calif.- Practically every member of the Stanford men's basketball team is playing extended minutes for the first time in their careers.
Naturally, both players would need to come up big in 2009-10.
And they have done just that.
Heading into February, Fields' nightly do-everything performances have made him a frontrunner for Pac-10 Player of the Year while Green has picked up right where he left off following an impressive rookie year in which he garnered Pac-10 All-Freshman Team honors.
Fields and Green have provided Stanford with a devastating 1-2 punch, accounting for 57 percent of the team's scoring. Fields leads the Pac-10 with a scoring average of 23.0 points per game, while Green is up to 17.3 points per game to rank fifth in the conference.
As of Feb. 8, Fields and Green ranked second nationally among 1-2 scoring tandems, averaging a combined 40.3 points per game. Only Notre Dame's combo of Luke Harangody (24.5 ppg) and Tim Abromaitis (16.5 ppg) average more as a 1-2 punch, checking in just ahead at 41.0 points per game.
'Landry and Jeremy have been terrific,' said Johnny Dawkins, the Anne and Tony Joseph Director of Men's Basketball. 'They have had to shoulder a heavy load offensively for us. Those kids are put in a position where they have to create offense for us to have a chance. And to their credit, they have been able to shoulder that responsibility. Landry and Jeremy both move well without the basketball and are very competitive.'
Following up on a breakthrough junior campaign, Fields has established a reputation as one of the Pac-10's premier players while emerging as a standout on the national scene. He has notched 10 double-doubles, scored at least 20 points in 17 games (including nine straight at one point) and his scoring average ranks seventh-best in the country. Fields poured in a career-high 35 points in a win over UCLA on Feb. 4, producing the best offensive performance by a Cardinal player since Chris Hernandez erupted for 37 points in a 78-65 win over UCLA back on Feb. 20, 2005.
Green has done most of his damage from beyond the arc, leading the Pac-10 in three-pointers per game (3.1) while shooting 40.7 percent. Green has knocked down at least four triples in a game on nine occasions and registered nine 20-point efforts. His breakthrough 30-point outing against UCLA back on Jan. 9 represented the first time a Stanford player reached the 30-point plateau since Brook Lopez poured in 30 against Marquette in the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
The production from Fields and Green is perhaps the primary reason why Stanford, tabbed for a last-place finish in the Pac-10 preseason media poll, is hanging around at 10-13 overall and sitting three games out of first place in the league standings.
'I also give our supporting guys credit for creating opportunities for Landry and Jeremy, added Dawkins. 'You look at the screens that have been set, the crisp ball movement. Things like that are done by the players around them. So I'm just as proud of the other guys and the contributions they have made, putting Landry and Jeremy in position to score.'