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Men's Basketball Team Faces Michigan State in Pete Newell Challenge
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 12/23/2001

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Dec. 23, 2001

Stanford Story
Stanford (6-2 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10) vs Michigan State (9-3 overall, 0-0 Big-10)
The Pete Newell Challenge, Saturday, December 29, 2001, 7:30 p.m.
The Arena in Oakland (19.596)

Stanford Saga
For the fifth time in this young season, the nationally-ranked Stanford basketball team is back on the road again ... This time, the destination is a bit shorter as the Cardinal will bus from Palo Alto to Oakland to face Michigan State (Dec. 29, 7:30 p.m.) in the Pete Newell Challenge at The Arena in Oakland ... The Cardinal has already traveled to Albuquerque to face New Mexico (11/17/01), to Indianapolis to face Purdue (11/24/01) in the Wooden Tradition, to Chicago to play Texas (12/1/01) at the Dell Classic 4 Kids, and to Las Vegas to play Brigham Young (12/22/01) ... At last year's Pete Newell Challenge, the largest crowd in California college basketball history (19,804) watched All-American Casey Jacobsen hit a jumper with 3.6 seconds to play to beat eventual national champion Duke, 84-83 ... In a fan poll conducted by ESPN.com, the Stanford-Duke game was the overwhelming choice as college basketball's game of the year (2000-01 season).

Newell Notes
Tickets are still on sale for the 2001 Pete Newell Challenge, which is set for Saturday, December 29, at the The Arena in Oakland ... Stanford, the three-time defending Pac-10 champion, will face Michigan State (28-5 in 2000-01) at 7:30 p.m. ... At 5:00 p.m., USF will face Michigan ... Michigan State has appeared in three consecutive Final Fours (the 2000 national champion) ... For ticket information, call tickets.com (510-762-2277, 415-478-2277, 408-998-2277) or go to www.tickets.com ... Outside California, dial toll-free (800) 225-2277 ... Or call The Arena in Oakland at (510) 569-2121.

Stanford Cardinal Starters (6-2 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10)
F - Justin Davis, 6-8, 230, Sophomore, Berkeley, Ca (7.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg)
C - Curtis Borchardt, 7-0, 240, Junior, Redmond, Wa (14.9 ppg, 11.0 rpg)
G - Casey Jacobsen, 6-6, 210, Junior, Glendora, Ca (21.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg)
G - Julius Barnes, 6-1, 180, Junior, Rowland Heights, Ca (9.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg)
G - Tony Giovacchini, 6-2, 180, Senior, Salt Lake City, Ut (4.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg)

Michigan State Spartan Starters (9-3 overall, 0-0 Big-10) F - Aloysius Anagonye, 6-8, 255, Junior, Southfield, Mi (7.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg) F - Adam Wolfe, 6-9, 230, Sophomore, Westerville, Mi (10.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg) F - Alan Anderson, 6-6, 230, Freshman, Minneapolis, Mn (7.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg) G - Kelvin Tolbert, 6-4, 225, Freshman, Flint, Mi (9.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg) G - Marcus Taylor, 6-3, 195, Sophomore, Lansing, Mi (15.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.6 apg)

Coaches Corner
Mike Montgomery is in his 16th season at Stanford with a record of 325-148 ... In 15 previous seasons at Stanford, Montgomery has directed the Cardinal to 13 post-season appearances (9 NCAA, 4 NIT) ... Montgomery's overall record (15+ seasons at Stanford, 8 seasons at Montana) is 479-224 ... Montgomery is 0-1 against Michigan State ... Montgomery was just named an assistant coach of USA Basketball's 2002 World Championship Team that will compete in the 2002 FIBA World Basketball Championship for Men (Aug. 29-Sept. 8, 2002) in Indianapolis.

Series Story
Michigan State leads the series, 3-1 ... Stanford's only win came on a neutral court on Dec. 29, 1960 when the Cardinal scored a 81-80 victory in double overtime at the Los Angeles Classic ... The last meeting between the two teams took place in East Lansing when the Spartans scored a 72-62 decision in the championship game of the Cutlass Spartan Classic ... The other two Michigan State victories have been on the Spartans home floor ... Stanford is 21-25 against Big-10 teams ... Michigan State has not played in the Bay Area since Dec. 29-30, 1986, against Brigham Young (96-88 loss) and Wake Forest (71-62 victory) at the Cable Car Classic in Santa Clara.

Team Talk
Stanford is coming off one of its best years in school history (31-3, Elite Eight) ... With Casey Jacobsen leading the way, the Cardinal is prime for another run at a fourth straight Pacific-10 title ... Though expectations may not be as high as they were last season after losses to graduation and the NBA, head coach Mike Montgomery remains optimistic his team has an excellent shot at going deep into the NCAA Tournament ... Jacobsen, who is already considered one of the great players in school history, also was named to several All-America pre-season first teams, and is a leading candidate for National Player of the Year ... Jacobsen averaged 18.1 ppg, shot 51 percent from the floor, and 47 percent from three-point territory last season ... Jacobsen's name appears in the Stanford record book 39 times ... With a league-leading +17.7 scoring margin, the bench was able to see ample game minutes that should help provide experience ... This team is young ... Only two seniors (Tony Giovacchini and Kyle Logan) are on the 14-man roster ... Nine of the 14 players are either freshman or sophomores ... One of those 14 players is Teyo Johnson, who is currently playing on the football season ... Johnson has been a key member as a wide receiver on the nationally-ranked football team ... Johnson, the Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year, is second on the Cardinal in receptions with 38 for 565 yards and seven touchdowns.

Rankings Review
Stanford, despite losing four starters from a 31-3 team, still gained respect in the pre-season national polls ... The Cardinal was ranked ninth by Dick Vitale's College Hoops, 11th by Slam Magazine, 13th by Associated Press, ESPN.com, Street & Smith's, and Lindy's Magazine, 15th by ESPN/USA Today, and The Sporting News, and 24th by NCAA Preview Magazine, and Basketball News ... Individually, Casey Jacobsen is a leading candidate for Naismith and John Wooden Player of the Year ... Jacobsen, who was named to six All-America teams last year, was named a pre-season first team All-American by The Associated Press, The Sporting News, Athlon's Magazine, Basketball News, Basketball Times and Dick Vitale's College Hoops.

Schedule Story
The Stanford basketball team is facing another tough, challenging schedule in 2001-02 ... The Cardinal will face such notables as Michigan State, Purdue, Texas, Brigham Young and New Mexico during the non-league schedule in addition to the likes of Arizona, UCLA, and USC in the Pacific-10 Conference ... On Dec. 29 at the Pete Newell Challenge, Stanford will face Michigan State ... Twenty-two of Stanford's 27 regular season games will be televised nationally or locally ... Twelve games will be on national television (Fox Sports Net, ABC, CBS, ESPN) and another ten games will be televised locally on KRON, Channel 4.

Conference Chatter
The UCLA Bruins are the overwhelming favorite to finish first in the 2001-02 Pacific-10 Conference Men's basketball race, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball ... The polls shows UCLA gathered 24 of 27 possible first-place votes (267 points) and are tabbed the favorite this season ... Three-time defending Pac-10 champion Stanford is picked for second place (one first place vote, 222 points) ... USC (208 points) edges Arizona (two first place votes, 200 points) for third place ... California (161 points) follows in fifth place, while Oregon (117 points) narrowly edges Arizona State (111 points) for sixth place ... Oregon State (95 points) gets the nod for eighth place, while Washington State (57 points) and Washington (47 points) round out the preseason poll.

Neutral Notes
Since the 1997-98 season, Stanford has chalked up a 27-8 record on neutral courts ... Stanford is 1-2 this year with a 78-62 victory over Purdue (11/24/01) in Indianapolis, a 83-75 loss to Texas (12/1/01) in Chicago, and a 81-76 loss to Brigham Young (12/21/01) in Las Vegas.

The 2001-02 Stanford Varsity (Alphabetical)

#24 Julius Barnes, 6-1, 180, Junior, Guard, Rowland Heights, Ca
Has proven to be a valuable player at both the point and off-guard positions ... Barnes has the ability to run the fast break, and break down defenses with penetration ... Has started the last two games ... Barnes started his first collegiate game against Portland State (12/19/01) and responded with a career-high 16 points (4-for-8 from three-point territory), three assists, two rebounds and a steal ... Named to the all-tournament team at the Stanford Invitational ... Barnes scored 13 points against Texas (12/1/01), and followed that up with eleven points (5-for-5 from the floor) against Long Beach State (12/15/01) ... Averaging 9.6 ppg, fourth-best on the Cardinal varsity ... Averaging 10.8 points in his last five games.

#14 Tyler Besecker, 6-6, 205, Sophomore, Guard/Forward, Bellevue, Wa
Starting the season, Besecker was 100 percent healthy after missing all but five games last year with food poisoning ... However, Besecker is out definitely after suffering a sprained right ankle in practice (12/21/01) ... Besecker is a hard-working athlete with great enthusiasm for the game ... Played his first game of the season with four minutes of action against Belmont (12/18/01) in the first round of the Stanford Invitational.

#2 Curtis Borchardt, 7-0, 240, Junior, Center, Redmond, Wa
Known as a shot blocker, one of the best in school history although injuries forced him to miss 25 games during his freshman and sophomore seasons ... However, in 45 games, Borchardt has collected 81 blocks which puts him fifth on the all-time blocks list at Stanford ... In 21 of those 45 games, Borchardt has collected two or more blocks ... Borchardt already has 20 blocks in eight games this year ... Has collected double-doubles (points-rebounds) in four of Stanford's eight games ... Scored a career-high 23 points (10-for-11 from the floor, seventh-best effort in school history) and grabbed 14 rebounds with a career-high five assists, three blocks and a steal in 29 minutes of play against Long Beach State (12/15/01) ... Borchardt opened the season with his first collegiate double-double with 17 points and eleven rebounds at New Mexico (11/20/01) ... Borchardt then added 15 points and eleven rebounds against Southern Utah (11/20/01) ... Borchardt added another double-double with 13 points, a career-high 20 rebounds and a school record six blocks against Purdue (11/24/01) ... Only ten players in school history have grabbed 20 or more rebounds in a game ... That list now includes Borchardt's 20 boards against Purdue (11/24/01) ... Recorded another double-digit rebound game with eleven against Texas (12/1/01) ... One of the nation's leading rebounders at 11.0 per game ... Has made 35-of-50 shots (.700) in the last seven games to boost his season field goal percentage to .603 ... Stanford's second leading scorer at 14.9 ppg ... Named to the all-tournament team at the Stanford Invitational.

#1 Josh Childress, 6-8, 190, Freshman, Forward/Guard, Lakewood, Ca
Childress is only the second freshman to start his first collegiate game during head coach Mike Montgomery's 16-year tenure at Stanford ... The other freshman was Brevin Knight during the 1993-94 season ... Childress can create his shot off the dribble and has deep range ... Childress' game is likened to former NBA all-star George Gervin ... Stanford's third leading scorer at 10.4 ppg ... Childress has scored in double figures in five games, including a season-high 21 points against Purdue (11/24/01) ... Childress hit 9-of-14 shots against the Boilermarkers ... Childress can also rebound ... Averaging 4.4 rebounds per game, third-best on the Cardinal ... Tallied a season-high nine boards against Southern Utah (11/20/01).

#22 Justin Davis, 6-8, 230, Sophomore, Forward, Berkeley, Ca
Stanford's starting power forward ... An athletic frontline player who is active at both ends of the court ... Davis notched his first collegiate double-double with 19 points (8-for-10 from the floor) and ten rebounds against Brigham Young (12/22/01) at the Las Vegas Showdown ... Davis started the season hitting 7-of-10 shots in wins over New Mexico (11/17/01) and Southern Utah (11/20/01) ... Collected ten points and eight rebounds in the season opener at New Mexico (11/17/01) ... Shooting .658 from the floor ... Has hit 15-of-19 shots (.789) in the last four games.

#25 Tony Giovacchini, 6-2, 180, Senior, Guard, Salt Lake City, Ut
Stanford's starting point-guard ... Giovacchini's assist-to-turnover ratio is good at 29-to-13 ... Scored a season-high 13 points (4-for-5 from the floor, 3-for-3 from three-point territory) in the season-opener at New Mexico (11/17/01) ... Giovacchini tallied ten points (3-for-4 from three-point territory) and grabbed a season-high six rebounds against Portland State (12/19/01) in the championship game of the Stanford Invitational ... Dished out a career-high eight assists against Southern Utah (11/20/01) ... Tallied seven assists with no turnovers against Belmont (12/18/01) at the Stanford Invitational.

#11 Chris Hernandez, 6-2, 185, Freshman, Guard, Fresno, Ca
One of Stanford's two reserve point-guards ... The Stanford coaches like his toughness and determination ... Hernandez is a natural born leader ... Hernandez has appeared in all eight games with a season-high 17 minutes against Belmont (12/18/01) ... Has played double-digits in minutes in the last four games ... Hernandez tallied ten points, four rebounds and three assists against Belmont (12/18/01) ... Is still learning the Stanford system, but is looking more confident on the court adjusting from high school to the major college level.

#23 Casey Jacobsen, 6-6, 215, Junior, Guard, Glendora, Ca
An All-America candidate ... Stanford's leading scorer at 21.9 ppg ... Jacobsen has expanded his game with his rebounding average (5.3 per game, grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds against Purdue) and is also the team's leading assist person with 31 (dished out a career-high eight assists in the season opener at New Mexico) ... Scored a career-high 28 points along with four assists and two steals against Brigham Young (12/22/01) at the Las Vegas Showdown ... Jacobsen recorded his first collegiate double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds against Purdue (11/24/01) ... Jacobsen scored a game-high 25 points against Belmont (12/18/01) ... Tallied 24 points and nine rebounds against Portland State (12/19/01) in the championship game of the Stanford Invitational to earn tournament MVP honors ... Scored 23 points along with four assists in 32 minutes of play against Long Beach State (12/15/01) ... Has been a marked target by opposing defenses ... After an early-season shooting slump, in his last four games, Jacobsen has hit 30-of-60 shots for .500, and 15-of-28 shots for .536 from three-point range ... Has averaged 25 points in the last four games.

#5 Teyo Johnson, 6-7, 240, Sophomore, Forward, San Diego, Ca
Has the talent to develop into one of the top two-sport athletes in Stanford history ... Rare for a student-athlete to play two sports in college, but Johnson has the talent to do it ... Johnson, the Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year, has played an integral part in the success of the nationally-ranked Stanford football team ... Johnson was Stanford's second leading receiver during the regular season with 38 catches for 565 yards and seven touchdowns ... Johnson will join the basketball team on a full-time basis at the conclusion of the football season ... Stanford's football team will play in the Seattle Bowl on Dec. 27 ... Johnson suited up and played seven minutes (four points, 2-for-3 from the floor) against Long Beach State (Dec. 15) ... Johnson practiced with the football team on Dec. 18, then suited up for Stanford's basketball game against Belmont (12/18/01) that night with seven minutes of action ... The following day, practiced with the football team, then suited up and played five minutes against Portland State (12/19/01) and grabbed three rebounds ... The last time a Stanford athlete played both football and basketball at Stanford was John Paye, who quarterbacked the Cardinal from 1983-86 (#3 all-time in school history in passing with 7,669 yards) and played point-guard on the basketball team (1983-86, 88 games, 33 as a starter).

#00 Joe Kirchofer, 6-9, 245, Sophomore, Forward, Elk Grove, Ca
Returns to the Cardinal varsity after redshirting the 2000-01 season ... Kirchofer gives the Cardinal rebounding strength and good defense ... Has played in all eight games, and has hit 8-of-11 shots for 73 percent ... Kirchofer scored a season-high five points in four minutes of play against Southern Utah (11/20/01) ... Kirchofer grabbed a season-high five rebounds in nine minutes of play against Texas (12/1/01).

#42 Rob Little, 6-10, 265, Freshman, Center, Hampton, Va
Has made a nice transition from high school to major college basketball ... Little has played double-digits in minutes in seven straight games ... Still making the transition to the college game, but the Cardinal coaches have been impressed with his hard work and aggressive play ... Little worked extensively on a strength and weight program during the summer of 2001 to prepare for this season ... Active at both ends of the court ... Little played a season-high 23 minutes in Stanford's game against Texas (12/1/01) ... Scored eleven points (3-for-5 from the floor, 5-for-6 from the free throw line) and grabbed five rebounds against the Longhorns ... Little scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds against Belmont (12/18/01) ... Little is hitting .632 from the floor, and is the team's fourth leading rebounder at four per game.

#3 Kyle Logan, 6-5, 202, Senior, Guard/Forward, Hagerstown, Md
Has appeared in four games ... Logan scored a career-high six points (3-for-3 from the floor) in four minutes of play against Long Beach State (12/15/01) ... Gives the Cardinal good defense.

#33 Matt Lottich, 6-4, 190, Sophomore, Guard, Winnetka, Il
A good-shooting three-point specialist who is also an active defender ... Lottich has played in seven games, including a six-point, three-rebound effort against Belmont (12/18/01) at the Stanford Invitational ... Lottich also enjoyed a six-point effort against Brigham Young (12/22/01) at the Las Vegas Showdown ... Tallied a five-point effort in eight minutes of play against Portland State (12/19/01) in the championship game of the Stanford Invitational ... Lottich gathered in a three-point effort in three minutes of play at New Mexico (11/17/01) in the season opener, and a three-point effort against Long Beach State (12/15/01) ... Has made at least one three-pointer in the last four games.

#21 Nick Robinson, 6-6, 200, Freshman, Forward, Liberty, Mo
One of Stanford's top reserves ... Makes smart decisions, runs the court and is an active defender ... Robinson played 18 minutes off the bench with eight points (8-for-8 from the free throw line) and five rebounds against Southern Utah (11/20/01) ... Has played double-digits in minutes in four games.


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