Nov. 27, 2011
Stanford Cardinal (5-1, 0-0 Pac-12)
Pacific Tigers (2-2, 0-0 Big West)
Date: Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 7 p.m.
Site: Maples Pavilion (7,329) Stanford, CA
Series History: Stanford leads 31-3
Last Meeting: Stanford 71, Pacific 58 (Dec. 19, 1998 at Stockton, CA)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
Webcast: www.gostanford.com (PBP: Tim Swartz)
The Opening Tip
Fresh off an impressive showing at the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off that nearly resulted in a championship, Stanford (5-1, 0-0 Pac-12) prepares for a stretch that will include three games to be played over seven days. The Cardinal returns to Maples Pavilion on Monday night to host Pacific (2-2, 0-0 Big West) as non-conference action continues. After coming just minutes away from upsetting No. 5/5 Syracuse last Friday in the Preseason NIT title game, Stanford must regroup and take that same momentum into Monday's game against Pacific.
Monday's game can be heard live on KNBR 1050 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com, featuring the insightful tandem of John Platz (play-by-play) and Drew Shiller (analyst). A premium webcast is offered on www.gostanford.com, with Tim Swartz (play-by-play) calling the action.
Pacific (2-2, 0-0 Big West) has booked home wins against Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State Dominguez Hills while suffering road losses to Nevada and Hawai'i ... The Tigers return home later this week, facing Utah State before a rematch with Hawai'i ... Pacific is averaging 68.2 points and 33.5 rebounds per game. The Tigers have made only 39.1 percent from the field and 31.7 percent from three-point territory ... Pacific was picked to finish sixth in this year's preseason media poll. The Tigers concluded last season at 16-15 and 8-8 in the Big West ... Keep an eye on: Lorenzo McCloud (10.8 ppg, team-high eight assists), Markus Duran (10.5 ppg, 91.7 percent free throws) and Khalil Kelley (5.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg).
Stanford All-Time vs. Pacific
Stanford owns a 31-3 advantage in the all-time series, which originated during the 1913-14 campaign. Despite the close proximity between the two campuses, Stanford and Pacific are matching up for the first time since Dec. 19, 1998, when the Cardinal came away with a 71-58 victory in Stockton. The Tigers last appeared at Maples Pavilion in 1997 and are searching for their first win in the series since a 22-21 triumph in 1933.
Takeaways From The Syracuse Game
Andrew Zimmermann has scored Stanford's opening bucket in three consecutive games ... Stanford was victimized by 24 turnovers, its highest total since also committing 24 miscues against Tennessee in a 69-57 loss on Nov. 22, 2004, in the EA Sports Maui Invitational ... Aaron Bright represented Stanford on the All-Tournament Team, averaging 14.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game while making 11-18 from the field with six triples. Bright led the Cardinal with 13 points on 5-9 shooting against Syracuse ... Chasson Randle added 12 points to end up as Stanford's second-leading scorer, doing all of his damage after halftime. In the first half of the last three games, Randle has been held scoreless and is 0-4 from the field. In the second half of those same games, he is 10-19 with 32 points ... Stanford outrebounded Syracuse 36-34, leading to a 16-11 edge in second-chance points ... John Gage became the ninth Stanford player to score in double figures this year, contributing a career-high 10 points in 12 minutes off the bench. Gage was 3-6 with two three-pointers ... Stanford has now made at least one three-pointer in 324 consecutive games, dating back to a 0-6 performance against Purdue in the John Wooden Tradition on Nov. 24, 2001.