Men's Basketball Back In Action With Exhibition Sunday
Dec. 14, 2007
STANFORD, Calif.- Fresh off a two-week break for finals, Stanford (8-1, 0-0 Pac-10) returns to court on Sunday evening, hosting The College of Idaho (4-8, 1-1 Cascade Conference) in an exhibition contest at Maples Pavilion.
Tip-off is set for 7 p.m., with KZSU 90.1 FM set to carry the broadcast. Ben Spielberg handles the play-by-play duties while Roxie Dickinson offers analysis.
Stanford is off to an impressive start, winning eight of its first nine games. The only hiccup came in the form of a 79-67 road loss to Siena back on Nov. 17. Otherwise, the Cardinal has won all eight of its games by double-digit margins and is currently riding its second four-game winning streak of the year.
Stanford is coming off a 67-43 win at Colorado in its most recent action, looking more and more like the club that appeared in the national rankings for the first two weeks of the year.
Following Sunday's exhibition, the Cardinal continues its regular-season slate at home on Wednesday night against Santa Clara. Later in the week, Stanford squares off against Texas Tech at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Both contests will be televised, with the matchup against the Broncos slated for Fox Sports Net Bay Area (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday's game against the Red Raiders airing on ESPN2 (1:30 p.m. PT).
The Cardinal successfully navigated through a busy month of November, as the club's seven victories and eight games played during the month represented program records.
With only 11 available players, Stanford's reserves have been 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 9.3 per contest.
More importantly, 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 seven players are shooting at least 50-percent from the field. Nine of the 11 players are averaging at least 5.0 points per game while the Cardinal is connecting at a 50.5-percent rate from the field as a team while scoring 78.8 points per game.
Stanford's work on the glass has also been impressive. The Cardinal is averaging 41.1 boards per game while limiting the opposition to just 28.0 per contest. Four different players are averaging at least 4.0 rebounds per game, led by a 6.6 clip from Robin Lopez.
Anthony Goods is one of three Cardinal players averaging double-figure scoring, leading the club at 13.0 points per game. Goods is shooting 45.1-percent from the field and has also knocked down a team-best 24 three-pointers. Lopez is right behind at 11.4 ppg in addition to shooting 59.4-percent from the floor and tallying a team-best 26 blocked shots. Lawrence Hill has begun to find his stroke, averaging 10.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game while connecting at an 83.3-percent clip from the charity stripe.