Stanford Faces Gonzaga in Sixth Annual Pete Newell Challenge
Stanford StoryStanford (7-3 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) vs Gonzaga (8-3 overall, 0-0 WCC)Saturday, December 28, 2002, 2:30 p.m. (KRON, Channel 4)The Arena in Oakland (19,596)
Stanford vs Yale (5-2 overall, 0-0 Ivy League)Monday, December 30, 2002, 7:00 p.m. (no tv)Maples Pavilion (7,391)
After a holiday break of six days, the Stanford Cardinal returns to the court to face the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the sixth annual Pete Newell Challenge ... The six day break came at a good time after the Cardinal played five games in seven days from Dec. 14 through Dec. 21 ... During that time, Stanford chalked up a 3-2 ... The Cardinal will finish its non-league regular season schedule with games against Gonzaga (Dec. 28) and Yale (Dec. 30) ... Stanford opens Pac-10 competition on Jan. 4 at California ... The Cardinal is currently 7-3, with 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 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 ranked 27th in the USA Today/ESPN poll, and 29th in the Associated Press poll.
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 ten 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 ... Chris Hernandez, who was projected as Stanford's starting point-guard, will miss the rest of the season ... Hernandez had broken a bone in his left foot on Oct. 26 and had returned to action against St. Mary's on Dec. 14 ... But two nights later against Montana (Dec. 17) in the Stanford Invitational, Hernandez rebroke the bone in his left foot, and will be out of action for the remainder of the year ... Hernandez will be on crutches for six weeks, and will probably not be able to run until April or May.
Stanford Cardinal Starters (7-3 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)F - Justin Davis, 6-9, 225, Junior, Berkeley, Ca (10.0 ppg, 9.8 rpg)F - Josh Childress, 6-8, 200, Sophomore, Lakewood, Ca (14.0 ppg, 8.1 rpg)C - Rob Little, 6-10, 275, Sophomore, Hampton, Va (8.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg)G - Matt Lottich, 6-4, 205, Junior, Winnetka, Il (10.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg)G - Julius Barnes, 6-1, 185, Senior, Rowland Heights, Ca (14.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg)
Gonzaga Bulldogs Starters (8-3 overall, 0-0 WCC)F - Richard Fox, 6-11, 275, Junior, Denver, Co (6.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg)F - Tony Skinner, 6-5, 198, Junior, Albuquerque, NM (9.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg)C - Cory Violette, 6-8, 255, Junior, Boise, Id (11.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg)G - Winston Brooks, 6-0, 198, Senior, Richmond, Va (2.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg)G - Blake Steep, 6-4, 192, Junior, Eugene, Or (16.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg)
Yale Bulldogs Starters (5-2 overall, 0-0 Ivy)F - T.J. McHugh, 6-8, 230, Senior, Cleveland, Oh (10.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg)F - Matt Minoff, 6-6, 225, Junior, Cherry Hill, NJ (7.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg)G - Ime Archibong, 6-3, 225, Senior, Greensboro, NC (3.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg)G - Edwin Draughan, 6-5, 190, Sophomore, Lakewood, Ca (14.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg)G - Alex Gamboa, 6-1, 185, Sophomore, Reno, Nv (7.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg)
Gonzaga holds a 2-0 advantage over Stanford ... The last meeting took place in Seattle at the 1999 West Regional second round as the Bulldogs scored a 82-74 decision ... Gonzaga is the only school from the West Coast Conference that Stanford has not beaten ... The Cardinal is 138-65 against the eight-team WCC ... Stanford holds a 3-0 edge over Yale ... The last meeting (the 1990-91 season) resulted in a 69-51 Stanford victory at Maples Pavilion ... Stanford is 21-8 against Ivy League schools.
Mike Montgomery is in his 17th season at Stanford with a record of 346-159 ... 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 500-235 ... Montgomery became the 61st Division I head coach to earn at least 500 wins with the team's 77-66 victory at UNLV (12/21/02) ... Montgomery earned his first collegiate win on Nov. 24, 1978 as head coach at Montana ... Montgomery coached the Grizzlies to a 61-41 victory over Stout State (Wisconsin-Stout) in Missoula ... Montgomery gained his first victory as Stanford head coach on Nov. 29, 1986, as the Cardinal defeated Rice, 72-52, in the consolation game of the Central Fidelity Classic in Richmond, Va. Montgomery is 0-2 against Gonzaga ... Mark Few is in his fourth season at Gonzaga with a record of 88-23 ... Few has led the Bulldogs into three NCAA Tournaments during his three-year tenure as head coach ... Few is 0-0 against Stanford ... James Jones is in his fourth season at Yale with a mark of 43-50 ... Jones is 0-0 against Stanford.
This is the fifth straight season that Stanford has played in the Pete Newell Challenge ... The Cardinal has scored wins over Temple (57-50 in 1998-99), Mississippi State (76-56 in 1999-00), Duke (84-83 in 2000-01) and Michigan State (75-64 in 2001-02).
Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 48-8 on enemy turf.
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford is 101-20 (.835) ... During that time, the Cardinal is 43-3 (.935) 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 nine of the ten games ... Stanford has outrebounded its opponents by a margin of 11.0 over the ten games ... Significant was a 54-27 rebounding advantage over UNLV (12/21/02) in its last game, a 46-31 advantage over North Carolina (46-31) and a 42-22 margin against Montana (12/17/02) ... Justin Davis leads the Pac-10 in rebounding at 9.8 per game ... Davis has recorded double-digits in rebounds in five games with a career-high 16 caroms in games against UNLV (12/21/02) ... Stanford leads the Pac-10 in rebound margin at +11.0.
Julius Barnes, Matt Lottich and Josh Childress have combined to make 65 of the team's 75 three-pointers ... Lottich has hit a team leading 24 three-pointers (24-for-61 for .393), Barnes has hit 23-of-64 three-pointers for .359, while Childress has scored 18-of-47 three-point attempts for .383.
Julius Barnes continues to show his strength on the free throw line ... Last year, Barnes led the Cardinal in free throw shooting at .814 ... This year, Barnes again leads Cardinal charity stripe shooters at .800 (24-for-30) ... Over the last two seasons, Barnes is 72-for-89 for .809.
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.
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.
The 2002-03 Stanford Varsity
#24 Julius Barnes, Guard, 6-1, 185, Senior, Rowland Heights, Ca
Stanford's starting point-guard and leading scorer (14.7 ppg) ... Leads the team in free throw percentage (.800) ... Also the team leader in assists (36) and minutes played (34.2 mpg) ... Has hit 23 three-pointers, #2 on the Cardinal ... Scored a career-high 28 points against Rice (11/24/02) ... Tied a school record with three-pointers against Rice (11/24/02) ... Hit 8-of-11 three-pointers against the Owls ... Has hit in double-figures in points in eight of ten games ... That included a 24-point effort against UC Irvine (12/19/02).
#14 Tyler Besecker, Guard/Forward, 6-6, 210, Junior, Bellevue, Wa
Has played in three games, including a four-minute game against UC Irvine (12/19/02).
#1 Josh Childress, Guard/Forward, 6-8, 200, Sophomore, Lakewood, Ca
Has emerged as one of the team leaders in scoring (14.0 ppg) and rebounding (8.1 rpg, #4 in the Pac-10) ... Has scored in double-figures in eight of the ten games ... That included a career-high 22-point effort in the season opener against Boston University (11/18/02) and a 21-point game at UNLV (12/21/02) ... Has hit 18 three-pointers ... Has grabbed ten or more rebounds in three games (including 21 in his last two games) ... Shooting well in his last two games, hitting 13-of-22 shots for .591 ... During that span, has hit 6-of-10 three-point attempts for .600 ... Leads the team in blocks (12).
#22 Justin Davis, Forward, 6-9, 225, Junior, Berkeley, Ca
Enjoying an excellent 2002-03 season ... Leads the Pac-10 in rebounding (9.8 rpg) ... Produced ten or more rebounds in five games, including a career-high 16 boards at UNLV (12/21/02) ... Scored a career-high 21 points at UNLV (12/21/02) ... Also unstoppable around the basket, hitting .536 from the floor ... Has shot 50 percent or better in the last five games ... Averaging ten points per game ... Scored a career-high 21 points at UNLV (12/21/02) ... Leads the team in steals (13).
#30 Dan Grunfeld, Forward, 6-6, 210, Freshman, River Hills, Wi
The freshman has provided a spark off the bench ... Averaging nearly 12 minutes per game ... Averaging 4.8 ppg ... Has made seven three-pointers, fourth-best on the Cardinal ... Scored a season-high 12 points (4-for-4 from the floor, 2-for-2 from three-point territory, 2-for-2 from the free throw line ) against UC Irvine (12/19/02).
#52 Matt Haryasz, Forward, 6-10, 215, Freshman, Page, Az
Has played in all ten games ... Gives Stanford added big man strength off the bench ... Played a season-high 17 minutes against UC Irvine (12/19/02) ... Against North Carolina (11/29/02), grabbed a season-high six rebounds ... Has garned seven rebounds in his last two games (3 vs UCI, 4 vs UNLV).
#11 Chris Hernandez, Guard, 6-2, 190, Sophomore, Fresno, Ca
A broken foot has sidelined Chris for the 2002-03 season ... Projected as the team's starting point-guard, but broke a bone in his left foot during practice on Oct. 26 ... That pushed him out of action until the Dec. 14 game against St. Mary's when he collected three assists in six minutes of play ... But he then rebroke the bone in his left foot two nights later against Montana (12/16/02).
#00 Joe Kirchofer, Forward, 6-9, 245, Junior, Elk Grove, Ca
An experienced forward/center who gives Stanford strength around the basket ... Has played double-digit minutes in five games, including 14 minutes against UC Irvine (12/19/02) ... Grabbed a season-high five rebounds against North Carolina (11/29/02).
#42 Rob Little, Center, 6-10, 275, Sophomore, Hampton, Va
Has enjoyed a solid season thus far ... Third on the team in rebounding (5.3 rpg) ... Has grabbed six or more rebounds in six games, including a career-high nine rebounds against Florida (11/27/02) in the semi-finals of the Pre-Season NIT at Madison Square Garden ... Hitting a team-leading .681 from the floor, tops on the Cardinal and #2 in the Pac-10 ... Has hit 50 percent or better in all ten games ... That included 4-for-5 efforts against Rice (11/24/02) and Montana (12/16/02) ... Averaging 8.8 ppg ... Has scored in double-digits in points games, including a career-high 18 points against Florida (11/27/02).
#33 Matt Lottich, Guard, 6-4, 205, Junior, Winnetka, Il
A starter at off-guard ... Averaging 10.6 ppg ... Leads the team in three-pointers (24) ... Hitting .393 (24-for-61) from three-point territory ... In five games, has hit double-digits in scoring ... That included a career-high 18 points against Florida (11/27/02) ... His eleven steals is third-best on the Cardinal.
#21 Nick Robinson, Forward/Guard, 6-6, 200, Sophomore, Liberty, Mo
Has given Stanford a tremendous lift off the bench ... Tops among the reserves in minutes played (18.6 mpg) ... Averaging 3.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game ... Scored a season-high in points (7) and rebounds (6) against Xavier (11/20/02) in the second round of the Pre-Season NIT.
#3 Carlton Weatherby, Guard, 5-11, 165, Freshman, Tacoma, Wa
Gives Stanford added strength at the point-guard position ... Has played in three games.