Stanford Faces Nationally-Ranked Florida in Owens Corning NIT Semifinals

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Nov. 24, 2002

Stanford Story
Stanford (3-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) vs Florida (3-0 overall, 0-0 SEC), Wednesday, November 27, 2002, 7:00 p.m. et, Madison Square Garden

Cardinal Catalogue
Stanford is heading to New York City to compete in the semi-finals of the Owens Corning Pre-Season NIT ... The Cardinal will face nationally-ranked Florida in the semi-finals at Madison Square Garden ... In the other semi-final action, Kansas faces North Carolina ... With two games at the Pre-Season NIT at Madison Square Garden and three previous games, the Cardinal will have played five games from Nov. 18 through the 29th ... The Cardinal opened the regular season with a 61-57 decision against Boston University (11/18/02), a 63-62 decision over Xavier (11/20/02) and a 79-62 verdict over Rice (11/24/02) ... 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 not immediately join the basketball team after suffering a sprained left knee in the closing minutes of the Stanford-California football game on Nov. 24 ... Johnson, who was a starting wide receiver this year, is expected to be out of action three-to-four weeks ... Justin Davis started 18 games last year, and has started all three games this year ... 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.

Record Report
Stanford tied a school record in its 79-62 victory over Rice (11/24/02) ... Julius Barnes tied the school record with eight three-pointers, and added a career-high 28 points ... Backcourt mate Matt Lottich scored a career-high 22 points.

Stanford Cardinal Starters (3-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)F - Justin Davis, 6-9, 225, Junior, Berkeley, Ca (8.0 ppg, 10.3 rpg)F - Josh Childress, 6-8, 200, Sophomore, Lakewood, Ca (12.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg)C - Rob Little, 6-10, 275, Sophomore, Hampton, Va (6.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg)G - Matt Lottich, 6-4, 205, Junior, Winnetka, Il (13.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg)G - Julius Barnes, 6-1, 185, Senior, Rowland Heights, Ca (15.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4.0 apg)

Tournament Tale
Stanford returns to the Owens Corning Pre-Season NIT with a semi-final game (11/27/02) against Florida (3-0) at Madison Square Garden in New York City ... 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 play in New York City with a 61-57 victory over Boston University (11/18/02) and a 63-62 decision over Xavier (11/20/02) ... 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 in the win over BU ... 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 ... Two nights later, the Cardinal upset eleventh-ranked Xavier as Julius Barnes and Childress each scored 14 points.

NIT Notes
November 18
Stanford 61, Boston University 57
Xavier 87, St. Peter's 48
Eastern Illinois 73, Boise State 59
North Carolina 85, Penn State 55
Rutgers 60, Columbia 36

November 19
Florida 76, Louisiana Tech 55
UNC Greensboro 84, Wagner 65
Kansas 81, Holy Cross 57

November 20
Stanford 63, Xavier 62
North Carolina 71, Rutgers 67

November 21
Florida 95, Eastern Illinois 65

November 22
Kansas 105, UNC Greensboro 66

November 27 - Semi-Finals (Owens Corning Pre-Season NIT)
Stanford vs Florida, 7:00 p.m. et (ESPN2)
North Carolina vs Kansas, 9:00 p.m. et (ESPN2)

November 29 - Championship & Consolation Games
6:30 p.m. et - Consolation Game
9:00 p.m. et - Championship Game (ESPN2)

Florida Gator Starters (3-0 overall, 0-0 SEC)F - Matt Bonner, 6-10, 240, Senior, Concord, NH (7.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg)F - Matt Walsh, 6-6, 205, Freshman, Holland, Pa (21.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg)C - David Lee, 6-9, 240, Sophomore, St. Louis, Mo (13.0 ppg, 9.3 rpg)G - Anthony Roberson, 6-1, 180, Freshman, Saginaw, Mi (19.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg)G - Justin Hamilton, 6-3, 225, Senior, Sarasota, Fl (8.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg)

Coaches Corner
Mike Montgomery is in his 17th season at Stanford with a record of 342-156 ... 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-plus seasons at Stanford, 8 seasons at Montana) is 496-232 ... Montgomery is 2-0 vs Florida ... Billy Donovan is in his seventh season at Florida with a record of 127-65 ... Donovan's career record (6-plus seasons at Florida, 2 seasons at Marshall) is 162-85 ... Donovan is 0-0 vs Stanford.

Series Story
Stanford is 3-0 against the Florida Gators ... Their last meeting took place during the 1990-91 season when Stanford scored a 86-74 decision at Maples Pavilion ... Later that year, Stanford captured the NIT in New York City ... The Cardinal is 13-6 against SEC schools ... The last time Stanford faced an SEC school was during the 2000-01 season when Stanford scored a 71-58 decision over Georgia in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Shootout.

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.

Neutral Notation
Stanford has done well on neutral courts during the last several years ... Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 29-10.

Maples Madness
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford is 99-18 (.846) ... During that time, the Cardinal is 41-1 (.976) vs non-league opponents and 58-17 (.773) against Pac-10 schools ... Stanford has won 17 straight non-conference games at Maples Pavilion since the 1998-99 season ... Last year, Stanford won its ten home games by an average of 22.5 points per game.

Defensive Data
Stanford is off to a good start with a 3-0 record, thanks in part to its defense ... The Cardinal has allowed the opposition only a .386 shooting percentage, and .276 from three-point teritory ... Stanford has forced the opposition into 41 turnovers (14 by Boston University, 14 by Xavier and 13 by Rice) ... In addition, Stanford has outrebounded the opposition in all three games.

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: December 14 vs St. Mary's ... 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.

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