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No. 15 Men's Basketball Opens 2001-02 Season At New Mexico
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 11/13/2001

Nov. 13, 2001

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Stanford Saga
It's time for Stanford Hoops ... The 2001-02 Cardinal varsity opens its 87th season when Stanford travels to New Mexico (Nov. 17, 7:00 p.m. mst) ... The Cardinal will play in one of college basketball's most famous and recognizable buildings, University Arena (The Pit) in Albuquerque ... The Lobos have won 81 percent of their games at The Pit (18,018) in the buildings 35-year existence... Two years ago, Sports Illustrated listed its Top-20 sporting venues of the century, and The Pit was listed in at #13 ... The Top-20 list included Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, and Notre Dame Stadium ... The Lobos have finished second in the nation in attendance five times, third on four occasions, and fourth six times ... Last year, New Mexico ranked eighth in the nation in attendace (16,318).

Stanford Cardinal Starters (0-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)
F - Justin Davis, 6-8, 230, Sophomore, Berkeley, Ca
F - Josh Childress, 6-8, 190, Freshman, Lakewood, Ca
C - Curtis Borchardt, 7-0, 230, Junior, Redmond, Wa
G - Casey Jacobsen, 6-6, 210, Junior, Glendora, Ca
G - Tony Giovacchini, 6-2, 180, Senior, Salt Lake City, Ut

New Mexico Lobo Starters (0-0 overall, 0-0 Mountain West Conference)
F - Patrick Dennehy, 6-9, 220, Sophomore, Santa Clara, Ca
C - Chad Bell, 6-11, 230, Freshman, Inglewood, Ca
G - Ruben Douglas, 6-4, 185, Junior, Altadena, Ca
G - Eric Chatfield, 6-3, 215, Senior, Queens, NY
G - Marlon Parmer, 6-2, 180, Junior, Los Angeles, Ca

Coaches Corner
Mike Montgomery begins his 16th season at Stanford with a record of 319-146 ... 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 473-222 ... Montgomery is 1-0 against New Mexico.

Series Story
Only twice has Stanford and New Mexico met each other on the basketball court ... On Dec. 28, 1974, Stanford visit The Pit in Albuquerque and dropped a 78-63 decision in the championship game of the Lobo Classic ... Last season (Jan. 25, 2001) at Stanford, the Cardinal exploded for a 23-3 run in the first half and went on to score a 75-44 victory ... Stanford scored the final 13 points of the first half ... Stanford is 25-30 against Mountain West Conference schools.

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 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.

Rankings Review
Stanford, despite losing four starters from a 31-3 team, is still gaining respect in the national polls ... The Cardinal is ranked 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 ... 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, has already been named a pre-season first team All-American by The Associated Press, The Sporting News and Athlon's Magazine.

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 opens the 2001-02 season on the road at New Mexico (Nov.17) ... Stanford will face Big-10 power Purdue at the Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis (Nov.24) ... A week later (Dec. 1), Stanford will face Texas at the Classic 4 Kids at the United Center in Chicago ... 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-three 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 eleven 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.

Road Report
Stanford has enjoyed great success away from Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal, since the 1997-98 season, has chalked up a 40-5 record (45 games, +583 points) on the road, and 26-6 on a neutral court ... Stanford has beaten its opponents on the road by a margin of 13.0 points per game during that time.

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 or the Stanford Ticket Office at 800-STANFORD.

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 ... Former Cardinal sharpshooter Kris Weems has joined the Cardinal basketball marketing and promotions staff.

Lobo Ledger
This will be the 99th season of New Mexico basketball when the Lobos take the court against Stanford ... The Lobos have advanced to postseason play in six straight years and 17 times in the last 18 seasons ... The Lobos return each of their top three scorers from last season ... Ruben Douglas (16.3 ppg), Eric Chatfield (12.9 ppg) and Marlon Parmer (11.6 ppg) are all back this year ... For the second year in a row, the Lobos will have a transfer student from a Pac-10 school ... Guard Senque Carey, a two-year starter at Washington from 1998-00, transferred last year ... Carey, who hails from East Palo Alto and graduated from St. Francis High School, will be a junior ... Last season, UNM welcomed Arizona transfer Ruben Douglas, who led the team in scoring at 16.3 ppg ... Another Bay Area player is center Patrick Dennehy, who like Carey, graduated from St. Francis High School ... New Mexico is 109-135 against Pac-10 schools ... Stanford is one of two Pac-10 teams that New Mexico will face in 2001-02 ... The Lobos travel to California on Nov. 28 ... Head coach Fran Fraschilla is in his third season at New Mexico with a record of 39-27 ... Fraschilla career record (4 seasons at Manhattan, 3 seasons at St. John's, 2 seasons at New Mexico) is 159-86 ... Fraschilla is 0-2 against Stanford.


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