No. 13 Men's Basketball Team Faces Brigham Young in Las Vegas Showdown

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Dec. 20, 2001

Stanford StoryStanford (6-1 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10) vs Brigham Young (6-2 overall, 0-0 MWC)Saturday, December 22, 2001, 9:00 p.m.Thomas & Mack Center (18,500), Las Vegas, Nv

Stanford Saga
For the fourth time in this young season, the nationally-ranked Stanford basketball team is back on the road ... This time, the destination is the bright lights of Las Vegas where Stanford will face the Brigham Young Cougars in the nightcap of the Las Vegas Showdown on Dec. 22 (9:00 p.m., ESPN) at the Thomas & Mack Center on the UNLV campus ... In the first game, UNLV (4-3) will meet Texas (5-3) at 6:30 p.m. in a game televised on ESPN2 ... The Cardinal has already traveled to Albuquerque to face New Mexico (11/17/01), to Indianapolis to face Purdue (11/24/01) in the Wooden Tradition, and to Chicago to play Texas (12/1/01) at the Dell Classic 4 Kids ... And the Cardinal will continue their pre-season journey with a Dec. 29 game against Michigan State (12/29/01) at the Pete Newell Challenge.

Stanford Cardinal Starters (6-1 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10)F - Justin Davis, 6-8, 230, Sophomore, Berkeley, Ca (5.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg)C - Curtis Borchardt, 7-0, 240, Junior, Redmond, Wa (15.4 ppg, 11.4 rpg)G - Casey Jacobsen, 6-6, 210, Junior, Glendora, Ca (21.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg)G - Julius Barnes, 6-1, 180, Junior, Rowland Heights, Ca (9.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg)G - Tony Giovacchini, 6-2, 180, Senior, Salt Lake City, Ut (5.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg)

Brigham Young Cougar Starters (6-2 overall, 0-0 Mountain West)F - Eric Nielsen, 6-9, 215, Senior, Fremont, Ca (9.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg)F - Mark Bigelow, 6-7, 190, Sophomore, Olympia, Wa (17.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg)C - Jared Jensen, 6-9, 245, Freshman, West Haven, Ut (7.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg)G - Travis Hansen, 6-6, 210, Junior, Orem, Ut (16.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg)G - Matt Montague, 6-0, 190, Senior, Senior, Louisville, Ky (5.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 7.6 apg)

Coaches Corner
Mike Montgomery is in his 16th season at Stanford with a record of 325-147 ... In 15 previous seasons at Stanford, Montgomery has directed the Cardinal to 13 post-season appearances (9 NCAA, 4 NIT) ... Montgomery's overall record (15+ seasons at Stanford, 8 seasons at Montana) is 479-223 ... Montgomery is 0-0 against Brigham Young ... Montgomery was just named an assistant coach of USA Basketball's 2002 World Championship Team that will compete in the 2002 FIBA World Basketball Championship for Men (Aug. 29-Sept. 8, 2002) in Indianapolis.

Series Story
Brigham Young leads the series with Stanford 3-1 ... The last meeting between the two schools produced a BYU victory, a 85-64 decision during the 1970-71 campaign in Provo ... Stanford is 26-30 against Mountain West Conference schools.

Team Talk
Stanford is coming off one of its best years in school history (31-3, Elite Eight) ... With Casey Jacobsen leading the way, the Cardinal is prime for another run at a fourth straight Pacific-10 title ... Though expectations may not be as high as they were last season after losses to graduation and the NBA, head coach Mike Montgomery remains optimistic his team has an excellent shot at going deep into the NCAA Tournament ... Jacobsen, who is already considered one of the great players in school history, also was named to several All-America pre-season first teams, and is a leading candidate for National Player of the Year ... Jacobsen averaged 18.1 ppg, shot 51 percent from the floor, and 47 percent from three-point territory last season ... Jacobsen's name appears in the Stanford record book 39 times ... With a league-leading +17.7 scoring margin, the bench was able to see ample game minutes that should help provide experience ... This team is young ... Only two seniors (Tony Giovacchini and Kyle Logan) are on the 14-man roster ... Nine of the 14 players are either freshman or sophomores ... One of those 14 players is Teyo Johnson, who is currently playing on the football season ... Johnson has been a key member as a wide receiver on the nationally-ranked football team ... Johnson, the Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year, is second on the Cardinal in receptions with 38 for 565 yards and seven touchdowns.

Rankings Review
Stanford, despite losing four starters from a 31-3 team, still gained respect in the pre-season national polls ... The Cardinal was ranked ninth by Dick Vitale's College Hoops, 11th by Slam Magazine, 13th by Associated Press,, Street & Smith's, and Lindy's Magazine, 15th by ESPN/USA Today, and The Sporting News, and 24th by NCAA Preview Magazine, and Basketball News ... Individually, Casey Jacobsen is a leading candidate for Naismith and John Wooden Player of the Year ... Jacobsen, who was named to six All-America teams last year, was named a pre-season first team All-American by The Associated Press, The Sporting News, Athlon's Magazine, Basketball News, Basketball Times and Dick Vitale's College Hoops.

Schedule Story
The Stanford basketball team is facing another tough, challenging schedule in 2001-02 ... The Cardinal will face such notables as Michigan State, Purdue, Texas, Brigham Young and New Mexico during the non-league schedule in addition to the likes of Arizona, UCLA, and USC in the Pacific-10 Conference ... Stanford travels to the Las Vegas Showdown (Dec. 22) where they will face Brigham Young ... On Dec. 29 at the Pete Newell Challenge, Stanford will face Michigan State ... Twenty-two of Stanford's 27 regular season games will be televised nationally or locally ... Twelve games will be on national television (Fox Sports Net, ABC, CBS, ESPN) and another ten games will be televised locally on KRON, Channel 4.

Conference Chatter
The UCLA Bruins are the overwhelming favorite to finish first in the 2001-02 Pacific-10 Conference Men's basketball race, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball ... The polls shows UCLA gathered 24 of 27 possible first-place votes (267 points) and are tabbed the favorite this season ... Three-time defending Pac-10 champion Stanford is picked for second place (one first place vote, 222 points) ... USC (208 points) edges Arizona (two first place votes, 200 points) for third place ... California (161 points) follows in fifth place, while Oregon (117 points) narrowly edges Arizona State (111 points) for sixth place ... Oregon State (95 points) gets the nod for eighth place, while Washington State (57 points) and Washington (47 points) round out the preseason poll.

Neutral Notes
Since the 1997-98 season, Stanford has chalked up a 27-7 record on neutral courts ... Stanford is 1-1 this year with a 78-62 victory over Purdue (11/24/01) in Indianapolis, but a 83-75 loss to Texas (12/1/01) in Chicago.

The 2001-02 Stanford Varsity (Alphabetical)

#24 Julius Barnes, 6-1, 180, Junior, Guard, Rowland Heights, Ca
Has proven to be a valuable player at both the point and off-guard positions ... Barnes has the ability to run the fast break, and break down defenses with penetration ... Barnes started his first collegiate game against Portland State (12/19/01) and responded with a career-high 16 points (4-for-8 from three-point territory), three assists, two rebounds and a steal ... Named to the all-tournament team at the Stanford Invitational ... Barnes scored 13 points against Texas (12/1/01), and followed that up with eleven points (5-for-5 from the floor) against Long Beach State (12/15/01) ... Averaging 9.6 ppg, fourth-best on the Cardinal varsity ... Averaging 12.3 points in his last four games.

#14 Tyler Besecker, 6-6, 205, Sophomore, Guard/Forward, Bellevue, Wa
This year, Besecker is 100 percent healthy after missing all but five games last year with food poisoning ... Besecker is a hard-working athlete with great enthusiasm for the game ... Played his first game of the season with four minutes of action against Belmont (12/18/01) in the first round of the Stanford Invitational.

#2 Curtis Borchardt, 7-0, 240, Junior, Center, Redmond, Wa
Known as a shot blocker, one of the best in school history although injuries forced him to miss 25 games during his freshman and sophomore seasons ... However, in 44 games, Borchardt has collected 78 blocks which puts him fifth on the all-time blocks list at Stanford ... In 20 of those 44 games, Borchardt has collected two or more blocks ... Has collected double-doubles (points-rebounds) in four of Stanford's seven games ... Scored a career-high 23 points (10-for-11 from the floor, seventh-best effort in school history) and grabbed 14 rebounds with a career-high five assists, three blocks and a steal in 29 minutes of play against Long Beach State (12/15/01) ... Borchardt opened the season with his first collegiate double-double with 17 points and eleven rebounds at New Mexico (11/20/01) ... Borchardt then added 15 points and eleven rebounds against Southern Utah (11/20/01) ... Borchardt added another double-double with 13 points, a career-high 20 rebounds and a school record six blocks against Purdue (11/24/01) ... Only ten players in school history have grabbed 20 or more rebounds in a game ... That list now includes Borchardt's 20 boards against Purdue (11/24/01) ... Recorded another double-digit rebound game with eleven against Texas (12/1/01) ... One of the nation's leading rebounders at 11.4 per game ... Has made 31-of-42 shots (.738) in the last six games to boost his season field goal percentage to .617 ... Stanford's second leading scorer at 15.4 ppg ... Named to the all-tournament team at the Stanford Invitational.

#1 Josh Childress, 6-8, 190, Freshman, Forward/Guard, Lakewood, Ca
Has lived up to the pre-season hype ... Childress is only the second freshman to start his first collegiate game during head coach Mike Montgomery's 16-year tenure at Stanford ... The other freshman was Brevin Knight during the 1993-94 season ... Childress can create his shot off the dribble and has deep range ... Childress' game is likened to former NBA all-star George Gervin ... Stanford's third leading scorer at 11.9 ppg ... Childress has scored in double figures in five games, including a season-high 21 points against Purdue (11/24/01) ... Childress hit 9-of-14 shots against the Boilermarkers ... Childress can also rebound ... Averaging 4.9 rebounds per game, third-best on the Cardinal ... Tallied a season-high nine boards against Southern Utah (11/20/01).

#22 Justin Davis, 6-8, 230, Sophomore, Forward, Berkeley, Ca
Stanford's starting power forward ... An athletic frontline player who is active at both ends of the court ... Davis started the season hitting 7-of-10 shots in wins over New Mexico (11/17/01) and Southern Utah (11/20/01) ... Grabbed a season-high in points (10) and rebounds (8) in the season opener at New Mexico (11/17/01) ... Shooting .607 from the floor.

#25 Tony Giovacchini, 6-2, 180, Senior, Guard, Salt Lake City, Ut
Stanford's starting point-guard ... Giovacchini's assist-to-turnover ratio is good at 28-to-12 ... Scored a season-high 13 points (4-for-5 from the floor, 3-for-3 from three-point territory) in the season-opener at New Mexico (11/17/01) ... Giovacchini tallied ten points (3-for-4 from three-point territory) and grabbed a season-high six rebounds against Portland State (12/19/01) in the championship game of the Stanford Invitational ... Dished out a career-high eight assists against Southern Utah (11/20/01) ... Tallied seven assists with no turnovers against Belmont (12/18/01) at the Stanford Invitational.

#11 Chris Hernandez, 6-2, 185, Freshman, Guard, Fresno, Ca
One of Stanford's two reserve point-guards ... The Stanford coaches like his toughness and determination ... Hernandez is a natural born leader ... Hernandez has appeared in all seven games with a season-high 17 minutes against Belmont (12/18/01) ... Has played double-digits in minutes in the last three games ... Hernandez tallied ten points, four rebounds and three assists against Belmont (12/18/01) ... Is still learning the Stanford system, but is looking more confident on the court adjusting from high school to the major college level.

#23 Casey Jacobsen, 6-6, 215, Junior, Guard, Glendora, Ca
An All-America candidate ... Stanford's leading scorer at 21.0 ppg ... Jacobsen has expanded his game with his rebounding average (5.9 per game) and is also the team's second leading assist person with 27 ... Grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds against Purdue (11/24/01) ... Jacobsen recorded his first collegiate double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds against Purdue (11/24/01) ... Dished out a career-high eight assists in the season opener at New Mexico (11/17/01) ... Jacobsen scored a game-high 25 points against Belmont (12/18/01) ... Tallied 24 points and nine rebounds against Portland State (12/19/01) in the championship game of the Stanford Invitational to earn tournament MVP honors ... Scored 23 points along with four assists in 32 minutes of play against Long Beach State (12/15/01) ... Has been a marked target by opposing defenses ... After an early-season shooting slump, in his last three games, Jacobsen has hit 21-of-39 shots for .538, and 12-of-21 shots for .571 from three-point range ... Has averaged 24 points in the last three games.

#5 Teyo Johnson, 6-7, 240, Sophomore, Forward, San Diego, Ca
Has the talent to develop into one of the top two-sport athletes in Stanford history ... Rare for a student-athlete to play two sports in college, but Johnson has the talent to do it ... Johnson, the Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year, has played an integral part in the success of the nationally-ranked Stanford football team ... Johnson is Stanford's second leading receiver with 38 catches for 565 yards and seven touchdowns ... Johnson will join the basketball team on a full-time basis at the conclusion of the football season ... Stanford's football team will play in the Seattle Bowl on Dec. 27 ... Johnson suited up and played seven minutes (four points, 2-for-3 from the floor) against Long Beach State (Dec. 15) ... Johnson practiced with the football team on Dec. 18, then suited up for Stanford's basketball game against Belmont (12/18/01) that night with seven minutes of action ... The following day, practiced with the football team, then suited up and played five minutes against Portland State (12/19/01) and grabbed three rebounds ... The last time a Stanford athlete played both football and basketball at Stanford was John Paye, who quarterbacked the Cardinal from 1983-86 (#3 all-time in school history in passing with 7,669 yards) and played point-guard on the basketball team (1983-86, 88 games, 33 as a starter).

#00 Joe Kirchofer, 6-9, 245, Sophomore, Forward, Elk Grove, Ca
Returns to the Cardinal varsity after redshirting the 2000-01 season ... Kirchofer gives the Cardinal rebounding strength and good defense ... Has played in all seven games, and has hit 8-of-10 shots for 80 percent ... Kirchofer scored a season-high five points in four minutes of play against Southern Utah (11/20/01) ... Kirchofer grabbed a season-high five rebounds in nine minutes of play against Texas (12/1/01).

#42 Rob Little, 6-10, 265, Freshman, Center, Hampton, Va
Has made a nice transition from high school to major college basketball ... Little has played double-digits in minutes in six straight games ... Still making the transition to the college game, but the Cardinal coaches have been impressed with his hard work and aggressive play ... Little worked extensively on a strength and weight program during the summer of 2001 to prepare for this season ... Active at both ends of the court ...Little played a season-high 23 minutes in Stanford's game against Texas (12/1/01) ... Scored eleven points (3-for-5 from the floor, 5-for-6 from the free throw line) and grabbed five rebounds against the Longhorns ... Little scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds against Belmont (12/18/01) ... Little is hitting .647 from the floor, and is the team's fourth leading rebounder at 4.3 per game.

#3 Kyle Logan, 6-5, 202, Senior, Guard/Forward, Hagerstown, Md
Has appeared in four games ... Logan scored a career-high six points (3-for-3 from the floor) in four minutes of play against Long Beach State (12/15/01) ... Gives the Cardinal good defense.

#33 Matt Lottich, 6-4, 190, Sophomore, Guard, Winnetka, Il
A good-shooting three-point specialist who is also an active defender ... Lottich has played in six games, including a six-point, three-rebound effort against Belmont (12/18/01) at the Stanford Invitational ... Enjoyed a five-point effort in eight minutes of play against Portland State (12/19/01) in the championship game of the Stanford Invitational ... Lottich gathered in a three-point effort in three minutes of play at New Mexico (11/17/01) in the season opener, and a three-point effort against Long Beach State (12/15/01).

#21 Nick Robinson, 6-6, 200, Freshman, Forward, Liberty, Mo
One of Stanford's top reserves ... Makes smart decisions, runs the court and is an active defender ... Robinson played 18 minutes off the bench with eight points (8-for-8 from the free throw line) and five rebounds against Southern Utah (11/20/01) ... Has played double-digits in minutes in four games.

Newell Notes
Tickets are now on sale for the 2001 Pete Newell Challenge, which is set for Saturday, December 29, at the The Arena in Oakland ... Stanford, the three-time defending Pac-10 champion, will face Michigan State (28-5 in 2000-01) at 7:30 p.m. ... At 5:00 p.m., USF will face Michigan ... Michigan State has appeared in three consecutive Final Fours (the 2000 national champion) ... At last year's Pete Newell Challenge, the largest crowd in California college basketball history (19,804), watched All-American Casey Jacobsen hit a jumper with 3.6 seconds to play to beat Duke, 84-83 ... In a fan poll conducted by, the Stanford-Duke game was the overwhelming choice as college basketball's game of the year (2000-01 season) ... For ticket information, call (510-762-2277, 415-478-2277, 408-998-2277) or go to ... Outside California, dial toll-free (800) 225-2277 ... Or call The Arena in Oakland at (510) 569-2121.

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