Busy November Wraps Up With Sacramento State Tonight
Nov. 27, 2007
Stanford Cardinal (6-1, 0-0 Pac-10)
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Sacramento State Hornets (1-5, 0-0 Big Sky)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PxP: Ben Spielberg, Analyst: Patrick Fitzgerald)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (6-1) hosts Sacramento State (1-5) on Tuesday night at Maples Pavilion, closing out its second three-game homestand during the month of November. The Cardinal has played six of its first eight games on its home court, winning all of those by double-digit margins. Later this week, Stanford travels to Colorado to participate in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. After that, it's a two-week break before a Dec. 16 exhibition against The College of Idaho.
Tuesday's game against Sacramento State 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. KZSU 90.1 FM will also provide coverage with Ben Spielberg (play-by-play) and Patrick Fitzgerald (analyst) describing the action. Sunday's game at Colorado represents Stanford's fourth TV game of the young season and will be shown on ESPNU.
Scouting Sacramento State
Sacramento State (1-5) has started the year with just one win in its first six games. After a 104-71 victory over Simpson in the season opener, the Hornets have dropped five in a row. The latest defeat came in the form of a 77-65 setback to Santa Clara on Sunday as the visiting Broncos shot 71.8-percent from the field. Sacramento State is beginning a stretch in which it plays six of its next seven contests away from home. Players to watch include: Loren Leath (18.8 ppg, 19-26 free throws), Vinnie McGhee (10.7 ppg, 38 assists) and Justin Williams (7.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 11 steals).
Stanford All-Time vs. Sacramento State
Stanford owns a 3-0 all-time record against Sacramento State. All three meetings have taken place at Maples Pavilion. These two teams last hooked up on Nov. 22, 2003, when the Cardinal notched a 77-59 win in the season opener. Stanford's other victories in the series were a 68-33 rout on Dec. 12, 1992 and a 78-56 triumph back on Dec. 18, 1999.
Cardinal Notches Back-to-Back Home Wins
Stanford posted victories over Yale (72-61) and Colorado State (73-53) in home games last week. Against Yale, Robin Lopez scored a career-high 24 points and had a season-high 12 rebounds while Lawrence Hill added a career-best 25 points. Stanford held a 35-21 rebounding edge, shot 53.5-percent from the field and made 21-29 free throws. Hill and Anthony Goods led all scorers with 15 points apiece against Colorado State. Stanford shot 49.1-percent overall, dished out 18 assists and held the Rams to 15 first-half points en route to the victory.
Leave No Doubt
Stanford's last 10 victories dating back to the 2006-07 campaign have been decided by double-digit margins. The Cardinal's first six victories this year have come by an average of 25.8 points. The last time Stanford won a game that was decided by less than 10 points came back on Jan. 28, 2007, when the Cardinal upset UCLA 75-68 at Maples Pavilion.
Eight games during the first month of the season will test your depth. And with only 11 available players, Stanford's reserves are getting their opportunity to make an early contribution. Ten different players are averaging at least 11.0 minutes of playing time per game, with Josh Owens close behind at 8.8 per contest. Head coach Trent Johnson has employed the same starting lineup for the first seven games.
...And Everyone Scores
Stanford is receiving balanced scoring from its entire roster to begin the year. Starters, reserves, it doesn't matter- everyone is getting into the act. Chalk it up to hot shooting, as six players are shooting at least 50-percent from the field. Eight of the 11 players are averaging at least 6.0 points per game while all five starters are averging at least 7.0 points per contest. Stanford has placed at least three different players in double-figure scoring on four different occasions this year. Stanford is connecting at a 49.9-percent rate from the field while scoring 79.7 points per game.
Stanford is averaging 79.7 points per game during its 6-1 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 41.7 boards per game while limiting the opposition to just 28.6 per contest. Six different players are averaging at least 4.0 rebounds per game, led by a 7.0 clip from Robin Lopez. Stanford has outrebounded its opponent in six of its seven games, with the current margin standing at +13.1. The biggest discrepancy came in the season opener against Harvard, when a taller, physical Stanford squad finished with a 50-19 advantage.
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