No. 25 Stanford Travels to Oregon, Oregon State
Feb. 3, 2003
Stanford StoryStanford (16-5 overall, 7-2 Pac-10) at Oregon (15-5 overall, 5-4 Pac-10)Thursday, February 6, 5:30 p.m. (no tv)McArthur Court (9,087)
Stanford at Oregon State (11-7 overall, 4-5 Pac-10)Saturday, February 9, 12:30 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)Gill Coliseum (10,400)
The Stanford Cardinal of 2002-03 has a definite identity ... Nobody knew at the start of the season what to expect from a Cardinal team that lost two juniors (Curtis Borchardt, Casey Jacobsen) as first round picks in the 2002 NBA Draft ... What has emerged is a team that is resilient, poised, comprised of outstanding team chemistry, and a grit and determination to play tough defense and outrebound an opponent for 40 minutes ... Stanford is a team that is 16-5 overall, in the thick of the Pac-10 race at 7-2, and has beaten four nationally-ranked teams ... Not bad for a team that was picked to finish seventh in the Pac-10 in a pre-season poll ... Stanford, winners of seven of its last eight games, now travels to the state of Oregon to face the Oregon Ducks (2/6/03, 5:30 p.m.) and the Oregon State Beavers (2/9/03, 12:30 p.m.) ... Stanford is 4-2 on the road ... The Cardinal is 9-3 at the Oregon schools since the 1996-97 season ... Stanford is ranked 25th in the Associated Press poll, and 27th in the USA Today/ESPN poll.
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 now owns three wins over #1 ranked teams in school history, including two over Arizona ... The other victory over a #1 ranked team was a 84-83 decision over Duke during the 2000-01 season ... Stanford is 12-3 against teams with winning records.
In six of Stanford's wins, the Cardinal has stormed back from deficits as large as 16 points.
In the 61-57 victory over Boston University (11/18/02), the Cardinal was down nine points (19-28) with 17:58 in the first half
In the 69-65 victory over Florida (11/27/02), Stanford was down eight points (45-53) with 9:02 in the second half
In the 81-71 victory over Gonzaga (12/28/02), Stanford was down 12 points (37-49) with 15:23 in the second half
In the 57-54 victory over Oregon State (1/9/03), Stanford was down 15 points (31-46) with 12:18 in the second half
In the 73-68 overtime victory at Washington State (1/16/03), Stanford was down 16 points (20-36) with 3:57 in the first half
In the 58-57 victory at Arizona State (2/1/03), Stanford was down eight points (4-12) with 13:58 in the first half
Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 51-10 (.836) 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.
Stanford Cardinal Starters (16-5 overall, 7-2 Pac-10)F - Nick Robinson, 6-6, 200, Sophomore, Liberty, Mo (4.2 ppg, 4.6 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 (9.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg)G - Matt Lottich, 6-4, 205, Junior, Winnetka, Il (11.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg)G - Julius Barnes, 6-1, 185, Senior, Rowland Heights, Ca (14.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg)
Oregon Duck Starters (15-5 overall, 5-4 Pac-10)F - Robert Johnson, 6-8, 245, Senior, San Francisco, Ca (8.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg)C - Brian Helquist, 6-9, 260, Senior, Jacksonville, Fl (3.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg)G - Andre Joseph, 6-3, 195, Junior, Houston, Tx (9.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg)G - James Davis, 5-10, 175, Junior, Vancouver, Wa (10.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg)G - Luke Ridnour, 6-2, 175, Junior, Blaine, Wa (19.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg)
Oregon State Beaver Starters (11-7 overall, 4-5 Pac-10)F - Brian Jackson, 6-9, 244, Senior, Knappa, Or (12.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg)F - Philip Ricci, 6-7, 253, Senior, Galt, Ca (17.2 ppg, 9.1 rpg)G - Floyd North III, 6-4, 218, Sophomore, San Diego, Ca (5.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg)G - Lamar Hurd, 6-3, 174, Freshman, New Caney, Tx (6.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg)G - Jimmie Haywood, 6-2, 174, Senior, Seattle, Wa (12.1 ppg, 3.7 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.
Stanford holds a 76-40 advantage over the Oregon Ducks ... The Cardinal has won 13 of their last 14 games against Oregon ... Earlier this year (1/11/03), Stanford handed the Oregon Ducks a 81-57 loss as four Cardinal starters scored in double figures ... Julius Barnes led Stanford starters with 17 points and four assists, while Nick Robinson collected his first collegiate double-double with 13 points and eleven rebounds ... Luke Ridnour led the Ducks with 19 points ... Stanford outrebounded the Ducks, 45-26 ... Last year in Eugene, the Ducks ended a ten-game losing streak to Stanford with a 87-79 decision ... Casey Jacobsen and Curtis Borchardt combined for 61 points ... Luke Jackson led the Ducks with 27 points ... Oregon State leads the series with Stanford, 65-48 ... However, the Cardinal has won the last seven games against the Beavers, including three wins in Corvallis ... Earlier this year (1/9/03) at Maples Pavilion, Stanford stormed back from a 15-point deficit (31-46, 12:18 in second half) to post a 57-54 victory over the Beavers ... A 22-7 run caught OSU at 53-53 with 1:24 to play ... Two free throws by Rob Little with 26 seconds to play and a free throw by Julius Barnes with eleven seconds left gave the Cardinal the victory ... Matt Lottich scored 23 points while Little added 12 points and eleven rebound ... Last year at Gill Coliseum, Josh Childress scored 19 points to lead the Cardinal to a 67-50 victory ... Childress, at one point in the second half, hit 7-of-8 shots ... Borchardt scored 17 points and grabbed 18 rebounds.
Mike Montgomery is in his 17th season at Stanford with a record of 355-161 ... 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 509-237 ... 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 26-8 against Oregon, including a 9-7 mark at McArthur Court ... Montgomery is 22-11 against Oregon State, including a 9-7 record at Corvallis ... Ernie Kent is in his sixth season at Oregon with a record of 109-63 ... Kent's career record (6 seasons at St. Mary's, 5-plus seasons at Oregon) is 199-143 ... Kent, who served as an assistant coach at Stanford (1989-90, 1990-91) is 1-10 against Stanford ... Jay John is in his first season at Oregon State ... John is 0-1 against Stanford.
Stanford is #1 in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (64.9 ppg) ... In eleven of Stanford's 16 wins, the Cardinal has held the opposition to under 40 percent shooting ... The Cardinal is allowing the opposition only a .409 shooting percentage, #1 in the Pac-10 ... The Stanford defense has held the opposition to only a .302 shooting percentage from three-point range, first in the Pac-10 ... In only two games has the opponent hit double-digits in three-pointers ... Only one opponent has hit 50 percent or better in a game ... In 17 of 21 games, the Cardinal has outrebounded its opponent.
Stanford has outrebounded the opposition in 17 of the 21 games ... Stanford has outrebounded its opponents by a margin of 6.5 (#2 in the Pac-10) over the 21 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 second in the Pac-10 in rebounding at 8.1 per game, while Josh Childress is third at 7.9 rpg ... Davis has recorded double-digits in rebounds in six games with a career-high 16 caroms in games against UNLV (12/21/02) ... Childress has produced ten or more rebounds in seven games, including a career-high 15 caroms against USC (1/25/03).
Julius Barnes, Matt Lottich and Josh Childress have combined to make 123 of the team's 145 three-pointers ... Lottich has hit a team leading 52 three-pointers (52-for-127 for .409), Childress has tallied 29-of-88 three-point attempts for .330 while Barnes has hit 42-of-131 three-pointers for .321 ... Stanford is third in the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage (.361).
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.
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).
Stanford has done well on neutral courts during the last several years ... Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 31-10.
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 Cardinal Varsity
#24 Julius Barnes, Guard, 6-1, 185, Senior, Rowland Heights, Ca
Stanford's starting point-guard and leading scorer (14.0 ppg, #16 in the Pac-10) ... Leads the team in free throw percentage (.824, #10 in the Pac-10) ... Has hit 20 straight free throws, and 23 of his last 24 free throw attempts over the last five 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 (78, 3.71 apg, #9 in the Pac-10) and minutes played (34.3 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 21 games ... That included a 24-point effort against UC Irvine (12/19/02) ... Has hit at least one three-pointer in 18 of 21 games ... Has started 45 straight games for the Cardinal.#14 Tyler Besecker, Guard/Forward, 6-6, 210, Junior, Bellevue, WaHas 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, #1 on the Cardinal, #15 in the Pac-10) and rebounding (7.9 rpg, #2 on the Cardinal, #3 in the Pac-10) ... Has scored in double-figures in 18 of the 21 games ... Has grabbed 67 rebounds in his last seven games ... Collected a career-high 22-points in the season opener against Boston University (11/18/02), a 21-point game at UNLV (12/21/02), and a 21-point game at Arizona State (2/1/03) ... Scored the winning basket with 40 seconds to play at ASU (2/3/03) ... Has hit 29 three-pointers, third-best on the Cardinal ... Has grabbed ten or more rebounds in seven games ... Recorded a career-high 15 rebounds against USC (1/25/03) ... Has recorded seven double-doubles ... Leads the team in blocks (29, #6 in the Pac-10) ... Has collected at least one block in 20 of 21 games ... Has hit 50 percent or better in eight 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 (8.1 rpg, #2 in the Pac-10) ... 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 .585 from the floor, #5 in the Pac-10 ... Has shot 50 percent or better in his last eleven games ... In his last eight games, has hit 36-of-55 shots for .655 ... Averaging 10.1 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 17 of 21 games ... Averaging 4.7 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 21 games, including a season-high 16 minutes against UNLV (12/21/02) ... Has played double-digits in minutes in six 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 ... Also ran the team with veteran precision during a major portion of the second half at Arizona State (2/3/03) when Barnes ran into foul trouble.
#52 Matt Haryasz, Forward, 6-10, 215, Freshman, Page, Az
Has played in all 21 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 (6.2 rpg, #11 in the Pac-10) ... 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 .610 from the floor, tops on the Cardinal and #3 in the Pac-10 ... Has hit 50 percent or better in 18 of 21 games ... That included 4-for-5 efforts against Rice (11/24/02), Montana (12/16/02) and Gonzaga (12/28/02) ... Averaging 9.3 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 11.5 ppg ... Tops on the team in three-pointers (52) ... Hitting .409 (52-for-127) from three-point territory ... Has hit at least one three-pointer in 18 of 21 games ... In 12 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 rebounds, 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 6.0 points and 6.9 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 23.0 minutes per game ... Averaging 4.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game ... Also an outstanding student ... Carries a 3.67 gpa as a Political Science major, and has been nominated for Academic All-America honors.
#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)