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No. 9 Men's Basketball Team Travels To Chicago To Face Texas Longhorns in Classic 4 Kids
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 11/27/2001

Nov. 27, 2001

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Stanford Story
Stanford (3-0 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10) vs Texas (1-3 overall, 0-0 Big 12)
Classic 4 Kids
Saturday, December 1, 2001, 11:00 a.m. (central time)
United Center (21,711)

Stanford Saga
As one of the nation's elite basketball programs, Stanford is often invited to some of the higher profile collegiate basketball tournaments in the country ... This year, the Cardinal will compete in the The John Wooden Tradition (Nov. 24), the Classic 4 Kids in Chicago (Dec. 1 against Texas), the Las Vegas Showdown (Dec. 22 vs BYU), and the Pete Newell Challenge (Dec. 29 vs Michigan State) ... In recent years, Stanford has played in such prestigious tournaments as the Puerto Rico Shootout, the Coaches vs Cancer Tournament and the Pre-Season NIT in New York City, and the Great Alaska Shootout ... Only one member of the Stanford varsity has played in the United Center, home of the NBA's Chicago Bulls ... Matt Lottich, from nearby Winnetka, Il, played on the eighth-grade Southside All-Stars which played three quarters against the Northside All-Stars before the Bulls game, and played the fourth quarter at halftime of the Bulls game ... Lottich scored eleven points in the fourth period to help the Southside All-Stars win ... This will be Stanford's third game in the United Center in Chicago ... During the 1997-98 season, Stanford defeated College of Charleston (67-57) and Western Michigan (83-65) at the NCAA Midwest Regionals ... Both games attracted 21,158 for each game, the fourth-biggest crowds to ever watch a Stanford basketball game.

 Stanford Cardinal Starters (3-0 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10)
F - Justin Davis, 6-8, 230, Sophomore, Berkeley, Ca (5.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg)
F - Josh Childress, 6-8, 190, Freshman, Lakewood, Ca (15.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg)
C - Curtis Borchardt, 7-0, 240, Junior, Redmond, Wa (15.0 ppg, 14.0 rpg)
G - Casey Jacobsen, 6-6, 210, Junior, Glendora, Ca (22.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg)
G - Tony Giovacchini, 6-2, 180, Senior, Salt Lake City, Ut (5.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg)

 Texas Longhorn Starters (1-3 overall, 0-0 Big 12)
F - Chris Owens, 6-7, 238, Senior, Duncanville, Tx (14.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg)
F - Brian Boddicker, 6-8, 228, Sophomore, Duncanville, Tx (5.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg)
G - Brandon Mouton, 6-4, 210, Sophomore, Lafayette, La (13.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg)
G - Royal Ivey, 6-3, 192, Sophomore, Queens, NY (14.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg)
G - T.J. Ford, 5-10, 165, Freshman, Houston, Tx (9.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg)

Coaches Corner
Mike Montgomery is in his 16th season at Stanford with a record of 322-146 ... 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 476-222 ... Montgomery is 0-0 against Texas.

Series Story
Only once has Stanford met the Texas Longhorns on the basketball court ... That game took place during the 1962-63 season when the Cardinal scored a 72-46 victory in Palo Alto ... Stanford is 19-15 against Big 12 Conference teams.

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 has been 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 will not be available to the team until the conclusion of the football season ... Johnson has been a key member as a wide receiver on the nationally-ranked football team ... Johnson leads the Cardinal in receptions with 35 for 505 yards (14.4 avg) and seven touchdowns.

Rankings Review
Stanford, despite losing four starters from a 31-3 team, is still gaining 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 will embark on another tough, challenging schedule in 2001-02 season ... 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 ... Stanford will face Texas at the Classic 4 Kids at the United Center in Chicago on Dec. 1 ... Stanford travels to the Las Vegas Showdown (Dec. 22) where they will face Brigham Young ... 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
Stanford has enjoyed great success on neutral court sites ... Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 27-6, including a 15-2 record in the last two-plus seasons ... Stanford will play four neutral site games this year, not including the Pac-10 and NCAA Tournaments.

Borchardt Bio
Curtis Borchardt is known as a shot blocker, one of the best in school history in school history although injuries have forced him to miss 25 games in the past two seasons ... However, in 40 games, Borchardt has collected 71 blocks which puts him fifth on the all-time blocks list at Stanford ... In 18 of those 40 games, Borchardt has collected two or more blocks ... In the season opening 81-66 victory at New Mexico (11/17/01), Borchardt patrolled the inside with four blocks ... Borchardt also added his first collegiate double-double with 17 points and eleven rebounds at New Mexico (11/20/01), both career-highs ... Borchardt then added 15 points and eleven rebounds against Southern Utah (11/20/01) ... Borchardt added his third consecutive double-double of the season 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).

Newell Notes
Tickets are now 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) ... 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 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) ... 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.

Footnote Facts
Ryan Mendez is playing professional basketball in Australia ... Mendez, one of Stanford's all-time best three-point shooters, is playing for a team that is owned by former Cardinal star Andrew Vlahov ... Michael McDonald is attending graduate school at Stanford ... Former Cardinal players Adam Keefe and Tim Young are playing professionally in Spain, while David Moseley is playing pro basketball in Turkey ... Former Cardinal sharpshooter Kris Weems has joined the Cardinal basketball marketing and promotions staff.

Texas Tale
Texas is 1-3 overall ... Their lone win was a 78-68 victory over Oregon State (11/22/01) in the opening round of the Great Alaska Shootout ... Chris Owens, a John Wooden All-America candidate, led UT with 21 points and seven rebounds ... The Longhorns opened the season with a 88-74 loss to Arizona (11/17/01) in Austin ... Three Texas players scored 15 points each (Brandon Mouton, Royal Ivey, Sydmill Harris) ... Their other losses have been to Gonzaga (64-67) and Indiana (71-77) ... Three Texas players average in double figures, led by Owens at 14.5 ppg ... Owens, a 6-foot-7, 238-pound senior forward, also leads the team in rebounding at seven per game ... Other double-digit scorers are Ivey (14.3 ppg) and Mouton (13.3 ppg) ... Ivey is hitting .538 (21-for-39) from the floor ... T.J. Ford has 34 assists with only ten turnovers at point-guard ... Rick Barnes is in his fourth season at Texas with a record of 69-34 ... Barnes' career mark (1 year at George Mason, 6 years at Providence, 4 years at Clemson, three-plus seasons at Texas) is 271-168 ... Barnes is 0-0 against Stanford.


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