Stanford Men Face No. 16 Louisville In NCAA First Round
March 12, 2007
CARDINAL TAKE ON LOUISVILLE IN NCAA FIRST ROUND: The Stanford men's basketball team (18-12, 10-8 Pac-10) travel east to the NCAA South Region to face No. 6 seed Louisville (23-9) on Thursday, March 15, at 12:40 p.m ET in Lexington, Ky. at Rupp Arena. CBS will carry the game nationally with Gus Johnson and Dan Bonner calling the action. The game can also 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 tough overtime loss to USC in the Pac-10 Tournament.
NCAA NOTES: Stanford is making its 15th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first since the 2004-05 season ... The Cardinal are 19-13 all-time in the tournament ... They won the NCAA Championship in 1941-42 ... Trent Johnson is taking his second Stanford team to the Big Dance in three seasons as he took the Cardinal in 2004-05 as well ... Johnson has taken two different teams to the NCAA Tournament as a head coach (Nevada and Stanford) ... The Cardinal are making their 14th consecutive postseason appearance (includes both NIT and NCAA appearances) ... Six Pac-10 teams made the 2006-07 NCAA Tournament.
PAC-10 TOURNAMENT RECAP: Nick Young scored 26 points, Lodrick Stewart made two of his three baskets in overtime, and Southern California rallied to beat Stanford 83-79 Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 tournament ... Anthony Goods led Stanford (18-12) with 19 points and five assists. Freshman Landry Fields scored a career-high 15 points and Fred Washington added 12 for the sixth-seeded Cardinal ... Robin Lopez made two of his three baskets to give Stanford a four-point lead with 51 seconds remaining in the second half. But Young made two free throws with 39 seconds left and a short jumper with 10.6 seconds to go, forcing the overtime.
ABOUT LOUISVILLE: Louisville enters the tournament with a 23-9 overall record and are ranked 16th nationally in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and AP Poll ... They are coached by Rick Pitino who is in his seventh season with the Cardinals ... The team is led by Terrence Williams who is averaging 12.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game and Edgar Sosa (10.7 ppg/2.7 apg) ... Louisville has won seven of their last 10 games and four of the last five ... They are averaging 71.4 ppg with a +8.5 scoring margin ... They are coming off of a 65-59 loss to Pittsburgh in the Big East Conference Tournament.
STANFORD-LOUISVILLE SERIES: The two teams have met only once during the 2004-05 season at the Maui Invitational whre Louisville posted an 82-67 win.
STANFORD BREAKS CONFERENCE TEAM BLOCKS RECORD: The 2006-07 Cardinal broke the conference record for most blocks in a single game earlier this year when they swatted 19 against USC (1/25/07) ... With five blocks against USC in the Pac-10 Tournament they broke the single season team blocks record (previously held by UCLA) and now have 183.
PAC-10 TOURNEY GAME NOTES: Freshman Landry Fields posted a season/career high 15 points vs. USC ... Sophomore Anthony Goods returned to the floor after missing six games with a high ankle sprain and scored a team-leading 19 points while tying his season/career high of five assists ... Stanford played in its fourth overtime game of the season on Thursday.
NCAA TICKET INFORMATION: Approximately 5,400 tickets, covering all six games in Lexington, were still available at a cost of $162 each. They may be purchased at ukathletics.com, ticketmaster.com, or by calling the University of Kentucky Ticket Office (800-928-2287), or by calling Rupp Arena (859-233-3535). You can also call the Stanford Ticket Office at 1-800-GOSTANFORD.
WEDNESDAY PRACTICE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: Stanford will practice from Noon to 12:40 p.m. at Rupp Arena on Wednesday, March 14 in Lexington, Ky. ... The practice is open to the media and general public.
OVERTIME AGAIN: Stanford has played in four overtimes games during the 2006-07 season, including the last two ... They are 1-3 in those games which includes a double-overtime loss to Gonzaga in January ... The last time Stanford played in an overtime game before this year was against Washington State during the 2002-03 season ... The Cardinal won 73-68 in Pullman ... Stanford is 4-5 in their last nine overtime games and have lost the last two consecutive.
HILL CLIMBS STANFORD SINGLE SEASON FIELD GOALS LIST: Sophomore Lawrence Hill (Glendale, AZ) has 175 field goals made this season and ranks 23rd on Stanford's list for most field goals in a single season ... Three are tied for 20th with 188.
KEEPING IT NEUTRAL: Stanford is 1-1 on neutral courts in 2006-07 ... The team is averaging 74.5 ppg and 43.0 rpg ... Anthony Goods leads the squad with 15.0 ppg with three other players in double figures as well ... The Cardinal are shooting .435 from the field in those two games while posting a .652 free throw percentage.
PAC-10 ANNOUNCES ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS: Sophomore Lawrence Hill (Glendale,Arizona) was named to the nine-member Pac-10 All-Conference team ... Hill is averaging 15.9 points and 6.0 rebounds a game for the Cardinal ... Freshman Brook Lopez (Fresno, Calif.) was named an honorable mention to the team and was a Pac-10 All-Freshman pick as well ... Brook is averaging 12.4 points per game and 6.0 rebounds.
Brook Lopez PUTS UP THE POINTS: Freshman forward Brook Lopez (Fresno, CA) broke into the top 10 for points in a single season for freshmen on The Farm ... In 25 games this season, he has contributed 310 points (12.4 ppg) which ranks ninthth on the freshmen list ... His 12.4 points per game is currently ranks fourth on the Stanford charts for a freshman.
KENTUCKY CONNECTIONS: When Trent Johnson was coaching at Nevada, Trent's son, Terry, was a sophomore when David Padgett was a senior at Reno High School ... Terrence Williams went to school at Rainer Beach in Seattle, Washington and played against Mitch Johnson who attended O'Dea ... Trent Johnson, who is from Seattle, Wash., attended high school at Franklin HS (Rainier Beach is their rival high school) ... Only one player from the state of Kentucky is listed on the Cardinal all-time roster ... Hopkinsville's Darren Allaway, who played on The Farm from 1993-96.
FROSH FIELD GOAL NUMBERS: Freshman Brook Lopez's 132 field goals made during 2006-07 ties for fifth on the all-time frosh list at Stanford while his 267 field goals attempted ranks fifth.
STANFORD 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.
CARDINAL FRESHMAN REBOUNDING LIST: Freshman center Robin Lopez's team-leading 168 rebounds this season ranks eighth on the Cardinal top 10 freshman list while his brother Brook is seventh with 149 ... Brook's 6.0 rpg average ranks third on the frosh list while Robin's 5.6 rpg ranks fourth.
DID YOU KNOW?: The Cardinal rank 11th nationally in team blocks per game (6.1) ... Stanford has outblocked its opponent in 25 of 30 games this season ... They are 17-8 in those games ... Stanford owns a 15-4 record when they lead at halftime ... When trailing? They are 3-8.
WHERE IT RANKS IN THE NCAA RECORD BOOK: Stanford's 19 team blocks vs. USC 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).
BOARD WORK: Stanford is averaging 38.5 rebounds as a team this year, outrebounding their opponents by a + 5.7 margin ... The Cardinal has outrebounded their opponent in 11 of the last 15 and are 8-7 in those contests ... Stanford's 5.7 rebound margin is third in the Pac-10.
HILL HAPPENINGS: 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 15.9 points per game as well as 6.0 rebounds per game ... Hill has scored in double figures 26 times and has one double-double on they year ... He has 10 20-plus point games including seven of the last 14 ... 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 and was recently tabbed to the Pac-10 All-Conference team ... 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.
SENIOR SAVVY: This season for the Cardinal, forward Fred Washington has definately stepped it up ... He has started all 30 games this season, averaging 30.3 minutes per game while shooting .528 from the field ... In his three previous seasons, Washington was averaging 3.5 points per game and this year's he's up to 8.1 ppg ... In three years prior, he dished out 45 assists total (0.75 apg) - this year he has a team-leading 112 assists so far and is averaging 3.73 per game ... His 112 assists ranks 25th on Stanford's single season assists list.
THIS AND THAT: Stanford's 183 blocked shots so far this season ranks first for a single season on the Farm ... Sophomore Lawrence Hill has 56 blocked shots for his career which ties for 13th on the Farm ... Freshman Robin Lopez's 72 career blocked shots ranks ninth on the Cardinal charts ... Junior Peter Prowitt's 35 career blocked shots ranks him 25th in career blocked shots ... Anthony Goods 60 three pointers ties him for 16th for a single season .... His 164 three-point attempts is 10th for a single season.
Fred Washington GRANTED MEDICAL HARDSHIP WAIVER: Fred Washington has been granted a medical hardship waiver by the NCAA for his season-ending injury last year ... Washington only played in five games during the 2005-06 season before knee injury cut the season short ... Washington had surgery on January 23, 2006 to repair a tear in his patella in his left knee.
PAC-10 RANKINGS: Lawrence Hill is sixh in scoring (15.9 ppg) and Anthony Goods is 18th (13.3 ppg) ... Hill is 11th in rebounds (6.0 rpg), Robin Lopez is15th (5.6 rpg), Brook Lopez is 12th (6.0 rpg) and Fred Washington is 20th (5.2 rpg) ... Hill is ninth (.509) in FG percentage ... Washinton ranks seventh (3.73 apg) in assists per game and Mitch Johnson is ninth (3.40) ... Goods is third in 3-pt. FG made (2.50 per game) and fifth in minutes played (34.08)... Robin Lopez is first in the league in blocked shots (2.40 bpg), Brook Lopez is second (1.80 bpg) while Hill is eighth (1.10) ... Hill ranks eighth in 3-pt FG pct at .412.
BLOCK PARTY: 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 72 blocks in 2006-07 ranks second for a single 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 28 of 30 games this season and has recorded two or more blocks 21 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 22nd nationally in blocks per game.
TWIN TOWERS, PART II: 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 19.6 ppg, 4.16 bpg and 10.9 rpg in the 24 games they have both appeared in.
T.V. TIDBITS: Stanford will have at least 26 of their games this season broadcast on television including Thursday's game vs. Louisville in the NCAA Tournament ... Stanford is 15-10 in televised games so far this year ... Eight of the last nine Cardinal games have been televised.
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.
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.
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 student-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).