Unbeaten Stanford Travels to Unbeaten Rice

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Nov. 27, 2003

Stanford (2-0) at Rice (3-0)
Sunday, November 30, 2003, 3:30 p.m. (ct)
Autry Court (5,000)

Stanford Cardinal Starters (2-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)
F - Justin Davis, 6-9, 230, Senior, Berkeley, Ca (11.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg)
F - Nick Robinson, 6-6, 200, Junior, Liberty, Mo (7.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg)
C - Rob Little, 6-10, 265, Junior, Hampton, Va (9.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg)
G - Matt Lottich, 6-4, 205, Senior, Winnetka, Il (12.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg)
G - Chris Hernandez, 6-2, 190, Sophomore, Fresno, Ca (14.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 5.5 apg)

Rice Owl Starters (3-0 overall, 0-0 WAC)
F - Michael Harris, 6-6, 240, Junior, Hillsboro, Tx (15.3 ppg, 11.3 rpg)
F - Yamat Diene, 6-9, 240, Senior, Dakar, Senegal (10.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg)
G - Jason McKrieth, 6-4, 210, Junior, Schenectady, NY (14.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg)
G - Brock Gillespie, 6-0, 170, Junior, Clarksville, Tn (8.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg)
G - Rashid Smith, 6-3, 175, Senior, Alexandria, La (5.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.0 apg)

Series Story
Stanford holds a 7-0 margin of victory over Rice ... The Cardinal has never played at Rice ... Five of Stanford's wins were on Stanford's home court, including four victories at Maples Pavilion ... Last year, the Cardinal scored 79-62 victory at Stanford ... Julius Barnes tied a school record with eight three-pointers enroute to 28 points ... Honors Candidate Matt Lottich added 22 points ... Lottich was 6-for-10 from three-point range ... Michael Harris scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Owls ... The first meeting between the two schools took place on March 20, 1942, in Kansas City when Stanford scored a 53-47 over Rice Institute at the NCAA West Regional semifinals ... In 1942, Stanford won the NCAA title ... Stanford is 80-25 against WAC schools.

Coaches Corner
Mike Montgomery is in his 18th season as head coach at Stanford ... Montgomery is 365-165 on The Farm, and holds an overall career record of 519-242 (17-plus seasons at Stanford, 8 seasons at Montana) ... Montgomery has led Stanford to nine straight trips to the NCAA Tournament ... Montgomery is 3-0 against Rice ... Willis Wilson is in his 12th season at Rice with a record of 150-164 ... Wilson is 0-2 against Stanford ... Wilson served as an assistant coach at Stanford during the 1991-92 season.

Scouting Stanford
Two strong performances have resulted in a 2-0 start for the Stanford Cardinal ... In their last game at UC Irvine (11/25/03), point guard Chris Hernandez scored a career-high 22 points (8-for-9 from the floor, 6-for-7 from three-point range) and dished out five assists with no turnovers to help the Cardinal to a convincing 72-59 victory over the Anteaters ... Stanford jumped to an 11-0 lead and advanced the lead to 23 points at halftime, 48-25 ... The Cardinal lead jumped to its biggest margin of the game, 25 points, three times during the second half ... Freshman Fred Washington, playing in only his second collegiate game, came off the bench to score nine points (6-for-6 from the free throw line), grabbed three rebounds and stole three passes in 12 minutes of play ... Stanford hit 9-of-16 shots from behind the arc, and outrebounded UCI, 38-26 ... Stanford open the 2003-04 season with a 77-59 victory over Sacramento State (11/22/03) ... Honors Candidate Justin Davis led the Cardinal with 17 points and ten rebounds. his 13th career double-double ... Honors Candidate Matt Lottich added 13 points and a career-high eight rebounds against Sacramento State ... Two other Stanford players scored in double figures ... Center Rob Little scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds while forward Matt Haryasz came off the bench to score a career-high ten points (5-for-5 from the floor) and career-highs in rebounds (7) and blocked shots (2) ... Stanford shot 50 percent (26-for-52) and outrebounded the Hornets, 46-22 ... Three of Stanford's top double-digit scorers from a year ago return while the team's top four rebounders are back ... Josh Childress (14.1 ppg in 2002-03), Matt Lottich (11.3 ppg in 2002-03) and Justin Davis (10.3 ppg in 2002-03) are the veteran scorers while Childress (8.1 rpg in 2002-03), Davis (7.8 rpg in 2002-03), Rob Little (5.7 rpg in 2002-03) and Nick Robinson (4.2 rpg in 2002-03) are the four top rebounders ... Add to the point and rebound totals are talented veterans like Joe Kirchofer, Dan Grunfeld, Matt Haryasz, Jason Haas and Carlton Weatherby ... Chris Hernandez returns from a medical redshirt year, while Stanford has added another outstanding freshman class with the addition of Tim Morris & Fred Washington.

Season Starts
Stanford began its 89th season of collegiate competition when the Cardinal hosted Sacramento State (77-59 win on Nov. 22) ... The Cardinal is 73-16 in season openers, and has won 16 straight season openers dating back to the 1987-88 season ... Stanford now is 31-5 in home openers at Maples Pavilion.

Maples Memo
Stanford is in the midst of its 36th season playing in Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal is 168-34 (.832) against non-league competition on its home court ... Stanford has produced ten straight winning seasons at Maples Pavilion ... Following the 2003-04 season, Maples Pavilion will undergo a $30-million renovation ... The project is expected to be completed on Jan. 1, 2005, in time for the opening of the Pac-10 season ... Stanford will play the non-league season at Santa Clara's Leavey Center ... The renovation, financed entirely through donations from alumni and friends of the University, will include a new covered concourse with state-of-the-art concession and restroom facilities, in addition to a new center-hung scoreboard with video and replay capability ... The renovation will also include new locker rooms, a strength and conditioning room, a training room, a media center and meeting rooms ... The seating configuration will feature a new lower seating bowl that will take the place of the current floor and loge sections ... The new lower seating bowl will include chair-back theater seats that will replace the wood bleachers in the current floor setup.

Road Review
Since the 1997-98 season, Stanford is 55-11 (.833) on enemy turf ... Stanford was 7-3 on the road last year, including a 82-77 victory at #1 ranked Arizona and a 93-84 decision at UCLA, the sixth straight season that Stanford has beaten the Bruins at Pauley Pavilion,

Conference Chatter
Stanford is predicted to finish second in the 2003-04 Pacific-10 Conference basketball race, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball ... The Cardinal chalked up 321 points, including seven first-place votes ... Arizona, the defending Pac-10 champion, gathered 26 first-place votes and a total of 339 points ... California is picked to finish third after gathering one first-place vote and 238 points ... USC was the only other conference member to gain at least one first-place vote ... Oregon is picked to finish fourth followed by USC, UCLA, Arizona State, Washington, Washington State and Oregon State.

Pre-Season Potpourri
All-America candidate Josh Childress is one of 30 pre-season candidates for the 2003-04 Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year Award ... Childress, a member of the 2003 United States Pan Am Games team, also is one of 50 collegiate players named as a pre-season All-America candidate for the John Wooden team ... Childress also was just named to the ten-member Playboy All-America team ... Childress also was named honorable mention All-American by Athlon's Magazine ... Head coach Mike Montgomery is the 2004 winner of the John R. Wooden 'Legends of Coaching' Lifetime Achievement Award.

Rice Review
Rice is off to a fast start with a 3-0 record ... The Owls opened the season at the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska ... Rice scored a 76-46 win over Idaho State (11/21/03), a 69-55 decision over St. Mary's (Ca) and a 64-49 victory over Washington State (11/23/03) ... Three players average in double figures led by Michael Harris (F, 6-6, 240, Junior) at 15.3 ppg ... Harris also leads the team in rebounding at 11.3 per game ... Harris is shooting .548 from the floor ... Last year, Harris shot .623 from the floor, fifth-best in the nation ... Harris and Jason McKrieth (G, 6-4, 210, Junior) have made 27-of-29 free throw attempts for 93 percent ... Harris scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the win over Idaho State ... Harris then followed up with eleven points and eleven rebounds against St. Mary's and 15 points and nine caroms against Washington State.

Mike Montgomery Press Conference and Teleconference Schedule

During the 2003-04 Stanford basketball season, Cardinal head coach Mike Montgomery will host a series of press conferences and teleconferences. Please join us throughout the year to get an insight on this year's nationally-ranked Cardinal team.

All press conferences will be held in the ABC Room at the Arrillaga Family Sports Center at Stanford University.

The Stanford teleconferences can be accessed by calling (650) 723-2400

Media may contact the Pac-10 office to receive the media-only teleconference phone number for the live teleconference. The phone number for the taped replay is 420-222-9927.

Thursday, December 4, Teleconference, 11:30 a.m., 650-723-2400
Friday, December 5, John Wooden Classic Press Conference at Anaheim Pond, 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, December 9, Teleconference, 11:30 a.m., 650-723-2400
Friday, December 19, Pete Newell Press Conference at Oakland Arena, Noon
Tuesday, December 30, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, December 30, Stanford Teleconference, 11:45 a.m., 650-723-2400
Tuesday, January 6, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, January 6, Stanford Teleconference, 11:45 a.m., 650-723-2400
Tuesday, January 13, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, January 13, Press Conference, ABC Room, 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, January 20, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, January 20, Press Conference, ABC Room, 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, January 27, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, January 27, Stanford Teleconference, 11:45 a.m., 650-723-2400
Tuesday, February 3, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, February 3, Press Conference, 11:30 a.m., ABC Room
Tuesday, February 10, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, February 10, Stanford Teleconference, 11:45 a.m., 650-723-2400
Tuesday, February 17, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, February 17, Stanford Teleconference, 11:45 a.m., 650-723-2400
Tuesday, Feburary 24, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, February 24, Press Conference, 11:30 a.m., ABC Room
Tuesday, March 2, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, March 2, Stanford Teleconference, 11:45 a.m., 650-723-2400
Tuesday, March 9, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, March 9, Stanford Teleconference, 11:45 a.m., 650-723-2400

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