Stanford Hosts No. 11 Xavier In 2nd Round Of Owens Corning Pre-Season NIT

Nov. 19, 2002

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Stanford Story
Stanford (1-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) vs Xavier (1-0 overall, 0-0 Atlantic-10), Wednesday, November 20, 2002, 7:30 p.m., Maples Pavilion (7,391)

Cardinal Catalogue
Stanford continues play in the Owens Corning Pre-Season NIT with a second round game against Xavier University ... Stanford is in the midst of its 88th season of collegiate basketball competition ... The Cardinal returns ten players from a squad that produced a 20-10 record, a second place finish in the Pac-10 Conference, and a school record eighth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament ... Stanford returns 47.6% of its offense, and 56.8% of its rebounding ... One starter returns, Julius Barnes, while a second starter, Teyo Johnson, will join the basketball team at the conclusion of the football season (last game is Nov. 23 at California) ... Justin Davis started 18 games last year, and will be in the starting lineup against Xavier University ... Two other starters from a year ago, Curtis Borchardt and Casey Jacobsen, left Stanford after their junior seasons to join the NBA ... Borchardt plays for the Utah Jazz, but is currently injured with a broken foot, while Jacobsen plays for the Phoenix Suns ... Jacobsen led the Pac-10 in scoring (21.9 ppg) last year, while Borchardt led the league in rebounding (11.4 rpg) ... It was the first time in Pac-10 history that two different players from the same school led the league in scoring and rebounding ... Sophomore point-guard Chris Hernandez will be out of action until at least mid-December ... Hernandez, who was projected as a starter at point-guard, broke a bone in his left foot last month in practice, and recently underwent surgery ... Barnes will assume the point-guard duties.

Stanford Cardinal Starters (1-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)F - Justin Davis, 6-9, 225, Junior, Berkeley, Ca (10.0 ppg, 13.0 rpg)F - Josh Childress, 6-8, 200, Sophomore, Lakewood, Ca (22.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg)C - Rob Little, 6-10, 275, Sophomore, Hampton, Va (2.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg)G - Matt Lottich, 6-4, 205, Junior, Winnetka, Il (12.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg)G - Julius Barnes, 6-1, 185, Senior, Rowland Heights, Ca (5.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 5.0 apg)

Tournament Tale
This is Stanford's third appearance in the Owens Corning Pre-Season NIT ... During the 1988-89 season, the Cardinal played Montana (W, 79-63) and Indiana (L, 84-73), and during the 1998-99 season, Stanford played SMU (W, 86-51), Southwest Missouri State (W, 76-51), St. John's (W, 55-53) and North Carolina (L, 57-47, championship game) ... Stanford earned a right to a second round game with a 61-57 victory over Boston University (11/18/02) ... After a cold first half in which Stanford only shot 25 percent (6-for-24), Stanford hit .483 (14-for-29) in the second half ... The Cardinal was down 28-19 with 18:20 left in the game, but scored seven straight points, and took the lead at 31-30 with 14:14 to play ... Stanford extended the lead to eight points, 54-46, with 2:46 to play before settling for the four point victory ... Josh Childress led Stanford with 22 points (career-high) and eleven rebounds ... Justin Davis added a double-double with 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds ... Matt Lottich tied his career-high with 12 points ... The winner of the Stanford-Xavier game will advance to the semifinals on Nov. 27 at Madison Square Garden in New York City ... The championship game is slated for Nov. 29.

Xavier Musketeer Starters (1-0 overall, 0-0 Atlantic 10)F - David West, 6-9, 240, Senior, Garner, NC (21.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg)F - Dave Young, 6-5, 205, Senior, New Castle, Pa (6.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg)C - Anthony Myles, 6-9, 245, Junior, Chicago, Il (8.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg)G - Romain Sato, 6-5, 205, Jr, Central African Republic/Dayton, Oh (23.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg)G - Lionel Chalmers, 6-0, 180, Senior, Albany, NY (9.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg)

Coaches Corner
Mike Montgomery is in his 17th season at Stanford with a record of 340-156 ... In 16 previous seasons at Stanford, Montgomery has directed the Cardinal to 14 post-season appearances (10 NCAA, 4 NIT) ... Montgomery's overall record (16+ seasons at Stanford, 8 seasons at Montana) is 494-232 ... Montgomery is 0-0 vs Xavier University ... Thad Matta is in his second season at Xavier with a mark of 27-6 ... Matta's overall record (1+ season at Xavier, 1 season at Butler) is 51-14 ... Last year, Matta led the Musketeers to a 26-6 record, the Atlantic-10 tournament championship, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament ... Matta is 0-0 vs Stanford.

Series Story
This will be the first meeting between Stanford and Xavier ... Stanford is 18-9 against schools from the Atlantic-10 Conference ... The last time Stanford played an Atlantic-10 school was during the second round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament as the Cardinal scored a 90-83 victory over St. Joseph's ... That game was played at the NCAA West Regional in San Diego ... That was one of the most exciting games in Stanford post-season history as Jason Collins scored 22 points, while Casey Jacobsen added 21 ... Marvin O'Connor led St. Joseph's with 37 points.

Experimental Episode
Three experimental rules will be used in all Owens Corning Pre-Season NIT games ... They are widening the free throw line by two feet on each side; moving the three-point line nine inches behind the current three-point line to create a distance of 20-feet, six inches; and relocating the free throw lane block between the first free throw lane space adjacent to the end line and the next lane space on both sides of the lane.

Maples Madness
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford is 97-18 (.843) ... During that time, the Cardinal is 39-1 (.975) vs non-league opponents and 58-17 (.773) against Pac-10 schools ... Last year, Stanford won its ten home games by an average of 22.5 points per game.

Pre-Season Preview
Stanford played one exhibition game, and the Cardinal scored a 84-67 victory over the San Francisco Olympic Club (11/12/02) ... Senior point-guard Julius Barnes scored 27 points and dished out five assists ... Barnes hit 10-of-15 shots from the floor, including 4-of-6 from three-point territory ... Junior forward Justin Davis added a double-double with 14 points and ten rebounds ... Davis hit 6-of-9 shots from the floor ... Freshman forward Matt Haryasz blocked four shots in 14 minutes of play.

Roster Report
Stanford has added a walkon to its roster ... Olatunde Sobomehin (#12) is a 5-foot-11, 169-pound senior guard from Benson High School in Portland, Or ... Sobomehin has served as team manager the past two seasons ... While at Benson High School, Sobomehin was a captain on the basketball team, played soccer and competed on the track & field team ... Averaged six points and six assists per game during his senior season at Benson ... Helped lead the team to an undefeated league championship ... In 1998, Sobomehin helped lead Benson High School to the state championship game ... Sobomehin is majoring in Urban Studies.

Conference Chatter
The Arizona Wildcats are the overwhelming favorite to finish first in the 2002-03 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball race, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball ... Arizona garnered all 27 first-place votes for 270 points ... Oregon is picked to finish second (237) followed by UCLA (195), Arizona State (160), California (154), USC (152), Stanford (136), Washington (81), Oregon State (71) and Washington State (29).

Ticket Talk
In past years, Stanford basketball games have been soldout ... This year, however, Cardinal men's basketball game tickets will now be available on the internet for selected games as part of the 'Ticket Tuesdays' Program ... This year, the following men's basketball games currently have single game ticket availability: November 20 vs Xavier University (Owens Corning NIT); and November 24 vs Rice ... Prices for the single game tickets will be $25 dollars each (upper reserved, section 6 seating only) and can be bought online or through the Stanford athletic ticket office at 1-800-STANFORD ... Check the Stanford athletic ticket website each Tuesday to see which men's basketball games have single game ticket availability.

Pac-10 Potpourri
The Pac-10 Tournament returns to the Los Angeles Staples Center in 2003, with games played March 13 through March 15 ... Fox Sports Net will broadcast the quarterfinals on Thursday and the semifinals on Friday ... Saturday's championship game will be broadcast on CBS.

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