Dec. 12, 2001
Stanford (3-1 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10) vs
Long Beach State (*3-4 overall, 0-0 Big West)
December 15, 2001, 7:00 p.m.
Maples Pavilion (7,391)
*Long Beach State hosts USC (12/12/01)
Stanford and Long Beach State meet for a second straight season when the Cardinal hosts the 49ers in a non-league game on Saturday, December 15 ... Tipoff is 7:00 p.m. ... Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford is 35-1 against non-league opponents, including a current winning streak of ten games ... For head coach Mike Montgomery, the game has a little extra meaning ... Montgomery grew up in Long Beach, graduated from Long Beach Millikan High School, lettered two seasons at Long Beach State (1966, 1968, wore uniform #23) and graduated in 1968 ... One of Montgomery's older brothers, Dick, also played basketball for the 49ers in 1961 and 1963, while another older brother, Don, played football at LBS ... Montgomery's father, Jack, served as Long Beach States' first athletic director in 1949.
Stanford Cardinal Starters (3-1 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10)
F - Justin Davis, 6-8, 230, Sophomore, Berkeley, Ca (5.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg)
F - Josh Childress, 6-8, 190, Freshman, Lakewood, Ca (15.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg)
C - Curtis Borchardt, 7-0, 240, Junior, Redmond, Wa (13.3 ppg, 13.3 rpg)
G - Casey Jacobsen, 6-6, 210, Junior, Glendora, Ca (18.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg)
G - Tony Giovacchini, 6-2, 180, Senior, Salt Lake City, Ut (6.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg)
Long Beach State 49er Starters (*3-4 overall, 0-0 Big West)
F - Travis Reed, 6-8, 250, Senior, Fontana, Ca (11.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg)
C - James Williams, 6-9, 240, Senior, St. Louis, Mo (13.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg)
G - Tony Darden, 6-4, 200, Junior, Snow Hill, NC (10.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg)
G - Ron Johnson, 6-0, 190, Senior, San Diego, Ca (13.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg)
G - Michael Darrett, 6-2, 190, Senior, Evansville, In (7.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg)
*Long Beach State hosts USC (12/12/01)
Mike Montgomery is in his 16th season at Stanford with a record of 322-147 ... 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 476-223 ... Montgomery is 2-0 against Long Beach State.
Stanford holds a 2-0 edge over Long Beach State in the series ... Last year, the Cardinal scored a 86-63 decision at Long Beach State as Jarron and Jason Collins combined for 33 points and 13 rebounds ... Ryan Mendez led Stanford scorers with 22 points ... The two teams met at Maples Pavilion during the 1987-88 season when Stanford scored a 80-77 decision in the first round of the NIT.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford is 87-11 (52-10 vs Pac-10 schools, 35-1 vs non-league opponents).
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 ... Barnes scored a season-high 13 points against Texas (12/1/01) ... Averaging 7.8 ppg, fourth-best on the Cardinal varsity.
#14 Tyler Besecker, 6-6, 205, Sophomore, Guard/Forward, Bellevue, Wa
This year, Besecker is 100 percent healthy after missing all but five games last year with food poisoning ... Besecker is a hard-working athlete with great enthusiasm for the game.
#2 Curtis Borchardt, 7-0, 240, Junior, Center, Redmond, Wa Known as a shot blocker, one of the best in school history although injuries have forced him to miss 25 games during his freshman and sophomore seasons ... However, in 41 games, Borchardt has collected 73 blocks which puts him fifth on the all-time blocks list at Stanford ... In 19 of those 41 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 a career-high 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 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) ... Recorded his fourth straight double-digit rebound game with eleven against Texas (12/1/01) ... One of the nation's leading rebounders at 13.3 per game ... Has made 13-of-19 shots (.684) in the last three games to boost his season field goal percentage to .514 ... Stanford's second leading scorer at 13.3 ppg.
#1 Josh Childress, 6-8, 190, Freshman, Forward/Guard, Lakewood, Ca
Has lived up to the pre-season hype ... 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 ... One of the team's top shooters at .511 ... Childress is hitting .500 from three-point range (7-for-14) ... Stanford's second leading scorer at 15.3 ppg ... Childress has scored in double figures in all four 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 4.3 rebounds per game ... 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 started the season hitting 7-of-10 shots in wins over New Mexico (11/17/01) and Southern Utah (11/20/01) ... Grabbed a season-high in points (10) and rebounds (8) in the season opener at New Mexico (11/17/01).
#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 16-to-7 ... 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 dished out a career-high eight assists against Southern Utah (11/20/01).
#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 four games ... Hernandez 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 18.8 ppg ... Jacobsen has expanded his game with his rebounding average (5.8 per game) and is also the team's second leading assist person with 15 ... Grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds against Purdue (11/24/01) ... Jacobsen recorded his first collegiate double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds against Purdue (11/24/01) ... Dished out a career-high eight assists in the season opener at New Mexico (11/17/01) ... Has been a marked target by opposing defenses.
#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 is Stanford's second leading receiver with 38 catches for 565 yards and seven touchdowns ... Johnson has practiced with the team at Maples Pavilion when the football team has a day off ... 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 ... However, Johnson will suit up for Stanford's basketball games against Long Beach State (Dec. 15) and in the Stanford Invitational (Dec. 18-19) ... Is practicing with the basketball team until the football team leaves for Seattle on Dec. 21.
#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 four games, and has hit 4-of-6 shots for 67 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 seen his playing time increase since the start of the season ... 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 is hitting .636 from the floor, and is the team's third leading rebounder at 4.5 per game.
#3 Kyle Logan, 6-5, 202, Senior, Guard/Forward, Hagerstown, Md
Has appeared in two games ... Logan 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 three games, including a three-point effort in three minutes of play at New Mexico (11/17/01) in the season opener.
#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).
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.