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No. 13 Men's Basketball Team Opens Home Season Against Southern Utah
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 11/19/2001

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Nov. 19, 2001

Stanford Saga Home Sweet Home ... Home Cooking ... Homeward Bound ... The friendly confines of Maples Pavilion ... That is what awaits the Stanford Cardinal as it opens the 2001-02 home season against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds ... After opening the season with a 81-66 road win at New Mexico, Stanford will play its second game of the season against a Southern Utah team that chalked up a 25-6 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament ... After tonight's game, the Cardinal will not return home until Dec. 15 to face the 49ers of Long Beach State ... On Nov. 24, the Cardinal will travel to Indianapolis to face Purdue in the Wooden Tradition, and travel to Chicago's United Center on Dec. 1 to play Texas in the Classic 4 Kids.

Stanford Cardinal Starters (1-0 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10)
F - Justin Davis, 6-8, 230, Sophomore, Berkeley, Ca (10.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg)
F - Josh Childress, 6-8, 190, Freshman, Lakewood, Ca (12.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg)
C - Curtis Borchardt, 7-0, 240, Junior, Redmond, Wa (17.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg)
G - Casey Jacobsen, 6-6, 210, Junior, Glendora, Ca (17.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg)
G - Tony Giovacchini, 6-2, 180, Senior, Salt Lake City, Ut (13.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg)

Southern Utah Thunderbird Starters (1-0 overall, 0-0 Mid-Continent) F - Donnie Jackson, 6-7, 195, Junior, Port Arthur, Tx (13.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg) F - Dan Beus, 6-5, 230, Senior, Kuna, Idaho (18.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg) C - Jeff Dorenbosch, 6-9, 215, Senior, Magna, Ut (4.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg) G - Jay Collins, 6-4, 185, Junior, Farmington, NM (8.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg) G - Stan Johnson, 6-3, 190, Junior, Salt Lake City, Ut (15.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg)

Coaches Corner Mike Montgomery is in his 16th season at Stanford with a record of 320-146 ... 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 474-222 ... Montgomery is 1-0 against Southern Utah.

Series Story
Only one time on the basketball court has Stanford met Southern Utah in basketball ... During the 1991-92 season, the Cardinal scored a 89-71 decision at Maples Pavilion ... Southern Utah is a member of the Mid-Continent Conference, and Stanford is 5-0 against the Mid-Continent 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 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 catches 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 is 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 ... 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, Athlon's Magazine 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 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-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.

Maples Memo
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford is 86-11 (52-10 vs Pac-10 schools, 34-1 vs non-league opponents) ... In 2000-01 (14 home games), Stanford beat its opponents by an average of 22.4 points per game (14 games, +314 points) ... The Maples Pavilion record is 27.3 points per game set two seasons in 14 games ... Stanford has hosted 50 consecutive soldout crowds at Maples Pavilion.

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 38 games, Borchardt has collected 65 blocks which puts him sixth on the all-time blocks list at Stanford ... In 17 of those 38 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, both career-highs.

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.

Thunderbird Talk
Southern Utah, located in Cedar City, Ut, is coming off the program's first NCAA appearance (25-6) and a share of the Mid-Continent Conference title ... With nine lettermen returning, including one starter and three major contributors, Southern Utah is again optimistic for another excellent season ... Dan Beus is the team's lone returning starter ... Last year, Beus averaged 10.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per game ... A strong rebounder, Beus led the team in rebounding in 20 games, and was named Mid-Continent Conference Newcomer of the Year ... In the Thunderbirds' 68-65 loss to Boston College in the NCAA Tournament last year, Beus pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds ... Beus scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds in Southern Utah's season-opening 86-69 victory over Ft. Lewis (11/16) ... Fourth Thunderbird starters scored in double-figures ... Head coach Bill Evans is in his tenth season at Southern Utah with a record of 139-123 ... Evans is 0-0 against Stanford.


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