Stanford hosts UC Irvine in Non-Conference Clash
Dec. 19, 2002
Stanford StoryStanford (5-2 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) vs UC Irvine (3-2 overall, 0-0 Big West)Thursday, December 19, 2002, 7:00 p.m.Maples Pavilion (7,391)
Stanford is hoping to get on the right track when the Cardinal hosts the Anteaters of UC Irvine ... The Cardinal has lost its last two games, and is hoping to avert a third straight lost, something that has not happened since the 1996-97 season ... The Cardinal has also not lost three straight home non-league games since the 1969-70 campaign ... The Cardinal is currently 5-3, two of those wins over nationally-ranked teams ... On Nov. 20, the Cardinal scored a 63-62 victory over then eleventh-ranked Xavier in the second round of the Owens Corning Pre-Season NIT, and then followed up with a 69-65 decision over then seventh-ranked Florida (11/27/02) in the semi-finals of the NIT at Madison Square Garden.
Stanford is in the midst of its 88th season of collegiate basketball competition ... The Cardinal returns nine 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 ... One starter returns, Julius Barnes ... Justin Davis started 18 games last year, and has started all seven 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.
Stanford Cardinal Starters (5-3 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)F - Justin Davis, 6-9, 225, Junior, Berkeley, Ca (8.9 ppg, 9.8 rpg)F - Josh Childress, 6-8, 200, Sophomore, Lakewood, Ca (13.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg)C - Rob Little, 6-10, 275, Sophomore, Hampton, Va (8.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg)G - Matt Lottich, 6-4, 205, Junior, Winnetka, Il (11.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg)G - Julius Barnes, 6-1, 185, Senior, Rowland Heights, Ca (14.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg)UC Irvine Anteater Starters (3-2 overall, 0-0 Big West)F - Stanislav Zuzak, 6-10, 235, Junior, Chodov, Czech Republic (8.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg)F - Jordan Harris, 6-5, 220, Senior, Phoenix, Az (9.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg)C - Adam Parada, 7-0, 250, Junior, Alta Loma, Ca (13.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg)G - Mike Hood, 6-4, 190, Senior, Beaverton, Or (10.0 ppg, 1.2 rpg)G - Jeff Gloger, 6-4, 190, Freshman, Mission Viejo, Ca (7.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg)
Stanford holds a 3-0 advantage over UC Irvine, with two of those wins at Maples Pavilion ... The last meeting resulted during the 1990-91 season resulted in a 117-87 Stanford victory at Maples Pavilion ... The 117 points scored was the third-most for a single game in Stanford history ... Stanford is 61-13 against Big West schools.
Mike Montgomery is in his 17th season at Stanford with a record of 344-159 ... 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 498-235 ... Montgomery is 2-0 against UC Irvine ... Pat Douglass is in his sixth season at UC Irvine with a 78-70 record ... Douglass' overall record (6 seasons at Eastern Montana, 10 seasons at Cal State Bakersfield, 5-plus seasons at UC Irvine) is 454-188.
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford is 100-20 (.833) ... During that time, the Cardinal is 42-3 (.933) vs non-league opponents and 58-17 (.773) against Pac-10 schools ... Stanford had won 18 straight non-conference games at Maples Pavilion since the 1998-99 season before losing to Montana, 70-68, in the opening round of the Stanford Invitational on Dec. 16.
Stanford has outrebounded the opposition in seven of the eight games ... Stanford has outrebounded its opponents by a margin of 9.5 over the seven games ... Justin Davis leads the Pac-10 in rebounding at 9.8 per game.
Stanford has done well on neutral courts during the last several years ... Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 30-10.
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.
The tipoff time for the Stanford-Oregon game in Eugene on Feb. 6 has been switched from 7:00 to 5:30 p.m.
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 ... Teyo Johnson, who played in 53 games (11 as a starter) during the last two seasons, has decided not play basketball this year ... Johnson, a wide receiver on the football team, has declared for the NFL draft.
Cardinal head coach Mike Montgomery will conduct his annual Youth Coaches Clinic from 7-8:30 p.m. at Maples Pavilion on Tuesday, January 7, 2003 ... Anyone interested in improving their basketball coaching techniques is invited to attend ... Montgomery and his staff will cover defensive, ball-handling/shooting, and rebounding/fastbreak drills that will instill basketball fundamentals ... The event is open to the public ... Please RSVP to Matt Babrick in the Stanford Basketball Office at 650-725-0772.
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).
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.