Gonzaga On Tap For No. 23 Men's Basketball
Jan. 30, 2007
CARDINAL HOST GONZAGA IN NON-CONFERENCE TILT ON WEDNESDAY: The 23rd-ranked Stanford men's basketball team (14-5, 6-3 Pac-10) host Gonzaga (15-7, 6-1 WCC) in a non-conference matchup, Wednesday, January 31, at 8 p.m. FOX Sports Net will carry the game with Barry Tompkins and Dan Belluomini calling the action. The Cardinal return to conference action on Saturday, February 3, when they travel across the bay to face California (12-9, 4-5 Pac-10) at 6:30 p.m. That game will also be televised by FOX Sports Net. Both games 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 six of their last seven games, is coming off sweep of the L.A. schools.
SUNDAY RECAP: Lawrence Hill scored seven straight points - including those two key baskets - and the Cardinal rallied in the final 20 minutes to stun No. 3 UCLA 75-68 on Sunday night, handing the Bruins just their second loss of the season. Hill finished with 22 points for the Cardinal. Goods scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half when the coaches kept saying to calmly chip away. He hit four of the team's seven 3-pointers as Stanford won its third straight and sixth in seven to complete a sweep of the ranked Los Angeles schools after a 65-50 victory over No. 25 USC on Thursday night. Brook Lopez had eight rebounds and seven points after getting a school-record 12 blocks on Thursday night against USC and the first triple-double in school history.
ABOUT GONZAGA: The Bulldogs enter Wednesday's match up with a 15-7 overall re cord and are coached by Mark Few ... Freshman guard Matt Bouldin has been named the West Coast Conference men's basketball player of the week for his effort in helping the Bulldogs gain sole possession of first place with a weekend sweep ... On Monday, Gonzaga posted a 91-82 win over San Diego ... The 'Zags lead the all-time series with Stanford 3-2, including last year's contest ... The Cardinal have won two of the last three meetings ... Stanford is 0-1 vs. Gonzaga at home (80-76 loss in 1993-94).
LAST YEAR VS. GONZAGA: Adam Morrison scored 12 of his 34 points in the final 3 minutes to help the Bulldogs hold off Stanford 80-76. Stanford stayed close during a thrilling second half, but was undone by Gonzaga's strong free-throw shooting. Gonzaga trailed 43-38 at halftime, after shooting just 41 percent from the field while the Cardinal made 58 percent. The Bulldogs bounced back in the second half, shooting 56 percent and holding Stanford to 9-of-29 shooting. Stanford also missed key free throws as the game wore on, making just 15-of-24 overall. Gonzaga made 21 of 26 foul shots.
Brook Lopez TABBED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Stanford forward Brook Lopez has been named the U.S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for January 22-28. Lopez, a freshman from Fresno, Calif., averaged 12.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 6.5 blocks as Stanford swept the Los Angeles schools. In the 65-50 win over No. 25 USC, Lopez recorded the first triple-double in school history with 18 points, 11 rebounds and a school record 12 blocked shots. In the 75-68 upset of No. 3 UCLA, Lopez scored seven points and pulled down eight rebounds. Defensively, he helped keep UCLA's leading rebounders to just five boards for the game as the Cardinal outrebounded the Bruins 40-28. For the week, he shot 11-of-24 (.458) from the field and dished out 2.5 assists per game.
STANFORD IN THE RANKINGS: The Cardinal check in this week for the first time in the national rankings ... They are ranked No. 23 in the latest Associated Press poll ... The last time Stanford was ranked in the AP poll was last year's preseason poll.
BIG SECOND HALF: After trailing by 17 at halftime, Stanford scored 50 points in the second half to rally for the win vs. UCLA ... The 50 points in the second half ties a season high for a single half (50 pts. in the second half vs. Siena, 11/11/06).
THE LAST TIME: The last time Stanford beat a top five team was January 10, 2004 when the fourth-ranked Cardinal beat No. 3 Arizona, 82-72, in Tucson ... That same season, Stanford beat No. 1 Kansas in the John Wooden Classic, 64-58, on December 6, 2003.
HILL OF A YEAR: Sophomore Lawrence Hill has turned it on in his second year on The Farm for the Cardinal ... Hill has led the team in scoring in 10 games this year and is averaging a team-leading 15.9 points per game as well as 6.4 rebounds per game ... Hill has scored in double figures 17 times and has one double-double on they year ... He has five 20-plus point games ... Last season, Hill averaged 4.7 ppg and 3.4 rpg ... Hill has been named Stanford's Muscle Milk Athlete of the Week, twice this season ... He has scored in double figures his last 11 games for the Cardinal ... Hill's five three pointers vs. OSU was a career best.
GOOD TIMES: Sophomore guard Anthony Goods has made marked improvement in his second season on The Farm ... He has started in every game for the Cardinal, leading the team in minutes per game with 33.5 ... He now has two 30-point games this season ... Last year, Goods averaged 2.7 points and 1.5 rebounds - this year, he checks in with 13.4 ppg and 3.4 rpg ... Goods has recorded at least one three-pointer in 18 of 19 games this season ... He was named Pac-10 Player of the Week (Jan. 15).
Robin Lopez SETS FRESMAN BLOCK MARK: Freshman center Robin Lopez broke the Stanford freshman block record for a single season last week 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 45 blocks in 2006-07 ranks fifth for a single season at Stanford and is one shy of No. 4 (Josh Childress, 46) ... Lopez has recorded at least one block in 17 of 19 games this season and has recorded two or more blocks 13 times ... He has notched four or more blocks five times ... Lopez ranks first in the conference averaging 2.37 blocks per game.
CARDINAL AND THE BIG WINS: The Cardinal are 4-2 vs. ranked opponents in 2006-07 with wins over then #24 Washington, then #23 Washington State then #25 USC and then #3 UCLA.
CARDINAL BOARD WORK: Stanford is averaging 38.8 rebounds as a team this year, outrebounding their opponents by a 6.4 margin ... The Cardinal has outrebounded their opponent in the last five games and are 4-1 in those contests ... Stanford's 6.4 rebound margin ranks first in the Pac-10.
HOME, SWEET HOME: The Cardinal are 9-3 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 4-1 in their last five home games and have won the last four.
TIMES TWO: The Lopez twins, Brook and Robin, have combined for 71 blocks through 19 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.
JUST THE FACTS: Stanford is 6-3 in league play, averaging 69.3 ppg whIle shooting .456 from the field ... The team is averaging 39.0 rebounds per game while shooting .356 from beyond the arc ... At the same time last year, the Cardinal was also 6-3 in league play heading into a game against Oregon.
THIS AND THAT: Stanford's 102 blocked shots so far this season ranks eighth for a single season on the Farm ... Sophomore Lawrence Hill has 42 blocked shots for his career which ranks him 20th on the Farm ... Freshman Robin Lopez's 45 career blocked shots puts him 16th on the Cardinal charts ... Junior Peter Prowitt's 35 career blocked shots ranks him 25th in career blocked shots ... Anthony Goods 48 three pointers ties him for 24th for a single season (Josh Childress, 48, in 2002-03) .... His 129 three-point attempts ranks 23rd for a single season.
ON TAP: The Cardinal continue the second half of league play with a road trip to the Washington schools ... Stanford travels to Pullman on Thursday, February 28 before a Sunday game in Seattle versus Washington.
POWER 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 last week.
PAC-10 RANKINGS: Lawrence Hill is seventh in scoring (15.9 ppg) and Anthony Goods is 18th (13.4 ppg) ... Robin Lopez and Hill are tied for 10th at 6.4 in rebounds while Fred Washington is 20th (4.9 rpg) ... Robin Lopez is sixth in the conference in FG percentage at .534 while Hill is fifth (.551) ... Washinton ranks 10th (3.63 apg) in assists per game and Mitch Johnson is 8th (3.79) ... Goods is third in 3-pt. FG made (2.53 per game) and 6th in minutes played (33.53)... Robin Lopez is first in the league in blocked shots (2.37 bpg) while Hill is 8th (1.00) ... As a team, Stanford second in the conference in Rebounding offense (38.8) and third in FG Pct. defense (.410) ... They are first in blocked shots (5.74 bpg) and fourth in assists (15.42) ... Stanford is second in rebounding margin (+6.5).
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. 10 in a stretch of 11 consecutive games on t.v. ... Stanford is 12-4 in televised games so far this year.
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 last 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).
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.
YARDLEY TO ENTER PAC-10 HALL OF HONOR: Each year, the Pac-10 honors a former coach or student-athlete with induction into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor. The induction will place at the 2007 Pac-10 Tournament. Former Stanford standout George Yardley is the Cardinal recipient in 2006-07. Yardley, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, was an All-American during his senior season at Stanford and is considered one of the top forwards in school history. After Stanford, Yardley played three years of AAU basketball with Stewart Chevrolet and at the Los Alamitos Naval Air Base. Yardley later enjoyed a highly productive career in the NBA, winning All-Star honors six times.
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.