Men's Hoops Hosts Santa Clara Wednesday Night
Dec. 18, 2007
No. -/25 Stanford Cardinal (8-1, 0-0 Pac-10)
- VS. -
Santa Clara Broncos (7-3, 0-0 WCC)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PxP: Jake Kelman, Analyst: Mark Friese)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (8-1, 0-0 Pac-10) returns to the hardwood for the first time since Dec. 2 when it welcomes Santa Clara (7-3, 0-0 WCC) to Maples Pavilion on Wednesday night. After playing eight games during a busy month of November, the Cardinal will play only four games in December. Two of those contests take place this week, as Stanford faces Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon in Dallas, Texas.
Wednesday's game 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 Jake Kelman (play-by-play) and Mark Friese (analyst) describing the action. The game will also be televised on Fox Sports Net Bay Area with Ted Robinson (play-by-play) and Mike Montgomery (analyst).
Scouting Santa Clara
Santa Clara (7-3, 0-0 WCC) has played all but three of their games away from the Leavey Center, tallying a 5-2 road mark. The Broncos are coming off a 60-49 victory over Montana on Monday night in their most recent action. Santa Clara is shooting 51.9-percent overall, 43.8-percent from three-point terrirory and averaging 68.0 points per game. The Broncos started strong under first-year head coach Kerry Keating, winning five of their first six games. Players to keep an eye on include: John Bryant (20.0 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 60.3-percent from the field, 24 blocked shots), Brody Angley (12.1 ppg, 49 assists, 14 steals) and Mitch Henke (10.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 12-30 three-pointers).
Stanford All-Time vs. Santa Clara
Stanford owns a 48-26 lead in the all-time series. The Cardinal has won eight of the last 10 meetings, although the Broncos hold a two-game winning streak. Santa Clara notched a 62-46 win last year and registered an 86-76 triumph on Nov. 28, 2004. Stanford's most recent win in the series came back on Dec. 30, 2000, in the form of a 78-63 victory on the road.
Stanford Notches 81-53 Exhibition Win
Landry Fields scored a game-high 23 points to lead four Cardinal players in double-figures as Stanford cruised past The College of Idaho 81-53 in a Dec. 16 exhibition. Robin Lopez added 15 points while Lawrence Hill and Taj Finger chipped in with 10. Lopez also snagged a team-best nine rebounds, helping the Cardinal hold a 38-18 advantage on the glass. Stanford shot 52.4-percent overall; 65.4-percent in the second half.
Brook Lopez Cleared For NCAA Competition
Sophomore forward Brook Lopez has been deemed academically eligible and is cleared to return to NCAA competition, as announced Dec. 17 by head coach Trent Johnson. Lopez, who will be available against Santa Clara, was ruled academically ineligible for the fall quarter back on Oct. 5 and missed the first nine games of the year. Lopez has been able to practice with the team. A 7-0 sophomore from Fresno, Calif., Lopez averaged 25.2 minutes, 12.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game last season. He played in 26 contests, making 18 starts, and was named to the 2006-07 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team. Lopez was also tabbed an Honorable Mention selection on the All-Pac-10 squad.
Leave No Doubt
Stanford's last 12 victories dating back to the 2006-07 campaign have been decided by double-digit margins. The Cardinal's first seven victories this year have come by an average of 25.6 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 notched a 75-68 upset of then- No. 3 UCLA at Maples Pavilion.
Nine games during the span of one month will test your depth. And 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 11.6 minutes of playing time per game, with Josh Owens close behind at 9.3 per contest. Head coach Trent Johnson has employed the same starting lineup for the first nine 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 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 all five starters are averging at least 6.8 points per contest. Stanford has placed at least three different players in double-figure scoring on six different occasions this year. Stanford is connecting at a 50.5-percent rate from the field while scoring 78.8 points per game.
Stanford is averaging 78.8 points per game during its 8-1 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 41.1 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. Stanford ranks second in the country in rebounding margin at +13.1 and has outrebounded its opponent in eight of nine games. The biggest discrepancy came in the season opener against Harvard, when Stanford tallied a 50-19 advantage.
Lopez Productive In The Post
Known best for his emphatic shot-blocking ability and intimidating presence, sophomore center Robin Lopez has simply taken over as of late. He has scored in double-figures in five of the last seven games, including a career-high 24-point performance against Yale on Nov. 20 that included 12 rebounds and five blocked shots. His 11.4 points per game ranks second on the club while his 6.6 rebounds are a team-best. Lopez is shooting 59.4-percent.
One More For 100
After setting the freshman single-season blocked shot record last year (73), Robin Lopez is off to another quick start. Thanks to his team-high 26 swats, Lopez' career total now stands at 99. That's good for fifth behind Howard Wright's 121 in the school record books.
It's All Goods
Anthony Goods has been one of the Cardinal's best offensive players so far. The junior guard is leading the squad in scoring at 13.0 points per game and is shooting 45.1-percent from the field and 43.6-percent from beyond the arc with a team-best 24 triples. He has scored in double-figures six times so far, including a 23-point outing against UC Santa Barbara that earned him the MVP award of the Basketball Travelers Classic.
It's The Law
Junior forward Lawrence Hill is quickly returning to the form shown last year when he earned All-Pac-10 honors. After a slow start in which he reached double-digit point totals in just three of the first four games, Hill has become a key contributor to Stanford's 8-1 start. Hill is averaging 10.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game while shooting 50-percent from the field and 83.3-percent from the charity stripe. He poured in a career-best 25 points during a 72-61 victory over Yale on Nov. 20.
November To Remember
Stanford's seven victories and eight games played during the month of November represent program records. The schedule slows down a bit in December, with Stanford competing in just four games in addition to one exhibition contest at home.
Score At The Half
Not sure how the Cardinal will fare against an opponent? Enjoy the first 20 minutes then glance at the scoreboard. Stanford is 8-0 when leading at the half and 0-1 when trailing.