Second-Ranked Stanford Faces Santa Clara In Cable Car Classic Championship Game

Dec. 30, 2000

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Stanford Saga
The nationally-ranked Stanford basketball team, ranked second in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls, will attempt to win its sixth straight regular season tournament title over the last three seasons when it faces neighborhood rival Santa Clara in the championship game of the 34th annual Cable Car Classic ... Stanford is off to another strong start in 2000-01 ... Winners of ten straight games, the Cardinal started the previous three seasons in grand fashion ... Last year, the Cardinal won its first 12 games ... In 1998-99, Stanford started the year 17-2, and during the 1997-98 campaign, Stanford started the year 18-0.

Cable Car Classic Championship Game
Stanford (10-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) vs Santa Clara (6-6 overall, 0-0 WCC)
Saturday, December 30, 2000, 8:00 p.m., Leavey Center (5,000)

Tournament Time
This is Stanford's second trip to the Cable Car Classic ... During the 1997-98 season, Stanford beat Rhode Island (70-69) and defeated Santa Clara (69-60) to win the tournament title which was played at the San Jose Arena ... Kris Weems was named MVP tournament that year ... Stanford's last four games on Santa Clara's home court have produced victories (three wins over Santa Clara, last night's 86-60 win over Fordham) dating back to the 1989-90 season ... All three victories over Santa Clara have been by at least 12 points or more (a 82-70 overtime victory in 1993-94, a 75-79 decision in 1991-92, a 66-51 verdict in 1989-90).

Coaches Corner
Mike Montgomery is in his 15th season at Stanford with a record of 298-143 ... In 14 previous seasons at Stanford, Montgomery has directed the Cardinal to 12 post-season appearances (8 NCAA, 4 NIT) ... Montgomery's overall record (14-plus seasons at Stanford, 8 seasons at Montana) is 452-220 ... Montgomery is 7-1 against Santa Clara, including a 3-0 record on the Broncos home court.

Stanford Starters (10-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)
F - Jarron Collins, 6-11, 255, Senior, North Hollywood, Ca (12.2 ppg, 7.7 rpg)
F - Ryan Mendez, 6-7, 210, Senior, Burleson, Tx (12.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg)
C - Jason Collins, 7-0, 260, Junior, North Hollywood, Ca (11.6 ppg, 9.3 rpg)
G - Casey Jacobsen, 6-6, 210, Sophomore, Glendora, Ca (17.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg)
G - Michael McDonald, 6-1, 180, Senior, Long Beach, Ca (6.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg)

Santa Clara Starters (6-6 overall, 0-0 WCC)
F - Jamie Holmes, 6-7, 225, Senior, Merced, Ca (14.2 ppg, 7.3 rpg)
F - Steve Ross, 6-5, 210, Junior, Victoria, British Columbia (8.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg)
C - Jim Howell, 6-8, 230, Freshman, Seal Rock, Or (2.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg)
G - Brian Yaka, 6-2, 210, Junior, Spark, Nv (5.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg)
G - Brian Jones, 6-3, 195, Senior, Carson, Ca (19.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg)

Series Story
Stanford holds a 47-24 advantage over Santa Clara in the eighth-oldest series in school history ... The Cardinal has won the last seven games against the Broncos including three wins on Santa Clara's home court, then known as Toso Pavilion ... In their last meeting (1998-99 at Maples Pavilion), the Cardinal won 94-49, the biggest win for the Cardinal in the 71-game history ... The Cardinal is 136-65 against West Coast Conference (WCC) schools.

December Data
The month of December has proven to be a highly successful time of the year for the Stanford Cardinal ... Dating back to the 1994-95 season, the Cardinal is 39-2 during the month of December ... Tonight's game against Santa Clara will be Stanford's sixth game in December this year, which already includes a 86-63 victory on December 2 at Long Beach State, a 94-52 victory over Sacred Heart (12/18/00) in the opening round of the Stanford Invitational, a 80-66 decision over Georgia Tech (12/19/00) in the championship game of the Stanford Invitational, a 84-83 victory over then #1-ranked Duke (12/31/00) at the Pete Newell Challenge, and a 86-60 decision over Fordham in the opening round of the Cable Car Classic.

Road Report
Stanford has enjoyed great success away from Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal, since the 1997-98 season, has chalked up a 30-5 record on the road, and 23-5 on a neutral court ... Stanford has beaten its opponents on the road by a margin of 12.6 points per game.

Maples Madness
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford is 78-9 at Maples Pavilion, including a 33-1 record against non-league competition ... Stanford has hosted 40 consecutive soldout crowds at Maples Pavilion.

Point Parade
Stanford's point differential remains strong in 2000-01 ... Stanford is beating its opponents by an average of 26.0 points per game.

Defensive Data
Last year, the Cardinal set an NCAA record for field goal percentage defense at .352 ... After ten games, the defensive stat is .374.

Block Barometer
Stanford's imposing frontline players, which includes two seven-foot centers, and a 6-foot-11 forward, has already generated 29 blocks in ten games ... Three of Stanford's players, Curtis Borchardt, Jason Collins and Jarron Collins rank in the Top-10 in career blocks in the school record book ... Borchardt is seventh all-time (57), Jason Collins is eighth (56) and Jarron Collins is ninth (53).

Trey Time
Shooting from three-point territory has remained a strength for the Cardinal thus far in 2000-01 ... Last year, the Cardinal led the Pac-10 in three-point shooting percentage at .400, and in three-point field goals made at 7.90 per game ... Stanford produced the second (David Moseley, .449), third (Casey Jacobsen, .435) and fifth-best (Ryan Mendez, .420) three-point shooters in the Pac-10 ... After ten games, the Cardinal has hit 78-of-189 three-point attempts for .413 ... And while Moseley has graduated, Jacobsen and Mendez are back in mid-season form, hitting .491 and .432, respectively ... And Michael McDonald is hitting 12-of-27 from three-point range, good for .444.

Collins Corner
They were born eight minutes apart, and have been playing basketball since the age of six ... Jarron and Jason Collins are now in the starting lineup for the nationally-ranked Cardinal and making a major impact ... Combined they are totaling 23.8 points and 17.0 rebounds per game ... Jason is averaging a team-leading 9.3 rebounds per game, while Jarron is averaging 7.7 rebounds per game ... Against UC Riverside (11/29), Jarron and Jason each produced a double-double, the second-time in their careers that has happened in the same game ... The first time was in the championship game of the Coaches vs Cancer Tournament against Iowa last year when Jason scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while Jarron scored 17 points and grabbed eleven rebounds ... Against UC Riverside, Jason tallied a career-high 19 points and eleven rebounds, while Jarron chalked up 12 points and 12 rebounds ... At Long Beach State (12/2/00) on their 22nd birthdays, Jarron and Jason combined for 33 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and three blocks ... In that game, the twins shot 14-of-17 from the floor for 82 percent ... Together Jarron and Jason Collins have started 21 games at Stanford (eleven games last year, ten this year) and the Cardinal is 21-0 during that span.

Borchardt Bio
He missed the last eleven games of the 1999-00 season with a stress fracture in his right foot ... And then he was hampered by bone spurs in his foot that required surgery during the summer ... Thus he came back to Stanford not in the greatest shape and not expected to contribute right away ... But Curtis Borchardt (7-0, 230 pounds, Sophomore) has made a remarkable comeback even though he is not 100 percent ... Coming off the bench and averaging 17.0 minutes per game, Borchardt is averaging 6.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game ... Borchardt already has 15 blocks ... Last year, in 20 games he blocked 42 shots, and was well on his way to breaking the school record of 50 before he was sidelined for the last eleven games with a stress fracture in his right foot ... In 29 career games at Stanford, Borchardt has 57 blocks, sixth-best in school history.

A look at the Stanford Varsity in 2000-01

#24 Julius Barnes, guard, 6-1, 180, Sophomore, Rowland Heights, Ca
Has looked impressive playing both the point and off-guard positions ... Averaging 16.3 minutes of play per game, and is averaging 6.8 ppg ... Played perhaps his best game of the season against then top-ranked Duke (12/21/00) ... Playing the point-guard position, scored nine points, grabbed three rebounds, dished out two assists and blocked a shot in 17 minutes ... Scored eleven points (4-for-4 from the free throw line) against Old Dominion (11/23/00) at the Puerto Rico Shootout ... Chalked up ten points against Fordham (12/29/00) in the opening round of the Cable Car Classic ... Tallied ten points (4-fo-6 from the floor) in 20 minutes of play against Sacred Heart (12/18/00) ... Dished out a career-high five assists in the season opener against San Francisco State (11/19/00).

#14 Tyler Besecker, forward/guard, 6-6, 205, RS Freshman, Bellevue, Wa
Has appeared in five games ... Played six minutes against UC Riverside (11/29/00).

#11 Curtis Borchardt, center, 7-0, 230, Sophomore, Redmond, Wa
Shot-blocking remains his forte ... Already this year, Curtis has blocked 15 shots off the bench (17.0 minutes per game) ... In only 29 career games at Stanford, Curtis has already blocked 57 shots, seventh-best in school history ... Blocked four shots against Old Dominion (11/23/00) at the Puerto Rico Shootout ... Has blocked at least two shots in four games.

#31 Jarron Collins, forward, 6-11, 235, Senior, North Hollywood, Ca
All-America candidate ... A candidate for the John Wooden and Naismith Awards ... Averaging 12.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game (has grabbed ten or more rebounds in three games) ... Shooting .539 from the floor ... Has scored in double figures in eight games ... Has two double-doubles (points-rebounds) this year ... Scored a season-high 20 points (8-for-10 from the floor) along with seven rebounds and five assists at Long Beach State (12/2/00) .. Named to the all-tourney team at the Puerto Rico Shootout.

#34 Jason Collins, center, 7-0, 260, Junior, North Hollywood, Ca
A co-captain along with Ryan Mendez ... Averaging 11.6 points and a team-leading 9.3 rebounds per game ... Shooting a team-leading .574 from the floor ... Named Most Valuable Player at the Stanford Invitational ... In two games against Sacred Heart (12/18/00) and Georgia Tech (12/19/00), scored 26 points (8-for-13 from the floor, 10-for-11 from the free throw line), grabbed 24 rebounds, and blocked two shots ... Gained all-tournament honors at the Puerto Rico Shootout ... In three games in San Juan, scored 47 points and grabbed 27 rebounds against Old Dominion (11/23/00), Memphis (11/24/00) and Georgia (11/25/00) ... Tallied ten points, a career-high 15 rebounds, and two blocks in Stanford's 84-83 victory over then top-ranked Duke (12/21/00) ... Had a 19 point, 11 rebound perfomance against UC Riverside (11/29/00) ... Also collected a double-double (11 points, 13 rebounds) against Sacred Heart (12/18/00), and 16 points and eleven rebounds against Georgia Tech (12/19/00).

#22 Justin Davis, forward, 6-8, 230, RS Freshman, Berkeley, Ca
Saw his first collegiate action against Sacred Heart (12/18/00) and responded with seven points in 14 minutes of play ... Tallied a season-high 19 minutes against Fordham (12/29/00) at the Cable Car Classic and responded with nine points and nine rebounds ... Had not seen action until game seven with a strained abdominal muscle and a sprained ankle.

#25 Tony Giovacchini, guard, 6-2, 180, Junior, Salt Lake City, Ut
Has looked solid at both the point and off-guard positions ... Averaging 15.7 minutes off the bench.

#23 Casey Jacobsen, forward/guard, 6-6, 210, Sophomore, Glendora, Ca
An All-America candidate ... A John Wooden, Naismith and Oscar Robertson Player of the Year candidate ... Stanford's top scorer at 17.3 ppg ... Leads the team in three-pointers with 26 ... Shooting .491 from three-point territory ... Has hit at least one three-pointer in all ten games ... Tied his career-high with 26 points against then top-ranked Duke (12/21/00) ... Named Fox Sports National Player of the Week for his winning basket with 3.6 seconds against the then top-ranked Blue Devils (12/21/00) ... Scored 22 points against Memphis (11/24/00) and Georgia (11/25/00) ... Named MVP at the Puerto Rico Shootout ... In three games against Old Dominion (11/23/00), Memphis (11/24/00) and Georgia (11/25/00) in San Juan, scored 60 points and grabbed 13 rebounds ... Named to the all-tourney team at the Stanford Invitational with 38 points in games against Sacred Heart (12/18/00) and Georgia Tech (12/19/00).

#5 Teyo Johnson, forward, 6-7, 256, Freshman, San Diego, Ca
A two-sport athlete at Stanford (football and basketball), who has been a valuable frontline player off the bench ... Played a season-high 19 minutes against UC Riverside (11/29/00) and scored eleven points along with seven rebounds ... Hitting 50 percent from the floor.

#3 Kyle Logan, guard/forward, 6-5, 202, Sophomore, Hagerstown, Md
Has already played more minutes (33) this year as he did during an injury-plaqued season (25) last year ... An excellent defensive player who can also shoot (5-for-10).

#33 Matt Lottich, guard, 6-4, 190, Freshman, Winnetka, Il
Has appeared in nine games and has hit 9-of-17 shots for 53 percent ... That includes 5-of-10 shots from three-point territory ... In his collegiate debut, scored ten points (4-for-4 from the floor, 2-for-2 from three-point territory) against San Francisco State (11/19/00) ... Scored eight points against Fordham (12/29/00) at the Cable Car Classic.

#4 Michael McDonald, guard, 6-1, 180, Senior, Long Beach, Ca
A strong start for this Cardinal senior ... Has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 46-12 ... Also looking to score more this year ... Scored a career-high 19 points (7-for-9 from the floor, 5-for-6 from three-point territory) in the season opener against San Francisco State (11/19/00) ... Shooting 44 percent from three-point range and 47 percent overall.

#32 Ryan Mendez, Forward/Guard, 6-7, 210, Senior, Burleson, Tx
Honors Candidate ... A co-captain along with Jason Collins ... Off to a strong start in 2000-01 ... Stanford's second leading scorer at 12.4 ppg ... Has scored in double figures in six games, including a season-high 22 points (9-for-12 from the floor, 4-for-6 from three-point territory) at Long Beach State (12/2/00) ...Gained all-tournament honors at the Puerto Rico Shootout ... Also gained all-tournament honors at the Stanford Invitational ... Shooting 51 percent from the floor, and 43 percent from three-point territory ... Grabbed a season-high eight rebounds against UC Riverside (11/29/00) ... Also has dished out 27 assists, second-best on the Cardinal ... Has made 147 three-pointers in his Stanford career, sixth-best in school history ... His career three-point percentage of .429 is fourth-best all-time at Stanford ... A superb free throw shooter ... Has made 21-of-22 free throw attempts this year for .955, and .837 for his career, sixth-best all-time at Stanford.

What if ...

  • If Stanford wins the Cable Car Classic, it will give the Cardinal its sixth straight regular season tournament title over the last three seasons ... Already this year, the Cardinal has won the Puerto Rico Shootout, and the Stanford Invitational.
  • If Stanford beats Santa Clara, the Cardinal would increase its season record to 11-0, the school's fourth-fastest start ... The school record is 18-0 to start the 1997-98 season.
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