No. 17 Stanford Hosts No. 20 California in Pac-10 Clash
March 3, 2003
Stanford (22-7, 13-4 Pac-10) vs California (20-6, 13-4 Pac-10)Saturday, March 8, 2003, 7:00 p.m. (KRON)Maples Pavilion (7,391)
The #2 seed in the upcoming Pac-10 Tournament is at stake when the Stanford Cardinal hosts the California Golden Bears on Saturday (3/8/03, 7:00 p.m.) at Maples Pavilion ... In the first round, the #2 seed would face the #7 seed on Thursday, March 13, at 6:40 p.m. ... The #3 seed will face the #6 seed at 9:10 p.m. ... The championship game is slated for Saturday, March 15, at 3:00 p.m. at the Staples Center in Los Angeles ... Winners of ten of its last 12 games, and 13 of its last 16, Stanford continues its remarkable season with a 22-7 overall record, two games better than at this time a year ago ... Stanford is 13-4 in the Pac-10, two games better than at this time a year ago ... The Cardinal has posted 20 more wins for the ninth straight season, and ten or more wins in Pac-10 play also for a ninth straight year ... Only Arizona's streak of 18 straight winning seasons in league play is longer ... 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 and Teyo Johnson (also wide receiver on the football team who has declared for the NFL 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's 22 wins include four victories over nationally-ranked teams ... Not bad for a team that was picked to finish seventh in the Pac-10 in a pre-season poll ... Stanford is 8-3 in games decided by five or less points ... That includes three one-point victories over Xavier (11/20/02), UCLA (1/23/03) and Arizona State (2/1/03) ... Stanford is ranked 17th in the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls.
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford is 109-21 (.838) at Maples Pavilion ... During that time, Stanford is 44-3 (.936) vs non-league opponents and 65-18 (.783) vs Pac-10 schools.
Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 54-11 (.831) on enemy turf.
Stanford is 22-7 overall, two games better than the team's record a year ago ... Stanford is 13-4 in the Pac-10 this year, two games better than a year ago at this time ... With a 22-7 record this year, Stanford has now recorded nine straight seasons with 20 or more wins ... Honors Candidate Julius Barnes has attempted a school record 193 three-pointers this year.
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 14-5 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
Stanford Cardinal Starters (22-7 overall, 13-4 Pac-10)F - Justin Davis, 6-9, 225, Junior, Berkeley, Ca (10.5 ppg, 8.1 rpg)F - Josh Childress, 6-8, 200, Sophomore, Lakewood, Ca (14.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg)C - Rob Little, 6-10, 275, Sophomore, Hampton, Va (8.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg)G - Matt Lottich, 6-4, 205, Junior, Winnetka, Il (11.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg)G - Julius Barnes, 6-1, 185, Senior, Rowland Heights, Ca (15.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg)
California Golden Bears Starters (20-6 overall, 13-4 Pac-10)F - Amit Tamir, 6-11, 260, Sophomore, Jerusalem, Israel (16.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg)F - Joe Shipp, 6-5, 220, Senior, Los Angeles, Ca (21.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg)C - Gabriel Hughes, 6-11, 225, Junior, Carson, Ca (2.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg)G - Brian Wethers, 6-5, 215, Senior, Murrieta, Ca (15.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg)G - Richard Midgley, 6-1, 200, Freshman, Burgess Hill, England (9.4 ppg, 3.1 apg)
Stanford is in the midst of its 88th season of collegiate basketball competition ... The Cardinal returned 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 returned, Julius Barnes ... Justin Davis started 18 games last year, and has started 18 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 while another key player, Teyo Johnson, did not play this year to enter the NFL Draft ... 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.
California leads the series with Stanford, 134-103 ... This 237-game series is the longest rivalry in Stanford history ... The Cardinal had won ten straight over Cal, but the Golden Bears have won the last two games, both games at Berkeley ... Stanford has won the last nine games over the Golden Bears at Maples Pavilion ... Last year at Stanford, Julius Barnes scored 27 points as Stanford opened Pac-10 play with a 82-62 verdict ... The Cardinal led by as many as 22 points ... Earlier this year (1/4/03), both teams opened conference play at Berkeley with Cal scoring a 72-59 victory ... Four Cardinal starters scored in double figures, led by Barnes and Josh Childress with 15 points apiece ... Joe Shipp led Cal with 18 points and ten rebounds.
Mike Montgomery, who is a finalist for the 2003 Naismith Coach Basketball Coach of the Year, is in his 17th season at Stanford with a record of 361-163 ... 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 515-239 ... 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 24-10 against California, including a 14-2 mark at Maples Pavilion ... Ben Braun is in his seventh season at California with a record of 138-76 ... Braun's career mark (11 years at Eastern Michigan, 6-plus years at Cal) is 471-311 ... Braun is 3-10 against Stanford.
Stanford is #1 in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (66.8 ppg) ... In 14 of Stanford's 22 wins, the Cardinal has held the opposition to under 40 percent shooting ... Only two opponents have hit 50 percent or better in a game ... The Cardinal is allowing the opposition only a .411 shooting percentage, #2 in the Pac-10 ... The Stanford defense has held the opposition to only a .303 shooting percentage from three-point range, first in the Pac-10 ... In only three games has the opponent hit double-digits in three-pointers ... In 23 of 29 games, the Cardinal has outrebounded its opponent ... The Cardinal has five players with 20 or more steals in a season for the first time since 1994.
Stanford has outrebounded the opposition in 23 of the 29 games ... Stanford has outrebounded its opponents by a margin of 5.8 (#2 in the Pac-10) over the 29 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) ... Josh Childress and Justin Davis are each averaging 8.1 rebounds per game, second-best in the Pac-10 ... Childress has produced ten or more rebounds in nine games, including a career-high 15 caroms against USC (1/25/03) and 13 at Oregon (2/6/03) ... Davis has recorded double-digits in rebounds in ten 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 174 of the team's 199 three-pointers ... Barnes has hit a team leading 67 three-pointers (67-for-193 for .347) ... Lottich also has hit a team-leading 67-of-172 three-pointers for .390 (#8 in the Pac-10) ... Childress has tallied 40-of-118 three-point attempts for .339 ... Stanford is fourth 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 will probably start running around April or May ... No surgery is planned.
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
Honors Candidate ... Stanford's starting point-guard and leading scorer (15.9 ppg, #9 in the Pac-10) ... Leads the team in free throw percentage (.829, #8 in the Pac-10) ... 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) and 13-for-13 against Arizona State (2/27/03) ... Also the team leader in assists (110, 3.79 apg, #6 in the Pac-10) and minutes played (34.9 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 ... Has played 30 or more minutes in the last eight games, and eleven of the last 12 ... Averaging 34.9 minutes per game ... Has played 1,013 minutes, only the eighth player in school history to play 1,000 or more minutes in a season ... In his last eight games, has scored 169 points ... Scored a career-high 33 points (23 in the first half) at Oregon State (2/9/03) ... Hit 10-of-15 shots from the floor against Oregon State, including five for nine from three-point territory ... Scored 29 points (9-for-18 from the floor, 6-for-12 from behind the arc) against Washington (2/13/03) ... Also hit for 29 points (4-for-4 from behind arc) against Arizona State (2/27/03) ... Scored 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) ... Tallied 27 points (7-for-7 from the free throw line, seven assists) at UCLA (2/22/03) ... Has hit in double-figures in points in 23 of the 29 games ... Has hit at least one three-pointer in 24 of 29 games ... A co-leader in three-pointers (67) ... Has attempted a school record 193 three-pointers ... Has started 53 straight games for the Cardinal.
#14 Tyler Besecker, Guard/Forward, 6-6, 210, Junior, Bellevue, Wa
Has played in eight 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) ... Scored two points and grabbed two rebounds in three minutes of play against Washington State (2/15/03).
#1 Josh Childress, Guard/Forward, 6-8, 200, Sophomore, Lakewood, Ca
Honors Candidate ... Has emerged as one of the team leaders in scoring (14.1 ppg, #2 on the Cardinal, #13 in the Pac-10) and rebounding (8.1 rpg, #1 on the Cardinal, #2 in the Pac-10) ... Has scored in double-figures in 25 of the 29 games ... Has grabbed 135 rebounds in his last 15 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 40 three-pointers, third-best on the Cardinal ... Has grabbed ten or more rebounds in ten games ... Recorded a career-high 15 rebounds against USC (1/25/03) ... Has recorded nine double-doubles ... Leads the team in blocks (38, #6 in the Pac-10) ... Has collected at least one block in 26 of 29 games ... Has hit 50 percent or better in 12 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 ... Returned to the starting lineup against Washington State (2/15/03) and responded with 21 points (7-for-10 from the floor), ten rebounds and two blocks ... At USC (2/20/03), tallied 20 points (7-for-11 from the floor) along with 14 rebounds ... One of the Pac-10's leading rebounders (8.1 rpg, #2 in the Pac-10) ... Has produced ten or more rebounds in ten 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 a team-leading .579 from the floor, #4 in the Pac-10 ... Has shot 50 percent or better in 17 of his last 19 games ... In his last 16 games, has hit 66-of-108 shots for .611 ... 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 11.3 minutes per game ... Has played double-digit minutes in 20 of 29 games ... Averaging 3.9 ppg ... Has made 16 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) ... Hit for nine points (4-for-6 from the floor) at UCLA (2/22/03).
#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 28 of 29 games, including a season-high 17 minutes against Washington State (2/15/03) ... Has played double-digits in minutes in eight games, including three of the last 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 ... Produced six assists with no turnovers against Washington (2/13/03).
#52 Matt Haryasz, Forward, 6-10, 215, Freshman, Page, Az
Has played in all 29 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).
#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 eleven games, including a season-high 17 minutes against Gonzaga (12/29/02) ... Shooting .512 from the floor ... Grabbed a season-high five rebounds against North Carolina (11/29/02) ... Scored a season-high eight points along with three minutes of 13 minutes play at Oregon (2/6/03) ... Added six points in 16 minutes of play at Oregon State (2/9/03).
#42 Rob Little, Center, 6-10, 275, Sophomore, Hampton, Va
Has enjoyed a solid season thus far ... Third on the team in rebounding (5.6 rpg, #14 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 14 games, including a career-high 12 rebounds at Washington (1/18/03) ... Hitting .567 from the floor, #2 on the Cardinal and #5 in the Pac-10 ... Has hit 50 percent or better in 23 of the 29 games ... That included 4-for-5 efforts against Rice (11/24/02), Montana (12/16/02) and Gonzaga (12/28/02) ... Averaging 8.9 ppg ... Has scored in double-digits in points in 14 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 11.0 ppg ... Co-leader on the team in three-pointers (67) ... Hitting .390 (67-for-172) from three-point territory, #8 in the Pac-10 ... Has hit at least one three-pointer in 25 of the 29 games ... In 15 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) ... Collected 20 points (6-for-8 from the floor, 5-for-7 from behind the arc) at UCLA (2/22/03).
#21 Nick Robinson, Forward/Guard, 6-6, 200, Sophomore, Liberty, Mo
Moved into the starting lineup for eleven games with the knee injury to Justin Davis ... In those eleven starts, averaged 5.9 points and 6.1 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) ... Gives Stanford a tremendous lift off the bench ... Averaging 22.3 minutes per game ... Averaging 4.6 points and 4.1 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) ... Grabbed two rebounds in two minutes of play against Washington State (2/15/03) ... 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 seven games ... Scored his first collegiate basket with a three-pointer against Washington State (2/15/03).
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 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 phone number for the teleconferences is (650) 723-2400 ... The Pac-10 Conference phone number for its teleconferences is (913) 981-5510.
Tuesday, March 4, 11:23 a.m. - Pac-10 Teleconference
Tuesday, March 4, 11:30 a.m. - Press Conference (ABC Room)
Tuesday, March 11, 11:30 a.m. - Stanford Teleconference
In past years, Stanford basketball games have been soldout ... This year, however, Cardinal men's basketball game tickets will now be available on the internet for selected games as part of the 'Ticket Tuesdays' Program ... This year, most men's basketball games have single game ticket availability including the Cal (3/8/03) game ... Prices for the single game tickets will be $25 dollars each (upper reserved, section 6 seating only) and can be bought online or through the Stanford athletic ticket office at 1-800-STANFORD ... Check the Stanford athletic ticket website each Tuesday to see which men's basketball games have single game ticket availability.
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