No. 3 UCLA On Tap For Stanford This Sunday

Jan. 27, 2007

CARDINAL SQUARE OFF WITH NATIONALLY RANKED UCLA: The Stanford men's basketball team (13-5, 5-3 Pac-10) will take on #2/3 UCLA (18-1, 7-1 Pac-10) at 5 p.m. in Maples on Sunday, January 28. This game can also be seen on FOX Sports Net. Steve Physioc and Marques Johnson will call the action. The game can be heard on the radio locally on KNTS (1220 AM) with Bob Murphy and John Platz providing play-by-play and color commentary respectively. Stanford, winners of five of their last six games, is coming off an upset over No. 25 USC on Thursday night.

THURSDAY RECAP: Brook Lopez blocked a school-record 12 shots to go along with 18 points and 11 rebounds, helping Stanford spoil No. 25 Southern California's first game as a ranked team in five years with a 65-50 victory Thursday night. Lopez dominated the inside for the Cardinal and overwhelmed the Trojans, scoring six points and blocking three shots during a 12-0 run that put the Cardinal up 22 midway through the second half. Lopez's 12 blocks - nearly as many as his total of 13 coming into the game - were as many as any team ever had against the Trojans, matching the 11 blocks for Wyoming in 1983. Along with three blocks by twin brother Robin and four for Lawrence Hill, Stanford set a school record with 19 blocks and held USC to 28 percent shooting. Hill added 18 points and nine rebounds and Anthony Goods had 10 points for the Cardinal.

ABOUT UCLA: UCLA enters Sunday's contest with an 18-1 overall record, 7-1 in the Pac-10 after a 62-46 win over Cal on Thursday night ... Arron Afflalo scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half and made all nine of his free throws in that game ... Josh Shipp added 12 points ... They are coached by Ben Howland who is in his third season ... UCLA is averaging 74.3 points while holding their opponents to 59.6 (+14.7) ... The Bruins are winners of their last four consecutive games ... They are 3-1 vs. ranked teams this season ... UCLA holds a 126-87 advantage in the all-time series with the Cardinal and have won the last two meetings between the two teams ... Stanford has won seven of the last 10 meetings with the Bruins ... The Cardinal hold a slim 55-54 edge in the friendly confines of Maples Pavilion.

LAST YEAR VS. UCLA AT MAPLES: Arron Afflalo led four players in double figures with 16 points as the UCLA Bruins captured their first conference title in nine years with a 75-64 victory against Stanford. Dan Grunfeld scored 14 points and Anthony Goods 12 for Stanford. The game marked the last home contest for Chris Hernandez, Grunfeld, Jason Haas and Matt Haryasz - though the Cardinal still could host an NIT game. The seniors were honored in a pregame ceremony that featured video highlights of their careers. Jordan Farmar added 13 points and seven assists, Ryan Hollins had 13 points and eight rebounds, while Luc Richard Mbah a Moute contributed 12 points and nine rebounds.

TRIPLE-DOUBLE FIRST: Freshman forward Brook Lopez (Fresno, Calif.) recorded the school's first triple double on Thursday night against USC when he posted 18 points, 11 rebounds and 12 blocks.

RECORDS FALL AGAINST USC: It was a night for the record books on Thursday as Brook Lopez shattered the school record for blocks in a single game when he swatted 12 against the Trojans (previous high was six held by four different players including current players Lawrence Hill and Robin Lopez) ... The team block total of 19 also broke the school record for team blocks in a single game (previous record 13 vs. Oregon St., 2003-04) ... The 19 blocks also breaks the Pac-10 record for blocked shots (previous record 16, Ariz. vs. Ore., Feb. 3, 2000).

WHERE IT RANKS IN THE NCAA RECORD BOOK: Stanford's 19 team blocks ties for fifth for a single game in the NCAA record books (the record is 21 - Georgetown vs. Southern, 1993) ... Brook Lopez's 12 blocks is tied for 13th for an individual in a single game (record is 14 held by four players).

Robin Lopez BREAKS FRESHMAN BLOCKS RECORD: Freshman center Robin Lopez broke the Stanford freshman block record for a single season last night against USC ... Lopez had three blocks on the night to bring his season total to 44 (previous record was 43 by freshman Tim Young in 1994-95) ... His 44 blocks in 2006-07 ranks fifth for a single season at Stanford ... Lopez has recorded at least one block in 16 of 18 games this season and has recorded two or more blocks 13 times ... He has notched four or more blocks five times ... Lopez leads the team and conference averaging 2.4 blocks per game.

STANFORD VS. RANKED OPPONENTS: The Cardinal are 3-2 vs. ranked opponents in 2006-07 with wins over then #24 Washington, then #23 Washington State and #25 USC.

CARDINAL HITS THE BOARDS: Stanford is averaging 38.7 rebounds as a team this year, outrebounding their opponents by a 6.2 margin ... The Cardinal has outrebounded their opponent in the last four games and are 3-1 in those contests ... Stanford's 6.2 rebound margin ranks second in the Pac-10.

HOME COOKING: The Cardinal are 8-3 in the friendly confines of Maples this year, shooting .458 from the floor ... They are averaging 68.8 ppg and 39.6 rebounds ... The Cardinal are winning by an average of 6.0 points and shooting .635 from the free throw line ... They are averaging 6.3 blocks pg and 5.4 steals pg ... At Maples, Lawrence Hilll is averaging 14.7 ppg while Anthony Goods checks in with 14.3 ppg ... Stanford is 3-2 in their last five home games and have won the last three.

TWIN FACT: The Lopez twins, Brook and Robin, have combined for 69 blocks through 18 games this season ... The Collins twins, Jarron and Jason, who played for the Cardinal in the late 90's and early 2000's, combined for 59 during their freshmen campaigns.

CONFERENCE ACTION: Stanford is 5-3 in league play, averaging 68.6 ppg whIle shooting .455 from the field ... The team is averaging 38.9 rebounds per game while shooting .341 from beyond the arc ... At the same time last year, the Cardinal was also 5-3 in league play heading into a game against Washington.

NOTES FROM AROUND THE COURT: Stanford's 102 blocked shots so far this season ranks ninth for a single season on the farm ... Sophomore Lawrence Hill has 40 blocked shots for his career which ranks him 21st on the Farm ... Freshman Robin Lopez's 44 career blocked shots ties him for 16th on the Cardinal charts ... Junior Peter Prowitt's 35 career blocked shots ranks him 25th in career blocked shots ... Anthony Goods 44 three pointers is just shy of the top 25 on the Farm for a single season (the two players at No. 25 had 47 in a single season).

A LOOK AHEAD: The Cardinal kick off the second half of Pac-10 play after a non-conference tilt against Gonzaga on January 31 at 8 p.m. in Maples Pavilion ... The game will be televised by FOX Sports Net ... Stanford then travels accross the bay to square off with California on February 3 at 6:30 p.m. in Haas Pavilion ... The game can also be seen on FOX Sports Net.

RPI RANKINGS: The Pac-10 ranks as the top conference in the nation this year in the RPI conference power rankings this season ... The Cardinal have played five teams ranked in the national polls - including four of the last five games ... Stanford continues the streak with nationally ranked USC and UCLA in Maples Pavilion this week.

PAC-10 RANKINGS: Lawrence Hill is ninth in scoring (15.6 ppg) and Anthony Goods is 19th (13.1 ppg) ... Robin Lopez ranks 11th in the league in rebounds (6.4), Hill is 10th (6.4 and Fred Washington is 19th (5.2 rpg) ... Robin Lopez is sixth in the conference in FG percentage at .536 while Hill is fifth (.538) ... Washinton ranks 8th (3.72 apg) in assists per game and Mitch Johnson is 7th (3.82) ... Goods is third in 3-pt. FG made (2.44 per game), 9th in FT percentage (.804) and 6th in minutes played (33.44)... Robin Lopez is first in the league in blocked shots (2.44 bpg) while Hill is 8th (0.94) ... As a team, Stanford second in the conference in Rebounding offense (38.7) and third in FG Pct. defense (.409) ... They are first in blocked shots (5.67 bpg) and fourth in assists (15.61) ... Stanford is second in rebounding margin (+6.2).

TWINS, PART TWO: The Lopez twins, Brook and Robin, are the second set of highly touted big men to grace The Farm ... Jason and Jarron Collins were the first set of big men to light up the court for Stanford in the late 90's and early 2000's ... The Collins twins both earned All-America honors during their college careers ... The Lopez tandem is contributing 16.4 ppg, 3.1 bpg and 9.5 rpg.

CARDINAL ON T.V.: Stanford will have at least 21 of their games this season broadcast on television not counting the Pac-10 Tournament or potential postseason play ... The Cardinal are currently on televised game No. 9 in a stretch of 11 consecutive games on t.v. ... Stanford is 11-4 in televised games so far this year.

HEAD COACH Trent Johnson: Trent Johnson became the 16th men's basketball head coach in Stanford history on May 25, 2004. Johnson, who is considered one of the true teachers of the game, is a perfect fit for one of the most dominant basketball programs in the last two decades. In Johnson's first season on The Farm, he showed the strength of his leadership style as Stanford dealt with a season-ending injury to its leading scorer and only nine healthy players competing at the end of the year. But despite the obstacles, Johnson helped lead the Cardinal to its11th consecutive NCAA postseason appearance. With an 18-13 overall record and 11-7 mark in the Pac-10 Conference (third place finish), three players were tabbed to the Pac-10 All-Conference teams: Chris Hernandez (first team), Dan Grunfeld (first team) and Matt Haryasz (honorable mention). Hernandez and Grunfeld were further honored as first-team NABC District-14 selections. Several st udent-athletes were recognized for their work in the classroom. Grunfeld was honored as a 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic Second Team All-American selection while four of the five first-team Pac-10 All-Academic spots were awarded to Cardinal players (Grunfeld, Hernandez, Rob Little and Nick Robinson). Jason Haas was second team selection as well.

STUDENT STATION KZSU TO BROADCAST HOME GAMES: The Cardinal men's basketball games can also be heard on KZSU 90.1 FM this season - Stanford's student radio station.

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