Stanford Men Prepare For Pac-10 Tournament
The CARDINALsS OPEN PAC-10 TOURNAMENT WITH USC Trojans ON THURSDAY: The sixth-seeded Stanford men's basketball team (18-11, 10-8 Pac-10) head south to Los Angeles for the Pac-10 Touranment where they will open with USC on Thursday, March 8 at 6:20 pm. in the Staples Center. FOX Sports Net will televise the game live. The game can also be heard on the radio on KNTS (1220 AM) with Bob Murphy and John Platz providing play-by-play and color commentary respectively. Stanford is coming off of a split with the Arizona schools last week to end regular season play.
SATURDAY RECAP: Ivan Radenovic scored six of his career-high 37 points in the final two minutes of overtime, and Arizona blew a big lead before wrapping its 20th straight 20-win season with a 85-80 victory over Stanford on Saturday ... Kenny Brown provided a big spark for Stanford ... Brown scored 17 points after halftime, including a game-tying 3-pointer from the corner with 6.1 seconds to go in regulation ... Brook Lopez scored 21 points and Lawrence Hill added 20 for Stanford, which will be the sixth seed in the conference tournament. But the Cardinal figure to be a good bet to make the NCAA tournament based on their winning record in the Pac-10 and five wins against ranked opponents.
ABOUT USC: USC enters Thursday contest with a 21-10 overall record and 11-7 mark in the Pac-10 and are the No. 3 seed ... USC lost a thrilling double-overtime game at Washington State on March 3, 88-86, and had to settle for a third-place tie in the conference instead of a second-place tie in the regular season with the Cougars and a No. 2 seed by virtue of tiebreakers ... USC's 21 victories are its most since winning 22 in 2002 (22-10) ... They are coached by Tim Floyd ... Stanford and USC split their regular season meetings - each team winning on their home court ... Stanford defeated USC the first time the two teams played on Jan. 25 in Palo Alto 65-50, blocking 19 Trojan shots ... USC won the Feb. 22 game at the Galen Center 69-65 ... USC has held 17 of 31 opponents this season to under 40 percent shooting and 23 of 31 to a 42 percent or less shooting percentage ... USC is 6-8 all-time in Pac-10 Tournament games.
STANFORD VS. USC IN THE PAC-10 TOURNEY: Stanford and USC have met three in the Pac-10 Tournament with the Trojans holding a 2-1 advantage ... USC defeated Stanford, 79-74 in 2002-03 and 103-78 in 2001-02; Stanford won 66-61 in 1988-89. The 103 points that USC scored vs. Stanford in the 2002 tournament is a Pac-10 Tournament record.
IF-THEN SCENARIO: The winner of the Stanford-USC game will play the winner of the WSU-Washington/ASU game on Friday, March 9 in Semifinal 2 at 8:50 p.m. in a game televised by FOX Sports Net.
STANFORD PAC-10 TOURNAMENT HISTORY: The Cardinal are 7-6 all-time in the Pac-10 Tournament.
2005-06: 68-73 L to Arizona 2004-05: 60-58 W over WSU; 66-33 L to Washington 2003-04: 68-47 W over WSU; 70-63 W over Oregon: 77-66 W over Washington 2002-03: 74-79 L to USC 2001-02: 78-103 L to USC 1988-89: 66-61 W over USC; 95-86 W over UCLA; 51-73 L to Arizona 1987-88: 88-67 W over Oregon; 83-97 L to Arizona STANFORD CREEPING UP ON PAC-10 TEAM BLOCKS RECORD: The 2006-07 Cardinal broke the conference record for most blocks in a single game earlier this year when they swatted 19 against USC (1/25/07) ... They are now two blocks shy (178) of breaking the league team season blocks record held by UCLA who had 180 in 1993.
ARIZONA GAME NOTES: Kenny Brown recorded a season and career-best 22 points, three steals, one block and 33 minutes played against the Wildcats ... Freshman Landry Fields played a season high 30 minutes vs. Arizona ... Brook Lopez had a season/career high three steals vs. the 'Cats ... Taj Finger had a season best three assists which ties his career high.
HILL BREAKS INTO THE TOP 25 IN SEASON FIELD GOALS: Sophomore Lawrence Hill (Glendale, AZ) has 174 field goals made this season and ranks 24th on Stanford's list for most field goals in a single season ... At No. 23 is Tom Dose (1961-62) with 175 while three are tied for 20th with 188.
PAC-10 ANNOUNCES ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS: Sophomore Lawrence Hill (Glendale,Arizona) was named to the nine-member Pac-10 All-Conference team earlier this week ... Hill is averaging 16.3 points and 6.0 rebounds a game for the Cardinal ... Freshman Brook Lopez (Fresno, Calif.) was named an honorable mention to the team and was a Pac-10 All-Freshman pick as well ... Brook is averaging 12.7 points per game and 5.8 rebounds.
SELECTION SUNDAY: The NCAA Selection Show will be held, Sunday, March 3, at 3 p.m. PT on CBS.
INJURY REPORT: Sophomore guard Anthony Goods suffered a high ankle sprain in the second half of the Washington game (2/11) and has missed the last six game (OSU, Oregon, USC, UCLA, ASU and Arizona) ... He will begin practicing with the team this week ... He could make a possible return at the Pac-10 Tournament.
Brook Lopez CRACKS TOP 10 FOR FRESHMAN POINTS IN A SEASON: Freshman forward Brook Lopez (Fresno, CA) broke into the top 10 for points in a single season for freshmen on The Farm ... In 24 games this season, he has contributed 304 points (12.7 ppg) which ranks 10th on the freshmen list ... His 12.7 points per game is currently ranks fourth on the Stanford charts for a freshman.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Freshman Brook Lopez's 130 field goals made during 2006-07 ranks seventh on the all-time frosh list at Stanford while his 260 field goals attempted ranks fifth.
STANFORD VS. RANKED OPPONENTS: The Cardinal are 5-4 vs. ranked opponents in 2006-07 with wins over then #24 Washington, then #23 Washington State then #25 USC, then #3 UCLA and then #15 Oregon.
STANFORD FRESHMAN REBOUNDING LIST: Freshman center Robin Lopez's team-leading 166 rebounds this season ranks eighth on the Cardinal top 10 freshman list ... His average of 5.7 rpg ranks fourth on the frosh list.
DID YOU KNOW?: The Cardinal rank 11th nationally in team blocks per game (6.1) ... Stanford has outblocked its opponent in 24 of 29 games this season ... They are 17-7 in those games ... Stanford owns a 15-3 record when they lead at halftime ... When trailing? They are 3-8.
WHERE IT RANKS IN THE NCAA RECORD BOOK: Stanford's 19 team blocks vs. USC ties for fifth for a single game in the NCAA record books (the record is 21 - Georgetown vs. Southern, 1993) ... Brook Lopez's 12 blocks is tied for 13th for an individual in a single game (record is 14 held by four players).
BOARD WORK: Stanford is averaging 38.4 rebounds as a team this year, outrebounding their opponents by a + 6.1 margin ... The Cardinal has outrebounded their opponent in 11 of the last 14 and are 8-6 in those contests ... Stanford's 6.1 rebound margin ties for second in the Pac-10.
HILL OF A PLAYER: Sophomore Lawrence Hill has turned it on in his second year on The Farm for the Cardinal ... Hill has led the team in scoring in 15 games this year and is averaging a team-leading 16.3 points per game as well as 6.0 rebounds per game ... Hill has scored in double figures 26 times and has one double-double on they year ... He has 10 20-plus point games including seven of the last 13 ... Against Cal, Hill went 10-of-13 from the field (the 10 FG is a career best) ... Last season, Hill averaged 4.7 ppg and 3.4 rpg ... Hill has been named Stanford's Muscle Milk Athlete of the Week, twice this season and was recently tabbed to the Pac-10 All-Conference team ... He had scored in double figures for 13 consecutive game before being shut out at WSU ... Hill's five three pointers vs. OSU was a career best.
FRED FACTS: This season for the Cardinal, forward Fred Washington has definately stepped it up ... He has started all 29 games this season, averaging 30.4 minutes per game while shooting .534 from the field ... In his three previous seasons, Washington was averaging 3.5 points per game and this year's he's up to 8.1 ppg ... In three years prior, he dished out 45 assists total (0.75 apg) - this year he has a team-leading 112 assists so far and is averaging 3.86 per game ... His 112 assists ranks 25th on Stanford's single season assists list.
THIS AND THAT: Stanford's 178 blocked shots so far this season ranks first for a single season on the Farm ... Sophomore Lawrence Hill has 56 blocked shots for his career which ties for 13th on the Farm ... Freshman Robin Lopez's 69 career blocked shots ranks ninth on the Cardinal charts ... Junior Peter Prowitt's 35 career blocked shots ranks him 25th in career blocked shots ... Anthony Goods 56 three pointers ties him for 19th for a single season .... His 155 three-point attempts ties for 13th for a single season.
PAC-10 RANKINGS: Lawrence Hill is fifth in scoring (16.3 ppg) and Anthony Goods is 18th (13.0 ppg) ... Hill is 11th in rebounds (6.0 rpg), Robin Lopez is15th (5.7rpg), Brook Lopez is 14th (5.8 rpg) and Fred Washington is 20th (5.2 rpg) ... Hill is seventh (.518) in FG percentage ... Washinton ranks seventh (3.86 apg) in assists per game and Mitch Johnson is ninth (3.41) ... Goods is fourth in 3-pt. FG made (2.43 per game) and sixth in minutes played (33.96)... Robin Lopez is first in the league in blocked shots (2.38 bpg), Brook Lopez is second (1.83 bpg) while Hill is eighth (1.14) ... Hill ranks sixth in 3-pt FG pct at .422 ... As a team, Stanford is second in Rebounding offense (38.4) and third in FG Pct. defense (.412) ... They are first in blocked shots (6.14 bpg), first in defensive rebounds (25.97) and third in assists (15.14) ... Stanford is tied for second in rebounding margin (+6.1).
MORE RECORDS FALL FOR THE CARDINAL: Freshman center Robin Lopez broke the Stanford freshman block record for a single season against USC earlier this season ... Lopez had three blocks on the night to bring his season total to 44 (previous record was 43 by freshman Tim Young in 1994-95) ... His 69 blocks in 2006-07 ranks second for a single season at Stanford ... The Cardinal record is held by Curtis Borchardt (2001-02) who had 85 blocks in a single season ... Lopez has recorded at least one block in 27 of 29 games this season and has recorded two or more blocks 20 times ... He has notched four or more blocks seven times ... Lopez ranks first in the conference averaging 2.4 blocks per game ... He is ranked 23rd nationally in blocks per game.
SOMETHING LOOKS FAMILIAR: The Lopez twins, Brook and Robin, are the second set of highly touted big men to grace The Farm ... Jason and Jarron Collins were the first set of big men to light up the court for Stanford in the late 90's and early 2000's ... The Collins twins both earned All-America honors during their college careers ... The Lopez tandem is contributing 19.6 ppg, 4.16 bpg and 10.9 rpg in the 24 games they have both appeared in.
SMILE FOR THE CAMERA: Stanford will have at least 25 of their games this season broadcast on television including Thursday's game vs. USC in the Pac-10 Tournament ... Stanford is 15-9 in televised games so far this year ... Seven of the last eight Cardinal games have been televised.
TRIPLE-DOUBLE FIRST: Freshman forward Brook Lopez (Fresno, Calif.) recorded the school's first triple double on against USC (1/25/07) when he posted 18 points, 11 rebounds and 12 blocks.
YOUTH MOVEMENT: On Stanford's 14 man active roster, nine are underclassmen ... To begin the year, the Cardinal started one freshman, three sophomores and one senior ... The most recent starting five features, two freshmen, two sophomores and one senior.
HEAD COACH Trent Johnson: Trent Johnson became the 16th men's basketball head coach in Stanford history on May 25, 2004. Johnson, who is considered one of the true teachers of the game, is a perfect fit for one of the most dominant basketball programs in the last two decades. In Johnson's first season on The Farm, he showed the strength of his leadership style as Stanford dealt with a season-ending injury to its leading scorer and only nine healthy players competing at the end of the year. But despite the obstacles, Johnson helped lead the Cardinal to its11th consecutive NCAA postseason appearance. With an 18-13 overall record and 11-7 mark in the Pac-10 Conference (third place finish), three players were tabbed to the Pac-10 All-Conference teams: Chris Hernandez (first team), Dan Grunfeld (first team) and Matt Haryasz (honorable mention). Hernandez and Grunfeld were further honored as first-team NABC District-14 selections. Several st udent-athletes were recognized for their work in the classroom. Grunfeld was honored as a 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic Second Team All-American selection while four of the five first-team Pac-10 All-Academic spots were awarded to Cardinal players (Grunfeld, Hernandez, Rob Little and Nick Robinson). Jason Haas was second team selection as well.
YARDLEY TO ENTER PAC-10 HALL OF HONOR: Each year, the Pac-10 honors a former coach or student-athlete with induction into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor. The induction will place at the 2007 Pac-10 Tournament. Former Stanford standout George Yardley is the Cardinal recipient in 2006-07. Yardley, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, was an All-American during his senior season at Stanford and is considered one of the top forwards in school history. After Stanford, Yardley played three years of AAU basketball with Stewart Chevrolet and at the Los Alamitos Naval Air Base. Yardley later enjoyed a highly productive career in the NBA, winning All-Star honors six times.