Cardinal No. 1 In The West!
March 11, 2001
A team blessed with near-perfect team chemistry, outstanding leadership from itssenior class, quality depth, and excellent talent has added up to another greatStanford basketball team ... Although the Cardinal lost three key seniors to graduation,the Cardinal of 2000-01 has emerged as one of the contenders to reach theNCAA Final Four, and possibly win a national championship ... Since December 25,2000, the Cardinal has been ranked no lower than second in the nation.
Stanford's participation in the 2001 NCAA Tournament is the school's seventhstraight, and tenth overall ... Stanford earned its first trip to the NCAA's in 1942, andStanford won the national championship that year with a 53-48 victory overDartmouth on March 28, 1942 in Kansas City, Mo ... Howie Dallmar scored 15points in the championship game to earn tournament MVP honors ... The gamewasn't even broadcast back to the San Francisco Bay Area ... After expenses,Stanford's share of the NCAA pot was $93.75 ... It would then be 47 years beforeStanford's next appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 1989 ... Times have changedsince then ... The Cardinal has been to the NCAA's a school record seven times,including a Final Four appearance during the 1997-98 season.
Only eleven Stanford basketball players in school history have ever played on fourStanford NCAA Tournament teams ... The list includes three members of this year'steam, seniors Jarron Collins, Michael McDonald and Ryan Mendez.
Stanford Cardinal Starters (28-2 overall, 16-2 Pac-10)
F - Jarron Collins, 6-11, 255, Senior, North Hollywood, Ca (13.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg)
F - Ryan Mendez, 6-7, 210, Senior, Burleson, Tx (11.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg)
C - Jason Collins, 7-0, 260, Junior, North Hollywood, Ca (14.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg)
G - Casey Jacobsen, 6-6, 210, Sophomore, Glendora, Ca (18.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg)
G - Michael McDonald, 6-1, 180, Sr, Long Beach, Ca (8.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 5.0 apg)