Unbeaten Stanford Faces Top-Ranked Kansas At John Wooden Classic

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Dec. 2, 2003

Stanford (3-0) vs Kansas (3-0)
The John R. Wooden Classic
Saturday, December 6, 2003, 1:00 p.m. (approximately)
The Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim (19,000)
KRON, Channel 4

Stanford Cardinal Starters (3-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)
F - Justin Davis, 6-9, 230, Senior, Berkeley, Ca (8.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg)
F - Nick Robinson, 6-6, 200, Junior, Liberty, Mo (8.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg)
C - Rob Little, 6-10, 265, Junior, Hampton, Va (11.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg)
G - Matt Lottich, 6-4, 205, Senior, Winnetka, Il (8.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg)
G - Chris Hernandez, 6-2, 190, Sophomore, Fresno, Ca (15.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 5.0 apg)

Kansas Jayhawk Starters (3-0 overall, 0-0 Big 12)
F - Wayne Simien, 6-9, 250, Junior, Leavenworth, Ks (18.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg)
F - David Padgett, 6-11, 230, Freshman, Reno, Nv (6.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg)
G - J.R. Giddens, 6-5, 195, Freshman, Oklahoma City, Ok (8.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg)
G - Keith Langford, 6-4, 210, Junior, Ft. Worth, Tx (20.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg)
G - Aaron Miles, 6-1, 175, Portland, Portland, Or (12.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 7.0 apg)

Tournament Talk
Stanford will be competing in the John R. Wooden Classic for the third time ... The Cardinal defeated Georgia, 76-74, during the 1997-98 season, and followed up with a 67-58 win over then #1 ranked Auburn, during the 1999-00 season ... The Stanford-Kansas game will start at approximately 1:00 p.m. following a matchup between UCLA and Kentucky at10:30 a.m.

Series Story
Kansas leads the series with Stanford, 8-1 ... The Jayhawks have won the last four meetings against the Cardinal including a 86-63 decision at the NCAA Tournament during the 2001-02 season ... Stanford is 19-12 vs Big 12 schools, while Kansas is 54-28 against Pac-10 schools ... The Jayhawks' last Pac-10 opponent was Arizona last year at the NCAA West Regional in Anaheim, and Kansas scored a 78-75 victory.

Coaches Corner
Mike Montgomery is in his 18th season as head coach at Stanford ... Montgomery is 366-165 on The Farm, and holds an overall career record of 520-242 (17-plus seasons at Stanford, 8 seasons at Montana) ... Montgomery has led Stanford to nine straight trips to the NCAA Tournament ... Montgomery is 0-2 against Kansas ... Bill Self is in his first season at Kansas ... Self's career record (4 seasons at Oral Roberts, 3 seasons at Tulsa, 3 seasons at Illinois, first year at Kansas) is 210-105 ... Self is 0-0 vs Stanford.

Top-Ranked Teams
Stanford is 3-25 (16 losses to UCLA) against #1 ranked teams ... However, the Cardinal has won two of the last three games against top-ranked teams ... On Dec. 21, 2000 at the Pete Newell Challenge, Casey Jacobsen sank a bank shot in the closing seconds to give the Cardinal a 84-83 victory over #1 Duke ... On Jan. 30, 2003 in Tucson, Matt Lottich (G, 6-4, 205, Senior) scored 23 points, including a crucial three-pointer with 58 seconds to play, to lift Stanford to an 82-77 victory over #1 Arizona ... Later in the year (3/1/03), Arizona was again ranked #1 and defeated Stanford, 72-69, at Maples Pavilion.

Scouting Stanford
Three strong performances have resulted in a 3-0 start for the Stanford Cardinal ... In their last game at at Rice (11/30/03), Stanford fought back from a 16-6 first half deficit to hand Rice a 60-56 defeat in Houston ... The Cardinal jumped to a 3-0 lead, but the Owls outscored the Cardinal, 16-3, over a nine minute span to take a ten-point lead ... Rice owned a 30-22 lead early in the second half, but Stanford took the lead for good at 34-33 with 13:20 to play ... Stanford extended the lead to six points, 56-50, with 3:51 to play ... Rice cut the margin to two points, 56-54, with 1:29 to play, but Chris Hernandez (G, 6-2, 190, Sophomore) hit four free throws in the final 18 seconds to seal the Cardinal win ... Hernandez scored 17 points (4-for-6 from the floor, 7-for-7 from the free throw line) along with four assists and two steals in 37 minutes ... Rob Little (C, 6-10, 265, Junior) added 17 points and seven rebounds and two blocks ... At UC Irvine (11/25/03), 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 ... Fred Washington (F, 6-5, 205, Freshman), 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 (F, 6-9, 230, Senior) led the Cardinal with 17 points and ten rebounds. his 13th career double-double ... Honors Candidate Matt Lottich (G, 6-4, 205, Senior) added 13 points and a career-high eight rebounds against Sacramento State ... Two other Stanford players scored in double figures ... Little scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds while Matt Haryasz (F, 6-10, 225, Sophomore) came off the bench to score a career-high ten points (5-for-5 from the floor), a career-high seven rebounds and blocked two shots ... 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.

Neutral NotationStanford has done well on neutral courts during the last several years ... Since the 1997-98 season, Stanford is 32-12 on neutral courts.

Road Review
Since the 1997-98 season, Stanford is 56-11 (.836) 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,

The 2003-04 Stanford Basketball Varsity

#1 Josh Childress, G/F, 6-8, 205, Junior, Los Angeles, Ca
Will be out of the lineup until the conference opener with a stress reaction in the his left foot.

#22 Justin Davis, F, 6-9, 230, Senior, Berkeley, Ca
Stanford's leading rebounder (7.3 rpg) ... Grabbed a team-high ten rebounds in the season opener against Sacramento State (11/22/03) ... Hit 5-of-7 shots from the floor enroute to scoring 17 points against Sacramento State (11/22/03) ... Shooting 50 percent (7-for-14) from the floor.

#20 Dan Grunfeld, F, 6-6, 210, Sophomore, River Hills, Wi
An important reserve ... Averaging nearly 16 minutes per game ... Grabbed five rebounds at UC Irvine (11/25/03)

#32 Jason Haas, G, 6-2, 190, Sophomore, Centre Hall, Pa
Stanford's backup point-guard ... Has played in double-digit minutes in two of the three games ... Played a season-high 15 minutes in the season opener against Sacramento State (11/22/03).

#52 Matt Haryasz, F, 6-10, 225, Sophomore, Page, Az
Off to a strong start ... Averaging seven points and five rebounds off the bench ... Averaging 21.3 minutes per game ... Shooting .526 (10-for-19) from the floor ... Hit 5-of-5 shots for ten points along with a career-high seven rebounds in the season opener against Sacramento State (11/22/03) ... Leads the team in blocked shots (6) ... Netted a career-high three blocks against Rice (11/30/03).

#11 Chris Hernandez, 6-2, 190, Guard, Sophomore, Fresno, Ca
Stanford's leading scorer (15.0 ppg) ... Shooting a team-leading .684 from the field ... Also leads the team in three-point field goal percentage (.643, 9-for-14) and free throw percentage (10-for-11, .909) ... Averaging five assists per game with three steals ... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week for helping lead Stanford to two victories at UC Irvine (72-59, 11/25/03) and Rice (60-56, 11/30/03) ... Scored 39 points against UCI and Rice ... Scored a career-high 22 points (16 in the first half) along with five assists and no turnovers in 30 minutes of play at UC Irvine ... Hit 8-of-9 shots from the floor, and 6-for-7 from three-point territory against the Anteaters ... Hit a career-high six three-pointers against UCI ... Scored 17 points (15 in the second half), dished out four assists and stole two passes in the win at Rice ... Hit 4-of-6 shots from the floor, and 2-for-3 from three-point territory ... Was 7-for-7 from the free throw line, including four free throws in the final 18 seconds to ice the game at Rice ... In the two games against UC Irvine and Rice, hit 12-of-15 shots for 80 percent, 8-of-10 from three-point range, and 7-for-7 from the free throw line ... Dished out nine assists along with two steals in 67 minutes of play.

#00 Joe Kirchofer, F, 6-9, 250, Senior, Elk Grove, Ca
Tri-captain ... Averaging nearly 12 minutes per game in a reserve role ... Played a season-high 17 minutes at UC Irvine (11/25/03) ... Scored six points (2-for-2 from the floor, 2-for-2 from the free throw line) along with three rebounds at UC Irvine (11/25/03).

#42 Rob Little, C, 6-10, 260, Junior, Hampton, Va
Averaging 11.7 points per game, #2 on the Cardinal ... Also grabbing 6.3 rebounds per game ... Shooting .556 (15-for-27) from the floor, third-best on the team ... Has scored in double figures in two of the three games ... Scored a season-high 17 points (7-for-11 from the floor) along with seven rebounds and two blocked shots at Rice (11/30/03) ... Scored 12 points and pulled down seven boards in the season opener against Sacramento State (11/22/03).

#33 Matt Lottich, G, 6-4, 205, Senior, Winnetka, Il
Tri-captain ... Scored in double figures in two of the three games ... Scored a season-high 13 points (two 3-pointers) in the season opener against Sacramento State (11/22/03) ... Second on the team in assists (11) ... Averaging 4.7 rebounds per game ... Grabbed a career-high eight rebounds against Sacramento State (11/22/03).

#10 Tim Morris, G, 6-4, 215, Freshman, Atlanta, Ga
Redshirting the 2003-04 season.

#21 Nick Robinson, F/G, 6-6, 200, Junior, Liberty, Mo
Tri-captain ... A starter in all three games ... Averaging 8.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game ... Shooting .563 (9-for-16) from the floor, second-best on the team.

#44 Fred Washington, F, 6-5, 205, Freshman, Los Angeles, Ca
Despite his youth on the collegiate level, has contributed to Stanford's success ... In 12 minutes of play at UC Irvine (11/25/03), scored nine points (6-for-6 from the free throw line), grabbed three rebounds and stole three passes in 12 minutes of play.

#3 Carlton Weatherby, G, 6-0, 175, Sophomore, Tacoma, WaHas played in one game (Sacramento State, 11/22/03).

Jayhawk Jargon
Kansas has moved to the top spot in this week's Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN rankings ... The Jayhawks jumped from sixth to first in the AP rankings, the biggest move in almost 40 years and matched the second biggest in the history of the AP poll, which started in the 1948-49 season ... Kansas is 3-0 after a 85-66 victory at TCU (12/1/03) ... Keith Langford (G, 6-4, 210, Junior) led Kansas with 24 points (9-for-10 from the floor), four assists and four steals ... Jeff Hawkins (G, 5-11, 180, Sophomore) came off the bench to score 19 points (7-for-9 from the floor) in 23 minutes of play ... The Jayhawks opened the season with a 90-76 victory over UT Chattanooga (11/21/03) and followed up with an 81-74 victory over then third-ranked Michigan State (11/25/03) ... Both games were in Lawrence ... Langford is the team's leading scorer at 20.3 points per game ... Langford is 23-for-35 from the floor for .657, and 12-for-13 from the free throw line for .923 ... Wayne Simien (F, 6-9, 250, Junior) is off to a fast start averaging 18.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game ... Simien is is shooting .607 (17-for-28) from the floor, and is 20-for-21 from the free throw line for .952 ... Simien scored 28 points (9-for-12 from the floor) and grabbed eight rebounds against Michigan State ... The third double-digit scorer is Aaron Miles (G, 6-1, 175, Junior) at 12.0 ppg ... Miles leads the team in assists (21) and steals (12) ... Miles tallied 17 points, seven steals and six assists against Michigan State ... Kansas is shooting 54 percent (94-for-174) from the floor, and 49-for-60 (.817) from the free throw line ... Like Stanford's Josh Childress, Simien and Langford are among 50 preseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award ... Kansas has made the NCAA Tournament 14 straight years, and has been to two straight NCAA Final Fours ... Kansas has won two national championships, and has been to the NCAA Final Four 12 times ... The Jayhawks entered the 2002-03 season as the third-winningest school in college baskethall history ... The entered the year with 1,801 wins in 105 years of play, while Kentucky (1,849 wins) and North Carolina (1,808 wins) are 1-2.

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, 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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