Stanford Men Host Arizona In Final Regular Season Game
March 2, 2007
CARDINAL WRAP UP REGULAR SEASON WITH WILDCATS: The Stanford men's basketball team (18-10, 10-7 Pac-10) will play their final regular season home game on Saturday, March 3, when they take on Arizona (19-9, 10-7 Pac-10) at 12:30 p.m. in a game televised by ABC. Brent Musburger and Steve Lavin will call all of the action. The game can be heard on the radio on KNTS (1220 AM) with Bob Murphy and John Platz providing play-by-play and color commentary respectively. Stanford is coming off of a 63-53 victory over Arizona State on Thursday night.
THURSDAY RECAP: Lawrence Hill and Fred Washington scored 18 points apiece, and Stanford took advantage of a long Arizona State scoring drought early in the game to bolster its NCAA tournament hopes with a 63-53 victory over the Sun Devils on Thursday night. Arizona State went nearly nine minutes without a point after scoring on the opening possession of the game and played from behind the rest of the way. Mitch Johnson added 11 points for Stanford, which got the key win despite a quiet night from the Lopez twins. The win assured the Cardinal of finishing with a winning record in the Pac-10, with only Saturday's home game against Arizona remaining. With five wins against ranked opponents this season, Stanford is in good position to earn an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament.
ABOUT ARIZONA: Arizona enters Saturday's contest with a 19-9 overall record, 10-7 in the Pac-10 ... They are coach by Lute Olson who is in this 24th season at Arizona and his 34th overall ... The Wildcats are coming off of a 70-65 win over California on Thursday night ... The team is led by sophomore forward Marcus Williams who is averaging 17.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game ... Four of five Arizona starters are averaging double figures in points for the 'Cats ... Arizons are winners of three of their last five and are currently on a two-game winning streak heading into Palo Alto ... The Wildcats won the earlier match up between the two teams in Tucson, 89-75 ... Arizona leads the all-times series with Stanford, 47-25 ... Stanford is 15-15 at home vs. the Wildcats ... UA has won the last five meetings between the two teams ... The Cardinal's last victory over Arizona came during the 2004-05 season when they won 87-76 at Maples.
LAST YEAR VS. ARIZONA: Hassan Adams broke out of a scoring slump with 23 points and Ivan Radenovic also scored 23 to help Arizona snap a four-game road losing streak with a 76-72 victory over Stanford at Maples. Marcus Williams keyed a 16-3 run to start the second half as the Wildcats bounced back after a loss at California on Thursday to complete a season sweep against the Cardinal and earn a much-needed win. Hernandez let Stanford with 28 points, Matt Haryasz added 15 and Taj Finger had 11. The Cardinal had won nine straight at Maples Pavilion. Arizona used an aggressive full-court press for much of the game, using its athleticism to cause turnovers and disrupting the Cardinal's offense. After shooting 57 percent in the first half, Stanford shot just 36 percent after the break and finished with 15 turnovers.
STANFORD BREAKS SINGLE SEASON BLOCKS RECORD: The 2006-07 Cardinal have made a habit out of swatting the ball away from opponents ... So much, in fact, that they broke the school's single season blocks record Thursday night vs. Arizona State ... Stanford has 169 blocks on the season, breaking the previous team high of 167 set during the 1999-00 season.
ASU GAME NOTES: Freshman Landry Fields swiped a season and career best two steals vs. the Sun Devils ... Senior Carlton Weatherby recorded his first collegiate block vs. ASU to establish a season and career high ... Stanford improved to 36-26 in the all-time series with the Sun Devils ... The Cardinal have now won the last four consecutive meetings against Arizona State and 21 of the last 25.
HOME COOKING: The Cardinal are 12-4 in the friendly confines of Maples this year, shooting .459 from the floor ... They are averaging 71.2 ppg and 39.8 rebounds ... The Cardinal are winning by an average of 7.1 points and shooting .668 from the free throw line ... They are averaging 6.6 blocks pg and 5.3 steals pg ... At Maples, Lawrence Hilll is averaging 16.4 ppg while Brook Lopez checks in averaging 11.3 ppg ... Stanford is 4-1 in their last five home games and have won seven of the last eight.
Brook Lopez CRACKS TOP 10 FOR FRESHMAN POINTS IN A SEASON: Freshman forward Brook Lopez (Fresno, CA) broke into the top 10 for points in a single season for freshmen on The Farm ... In 23 games this season, he has contributed 283 points (12.3 ppg) which ranks 10th on the freshmen list ... His 12.3 points per game is currently tied for fourth on the Stanford charts for a freshman, tying him with Tim Young (1994-95).
KEEP AN EYE ON: Sophomore Lawrence Hill (Glendale, AZ) has 168 field goals made this season and should enter the school's top 25 list for most field goals in a single season against Arizona ... Ron Tomsic (1954-55) and Ed Schweitzer (1975-76) are tied for 24th with 173 during a single season.
ALSO KEEP AN EYE ON: Freshman Brook Lopez's 122 field goals made during 2006-07 ranks eighth on the all-time frosh list at Stanford as does his 244 field goals attempted.
CRASHING THE BOARDS: Freshman center Robin Lopez's team-leading 165 rebounds this season ranks eighth on the Cardinal top 10 freshman list ... His average of 5.9 rpg ranks third on the frosh list.
ARIZONA CONNECTIONS: Starting forward Lawrence Hill hails from Glendale, Arizona, where he attended Deer Valley High School ... He was a four-year varsity starter and captained his team from 2002-05 ... He was named the 2005 State Gatorade Player of the Year (AZ) ... He averaged 16 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks per game his senior year ... In total, Stanford has had three players on their all-time roster from Arizona including Matt Haryasz (2002-06) and Keith Jones (1980-84).
DID YOU KNOW?: The Cardinal rank 12th nationally in team blocks per game (6.1) ... Stanford has outblocked its opponent in 23 of 28 games this season ... They are 17-6 in those games ... Stanford owns a 15-3 record when they lead at halftime ... When trailing? They are 3-7.
SENIOR DAY: Saturday afternoon's game vs. Arizona will be Senior Day for two Cardinal student-athletes ... Carlton Weatherby (Tacoma, WA) and Chris Bobel (Palo Alto, CA) will be honored before the game for their contributions.
YOUTH MOVEMENT: On Stanford's 14 man active roster, nine are underclassmen ... To begin the year, the Cardinal started one freshman, three sophomores and one senior ... The most recent starting five features, two freshmen, two sophomores and one senior.
GOODS OUT WITH HIGH ANKLE SPRAIN: Sophomore guard Anthony Goods suffered a high ankle sprain in the second half of the Washington game (2/11) and has missed the last four game (OSU, Oregon, USC, UCLA) ... He is not expected to play this week against Arizona State or Arizona ... He could make a possible return at the Pac-10 Tournament.
PAC-10 RANKINGS: Lawrence Hill is fifth in scoring (16.1 ppg) and Anthony Goods is 18th (13.0 ppg) ... Hill is 11th in rebounds (6.2 rpg), Robin Lopez is tied for 12th (6.0 rpg), Brook Lopez is 14th (5.9 rpg) and Fred Washington is 18th (5.3 rpg) ... Hill is sixth (.523) in FG percentage ... Washinton ranks seventh (3.88 apg) in assists per game and Mitch Johnson is tied for ninth (3.48) ... Goods is fourth in 3-pt. FG made (2.43 per game) and fifth in minutes played (33.96)... Robin Lopez is first in the league in blocked shots (2.44 bpg), Brook Lopez is second (1.95 bpg) while Hill is eighth (1.11) ... Hill ranks seventh in 3-pt FG pct at .415 ... As a team, Stanford leads the conference in Rebounding offense (38.9) and third in FG Pct. defense (.409) ... They are first in blocked shots (6.15 bpg), first in defensive rebounds (26.41) and fourth in assists (15.15) ... Stanford is second in rebounding margin (+6.5).
CARDINAL VS. RANKED OPPONENTS: The Cardinal are 5-4 vs. ranked opponents in 2006-07 with wins over then #24 Washington, then #23 Washington State then #25 USC, then #3 UCLA and then #15 Oregon.
BOARD WORK: Stanford is averaging 38.6 rebounds as a team this year, outrebounding their opponents by a 6.3 margin ... The Cardinal has outrebounded their opponent in 11 of the last 13 and are 8-5 in those contests ... Stanford's 6.4 rebound margin ties for second in the Pac-10.
PAC-10 TOURNAMENT: The Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament will run March 7-10 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. ... All ten conference schools will participate in the tournament ... The championship game will be held at 3:15 p.m. on Mar. 10 (CBS) ... Media can apply online for credentials to the event ... Deadline for requests was Wednesday, Feb. 28.
WASHINGTON LANDS ON STANFORD SINGLE SEASON ASSISTS LIST: This season for the Cardinal, forward Fred Washington has definately stepped it up ... He has started all 28 games this season, averaging 30.2 minutes per game while shooting .542 from the field ... In his three previous seasons, Washington was averaging 3.5 points per game and this year's he's up to 8.3 ppg ... In three years prior, he dished out 45 assists total (0.75 apg) - this year he has a team-leading 108 assists so far and is averaging 3.85 per game ... His 108 assists ranks 25th on Stanford's single season assists list.
BLOCK PARTY: The Lopez twins, Brook and Robin, have combined for 110 blocks through 28 games this season ... The tandem has combined for more blocks than seven of Stanford's nine Pac-10 opponents in the team blocks category.
A LOOK AT LAWRENCE: 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 15 games this year and is averaging a team-leading 16.2 points per game as well as 6.1 rebounds per game ... Hill has scored in double figures 25 times and has one double-double on they year ... He has nine 20-plus point games including six of the last 12 ... Against Cal, Hill went 10-of-13 from the field (the 10 FG is a career best) ... 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 had scored in double figures for 13 consecutive game before being shut out at WSU ... Hill's five three pointers vs. OSU was a career best.
STANFORD IN LEAGUE PLAY: Stanford is 10-7 in league play, averaging 68.1 ppg whIle shooting .451 from the field ... The team is averaging 37.9 rebounds per game while shooting .358 from beyond the arc ... At the same time last year, the Cardinal was 10-7 in league play heading into a game with UCLA.
NOTES FROM AROUND THE COURT: Stanford's 166 blocked shots so far this season ranks first for a single season on the Farm ... Sophomore Lawrence Hill has 53 blocked shots for his career which ranks 14th on the Farm ... Freshman Robin Lopez's 67 career blocked shots ranks 10th on the Cardinal charts ... Junior Peter Prowitt's 35 career blocked shots ranks him 25th in career blocked shots ... Anthony Goods 56 three pointers ties him for 19th for a single season .... His 155 three-point attempts ties for 13th for a single season.
UP NEXT: Stanford will head to Los Angeles for the 2007 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament, March 7-10 at the Staples Center.
ROBIN RAMBLINGS: Freshman center Robin Lopez broke the Stanford freshman block record for a single season against USC earlier this season ... 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 67 blocks in 2006-07 ranks second for a single frosh season at Stanford ... The Cardinal record is held by Curtis Borchardt (2001-02) who had 85 blocks in a single season ... Lopez has recorded at least one block in 26 of 28 games this season and has recorded two or more blocks 19 times ... He has notched four or more blocks seven times ... Lopez ranks first in the conference averaging 2.4 blocks per game ... He is ranked 23rd nationally in blocks per game.
DEJA VU: 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 18.7 ppg, 4.5 bpg and 11.0 rpg in the 19 games they have both appeared in.
T.V. TIDBITS: Stanford will have at least 24 of their games this season broadcast on television not counting the Pac-10 Tournament or potential postseason play ... Stanford is 15-8 in televised games so far this year ... Two of the Cardinal's last three games will be televised.
Brook Lopez RECOGNIZED FOR EFFORTS: Stanford forward Brook Lopez was 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.
TRIPLE-DOUBLE FIRST: Freshman forward Brook Lopez (Fresno, Calif.) recorded the school's first triple double on against USC (1/25/07) when he posted 18 points, 11 rebounds and 12 blocks.