Stanford Reaches Second Round Of NCAA Tournament

March 15, 2001

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The second-ranked Stanford basketball opened NCAA Tournament play with a convincing 89-60 victory over UNC Greensboro at the West Regional in San Diego ... Center Jason Collins scored 25 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots to lead the Cardinal attack ... Stanford shot .509 from the floor, and outrebounded the Spartans, 33-28 ... It was the seventh straight season that the Cardinal has won its opening round game of the NCAA Tournament ... Stanford set a school record for mjost points scored in an NCAA Tourmnament game with 89 points ... The Cardinal also set a school standard in NCAA Tournament games with (28) free throws made ... Stanford recorded its widest margin of victory in an NCAA Tournament game.

Cardinal Catalogue
*** A team blessed with near-perfect team chemistry, outstanding leadership from its senior class, quality depth, and excellent talent has added up to another great Stanford 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 the NCAA 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 seventh straight, and tenth overall ... Stanford earned its first trip to the NCAA's in 1942, and Stanford won the national championship that year with a 53-48 victory over Dartmouth on March 28, 1942 in Kansas City, Mo ... Howie Dallmar scored 15 points in the championship game to earn tournament MVP honors ... The game wasn'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 before Stanford's next appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 1989 ... Times have changed since 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 four Stanford NCAA Tournament teams ... The list includes three members of this year's team, seniors Jarron Collins, Michael McDonald and Ryan Mendez.

'This is the evolution of Stanford Basketball. This team is quicker, more athletic, deeper, stronger, better than any in the school's history.'
Steve Kelley, Seattle Times

'Stanford has a lot more confidence and is more on a mission this season.They have such energy and execution. If you don't match that,they're just going to wear you down.'
Oregon head coach Ernie Kent

Coaches Corner
*** Mike Montgomery is in his 15th season at Stanford with a record of 317-145.

*** In 14 previous seasons at Stanford, Montgomery has directed the Cardinal to 13 post-season appearances (9 NCAA, 4 NIT).

*** Montgomery's overall record (14-plus seasons at Stanford, 8 seasons at Montana) is 471-222.

'Stanford is as complete a basketball team as there is in the country.When I look at their team I see size, athleticism, quickness,outside shooting, depth and great coaching. There's a reason they're #1.'
New Mexico head coach Fran Fraschilla

Road Report
*** Stanford has enjoyed great success away from Maples Pavilion.

*** The Cardinal, since the 1997-98 season, has chalked up a 40-5 record (45 games, +583 points) on the road, and 24-5 on a neutral court.

*** Stanford has beaten its opponents on the road by a margin of 13.0 points per game during that time.

*** In eleven games on the road (eleven games, +172 points) this year, the Cardinal has won by an average of 15.6 points per game ... And also during that time, Stanford is shooting .532 on enemy territory, while scoring 82.1 ppg.

*** Stanford is the first team to go undefeated on the road in league play (9-0 in 2000-01) since Oregon State turned the feat during the 1980-81 season.

*** The Cardinal is 6-0 on neutral courts this year ... In those games, the Cardinal has won by an average of 19.3 points per game.

Maples Madness
*** Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford is 86-11 (52-10 vs Pac-10 schools, 34-1 vs non-league opponents).

*** This year (14 home games), Stanford beat its opponents by an average of 22.4 points per game (14 games, +314 points).

*** The Maples Pavilion record is 27.3 points per game set last year in 14 home games.

*** Stanford has hosted 50 consecutive soldout crowds at Maples Pavilion.

'Stanford's got everything it takes to be successful, at home,on the road, in the NCAA tournament, wherever. I think they have a great chance to win the national title. I don't know how to defend them.'
Washington State head coach Paul Graham

Super Seniors
*** A part of Stanford's success this year has been because of the play of three outstanding seniors, Jarron Collins, Michael McDonald and Ryan Mendez ... All three players will be remembered for their hard work, dedication, and for their efforts to maintain Stanford's status as one of the nation's best collegiate basketball programs.

*** All three players have played a total of 363 games in a Stanford uniform and have helped lead the Cardinal to four NCAA tournament appearances.

*** Jarron Collins has played in 126 games at Stanford (third-best in school history), and is one of 12 players in school history to score at least 1,000 points (1,043) and grab 600 or more rebounds (691).

*** Jarron Collins is ranked in the Top-10 in three categories (games played, career field goal percentage, career blocks) and is only six rebounds short of reaching the Top-10 in career rebounds.

*** Michael McDonald is enjoying his finest season on The Farm, and will be remembered as one of the best point-guards in school history.

*** Michael McDonald is ahead of the school record for assist-to-turnover ratio, and his three-point field goal percentage (.505) is third-best for a single season in school history.

*** Michael McDonald is currently sixth all-time in assists (381) and tenth in career three-point field goal percentage (.398).

*** Ryan Mendez, a co-captain, is also enjoying his best season at Stanford this year, and he will not only be remembered as one of Stanford's all-time best three-point shooters, but also one of the school's all-time best free throw shooters.

*** Ryan Mendez is #2 all-time in free throw percentage at .870, and is well ahead of the school record for single free throw percentage at .943.

*** Ryan Mendez is third all-time in three-pointers made (172), fourth all-time in three-point attempts (414) and seventh in three-point field goal percentage (.415).

*** During their tenure at Stanford, Jarron Collins and Michael McDonald have helped Stanford chalk up a 112-18 record, three Pac-10 titles, four trips to the NCAA Tournament, and a trip to the 1998 Final Four.

*** Ryan Mendez has helped Stanford to a 112-20 record, three conference titles, four trips to the NCAA's, and a journey to the 1998 Final Four.

Senior Status
*** The senior class of Jarron Collins, Michael McDonald and Ryan Mendez has combined to score 2,534 points and grab 1,296 rebounds.

Top 25 Senior Classes - Points
1. 6,375 points - 1988-89 class of Todd Lichti, Brian McSweeney, Scott Meinert, Eric Reveno, Terry Taylor, Howard Wright
7. 2,613 points - 1974-75 class of Melvin Arterberry, Mark Gilberg, Rich Kelley, Scott Trobbe
8. 2,534 points - 2000-01 class of Jarron Collins, Michael McDonald and Ryan Mendez

Top 25 Senior Classes - Rebounds
1. 2,531 rebounds - 1988-89 class of Todd Lichti, Brian McSweeney, Scott Meinert, Eric Reveno, Terry Taylor, Howard Wright
6. 1,376 rebounds - 1979-80 class of Doug Barnes, Kim Belton, Darryl Morgan, Tom Schmalzried
7. 1,296 rebounds - 2000-01 class of Jarron Collins, Michael McDonald, Ryan Mendez

Point Parade
*** Stanford's point differential remains strong in 2000-01.

*** Stanford is beating its opponents by an average of 19.3 points per game, #1 in the Pac-10 and #2 in the nation.

*** Stanford has won 15 games by 20 or more points.

'If anybody is going to beat Stanford, they're going to have to play ahell of a game, shoot about 100 percent from the field andnot turn the ball over. I mean that sincerely.'
Washington State head coach Paul Graham

Super Starters
*** Thirty-one times these five players have started, and 29 times the Cardinal has won.

*** The Cardinal starting five of Casey Jacobsen, Jarron Collins, Ryan Mendez, Jason Collins and Michael McDonald has helped Stanford attain a #2 national ranking ... Combined, they are shooting .533 (678-of-1,270) from the floor, and .456 (185-of-406) from three-point territory.

*** Four starters are averaging in double-figures.

'Coach Montgomery has actually changed our offense a little this year to let usbe a little more creative. He is calling a lot more motion playsso people can attack and get into the paint. We do a lot more freelance.'
Stanford All-American Casey Jacobsen

Shooting Stats
*** After 31 games, Cardinal shooting is doing just fine.

*** The Cardinal has hit .513 from the floor (#1 in the nation), including 19 games in which Stanford hit 50 percent or better.

*** In the last nine games, Stanford has hit 266-of-484 shots for .550.

*** Stanford has not shot this well from the floor for the season since the 1988-89 season when the Cardinal ended the year at .522.

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 31 games this year, the Cardinal has hit 231-of-542 three-point attempts for .426, #1 in the Pac-10 and #3 in the nation.

*** And while Moseley has graduated, Jacobsen and Mendez are back in top form, hitting .470 (#2 in the Pac-10) and .383 (#10 in the Pac-10), respectively ... And Michael McDonald is hitting 50-of-99 from three-point range, good for .505, tops in the Pac-10.

'You watch so much tape on Stanford, but you get a different perspectivewhen you see them in person, and I think it really heightenshow good they really are.'
Washington head coach Bob Bender

Defensive Data
*** Last year, the Cardinal set an NCAA record for field goal percentage defense at .352.

*** After 31 games this year, the defensive stat is .419, #2 in the Pac-10.

*** Only six opponents this year have shot 50 percent or better from the floor.

*** From three-point territory, Stanford is allowing the opponent only a shooting percentage of .324, #4 in the Pac-10.

'This year is Mike Montgomery's most complete team.Offensively, they have no weaknesses.They are a nightmare for coaches to prepare for.'
Oregon State head coachRitchie McKay

Mike Montgomery's Top Defensive Teams - Field Goal Percentage
1. .352, 1999-00
2. .380, 1998-99
3. .414, 1996-97
4. .416, 1997-98
5. .419, 2000-01

'Mike Montgomery plays a brand of basketball most of the adultsin America grew up watching. He doesn't care about getting on ESPN,or on the cover of Sports Illustrated. He doesn't care about his playersmaking the 'Play of the Day.' He just wants them to make the play.'
Former Stanford All-American Adam Keefe

Mike Montgomery's Top Five Best Defensive Teams - Points Per Game
1. 59.5 ppg, 1999-00
2. 60.8 ppg, 1998-99
3. 63.7 ppg, 1989-90
4. 64.2 ppg, 2000-01
5. 65.0 ppg, 1988-89

Block Barometer
*** Stanford's imposing frontline players, which includes two seven-foot centers, and a 6-foot-11 forward, has already generated 96 blocks in 31 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 (83), Jarron Collins is fifth (64) and Borchardt is seventh (61).

Fast Facts
*** Stanford has won 29 games this year, second-best in school history and only one short of the school record.

*** Stanford has won at least 20 games or more for seven straight seasons.

1. 30-5, 1997-98 (NCAA Final Four)
2. 29-2, 2000-01 (Pac-10 champions)
3. 28-4, 1941-42 (NCAA championship season)
4. 27-4, 1999-00 (Pac-10 champions)

Honors Hoopla
*** Cardinal head coach Mike Montgomery is a finalist for the Naismith College Basketball Coach of the Year ... Montgomery was the 2000 Naismith Coach of the Year.

*** Montgomery is also one of ten finalists for the College Insider.Com National Coach of the Year.

*** Casey Jacobsen has been named first team All-America by Associated Press and The Sporting News ... Jacobsen is the first Stanford player to be a first team All-American by Associated Press.

*** Casey Jacobsen has been named second team All-America by

*** Casey Jacobsen has been named to the ten-member All-America team.

*** Jarron Collins, Jason Collins and Casey Jacobsen have been named to the All Pacific-10 Conference first team ... Jacobsen made the all-conference team for a second straight season ... Michael McDonald was named honorable mention All Pac-10.

*** Jarron Collins, Jason Collins and Casey Jacobsen have been named to the five-team National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All District-14 first team.

*** Jarron Collins and Casey Jacobsen are two of 20 finalists for the John Wooden Award.

*** Justin Davis and Teyo Johnson have been named honorable mention All Pac-10 freshmen.

Point-Guard Points
*** 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.

Jason Collins and Ryan Mendez have been voted co-captains by their teammates.

Fast Facts
*** Nine of the 13 Cardinal players have played at least 12 minutes per game.

*** The Cardinal has made 231 three-pointers this year ... In five of the past six seasons, the Cardinal has scored 222 three-pointers or more ... That is in stark contrast to the first year (1986-87) that the three-pointer was allowed in collegiate games ... That season, Stanford made 84 three-pointers.

*** The Cardinal has made 270 more free throws than its opponents.

*** Casey Jacobsen is one of four brothers in the Jacobsen household ... Casey's brother, Brock, played at the University of San Diego (1995-99), while another brother, Adam, who played at Pacific (1993-98), is now an assistant coach at UOP ... The youngest brother of the Jacobsen group is Derek, age 14 ... Casey (151 three-pointers), Adam (311 three-pointers) and Brock (92 three-pointers) have combined to score 554 three-pointers in their collegiate careers ... That is second-best in national collegiate basketball history ... The national record is 597 three-pointers by the McCarthy brothers (Brendan, who scored 300 three-pointers at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire from 1993-96, and Kevin McCarthy, who scored 297 three-pointers at New Hampshire College from 1989-92).

*** Glenn McDonald, father of Michael McDonald, was a first-round draft choice of the Boston Celtics in 1974, and is currently an assistant coach of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks ... Glenn played for Arizona head coach Lute Olson when Olson was head coach at Long Beach State during the 1973-74 season.

*** Jarron and Jason Collins are one of eleven sets of brothers playing Division I basketball.

*** Tony Giovacchini's uncle, Paul, played basketball at Stanford (1975-79) and his father, Marty, played at Washington State (1974-77) ... Paul was a starter during his senior season (1978-79) and dished out 90 assists.

*** Teyo Johnson was born in White Rock British Columbia, and thus has dual citizenship.

Number Notes
2 - The number of NCAA Final Four appearances by Stanford Basketball (1941-42, 1997-98).

2 - The number of 100-point games for the Cardinal this year.

3 - Everett Dean, who coached Stanford to the 1942 NCAA title, is the only coach to have a perfect record (3-0) in tournament play.

3 - The number of Stanford players (Jarron Collins, Jason Collins, Casey Jacobsen) named to the ten-member All Pacific-10 Conference first team.

7 - The number of consecutive 20-win seasons, including this year.

8 - The number of minutes apart the Collins twins were born. Jason is the older of the two.

8 - The number of victories for Cardinal seniors Jarron Collins and Michael McDonald without a loss over California in four seasons.

9 - The number of consecutive victories over California.

10 - The number of 20-win seasons for Cardinal head coach Mike Montgomery.

12 - The number of points Ryan Mendez needs to reach 1,000 points, which would make him the 31st player in Stanford history to reach that figure.

20 - A school record winning streak to start the 2000-01 season.

31 - The number of former Stanford basketball players in the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame.

42 - The number of games Jarron and Jason Collins have started together for the Cardinal ... Stanford is 40-2 during that span.

49 - The number of consecutive free throws made by Ryan Mendez this year to establish a new Pac-10 record ... The old school record was 41 set by Todd Lichti (1988-89 season).

50 - The number of consecutive sellout crowds at Maples Pavilion.

93.75 - The number of dollars that Stanford received from the NCAA for winning the national title in 1942.

100 - The graduation rate of Stanford basketball players under head coach Mike Montgomery.

208 - The number of career blocks by Jason Collins, Curtis Borchardt, and Jarron Collins.

1,003 - The number of points Casey Jacobsen has scored in less than two seasons at Stanford.

1,043 - The number of points Jarron Collins has scored in his collegiate career at Stanford, one of 30 players in Stanford history to score 1,000 or more points.

1,171 - The number of victories in Stanford basketball history.

2,102 - The number of games played in the 86-year history of Stanford Basketball.

19,804 - The number of people who attended the Stanford-Duke game on Dec. 21, 2000, the largest crowd to ever witness a collegiate basketball game in the state of California.

921,835 - The number of people who have attended a Stanford basketball game in the last three seasons.

Cardinal Chatter
*** Stanford is 25-1 when it leads at halftime.

*** Stanford is 24-0 when it outrebounds an opponent.

*** Stanford is 18-2 when it wears white uniform, 11-0 when it wears red uniforms.

*** Stanford is 21-1 when it controls the opening tip.

*** Stanford is 27-1 when it leads with five minutes to play.

Stanford in the Pac-10
1. Points per game - 83.5
1. Scoring margin - 19.3 ppg
1. Field goal percentage - .513
1. Three-point field goal pct - .426
1. Scoring defense - 64.2 ppg
1. Rebound margin - +7.9 rpg
1. Rebounding defense - 29.2 rpg
1. Assist-to-turnover ratio - 1.32
2. Assists - 16.9 apg
2. Three-point field goals made - 7.45
2. Free throw percentage - .741
2. Defensive Rebounds - 26.1 rpg

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