Top-ranked Stanford Basketball Team Hosts USC, UCLA
Jan. 29, 2001
The nationally-ranked Stanford basketball team, ranked first in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls, returns to Maples Pavilion for a pair of important Pac-10 games against nationally-ranked USC and the UCLA Bruins ... The Cardinal is the only unbeaten team in the nation, and has won a school record 19 straight games ... The Cardinal will face two of the Pac-10's top scorers in USC's Sam Clancy (18.4 ppg), and UCLA's Jason Kapono at 17.8 ppg ... The Cardinal will also face the talents of two of the league's top point-guards, USC's Brandon Granville and UCLA's Earl Watson ... Granville and Watson rank 1-2 in assists in the Pac-10 ... Watson leads the conference in steals.
Mike Montgomery is in his 15th season at Stanford with a record of 307-143 ... 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 461-220 ... Montgomery is 21-8 vs USC, including a 12-2 mark at Maples Pavilion ... Montgomery is 13-16 vs UCLA, including a 7-7 record at Maples Pavilion.
USC holds a 109-105 lead over Stanford ... However, the Cardinal has won five of the last six games against the Trojans, including a 111-68 victory last year at Maples Pavilion, the biggest win ever against USC ... Stanford has won the last eight games over the Trojans at Maples Pavilion ... UCLA holds a 122-80 edge over Stanford ... However, the Cardinal has won five of the last six games, and seven of the last nine games against the Bruins ... The Cardinal has won four of the five games against the Bruins at Maples Pavilion ... UCLA is the only Pac-10 school to hold a winning edge against Stanford at Maples Pavilion ... The Bruins are 20-12 since Maples Pavilion opened during the 1968-69 season.
Stanford has enjoyed great success away from Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal, since the 1997-98 season, has chalked up a 35-5 record (40 games, +517 points) on the road, and 23-5 on a neutral court ... Stanford has beaten its opponents on the road by a margin of 12.9 points per game during that time ... In six games on the road (six games, +106 points) this year, the Cardinal has won by an average of 17.7 points per game ... And also during that time, Stanford is shooting .523 on enemy territory, while scoring 85.3 ppg.
Stanford's point differential remains strong in 2000-01 ... Stanford is beating its opponents by an average of 23.6 points per game, #1 in the Pac-10 ... Stanford has won 12 games by 20 or more points.
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford is 82-9 (48-8 vs Pac-10 schools, 34-1 vs non-league opponents) ... This year (8 home games), Stanford has beaten its opponents by an average of 32.4 points per game (8 games, +259 points) ... The Maples Pavilion record is 27.3 points per game set last year in 14 home games ... Stanford has hosted 44 consecutive soldout crowds at Maples Pavilion.
Nineteen times these five players have started, and 19 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 .530 (402-of-758) from the floor, and .453 (113-of-249) from three-point territory ... Four starters are averaging in double-figures.
After 18 games, Cardinal shooting is doing just fine ... The Cardinal has hit .505 from the floor (#1 in the Pac-10), including ten games in which Stanford hit 50 percent or better ... In the last six games, the Cardinal has hit 179-of-339 shots for .528 ... Stanford has not shot this well from the floor since the 1988-89 season when the Cardinal ended the year at .522.
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 19 games, the Cardinal has hit 143-of-344 three-point attempts for .416, #1 in the Pac-10 ... And while Moseley has graduated, Jacobsen and Mendez are back in mid-season form, hitting .458 (#3 in the Pac-10) and .429 (#5 in the Pac-10), respectively ... And Michael McDonald is hitting 28-of-55 from three-point range, good for .509.
Last year, the Cardinal set an NCAA record for field goal percentage defense at .352 ... After 19 games, the defensive stat is .387, #1 in the Pac-10 ... No opponent this year has shot 50 percent or better from the floor ... From three-point territory, Stanford is allowing the opponent only a shooting percentage of .284, #1 in the Pac-10.
Stanford's imposing frontline players, which includes two seven-foot centers, and a 6-foot-11 forward, has already generated 62 blocks in 19 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 fourth (64), Borchardt is sixth (61) and Jarron Collins is ninth (57).
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 ... Together Jarron and Jason Collins have started 30 games at Stanford (eleven games last year, 19 this year) and the Cardinal is 30-0 during that span ... Combined they are totaling 26.1 points and 15.0 rebounds per game ... Jason is averaging a team-leading 8.2 rebounds per game (#2 in the Pac-10), while Jarron is averaging 6.8 rebounds per game (#11 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 ... In the 71-61 victory at Washington State (1/25/01), Jarron and Jason combined for 36 points (16-of-22 from the floor) and 17 rebounds.
'The Collins twins really understand the game and they play it well. They seal, they pass, they handle the ball. There aren't any weaknesses.' - California head coach Ben Braun
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 101-to-25 ... In three games, McDonald had no turnovers, and in eleven 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 .515 from the floor, and .509 from three-point territory, tops in the Pac-10.
Since the 1983-84 season, Stanford has employed eight starting point-guards, including four-year starter Brevin Knight (1993-97), and three-year starters Terry Taylor (1985-89) and Keith Ramee (1982-86) ... Michael McDonald is in his second season as a Cardinal starter and he ranks among the Cardinal's best in terms of effectively running a team. Below is the how McDonald compares to Stanford's seven other point-guards since the 1983-84 season.
All-America candidate Casey Jacobsen is putting up All-America-type numbers ... Jacobsen, a sophomore, leads the team in scoring at 17.4 ppg (#5 in the Pac-10) ... Jacobsen is shooting .498 from the floor, and .458 from three-point territory (#3 in the Pac-10) ... Jacobsen has led the team in scoring in eleven games, and has scored in double-figures in 18 games ... That included a career-high 26 points, including the game-winning shot against Duke (12/21/00).
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 .429 (#5 in the Pac-10), leads the team in free throw shooting at .900, averages 3.2 rebounds per game, and is third on the team in assists with 41 ... His scoring average of 11.3 ppg is fourth-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.
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 6.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game ... Borchardt already has 19 blocks, sixth-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 36 career games at Stanford, Borchardt has 61 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 15.5 minutes of play per game, and is averaging 5.1 ppg ... Has played double-digits in minutes played off the bench in 17 of 19 games ... 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 ... Helped upstart the Cardinal against Oregon State (1/11/01) with a career-high 15 points (6-for-9 from the floor, 3-for-5 from three-point territory) in 23 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 19 shots off the bench (16.9 minutes per game) ... In only 36 career games at Stanford, Curtis has already blocked 61 shots, sixth-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 ... Has blocked at least one shot in 12 games ... Has scored in double-figures in four games, including a season-high 14 points in the season opener against San Francisco State (11/19/00) ... Shooting .554 from the floor, and has hit 16-of-19 shots for .842 in the last five 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 13.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game (has grabbed ten or more rebounds in three games) ... Eleventh in the Pac-10 in rebounding ... Shooting .580 from the floor, sixth-best in the Pac-10 ... In the last eleven games, has hit 61-of-100 shots for 61 percent ... Has shot 60 percent or better in ten games ... Has scored in double figures in 15 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 ... Named Pac-10 Co-Player of the Week (along with twin brother Jason) by scoring 38 points (13-of-21 from the floor, 11-of-13 from the free throw line), grabbing 18 rebounds, and blocking three shots in wins at Arizona State (1/4/01) and Arizona (1/6/01).
#34 Jason Collins, Center, 7-0, 260, Junior, North Hollywood, Ca
A co-captain along with Ryan Mendez ... Averaging 12.5 points and a team-leading 8.2 rebounds per game (#2 in the Pac-10) ... Shooting a team-leading .584 from the floor (#5 in the Pac-10) ... Has shot 60 percent or better in nine games ... Has shot 50 percent or better in 17 of 19 games ... Also outstanding from the free throw line ... Second on the team at .792 ... In his last eight games, has hit 38-of-43 free throw attempts for .884 ... Has collected six double-doubles (points-rebounds) ... That included a career-high 25 points and 12 rebounds in 24 minutes of play against Oregon (1/13/01) ... Collected 19 points and 12 rebounds 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) ... Tallied 18 points and 12 rebounds at Washington State (1/27/01) ... 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) ... Named Pac-10 Co-Player of the Week (along with his twin brother Jarron) for his efforts at Arizona State and Arizona ... In the two games in Tempe and Tucson, scored 34 points (9-for-16 from the floor, 16-of-17 from the free throw line), grabbed 16 rebounds, stole three passes and blocked two shots.
#22 Justin Davis, Forward, 6-8, 230, RS Freshman, Berkeley, Ca
Establishing himself as one of Stanford's key players off the bench ... Has played double-digits in minutes played in eight of the last ten games ... Against Oregon (1/13/01), collected a career-high ten rebounds along with seven points, three steals, a block and an assist in 20 minutes of play ... Saw his first collegiate action against Sacred Heart (12/18/00) and responded with seven points in 14 minutes of play ... Tallied 19 minutes against Fordham (12/29/00) at the Cable Car Classic and responded with nine points and nine rebounds ... Missed the first six games of the season 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 13.7 minutes off the bench ... Has played double-digit minutes in 18 of the team's 19 games.
#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 17.4 ppg, fifth-best in the Pac-10 ... Leads the team in three-pointers with 49 ... Shooting .458 from three-point territory, third-best in the Pac-10 ... Has shot 50 percent or better from three-point territory in eleven games ... Has hit at least one three-pointer in 18 games ... Overall, shooting .498 from the floor ... 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.
#3 Kyle Logan, Guard/Forward, 6-5, 202, Sophomore, Hagerstown, Md
Has already played more minutes (66) this year as he did during an injury-plaqued season (25) last year ... Scored a career-high six points along with three rebounds and three assists in 12 minutes of play at Washington (1/25/01) ... An excellent defensive player.
#33 Matt Lottich, Guard, 6-4, 190, Freshman, Winnetka, Il
Has appeared in 17 games and has hit 15-of-30 shots for 50 percent ... That includes 8-of-19 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 season for this Cardinal senior ... Has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 101-25, tops in the Pac-10 ... Averaging 5.3 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) ... Tallied 14 points (5-for-6 from the floor, 4-for-5 from three-point territory) along with a career-high nine assists, and five rebounds at Washington (1/25/01) ... Shooting 50 percent from three-point range and 51 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 ... Enjoying his best season at Stanford ... Stanford's fourth leading scorer at 11.3 ppg ... Has scored in double figures in ten 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 .487 percent from the floor, and .429 percent from three-point territory (#5 in the Pac-10) ... Has hit at least one three-pointer 17 of the team's 19 games ... Grabbed a season-high eight rebounds against UC Riverside (11/29/00) ... Also has dished out 41 assists, third-best on the Cardinal ... Has made 161 three-pointers in his Stanford career, fourth-best in school history ... His career three-point percentage of .428 is sixth-best all-time at Stanford ... A superb free throw shooter ... Has made 36-of-40 free throw attempts this year for .900 (#1 on the Cardinal) and .837 for his career, sixth-best all-time at Stanford.