Stanford Travels to No. 1 Arizona, Arizona State
Jan. 28, 2003
Stanford at Arizona State (12-6 overall, 4-3 Pac-10)
Saturday, February 1, 2003, 3:00 p.m. mt (Fox Sports Net)
Wells Fargo Arena (14,088)
The Stanford Cardinal, winners of five of their last six games, hits the road for the next two weeks, first stop at Arizona (1/30/03, 6:30 p.m. mt) and at Arizona State (2/1/03, 3:00 p.m. mt) ... The Arizona games will be followed by a road trip to the state of Oregon in conference games against Oregon (2/6/03, 5:30 p.m.) and Oregon State (2/9/03, 12:30 p.m.) ... Stanford is 2-2 on the road ... However, the Cardinal is 4-0 the last two seasons in its trip to the state of Arizona and 3-1 at the Oregon schools ... The Cardinal is bolstered with the return of Justin Davis ... Davis, who is having his best season on The Farm by averaging 10.9 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, sprained his medial collateral ligament in his left knee during the second half of the Pac-10 opener at California (1/4/03) and missed five games ... However, Davis returned to action against USC (1/25/03) and responded with seven points, four rebounds and two assists in 15 minutes of play ... Despite the fact that the Cardinal lost Casey Jacobsen and Curtis Borchardt to the NBA, and hit by injuries to Davis (sprained knee) and Chris Hernandez (broken knee), the Cardinal has a 14-5 record, identical to the team's record at this same time a year ago.
Stanford has faced #1 ranked teams 26 times in its school history ... Eighteen of those 26 games were against UCLA ... The Cardinal has won twice, including an 82-74 victory over Arizona on February 4, 1988 at Maples Pavilion, and a 84-83 decision over Duke on December 21, 2000 at the Pete Newell Challenge in Oakland.
Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 49-10 on enemy turf.
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford is 106-20 (.841) at Maples Pavilion ... During that time, Stanford is 44-3 (.936) vs non-league opponents and 62-17 (.785) vs 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.
Three of Stanford's wins have been against 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's third win over a nationally-ranked team was a decisive 81-57 win over then tenth-ranked Oregon (1/11/03) ... Stanford is 10-2 against teams with winning records.
Stanford Cardinal Starters (14-5 overall, 5-2 Pac-10)F - Nick Robinson, 6-6, 200, Sophomore, Liberty, Mo (3.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg)F - Josh Childress, 6-8, 200, Sophomore, Lakewood, Ca (14.0 ppg, 7.9 rpg)C - Rob Little, 6-10, 275, Sophomore, Hampton, Va (9.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg)G - Matt Lottich, 6-4, 205, Junior, Winnetka, Il (10.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg)G - Julius Barnes, 6-1, 185, Senior, Rowland Heights, Ca (14.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg)
Arizona Wildcats Starters (15-1 overall, 7-0 Pac-10)F - Luke Walton, 6-8, 245, Senior, San Diego, Ca (8.3 ppg 4.3 rpg)F - Rick Anderson, 6-9, 225, Senior, Long Beach, Ca (1-/0 [[g. 5/9 r[g)C - Channing Frye, 6-10, 235, Sophomore, Phoenix, Az (9.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg)G - Salim Stoudamire, 6-1, 176, Sophomore, Portland, Or (12.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg)G - Jason Gardner, 5-10, 191, Senior, Indianapolis, Ind (14.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg)
Arizona State Sun Devils Starters (12-6 overall, 4-3 Pac-10)F - Ike Diogu, 6-8, 250, Freshman, Garland, Tx (18.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg)F - Shawn Redhage, 6-7, 225, Senior, Lincoln, Ne (5.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg)C - Tommy Smith, 6-10, 215, Senior, Phoenix, Az (10.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg)G - Jason Braxton, 6-2, 190, Sophomore, Moreno Valley, Ca (4.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg)G - Curtis Millage, 6-2, 185, Senior, Los Angeles, Ca (13.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg)
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 13 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.
Arizona leads the series with Stanford, 41-21 ... However, the Cardinal has won the last two games in Tucson, including a 76-71 victory last year ... Curtis Borchardt scored 28 points as then #17 Stanford held off then #14 Arizona ... Borchardt scored ten points over the final 1:44, including going 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the last 15 seconds ... Borchardt finished 11-for-11 from the free throw line ... Stanford leads the series, 28-24, over the Arizona State Sun Devils ... That includes a 81-76 victory in Tempe last year ... Borchardt scored 19 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in the win at Tempe ... Casey Jacobsen scored a game-high 29 points ... Stanford has won the last nine games against ASU, and the last seven games at ASU.
Mike Montgomery is in his 17th season at Stanford with a record of 353-161 ... 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 507-237 ... 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 9-26 against Arizona, including a 3-14 record in Tucson ... Montgomery is 21-11 against Arizona State, including a 9-7 record at ASU ... Lute Olson is in his 20th season at Arizona with a record of 486-144 ... Olson's career record (1 season at Long Beach State, 9 years at Iowa, 19-plus years at Arizona) is 678-236 ... Olson is 29-12 against Stanford ... Rob Evans is in his fifth season at Arizona State with a 72-66 record ... Evans' career record (6 seasons at Mississippi, 4-plus seasons at Arizona State) is 158-147 ... Evans is 0-8 against Stanford.
Stanford is #2 in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (64.6 ppg) ... In ten of Stanford's 14 wins, the Cardinal has held the opposition to under 40 percent shooting ... The Cardinal is allowing the opposition only a .412 shooting percentage, #3 in the Pac-10 ... The Stanford defense has held the opposition to only a .295 shooting percentage from three-point range, first in the Pac-10 ... In only two games has the opponent hit double-digits in three-pointers ... In 16 of 19 games, the Cardinal has outrebounded its opponent.
Stanford has outrebounded the opposition in 16 of the 19 games ... Stanford has outrebounded its opponents by a margin of 7.4 (#2 in the Pac-10) over the 19 games ... Significant was a 54-27 rebounding advantage over UNLV (12/21/02), a 42-22 margin against Montana (12/17/02), a 45-26 advantage over Oregon (1/11/03) and a 46-31 advantage over North Carolina (11/29/02) ... Justin Davis leads the Pac-10 in rebounding at 9.0 per game ... Davis has recorded double-digits in rebounds in six games with a career-high 16 caroms in games against UNLV (12/21/02).
Julius Barnes, Matt Lottich and Josh Childress have combined to make 110 of the team's 130 three-pointers ... Lottich has hit a team leading 44 three-pointers (44-for-111 for .396, #10 in the Pac-10), Childress has tallied 27-of-78 three-point attempts for .346 while Barnes has hit 39-of-117 three-pointers for .333 ... Stanford is third in the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage (.362).
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 ... Barnes tied a Maples Pavilion record with a 100 percent free throw percentage (13-for-13) game against USC (1/25/03).
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 Tech High School in Portland, Or ... Sobomehin has served as team manager the past two seasons ... While at Benson Tech 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 Tech 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 to play basketball this year ... Johnson, a wide receiver on the football team, has declared for the NFL draft.
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 returned to action against St. Mary's on Dec. 14 ... But two nights later against Montana (Dec. 16) 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 remains on crutches, and will probably not be able to run until April or May ... No surgery is planned.
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.
Stanford has done well on neutral courts during the last several years ... Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 31-10.
The 2002-03 Stanford Cardinal Varsity
#24 Julius Barnes, Guard, 6-1, 185, Senior, Rowland Heights, Ca
Stanford's starting point-guard and leading scorer (14.3 ppg, #11 in the Pac-10) ... Leads the team in free throw percentage (.814, #10 in the Pac-10) ... Tied a Maples Pavilion record with a 100 percent free throw effort (13-for-13) against USC (1/24/03) ... Has hit 19 of his last 20 free throw attempts ... Also the team leader in assists (67, 3.52 apg) and minutes played (34.5 mpg) ... Scored a career-high 28 points against Rice (11/24/02) ... Tied a school record with eight three-pointers against Rice (11/24/02) ... Hit 8-of-11 three-pointers against the Owls ... Tallied 27 points (13-for-13 from the free throw line) against USC (1/25/03) ... Has hit in double-figures in points in 15 of the 19 games ... That included a 24-point effort against UC Irvine (12/19/02) ... Has hit at least one three-pointer in 16 of 19 games ... Has started 43 straight games for the Cardinal.
#14 Tyler Besecker, Guard/Forward, 6-6, 210, Junior, Bellevue, Wa
Has played in five games, including a four-minute game against UC Irvine (12/19/02) ... Scored a three-pointer in two minutes of play against Yale (12/30/02).
#1 Josh Childress, Guard/Forward, 6-8, 200, Sophomore, Lakewood, Ca
Has emerged as one of the team leaders in scoring (14.0 ppg, #2 on the Cardinal, #13 in the Pac-10) and rebounding (7.9 rpg, #2 on the Cardinal, #4 in the Pac-10) ... Has scored in double-figures in 16 of the 19 games ... Has scored 77 points and grabbed 51 rebounds in his last five games ... Collected a career-high 22-points in the season opener against Boston University (11/18/02) and a 21-point game at UNLV (12/21/02) ... Has hit 27 three-pointers, third-best on the Cardinal ... Has grabbed ten or more rebounds in six games ... Recorded a career-high 15 rebounds against USC (1/25/03) ... Has recorded six double-doubles ... Leads the team in blocks (25, #6 in the Pac-10) ... Has collected at least one block in 18 of 19 games ... Has hit 50 percent or better in seven games ... Named to the all-tournament team at the Pre-Season NIT.
#22 Justin Davis, Forward, 6-9, 225, Junior, Berkeley, Ca
A partial tear of his medial collateral ligament in his left knee sidelined the junior forward for five games ... Suffered the injury during second half action at California (1/4/03) ... Returned to action against USC (1/25/03) and responded with seven points, four rebounds and two assists in 15 minutes of play ... Leads the Pac-10 in rebounding (9.0 rpg) ... Has produced ten or more rebounds in six games, including a career-high 16 boards at UNLV (12/21/02) ... In his last five games, collected 74 points (14.8 ppg) ... Scored a career-high 24 points (9-for-13 from the floor) against Gonzaga (12/28/02) at the Pete Newell Challenge ... Scored 21 points at UNLV (12/21/02) ... Unstoppable around the basket, hitting .586 from the floor, #5 in the Pac-10 ... Has shot 50 percent or better in his last nine games ... In his last six games, has hit 32-of-48 shots for .667 ... Averaging 10.9 points per game.
#30 Dan Grunfeld, Forward, 6-6, 210, Freshman, River Hills, Wi
The freshman has provided a spark off the bench ... Averaging 12.7 minutes per game ... Has played double-digit minutes in 15 of 19 games ... Averaging 4.7 ppg ... Has made 14 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).
#32 Jason Haas, Guard, 6-2, 180, Freshman, Centre Hall, Pa
Has proven to be a valuable point-guard off the bench ... Gives the Cardinal solid, fundamental play ... Has played in all 19 games, including a season-high 16 minutes against UNLV (12/21/02) ... Has played double-digits in minutes in five games ... Played a major role in the 77-66 victory at UNLV (12/21/02) ... With Julius Barnes sustaining his fourth foul early in the second half, Haas came off the bench and helped lead the Cardinal charge to victory.
#52 Matt Haryasz, Forward, 6-10, 215, Freshman, Page, Az
Has played in all 19 games ... Gives Stanford added big man strength off the bench ... Played a season-high 18 minutes against Oregon (1/11/03) ... Against North Carolina (11/29/02), grabbed a season-high six rebounds ... Tallied a season-high nine points (4-for-5 from the floor) against Yale (12/30/02) ... Shooting .500 from the floor.
#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 eight games, including a season-high 17 minutes against Gonzaga (12/29/02) ... Shooting .565 from the floor ... 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 (6.2 rpg, #11 in the Pac-10) ... Has grabbed 51 rebounds in his last six games ... Collected his first collegiate double-double with 12 points and eleven rebounds against Oregon State (1/9/03) ... Added his second double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds at Washington (1/16/03) ... Has grabbed six or more rebounds in 12 games, including a career-high 12 rebounds at Washington (1/18/03) ... Hitting a team-leading .624 from the floor, tops on the Cardinal and #3 in the Pac-10 ... Has hit 50 percent or better in 17 of 19 games ... That included 4-for-5 efforts against Rice (11/24/02), Montana (12/16/02) and Gonzaga (12/28/02) ... Averaging 9.5 ppg ... Has scored in double-digits in points in ten 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 10.7 ppg ... Tops on the team in three-pointers (44) ... Hitting .396 (44-for-111) from three-point territory, tenth-best in the Pac-10 ... Has hit at least one three-pointer in 16 of 19 games ... In ten games, has hit double-digits in scoring ... Scored 18 of his career-high 23 points in the final 7:12 as Stanford rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat Oregon State (1/9/03) ... Scored 22 points against USC (1/25/03).
#21 Nick Robinson, Forward/Guard, 6-6, 200, Sophomore, Liberty, Mo
Has moved into the starting lineup with the knee injury to Justin Davis ... In six starts, has averaged 5.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game ... Started his first collegiate game against Oregon State (1/9/03) and responded with six points and seven rebounds ... His next start (vs Oregon, 1/11/03) resulted in his first collegiate double-double with 13 points and eleven rebounds ... Scored eleven points and grabbed four rebounds at Washington State (1/16/03) ... Previous to his two starts, had given Stanford a tremendous lift off the bench ... Averaging 22.7 minutes per game ... Averaging 3.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
#12 Olatunde Sobomehin, Guard, 5-11, 170, Senior, Tacoma, Wa
Made his collegiate debut against Oregon (1/11/03) ... Served as the team manager the previous two years.
#3 Carlton Weatherby, Guard, 5-11, 165, Freshman, Tacoma, Wa
Gives Stanford added strength at the point-guard position ... Has played in four games.
Stanford head basketball coach Mike Montgomery will host a series of press conferences and media teleconferences during the course of the 2002-03 season ... Please join us on the following dates ... The press conferences will be held in the ABC Room at the Arrillaga Family Sports Center at Stanford University ... The phonber number for the teleconferences is (650) 723-2400 ... The Pac-10 Conference phone number for its teleconferences is (913) 981-5510.
Tuesday, February 4, 11:23 a.m. - Pac-10 TeleconferenceTuesday, February 4, 11:45 a.m. - Stanford Teleconference
Tuesday, February 11, 11:23 a.m. - Pac-10 TeleconferenceTuesday, February 11, 11:30 a.m. - Press Conference (ABC Room)
Tuesday, February 18, 11:23 a.m. - Pac-10 TeleconferenceTuesday, February 18, 11:45 a.m. - Stanford Teleconference
Tuesday, February 25, 11:23 a.m. - Pac-10 TeleconferenceTuesday, February 25, 11:30 a.m. - Press Conference (ABC Room)
Tuesday, March 4, 11:23 a.m. - Pac-10 TeleconferenceTuesday, March 4, 11:30 a.m. - Press Conference (ABC Room)