No. 22 Stanford Welcomes Fresno State To The Farm
Dec. 27, 2007
No. -/22 Stanford Cardinal (10-1, 0-0 Pac-10)
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Fresno State Bulldogs (7-5, 0-0 WAC)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PxP: Chris Fitzgerald)
The Opening Tip
No. -/22 Stanford (10-1, 0-0 Pac-10) wraps up non-conference play on Saturday afternoon, hosting Fresno State (7-5, 0-0 WAC) at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal is looking for its seventh straight win, a feat that has not been accomplished since a 26-0 start to the 2003-04 campaign. Stanford could use the momentum from a win on Saturday, as the club opens Pac-10 action next week against No. 5 UCLA.
Saturday'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 Chris Fitzgerald serving as the play-by-play voice. The game will also be televised on Fox Sports Net Bay Area, with Ted Robinson (play-by-play) and Mike Montgomery (analyst) calling the action.
Scouting Fresno State
Fresno State (7-5, 0-0 WAC) makes its first appearance in Maples Pavilion on Saturday when it hits the road for one more non-conference game leading up to the WAC opener. The Bulldogs, facing their second top-25 opponent in less than two weeks, will be playing on The Farm for the first time since 1953. Fresno State has won four of its last six overall, including a 75-58 victory at home against Pacific in its most recent action. Players to keep an eye on include: Kevin Bell (17.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 74 assists), Eddie Miller (13.5 ppg, 43-89 from three-point territory) and Hector Hernandez (11.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 25-30 free throws). Head coach Steve Cleveland is in his third year at the helm.
Stanford All-Time vs. Fresno State
The series has been one-sided, with Stanford claiming a 7-1 all-time advantage. Prior to Stanford's 69-67 thrilling victory in Fresno last year, these two programs had not matched up since 1953. Stanford has won seven in a row against Fresno State, with the Bulldog's only victory coming in the form of a 23-21 decision back in 1927.
10 In The Books Already
Stanford picked up its 10th victory of the year on Dec. 22 in a 62-61 win over Texas Tech, signaling the first time the Cardinal had reached the 10-win plateau before January since the 2000-01 campaign. During that season, Stanford stood at 11-0 before opening Pac-10 play at Arizona State on Jan. 4. Stanford's 10-1 ledger represents the best start for the club during head coach Trent Johnson's four-year tenure.
Finally, A Close Call
Prior to a 62-61 victory over Texas Tech on Dec. 22, Stanford's last 13 victories dating back to the 2006-07 campaign had been decided by double-digit margins. In fact, the Cardinal's first 10 victories this year have come by an average of 25.7 points. However, Stanford's one-point triumph over Texas Tech was the club's first in almost a year (78-77 win over Washington on Jan. 11, 2007). It was Stanford's first one-point victory away from Maples Pavilion since a 76-75 win over Virginia on Jan. 7, 2007.
Stanford's work on the glass has also been impressive. The Cardinal is averaging 40.1 boards per game while limiting the opposition to just 27.5 per contest. Five different players are averaging at least 4.0 rebounds per game, led by a 6.4 clip from Robin Lopez. Stanford ranks second in the country in rebounding margin at +12.5 and has outrebounded its opponent in all but one game. The biggest discrepancy came in the season opener against Harvard, when Stanford tallied a 50-19 advantage.
Stanford's starters and reserves have been getting their opportunity to make an early contribution. Eleven different players are averaging at least 11.7 minutes of playing time per game, with Josh Owens close behind at 8.9 per contest. Head coach Trent Johnson has employed the same starting lineup in nine of the first 11 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. 10 of the 12 players are averaging at least 5.0 points per game while all five starters are averging at least 6.0 points per contest. Stanford has placed at least three different players in double-figure scoring on eight different occasions this year. Stanford is connecting at a 49.5-percent rate from the field while scoring 76.8 points per game.
Stanford is averaging 76.8 points per game during its 10-1 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.
Brook Lopez Cleared For NCAA Competition
Sophomore forward Brook Lopez was deemed academically eligible on Dec. 17 and has been cleared to return to NCAA competition. Lopez was ruled academically ineligible for the fall quarter back on Oct. 5 and missed the first nine games of the year. He was able to practice with the team during this time. In his first game back against Santa Clara on Dec. 19, he poured in a game-high 20 points (7-12 from the field, 6-9 free throws) in 19 minutes off the bench. Lopez followed that up with a 19-point (17 in the second half) outing against Texas Tech on Dec. 22. 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.
Robin 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 six games, including a career-high 24-point performance against Yale on Nov. 20 that included 12 rebounds and five blocked shots. His 10.8 points per game ranks fourth on the club while his 6.4 rebounds are a team-best. Lopez is shooting 56.8-percent.
Number 100 Comes Against Santa Clara
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 30 swats, Lopez' career total now stands at 103. That's good for fifth behind Howard Wright's 121 in the school record books. Lopez reached the century mark during the first half of Stanford's 74-48 win over Santa Clara on Dec. 19 at Maples Pavilion.
It's All Goods
Anthony Goods has been one of the Cardinal's best offensive players so far. The junior guard is second on the squad in scoring at 12.5 points per game and is shooting 44.4-percent from the field and 41.3-percent from beyond the arc with a team-best 26 triples. He has scored in double-figures eight 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 10-1 start. Hill is averaging 10.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while shooting 47.8-percent from the field and 81-percent from the charity stripe. He poured in a career-best 25 points during a 72-61 victory over Yale on Nov. 20.
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 4.6 assists per game clip. 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 averaging 6.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
Fields Contributes Early On
Projected by many for a breakthrough season, sophomore guard Landry Fields has been a steady contributor early on. Fields has played in all 11 games, averaging 6.2 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. He poured in a career-high 16 points in a win at Northwestern on Nov. 15, hitting a pair of key triples down the stretch to seal the win.
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 12.8 minutes, Shiller is averaging 5.3 points per game and has reached double-figures twice. No matter where he shoots from on the floor, he's been impressive. Shiller has made 53.3-percent (16-30) from the field, 54.2-percent (13-24) from three-point territory and 13-16 from the foul line. In fact, Shiller had a consecutive made free throws streak of 21 (dating back to Jan. 30, 2006) snapped on Nov. 20 against Yale.
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 9-0 when leading at the half and 1-1 when trailing.