Stanford Hosts Oral Roberts Tonight In Cancun Challenge Opener

Nov. 18, 2009

Stanford Cardinal (1-1, 0-0 Pac-10)
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (1-1, 0-0 Summit League)

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009 • 7 p.m.
Maples Pavilion (7,329) • Stanford, CA
Series History: First Meeting
Radio: XTRA Sports 860 AM (PBP: Dave Flemming, Color: John Platz)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Ben Spielberg, Color: Joe Shapiro)

Nov. 21:
Parking Advisory
With Stanford basketball hosting Florida A&M at 1 p.m. and Stanford football hosting California at 4:30 p.m., fans are encouraged to arrive early and plan accordingly. The Maples Pavilion parking lot will be open to those displaying a disability placard or Buck Cardinal men's parking permit. The Maples Pavilion lot will be staffed from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., and will be used for general admission parking after 1 p.m. Should the Maples Pavilion lot become full, it is recommended that fans park in Lot #9 (normally reserved for football general admission parking). The football parking lots will open at 10 a.m., and will be available to those displaying the proper parking permits.

The Opening Tip
Stanford (1-1, 0-0 Pac-10) continues its three-game homestand against Oral Roberts (1-1, 0-0 Summit League). It's the opening game of the 2009 Cancun Challenge, which extends into next week when the Cardinal heads to Mexico for a pair of games.

Media Memo
Wednesday's game can be heard live on XTRA Sports 860 AM and Stanford's official athletics website,, featuring the chemistry-rich tandem of Dave Flemming (play-by-play) and John Platz (analyst). KZSU 90.1 FM provides coverage with Ben Spielberg (play-by-play) and Joe Shapiro (analyst).

About The 2009 Cancun Challenge
The Cancun Challenge features eight teams and includes eight games played in the U.S., along with eight games played at the all-inclusive Moon Palace resort in Cancun, Mexico. In addition to Stanford, the field includes Kentucky, Cleveland State, Florida A&M, Oral Roberts, Rider, Sam Houston State and Virginia. One of four schools selected to host games in the U.S., Stanford welcomes Oral Roberts (Nov. 18) and Florida A&M (Nov. 21) to Maples Pavilion this week. Grouped in the Riviera Division of the Cancun Challenge, Stanford will face Virginia (Nov. 24) and either Kentucky or Cleveland State (Nov. 25) next week in Cancun. CBS College Sports will provide television coverage of the games played in Cancun.

Tournament Note
Stanford will be playing regular season games outside the United States for the first time since 2000, when the Cardinal defeated Old Dominion (84-60), Memphis (83-60) and Georgia (71-58) on the way to capturing the Puerto Rico Shootout.

Scouting Oral Roberts
Oral Roberts closed out the 2008-09 campaign with a 16-15 overall record and a 14-4 mark in Summit League play, good for second in the conference standings.
The Golden Eagles dropped their season opener at Wake Forest (76-56) last Friday, but responded with an 86-50 rout of Northwestern Oklahoma State at home Monday.
Oral Roberts plays six of its first seven games on the road. The Golden Eagles return home on Dec. 3, battling Missouri-Kansas City in their conference opener.
Head coach Scott Sutton is in his 11th year at the helm.

Stanford All-Time vs. Oral Roberts
Stanford and Oral Roberts will be meeting for the first time on the hardwood. The Cardinal is 5-0 all-time against teams from the Summit League: Centenary (1-0), Missouri-Kansas City (1-0) and Southern Utah (3-0).

Stanford Handles Cal Poly 70-53 In Home Opener
Landry Fields scored 22 points to help Stanford win its home opener 70-53 over Cal Poly. Jarrett Mann and Jack Trotter both poured in a career-high 10 points, while Drew Shiller added 11 points. Lorenzo Keeler scored 15 points to lead the Mustangs, who lost their fifth straight dating to last season. Will Donahue recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Mustangs were unable to match Stanford's athleticism and were never really competitive after the first few minutes of the second half. Cal Poly missed seven of its first nine shots while Stanford shot 50 percent from the field to open a 13-point lead in the game's first 10 minutes. Stanford led 32-23 at halftime and shot 41.9 percent overall while connecting on 7-21 attempts from long range.

Takeaways From The Cal Poly Game
Stanford owns a 79-16 record in home openers. The Cardinal has won four straight lid-lifters at Maples Pavilion, all by double-digit margins.
Drew Shiller knocked down three triples, increasing his team lead to five.
Stanford forced Cal Poly into 19 turnovers and the Mustangs tallied just two assists on 17 buckets. Meanwhile, the Cardinal dished out 13 assists on 26 baskets.
Four Stanford players scored in double-figures. Last season, the Cardinal placed at least four players in double-figure scoring on 16 different occasions.
Matei Daian scored his first career bucket, a put-back that seemed to roll forever around the rim to provide Stanford with a 27-15 lead with 7:23 remaining in the first half.

Home Sweet Home
Stanford is 31-5 in its last 36 home games dating back to the start of 2007-08. The Cardinal owned a 14-4 record at home last year and reached the 10-win mark at Maples Pavilion for the 16th consecutive year with a 77-55 win over Oregon back on Jan. 22. In 2007-08, the Cardinal set a record for home victories (16) in a single season. Over the last 10 years, Stanford has averaged 12.5 wins on its home court.

Getting Their Start
After losing seniors Kenny Brown, Anthony Goods, Mitch Johnson and Lawrence Hill to graduation, it was a given this year's club would look considerably different. Through the first two games, head coach Johnny Dawkins has experimented with his starting lineup. Five players have made their first start in a Stanford uniform: Da'Veed Dildy, Jarrett Mann, Jack Trotter and Andrew Zimmermann started against San Diego while Drew Shiller earned a starting nod against Cal Poly. It marked the first career start for all five players with the exception of Zimmermann, who started one game during his freshman year at Santa Clara.

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