Men's Hoops Travels To Cal For Saturday's Pac-10 Opener
Jan. 1, 2010
Stanford Cardinal (6-6, 0-0 Pac-10)
California Golden Bears (8-4, 0-0 Pac-10)
Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010 4 p.m.
Haas Pavilion (11,877) Berkeley, CA
Series History: California leads 138-112
Last Meeting: California 82, Stanford 75 (Feb. 14, 2009)
Radio: XTRA Sports 860 AM (PBP: Dave Flemming, Analyst: John Platz)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Kevin Danna, Analyst: Frederick Alexander)
TV: CSN California (PBP: Greg Papa, Analyst: Dan Belluomini)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (6-6, 0-0 Pac-10) squares off against California (8-4, 0-0 Pac-10) on Saturday afternoon in Berkeley in the Pac-10 opener for both teams. The rest of the conference opened play two days earlier on New Year's Eve. The Golden Bears were picked to win the league title in the media preseason poll for the first time since 1993-94, while the Cardinal was tabbed to finish 10th. Stanford's first Pac-10 homestand takes place next week, when the LA schools visit Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal hosts USC on Wednesday, Jan. 6 (7 p.m.) and UCLA on Saturday, Jan. 9 (3 p.m.).
Saturday's game can be heard live on XTRA Sports 860 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com, featuring the chemistry-rich tandem of Dave Flemming (play-by-play) and John Platz (analyst). KZSU 90.1 FM provides coverage with Kevin Danna (play-by-play) and Frederick Alexander (analyst). The game will also be televised on Comcast SportsNet California, with Greg Papa (play-by-play) and Dan Belluomini (analyst) calling the action.
Tabbed to finish first in the Pac-10 preseason poll, California stands at 8-4 overall heading into Saturday's Pac-10 opener.
The Golden Bears experienced little trouble in two games at the Colliers International Golden Bear Classic, routing Utah Valley State 85-51 and UC Santa Barbara 87-66.
The Golden Bears opened the year ranked in the top-25 but are now receiving votes in both national polls. California has navigated through a difficult non-conference schedule that has included matchups against Syracuse, Ohio State and Kansas.
After compiling a 16-2 home record in 2008-09, California has won its first seven games at Haas Pavilion this year.
Four players are averaging in double-figure scoring, led by Jerome Randle's 19.3 ppg. Keep an eye on: Patrick Christopher (17.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 20 steals) and Jamal Boykin (11.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 59.1 percent field goals).
California is averaging 79.4 points and 39.8 rebounds per game while shooting 47.5 percent from the field and making 73.3 percent from the charity stripe.
Stanford All-Time vs. California
In a series that dates back to the 1913-14 campaign, California owns a 138-112 edge. However, Stanford has won 10 of the last 12 meetings. Last year's series was a split, with Stanford winning 75-69 at Maples Pavilion and California rallying back from a 22-point deficit for an 82-75 victory in Berkeley.
Who To Watch Against California
In six career games, Landry Fields is averaging 6.1 points per game while shooting 50 percent overall (13-26). Jeremy Green poured in 16 points in two meetings last year and his 11 rebounds are the most against any Pac-10 opponent. In three career games, Drew Shiller has scored 11 points (nine coming from three-pointers).
This Game, Last Year:
California 82, Stanford 75 (Feb. 14, 2009 at Berkeley, CA)
Patrick Christopher scored 21 points while Jerome Randle added 18 points, seven rebounds and eight assists as California rallied to beat Stanford 82-75. The Golden Bears trailed by 22 in the first half and were down by 14 at halftime before opening the second half with a 16-3 run to get back into the game. Jorge Gutierrez had 10 points and eight rebounds and made a key shot with 1:37 remaining to help complete the comeback for the Golden Bears. Landry Fields scored 16 points to pace five Stanford players in double figures. The Cardinal made just one basket over the final eight minutes and had only one three-pointer in the second half after making nine in the first half.
Second-Half Surge Powers Win Over James Madison
Landry Fields scored 24 points to lead Stanford to an 80-76 victory over James Madison, registering his eighth consecutive 20-point game while tallying nine rebounds, four assists and five steals in 35 minutes. Jeremy Green added 15 points for the Cardinal and Andrew Zimmermann matched his career high with 14 points. James Madison shot 51.9 percent overall compared to Stanford's 40 percent clip. But the Cardinal forced 26 turnovers, racked up a season-high 12 steals and connected on 18-25 attempts from the charity stripe.
Takeaways From The James Madison Game
Stanford avoided losing four straight non-conference games for the first time since 1979.
Stanford has produced at least one 20-point scorer in every game so far this year.
Stanford and James Madison each made 28 field goals, with the Cardinal attempting 70 shots compared to the Dukes' 54.
Stanford In Pac-10 Openers
Stanford is 5-5 in Pac-10 openers over the last 10 seasons. Stanford opened Pac-10 play at home last year against Arizona State, falling 90-60 in its most lopsided conference loss since a 90-58 defeat to Arizona in 1998. The Cardinal's most recent win in a league lid-lifter came during the 2006-07 campaign, with a 71-60 triumph at Arizona State. Since the 1978-79 campaign, Stanford owns a 16-15 mark in Pac-10 openers (11-6 at home and 5-9 on the road).
Closing Out Non-Conference Play
The Cardinal closed out non-conference play at 6-6. Stanford's non-league opponents this year have chalked up a combined record of 89-63. Last year, Stanford finished 13-0 against non-league competition, joining North Carolina (20-0) and Pittsburgh (16-0) as the only Division I programs to finish with an undefeated non-conference record.
Cardinal In The Pac-10, National Statistics
Stanford leads the conference in turnover margin (+4.1) and is tied with Arizona State for the league lead in assist/turnover ratio (1.3). Stanford also ranks second in three-point field goals made per game (7.1). Landry Fields ranks second in scoring (23.4), rebounding (9.0) and minutes played (35.5), and third in steals (2.3). Fields also ranks eighth nationally in scoring. Jeremy Green is the league leader in three-pointers made per game (3.0) while Jarrett Mann is tops in assists per game (5.8).
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