No. 20 Stanford Tries For Road Sweep At Siena
Nov. 16, 2007
No. 20/20 Stanford Cardinal (4-0, 0-0 Pac-10)
- at -
Siena Saints (1-2, 0-0 MAAC)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (4-0, 0-0 Pac-10) looks to remain unbeaten and sweep its first road trip of the year when it squares off against Siena (1-2, 0-0 MAAC) on Saturday afternoon. After posting three straight routs to open the year in its home tournament, the Cardinal was tested in its first road game of the season during a 71-60 triumph against Northwestern on Thursday night. After building a 16-point second-half lead, the Cardinal shook off a late Wildcat charge to seal the win. Now Stanford shifts its focus to Siena (1-2, 0-0 MAAC) in the Saints' home opener. After this weekend, Stanford will play its next three games at Maples Pavilion.
Saturday's game against Siena can be heard live on KNTS 1220 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com. Dave Flemming handles the play-by-play duties while John Platz provides color commentary. Fans can also follow the action live on the website with gametracker.
Siena (1-2, 0-0 MAAC) is coming off an 88-66 drubbing of Fairleigh Dickinson on Tuesday night for its first win of the year. Despite the sub-.500 record, the Saints have had little problem scoring thus far in the early going and are averaging 88.3 points per game. Problem is, opposing teams have reached the 90-point plateau twice and are averaging 87.7 points per game. Earlier last month, Siena was chosen as the preseason favorite in the MAAC.
Stanford All-Time vs. Siena
Stanford holds a 2-1 record all-time against Siena. That includes a 92-72 rout in last year's season opener when Anthony Goods nailed a career-high seven three-pointers on the way to scoring 30 points. Stanford's other victory in the series was also a convincing one, winning 94-72 back on Dec. 27, 1991. Siena's only win in the series occurred on Mar. 16, 1989 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, as the Saints claimed an 80-78 decision in Greensboro, N.C.
Three Routs Result In Tournament Title
Stanford opened the year hosting the Basketball Travelers Classic, easily winning the four-team, round-robin tournament with three dominant performances. The Cardinal opened tourney play with a 111-56 rout of Harvard, thanks to Drew Shiller's 18 points leading five players in double-figures. The Cardinal's point total was the most since a 117-point showing against UC Irvine in 1990 and the sixth-highest in school history. 24 hours later, Stanford almost reached the century mark again with a 97-58 laugher of Northwestern State. Five players reached double-figure scoring once again for Stanford, which knocked down 10 three-pointers, forced 17 turnovers and shot 54-percent. The Cardinal then defeated unbeated UC Santa Barbara 67-48 the following day on the strength of a game-best 23 points from Anthony Goods, who was named the tournament MVP. Fred Washington was also selected to the All-Tournament team.
It's All Goods
Speaking of Anthony Goods, he has been impressive early on. The junior guard is averaging a team-best 16.5 points per game and is shooting 52.3-percent from the field and 44-percent from beyond the arc. He has scored in double-figures three times so far, including a 23-point outing against UC Santa Barbara that earned him the MVP award of the Basketball Travelers Classic.
Floor Leader Helping In Other Areas
Junior guard Mitch Johnson has enjoyed a solid start to the season. Johnson is best known for providing his teammates with scoring opportunities, as evidenced by a 5.0 assists per game clip during the 4-0 start. But he is also scoring and helping out on the glass. Johnson has scored in double-figures twice already, matching his complete output from last season in that category. He is also averaging 10.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.
Lopez Productive In The Post
Perhaps known best for his emphatic shot-blocking ability and intimidating presence in the middle, sophomore center Robin Lopez is coming off one of the best performances in his career with a 16-point, seven-rebound effort at Northwestern that included five blocks. His 10.3 points per game ranks second on the club and he is shooting 61.5-percent from the field. Add 10 more blocks to bump his career total to 83, good for eighth-best all-time.
Shiller Back On The Court
After sitting out last year due to NCAA transfer rules, sophomore guard Drew Shiller has made an immediate impact since returning to the court for the first time since the 2005-06 campaign. In 15.8 minutes of playing time, Shiller is averaging 9.8 points per game and reached double-figures in both of the first two games. No matter where he shoots from on the floor, he's been impresive. Shiller has made 55.6-percent (10-18) from the field, 53.8-percent (7-13) from three-point territory and a perfect 12-12 from the foul line. In fact, Shiller has made his last 20 free throws dating back to his freshman year at San Francisco when his last miss came against Saint Mary's on Jan. 30, 2006.
Stanford is averaging 86.5 points per game during its 4-0 start. That includes a 111-point outing against Harvard in the season opener, representing the Cardinal's highest point total since a 117-point showing against UC Irvine in 1990. In that game, Stanford led 63-28 at halftime, signaling the first time the Cardinal reached the 60-point mark in any half since getting 65 during the first half at home against New Hampshire on Dec. 29, 1999.
Stanford's work on the glass has also been impressive. The Cardinal is averaging 44.8 boards per game while limiting the opposition to just 25.8 per contest. Six different players are averaging at least 4.0 rebounds per game, led by Taj Finger's 5.8 clip. Stanford has outrebounded its opponent in each game so far this year, with the current margin standing at +19.0. The biggest discrepancy came in the season opener against Harvard, when a taller, physical Stanford squad finished with a 50-19 advantage.