Top-ranked Stanford Men's Basketball Hosts Oregon State, Oregon

Jan. 8, 2001

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Stanford Saga
The nationally-ranked Stanford basketball team, ranked first in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls, returns home for a series of four games at Maples Pavilion over the next two weeks ... Three of those games will be against Pac-10 opponents, Jan. 11 against Oregon State, Jan. 13 against Oregon, Jan. 17 against California, and then a non-league game against New Mexico on Jan. 20 ... Stanford opened the Pac-10 season with a 94-77 victory at Arizona State (1/4/01), Stanford's biggest win ever in Tempe ... All five starters scored in double figures, led by All-America candidate Casey Jacobsen with a team-high 23 points ... Then on Jan. 6, the Cardinal scored an impressive 85-76 victory at Arizona ... All five starters scored all the team's 85 points ... All-America candidate Jarron Collins scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Honors Candidate Ryan Mendez added 20 points ... In the two-game sweep at Arizona State and at Arizona, the five starters scored 166 of the team's 179 points ... The Cardinal is the only unbeaten team (overall) in the conference ... The Cardinal is one of three schools that is unbeaten and ranked in the Top 25 (Georgetown is 12-0 and ranked 12th, and Boston College is ranked 24th with a 11-0 record) ... Stanford is off to another strong start ... Winners of 13 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.

Game Gossip
Stanford (13-0 overall, 2-0 Pac-10) vs Oregon St. (6-7 overall, 0-1 Pac-10)
Thursday, January 11, 2000, 7:30 p.m., Maples Pavilion (7,391)

Stanford vs Oregon (10-1 overall, 1-0 Pac-10)
Saturday, January 13, 2000, 3:00 p.m., Maples Pavilion

Coaches Corner
Mike Montgomery is in his 15th season at Stanford with a record of 301-143 ... 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 455-220 ... Montgomery is 17-11 vs Oregon State (10-4 at Maples Pavilion), and 22-7 vs Oregon (14-0 at Maples Pavilion).

Series Story
Oregon State leads the series with Stanford, 65-43 ... However, the Cardinal has won eight of the last ten games against the Beavers, including the last seven games at Maples Pavilion ... Stanford leads the series with the Oregon Ducks, 72-39 ... The Cardinal has won eight straight games against the Ducks, and the last 14 games at Maples Pavilion.

Maples Madness
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford is 78-9 (45-8 vs Pac-10 schools, 33-1 vs non-league opponents) ... This year (4 home games), Stanford has beaten its opponents by an average of 38.5 points per game (4 games, +154 points) ... Stanford has hosted 40 consecutive soldout crowds at Maples Pavilion.

Super Starters
Thirteen times these five players have started, and 13 times the Cardinal has won ... The Cardinal starting five of Casey Jacobsen, Jarron Collins, Ryan Mendez, Jason Collins and Michael McDonald have helped Stanford attain a #1 national ranking ... Combined, they are shooting .522 (274-of-524) from the floor, and .461 (77-of-167) from three-point territory ... Four starters are averaging in double-figures ... In wins last week at Arizona State and Arizona, the five starters scored 166 of the team's 179 points.

Point Parade
Stanford's point differential remains strong in 2000-01 ... Stanford is beating its opponents by an average of 23.1 points per game, #1 in the Pac-10.

Road Report
Stanford has enjoyed great success away from Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal, since the 1997-98 season, has chalked up a 33-5 record (38 games, +475 points) on the road, and 23-5 mark on a neutral court ... Stanford has beaten its opponents on the road by a margin of 12.5 points per game during that time ... In four games on the road (four games, +64 points) this year, the Cardinal has won by an average of 16.0 points per game ... And also during that time, Stanford is shooting .513 on enemy territory, while scoring 86.5 ppg.

Shooting Stats
After 13 games, Cardinal shooting is doing just fine ... The Cardinal has hit .495 from the floor (#2 in the Pac-10), including five games in which Stanford hit 50 percent or better ... The Cardinal has hit .506 in their last four games ... Stanford has not shot this well since the 1988-89 season when the Cardinal hit .522 from the floor.

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 13 games, the Cardinal has hit 99-of-235 three-point attempts for .421, #1 in the Pac-10 ... And while Moseley has graduated, Jacobsen and Mendez are back in mid-season form, hitting .479 (#2 in the Pac-10) and .453 (#7 in the conference, respectively ... And Michael McDonald is hitting 17-of-36 from three-point range, good for .472, third-best in the Pac-10.

Defensive Data
Last year, the Cardinal set an NCAA record for field goal percentage defense at .352 ... After 13 games, the defensive stat is .380, #1 in the Pac-10 ... From three-point territory, Stanford is allowing the opponent only a shooting percentage of .290, #1 in the Pac-10.

Block Barometer
Stanford's imposing frontline players, which includes two seven-foot centers, and a 6-foot-11 forward, has already generated 50 blocks in 13 games ... Three of Stanford's players, Jason Collins, Curtis Borchardt and Jarron Collins rank in the Top-10 in career blocks in the school record book ... Jason Collins is sixth (60), Borchardt is eighth (57) and Jarron Collins is ninth (56).

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 26.0 points and 16.9 rebounds per game ... Jason is averaging a team-leading 9.1 rebounds per game (#1 in the Pac-10), while Jarron is averaging 7.8 rebounds per game (#6 in the Pac-10) ... 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 ... In Stanford's 85-76 victory at Arizona (1/6/01), Jarron and Jason combined for 41 points and 21 rebounds ... Together Jarron and Jason Collins have started 24 games at Stanford (eleven games last year, 13 this year) and the Cardinal is 24-0 during that span.

McDonald Memo
Michael McDonald's assist-to-turnover ratio is eye-catching ... The senior point-guard, and now in his second season as a starter, leads the Pac-10 in that category at 66-to-17 ... In three games, McDonald had no turnovers, and in six games he had only one turnover ... And his shooting percentage is up ... Entering this season, McDonald's career field goal percentage was .329 and his three-point percentage stood at .317 ... Thus far during the 2000-01 season, McDonald has hit .485 from the floor, and .472 (#3 in the Pac-10) from three-point territory.

Casey's Corner
All-America candidate Casey Jacobsen is putting up All-America-type numbers ... Jacobsen, a sophomore, leads the team in scoring at 17.8 ppg (#3 in the Pac-10) ... Jacobsen is shooting .497 from the floor, and .479 from three-point territory (#2 in the Pac-10) ... Jacobsen has led the team in scoring in seven games, and has scored in double-figures in 12 games ... That included a career-high 26 points, including the game-winning shot against Duke (12/21/00).

Ryan's Report
Ryan Mendez is known as an outstanding shooter from three-point range ... But the Cardinal coaches have praised his play not only from three-point territory, but also for his rebounding, passing, and overall team play ... Mendez is among the Pac-10's top three-point shooters at .453 (#7 in the Pac-10), leads the team in free throw shooting (.903, #1 in the Pac-10), averages 3.3 rebounds per game, and is second on the team in assists with 36 ... His scoring average of 12.6 ppg is third-best on the Cardinal ... Mendez played an important role in Stanford's 85-76 victory at Arizona (1/6/01), scoring 20 points, along with three assists in a career-high 35 minutes.

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 16.9 minutes per game, Borchardt is averaging 6.0 points and 4.2 rebounds per game ... Borchardt already has 15 blocks, fourth-best in the Pac-10 ... 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 30 career games at Stanford, Borchardt has 57 blocks, eighth-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 15.1 minutes of play per game, and is averaging 5.4 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 (16.9 minutes per game) ... In only 30 career games at Stanford, Curtis has already blocked 57 shots, eighth-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 14.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game (has grabbed ten or more rebounds in three games) ... Sixth in the Pac-10 in rebounding ... In his last three games, is averaging 21.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game ... Shooting .565 from the floor, ninth-best in the Pac-10 ... In the last five games, has hit 31-of-50 shots for 62 percent ... Has shot 60 percent or better in seven games ... Has scored in double figures in eleven games ... Has two double-doubles (points-rebounds) this year ... Named MVP at the Cable Car Classic ... In the championship game against Santa Clara (12/30/00), scored a career-high 25 points (7-for-11 from the floor, 10-for-11 from the free throw line) along with seven rebounds ... Tallied a team-high 22 points along with nine rebounds at Arizona (1/6/01) ... Scored 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 11.8 points and a team-leading 9.1 rebounds per game (#1 in the Pac-10) ... Shooting a team-leading .568 from the floor (#7 in the Pac-10) ... Has shot 60 percent or better in seven games ... Has shot 50 percent or better in eleven games ... Has collected five double-doubles (points-rebounds) ... That included a 19 point, 12 rebound performance at Arizona (1/6/01) ... 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) ... 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).

#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 ... Has played 34 minutes off the bench in the last two games (Arizona State, Arizona) ... 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 ... Scored a season-high seven points against Memphis (11/24/00) ... Averaging 14.4 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 17.8 ppg and third-best in the Pac-10 ... Leads the team in three-pointers with 34 ... Shooting .479 from three-point territory (#2 in the Pac-10) ... Has shot 50 percent or better from three-point territory in nine games ... In the last five games, has hit 13-of-26 three-pointers for 50 percent ... Has hit at least one three-pointer in all 13 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) ... Chalked up 23 points in the Pac-10 season opener at Arizona State (1/4/01) ... 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) ... Also named to the all-tournament team at the Cable Car Classic ... In two games against Fordham (12/29/00) and Santa Clara (12/30/00), scored 37 points, grabbed eight rebounds and six assists.

#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 (34) 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 eleven games and has hit 10-of-20 shots for 50 percent ... That includes 6-of-13 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 66-17, tops in the Pac-10 ... Averaging 5.1 assists per game, third-best in the Pac-10 ... 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) ... Scored 14 points (5-for-6 from the floor), along with seven assists and five rebounds in 26 minutes at Arizona State (1/4/01) ... Shooting 47 percent from three-point range (fifth-best in the Pac-10) and 49 percent overall ... Named to the all-tournament team at the Cable Car Classic ... In wins over Fordham (12/29/00) and Santa Clara (12/30/00), scored 15 points, dished out 13 assists and grabbed eleven rebounds.

#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 12.6 ppg ... Has scored in double figures in eight 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) ... Tallied 20 points (7-for-9 from the free throw line) at Arizona (1/6/01) ... Gained all-tournament honors at the Puerto Rico Shootout ... Also gained all-tournament honors at the Stanford Invitational ... Shooting .505 percent from the floor, and .453 percent from three-point territory (#7 in the Pac-10) ... Has hit at least one three-pointer all 13 games ... Grabbed a season-high eight rebounds against UC Riverside (11/29/00) ... Also has dished out 36 assists, second-best on the Cardinal ... Has made 152 three-pointers in his Stanford career, fifth-best in school history ... His career three-point percentage of .432 is fifth-best all-time at Stanford ... A superb free throw shooter ... Has made 28-of-31 free throw attempts this year for .903 (#1 in the Pac-10), and .833 for his career, sixth-best all-time at Stanford.

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