Stanford Travels to Arizona State in Key Pac-10 Matchup

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Jan. 31, 2003

Stanford StoryStanford (15-5 overall, 6-2 Pac-10) at Arizona State (13-6 overall, 5-3 Pac-10)Saturday, February 1, 2003, 3:00 p.m. mt (Fox Sports Net)Wells Fargo Arena (14,088)

Cardinal Catalogue
Before looking ahead, let's take a look at a historic night in the 88-year history of Stanford Basketball ... On January 30, 2003, Stanford recorded its first victory over a #1 ranked team on the road as the Cardinal captured a hard-earned 82-77 win over Arizona in Tucson ... It was the second time in the past three seasons that Stanford has knocked off the nation's top team ... During the 2000-01 campaign, the Cardinal defeated Duke, 84-83, at the Pete Newell Challenge in Oakland ... Thursday's game at Arizona was the 29th time that Stanford had played a game against a top-ranked team ... Stanford now owns three wins over #1 teams, including two decisions over Arizona ... On February 4, 1988, the Cardinal defeated Arizona, 82-74, at Maples Pavilion ... And history was produced last Thursday when the Cardinal beat a #1 ranked team on the road ... Ten previous times the Cardinal had attempted to beat a #1 ranked on its home court, and the eleventh game proved to be successful ... It was also the third straight year that Stanford has beaten the Wildcats in Tucson ... Stanford led throughout much of the first half, building up a 17-9 lead at 13:17, and nine points (37-28) with 2:24 left ... An Arizona rally cut the Stanford margin to 41-38 at halftime ... Stanford built its lead to 14 points, 59-45, with 11:36 to play ... Arizona then mounted a furious rally, outscoring the Cardinal, 20-3, to take a 65-62 with 7:18 to play ... But Stanford would not fold as a sellout crowd of 14,579 fans cheered on the Wildcats ... Three-pointers by Julius Barnes and Matt Lottich put the Cardinal in front to stay, 68-67, with 5:55 left ... Two free throws by Barnes with eight seconds left iced the game for Stanford ... Four Cardinal starters tallied double-digits led by Lottich with 23 points ... Rob Little and Nick Robinson added nine rebounds each, while Barnes collected a career-high ten assists ...

'This was a great win for us. This team has a lot of grit.During the later stages of the game, every member of the teammade the play they needed to. When it came down to crunch time,our players made a variety of plays, a free throw by Julius (Barnes), athree-pointer by Matt (Lottich); all of these plays helped lead us to victory.'Stanford head coach Mike Montgomery 

Stanford, winners of six of its last seven games, now travels to Tempe to face the Arizona State Sun Devils (2/1/03, 3:00 p.m. mt) ... The road trip continues to the state of Oregon next week with a pair of conference games against Oregon (2/6/03, 5:30 p.m.) and Oregon State (2/9/03, 12:30 p.m.) ... Stanford is 3-2 on the road ... The Cardinal is 5-0 the last three seasons in the state of Arizona and 3-1 at the Oregon schools the past two years.

Road Review
Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 50-10 on enemy turf.

Maples Madness
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.

Rankings Report
Four 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 recorded a 82-77 victory at #1 ranked Arizona on Jan. 30 ... Stanford is 11-2 against teams with winning records.

Stanford Cardinal Starters (15-5 overall, 6-2 Pac-10)F - Nick Robinson, 6-6, 200, Sophomore, Liberty, Mo (4.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg)F - Josh Childress, 6-8, 200, Sophomore, Lakewood, Ca (13.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg)C - Rob Little, 6-10, 275, Sophomore, Hampton, Va (9.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg)G - Matt Lottich, 6-4, 205, Junior, Winnetka, Il (11.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg)G - Julius Barnes, 6-1, 185, Senior, Rowland Heights, Ca (14.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg)

Cardinal Chatter
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.

Series Story
Stanford leads the series, 28-24, over the Arizona State Sun Devils ... That includes a 81-76 victory in Tempe last year ... Curtis 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.

Coaches Corner
Mike Montgomery is in his 17th season at Stanford with a record of 354-161 ... 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 508-237 ... 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 21-11 against Arizona State, including a 9-7 record at ASU ... Rob Evans is in his fifth season at Arizona State with a 73-66 record ... Evans' career record (6 seasons at Mississippi, 4-plus seasons at Arizona State) is 159-147 ... Evans is 0-8 against Stanford.

Defensive Data
Stanford is #2 in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (65.3 ppg) ... In ten of Stanford's 15 wins, the Cardinal has held the opposition to under 40 percent shooting ... The Cardinal is allowing the opposition only a .414 shooting percentage, #3 in the Pac-10 ... The Stanford defense has held the opposition to only a .301 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 17 of 20 games, the Cardinal has outrebounded its opponent.

Rebounding Report
Stanford has outrebounded the opposition in 17 of the 20 games ... Stanford has outrebounded its opponents by a margin of 7.2 (#2 in the Pac-10) over the 20 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 is one of the Pac-10's leading rebounders at 8.5 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).

Trey Talk
Julius Barnes, Matt Lottich and Josh Childress have combined to make 117 of the team's 139 three-pointers ... Lottich has hit a team leading 49 three-pointers (49-for-119 for .412, #10 in the Pac-10), Childress has tallied 27-of-81 three-point attempts for .333 while Barnes has hit 41-of-126 three-pointers for .325 ... Stanford is third in the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage (.364).

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 ... Barnes tied a Maples Pavilion record with a 100 percent free throw percentage (13-for-13) game against USC (1/25/03).

Time Tale
The tipoff time for the Stanford-Oregon game in Eugene on Feb. 6 has been switched from 7:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Roster Report
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.

Captain Catalogue
Julius Barnes, Justin Davis and Joe Kirchofer are serving as tri-captains during the 2002-03 season.

Team Talk
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.

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).

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.

Neutral Notation
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 (.824, #10 in the Pac-10) ... Has hit 23 of his last 24 free throw attempts over the last four games ... Hit two free throws with eight seconds to play to ice Stanford's 82-77 victory over #1 ranked Arizona (1/30/03) ... Tied a Maples Pavilion record with a 100 percent free throw effort (13-for-13) against USC (1/24/03) ... Also the team leader in assists (77, 3.85 apg) and minutes played (34.7 mpg) ... Dished out a career-high ten assists at Arizona (1/30/03), only the eighth player in Stanford history to dish out ten or more assists in a game ... 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 16 of the 20 games ... That included a 24-point effort against UC Irvine (12/19/02) ... Has hit at least one three-pointer in 17 of 20 games ... Has started 44 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 (13.7 ppg, #2 on the Cardinal, #13 in the Pac-10) and rebounding (7.8 rpg, #2 on the Cardinal, #4 in the Pac-10) ... Has scored in double-figures in 17 of the 20 games ... Has grabbed 57 rebounds in his last six 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 (26, #6 in the Pac-10) ... Has collected at least one block in 19 of 20 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 ... One of the Pac-10's leading rebounders (8.5 rpg) ... Has produced ten or more rebounds in six games, including a career-high 16 boards at UNLV (12/21/02) ... 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 .588 from the floor, #5 in the Pac-10 ... Has shot 50 percent or better in his last ten games ... In his last seven games, has hit 34-of-51 shots for .667 ... Averaging 10.5 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 16 of 20 games ... Averaging 4.8 ppg ... Has made 15 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 20 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) ... Gave Stanford a boost off the bench by playing 17 minutes (four points, four rebounds, two assists) at Arizona (1/30/03) ... Shooting .516 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 .520 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 (6.4 rpg, #11 in the Pac-10) ... Has grabbed 60 rebounds in his last seven 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 13 games, including a career-high 12 rebounds at Washington (1/18/03) ... Hitting a team-leading .622 from the floor, tops on the Cardinal and #3 in the Pac-10 ... Has hit 50 percent or better in 18 of 20 games ... That included 4-for-5 efforts against Rice (11/24/02), Montana (12/16/02) and Gonzaga (12/28/02) ... Averaging 9.7 ppg ... Has scored in double-digits in points in eleven 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 11.3 ppg ... Tops on the team in three-pointers (49) ... Hitting .412 (49-for-119) from three-point territory, tenth-best in the Pac-10 ... Has hit at least one three-pointer in 17 of 20 games ... In eleven 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) ... Helped lead the Cardinal to victory with a career-high 23 points (5-for-8 from three-point territory, five assists, four assists, 36 minutes) at Arizona (1/30/03) ... 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 seven starts, has averaged 6.3 points and 6.7 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) ... Scored ten points (4-for-5 from the floor) and grabbed nine rebounds in Stanford's 82-77 victory at #1 ranked Arizona (1/30/03) ... Previous to his two starts, had given Stanford a tremendous lift off the bench ... Averaging 22.7 minutes per game ... Averaging 4.3 points and 4.5 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.

Monty Memo
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)

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