Stanford Battles Virginia Tuesday In Cancun As Tourney Play Continues

Nov. 23, 2009

Cancun Challenge Tournament Central

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Stanford Cardinal (2-2, 0-0 Pac-10)
Virginia Cavaliers (3-1, 0-0 ACC)

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009 • 4 p.m. PT
Moon Palace Resort • Cancun, Mexico
Series History: Stanford leads 5-1
Last Meeting: Stanford 76, Virginia 75 (Jan. 7, 2007)
Radio: XTRA Sports 860 AM (PBP: John Platz)
TV: CBS College Sports (PBP: Thad Anderson, Analyst: Rich Zvosec)

The Opening Tip
Stanford (2-2, 0-0 Pac-10) looks to climb above the .500 mark for the first time this year. The Cardinal has alternated wins and losses so far, moving to 2-2 following a 99-69 rout of Florida A&M over the weekend. The second week of competition in the Cancun Challenge opens with Stanford facing Virginia (3-1, 0-0 ACC).

Media Memo
Tuesday's game can be heard live on XTRA Sports 860 AM and Stanford's official athletics website,, with veteran broadcaster John Platz handling the duties. The contest will also be televised nationally on CBS College Sports, with Thad Anderson (play-by-play) and Rich Zvosec (analyst) describing the action.

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. Joining Stanford in the field are Kentucky, Cleveland State, Florida A&M, Oral Roberts, Rider, Sam Houston State and Virginia. Grouped in the Riviera Division, Stanford faces Virginia (Nov. 24) and either Kentucky or Cleveland State (Nov. 25).

Scouting Virginia
Virginia closed out the 2008-09 campaign with a 10-18 record and a 4-12 ACC mark.
All three of Virginia's wins have come by double-digit margins. The Cavaliers are outscoring their opponents by a difference of +12.5.
Four players are averaging double-figure scoring, led by Sylven Landesberg's 15.3 points per game. Mike Scott is the club's leading rebounder at 9.3 boards per game.
Virginia plays eight of its first 10 games at home. The Cavaliers are back in Charlottesville next Monday hosting Penn State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
Stanford owns a 5-1 all-time record against Virginia. The most recent matchup resulted in a 76-75 Cardinal victory on the road, thanks to a game-winning runner from Lawrence Hill with just nine-tenths of a second left to play.

Six In Double-Figures During 99-69 Rout Of Florida A&M
Jeremy Green scored a season-best 21 points, Landry Fields had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Stanford beat Florida A&M 99-69 on Saturday as part of the Cancun Challenge. Drew Shiller added 15 points for the Cardinal, which rebounded from a buzzer-beating home loss to Oral Roberts on Wednesday. Jarrett Mann had 11 points, Emmanuel Igbinosa and Jack Trotter each had 10. Yannick Crowder scored 14 points to lead the Rattlers, who have yet to play at home. Dale Hughes hit a 3-pointer to give the Rattlers a four-point edge midway through the first half. Shiller sparked a 16-0 run with a steal and layup and ensuing 3-pointer that put Stanford up for good. The Cardinal led 47-31 at halftime.

Takeaways From The Florida A&M Game
In addition to his season-best 21 points, Jeremy Green grabbed eight rebounds, knocked down 4-7 three-pointers and connected on 5-6 tries from the free throw line.
Landry Fields registered his sixth career double-double and first of the season. He also dished out six assists in 30 minutes.
Stanford placed at least six players in double-figures for the first time since Mar. 2, 2000 against USC. Six players scored in double-figures in that contest.
Stanford's largest lead was 34 points, at 82-48 with nine minutes remaining.

Recruiting Class Ranked Among Nation's Top-10
Head coach Johnny Dawkins announced the signing of five incoming student-athletes to national letters of intent for the 2010-11 campaign. The class is recognized as one of the best in the country, currently ranked as high as No. 8 in the nation by and No. 13 by According to, Stanford's recruiting class ranks as the best in the Pac-10. The class includes: Aaron Bright (5-11, 175, guard, Bellevue, Wash.), Anthony Brown (6-7, 190, guard/forward, Huntington Beach, Calif.), John Gage (6-10, 210, forward/center, Vashon Island, Wash.), Josh Huestis (6-8, 210, Great Falls, Mont.) and Dwight Powell (6-10, 215, forward, Bradenton, Fla.).

Shooting For 20
Landry Fields opened the year with three consecutive 20-point games. Fields was bidding to become the first Cardinal player to score at least 20 points in four straight games since Brook Lopez during the 2006-07 campaign. During that season, Lopez scored 20 points against Oregon State on Feb. 15, poured in 26 points against Oregon on Feb. 17, tallied 23 points versus USC on Feb. 22 and added 23 points against UCLA on Feb. 24.

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