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No. 14 Men's Basketball Team Travels To No. 13 UCLA, No. 22 USC
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 01/21/2002

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Jan. 21, 2002

Stanford Story
Stanford Cardinal (11-4 overall, 4-2 Pac-10) at UCLA Bruins (13-4 overall, 5-2 Pac-10)
Thursday, January 24, 2002, 7:30 p.m.
Pauley Pavilion (12,800)

Stanford Cardinal at USC Trojans (14-3 overall, 6-1 Pac-10)
Saturday, January 26, 2002, 3:00 p.m.
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (16,161)

Stanford Saga
For many reasons, Stanford's annual trip to UCLA and USC has been an important point in the regular season ... For one reason, many of Stanford's players played high school hoops in the Los Angeles area ... During Mike Montgomery's tenure as head coach at Stanford, 17 players have hailed from the Los Angeles area, including three players (Julius Barnes from Rowland Heights, Josh Childress from Lakewood, Casey Jacobsen from Glendora) on this year's 14-man roster ... Stanford, UCLA and USC have been league contenders in recent years, and thus games in Los Angeles as well as Palo Alto have drawn media attention, both locally and nationally ... And in recent years, Stanford has enjoyed success at UCLA and USC ... The Cardinal has won four straight games at Pauley Pavilion, while winning three straight at USC ... That was in contrast to a span from the 1946-47 season through the 1988-89 season when Stanford compiled a 4-53 record on UCLA's home court, and a 10-21 record at USC from the 1967-68 season to 1996-97 ... And with Stanford winning three consecutive Pac-10 titles, games at UCLA and USC have been highly competitive ... This year, Stanford returns to Pauley Pavilion to face the UCLA Bruins (1/24/02, 7:30 p.m.) and then travels across town to the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena to face the USC Trojans (1/26/02, 3:00 p.m.).

Stanford Cardinal Starters (11-4 overall, 4-2 Pac-10) 
F - Justin Davis, 6-8, 230, Sophomore, Berkeley, Ca (6.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg)
C - Curtis Borchardt, 7-0, 240, Junior, Redmond, Wa (16.1 ppg, 10.3 rpg)
G - Casey Jacobsen, 6-6, 210, Junior, Glendora, Ca (19.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg)
G - Julius Barnes, 6-1, 180, Junior, Rowland Heights, Ca (10.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg)
G - Tony Giovacchini, 6-2, 180, Senior, Salt Lake City, Ut (3.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg) 

Coaches Corner
Mike Montgomery is in his 16th season at Stanford with a record of 330-150 ... 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 484-226 ... Montgomery is 14-17 against UCLA, including a 6-9 mark at Pauley Pavilion ... Montgomery is 23-8 against USC, including a 9-6 record on the Trojans home floor ... Montgomery was just named an assistant coach of USA Basketball's 2002 World Championship Team that will compete in the 2002 FIBA World Basketball Championship for Men (Aug. 29-Sept. 8, 2002) in Indianapolis.

UCLA Bruin Starters (13-4 overall, 5-2 Pac-10)
F - Matt Barnes, 6-7, 235, Senior, Citrus Heights, Ca (17.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg)
F - Jason Kapono, 6-8, 213, Junior, Lakewood, Ca (18.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg)
C - Dan Gadzuric, 6-11, 240, Senior, Den Haag, Holland (9.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg)
G - Billy Knight, 6-6, 201, Senior, Los Angeles, Ca (15.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg)
G - Cedric Bozeman, 6-6, 193, Freshman, Los Angeles, Ca (4.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg)

USC Trojan Starters (14-3 overall, 6-1 Pac-10)
F - Sam Clancy, 6-7, 240, Senior, Fairview, Oh (17.7 ppg, 9.4 rpg)
F - David Bluthenthal, 6-7, 220, Senior, Los Angeles, Ca (11.4 ppg, 7.9 rpg)
C - Kostas Charissis, 6-11, 250, Junior, Athens, Greece (1.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg)
G - Errick Craven, 6-2, 170, Freshman, Carson, Ca (12.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg)
G - Brandon Granville, 5-9, 175, Senior, Los Angeles, Ca (12.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 5.1 apg)

Series Story
UCLA holds a 123-81 edge over Stanford ... However, the Cardinal has six of the last eight games, including four straight wins at Pauley Pavilion ... From the 1935-36 season to the 1939-40 season, Stanford won nine straight games on UCLA's home court ... Last year at UCLA, top-ranked Stanford scored a 85-79 victory as four Cardinal starters (Casey Jacobsen, Jarron Collins, Jason Collins, Ryan Mendez) each scored 16 points ... Stanford took the lead for good with 12 minutes remaining in the first half, during a 15-0 run as the Cardinal pounded their way to a 28-18 advantage ... Matt Barnes scored 32 points for UCLA ... USC holds a 109-107 edge over Stanford ... However, the Cardinal has won four straight over the Trojans and seven of the last eight games ... Stanford has won three straight games over USC at the Los Angeles Sports Arena ... Last year at USC, Jacobsen scored 22 points as #1 Stanford lost most of a 16-point lead before holding on for a 70-68 victory over the Trojans.

Road Review
Stanford, since the 1997-98 season, has chalked up a 42-7 record (49 games, +593 points) on the road ... The Cardinal is 2-2 on the road this year ... Last year, Stanford was the first team to go undefeated on the road in league play (9-0 in 2000-01) since Oregon State turned the feat during the 1980-81 season.

Team Talk
Stanford is on a record pace to break the school record for season blocks ... After 15 games, the Cardinal has averaged 4.1 blocks per game, compared to a season-average of 3.2 last year ... Thirty-seven of those 61 team blocks this year belong to Curtis Borchardt, who is averaging 2.5 blocks per game, tops in the Pac-10 ... Borchardt tallied 19 blocks in 20 games played last year ... The school record for average blocks per game is held by Tim Young at 1.7 per game (1996-97 season) ... Borchardt has had at least three blocks in five games this year ... Stanford is among the conference leaders in several categories ... The Cardinal is #1 in rebounding at 42.3 per game, #1 in rebounding margin (+9.2), #1 in defensive rebounds (27.87), #1 in assist/turnover ratio (1.30), #2 in offensive rebounds (14.47 per game), #2 in scoring margin (+14.3), #3 in scoring defense (66.6 ppg), #3 in assists (16.53 per game), #3 in rebounding defense (33.1) and #3 in scoring (80.9 ppg) ... Nine of Stanford's 14 players are averaging ten minutes or more per game.

National Notes
Duke and Stanford have the longest streak of being ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 ... The Blue Devils own a streak of 103 straight weeks, while Stanford is second at 87.

Rankings Review
Stanford, despite losing four starters from a 31-3 team, still gained 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.

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.

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 ... Moved into the starting lineup seven games into the season ... Barnes scored a career-high 27 points (8-for-12 from the floor, 4-for-7 from three-point territory) along with five assists and three steals against California (1/4/02) in the Pac-10 season opener ... Barnes helped spearhead the Cardinal to victory with 19 points (7-for-9 from the floor) along with four assists against Michigan State (12/29/01) at the Pete Newell Challenge ... Barnes started his first collegiate game against Portland State (12/19/01) and responded with 16 points (4-for-8 from three-point territory), three assists, two rebounds and a steal ... Named to the all-tournament team at the Stanford Invitational ... Barnes tallied 15 points, five assists, two rebounds and a block against Washington (1/19/02) ... Barnes scored 13 points against Texas (12/1/01), and followed that up with eleven points (5-for-5 from the floor) against Long Beach State (12/15/01) ... Averaging 10.5 ppg, third-best on the Cardinal varsity ... Shooting .806 (25-31) from the free throw line.

#14 Tyler Besecker, 6-6, 205, Sophomore, Guard/Forward, Bellevue, Wa
Starting the season, Besecker was 100 percent healthy after missing all but five games last year with food poisoning ... However, Besecker missed seven games after suffering a sprained right ankle in practice (12/21/01) ... Returned to action with three points and two rebounds against Washington (1/19/02) ... Besecker is a hard-working athlete with great enthusiasm for the game ... Played his first game of the season with four minutes of action against Belmont (12/18/01) in the first round of the Stanford Invitational.

#2 Curtis Borchardt, 7-0, 240, Junior, Center, Redmond, Wa
Known as a shot blocker, one of the best in school history although injuries forced him to miss 25 games during his freshman and sophomore seasons ... However, in 52 games, Borchardt has collected 98 blocks which puts him third on the all-time blocks list at Stanford ... In 27 of those 52 games, Borchardt has collected two or more blocks ... Borchardt already has 37 blocks in 15 games this year, #1 in the Pac-10 and ninth all-time for a single season at Stanford ... Has at least one block in 14 of 15 games ... Has recorded a school record six blocks in two games (Purdue & Michigan State) this year ... Originally set the blocks school record with six against Cal State Bakersfield during the 1999-00 season ... Has collected double-doubles (points-rebounds) in six of Stanford's 15 games ... Borchardt scored a career-high 29 points along with nine rebounds and two blocks at Oregon (1/12/02) ... Tallied 27 points (9-for-11 from the floor), ten rebounds and six blocks against Michigan State ... Scored 25 points (10-for-11 from the floor, seventh-best effort in school history) and grabbed 14 rebounds with a career-high five assists, three blocks and a steal in 29 minutes of play against Long Beach State (12/15/01) ... At Oregon State (1/10/02), Borchardt scored 17 points and grabbed 18 rebounds ... Borchardt opened the season with his first collegiate double-double with 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 another double-double 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 another double-digit rebound game with eleven against Texas (12/1/01) ... One of the nation's leading rebounders at 10.3 per game (#1 in the Pac-10) ... Since the 1952-53 season, only eight Stanford players have averaged in double figures in rebounds for a season ... Curtis Borchardt, at 10.3 rebounds per game, is trying to become the ninth player in school history to do so ... The last player to average in double-digit single season rebounding was Adam Keefe at 12.2 per game during the 1991-92 campaign ... Rich Kelley (1972-75) accomplished the feat three times including a school record 13.2 boards per game during the 1972-73 season ... Borchardt has made 80-of-123 shots (.650) in the last 14 games to boost his season field goal percentage to .610 (#3 in the Pac-10) ... Stanford's second leading scorer at 16.1 ppg (#8 in the Pac-10) ... Named to the all-tournament team at the Stanford Invitational.

#1 Josh Childress, 6-8, 190, Freshman, Forward/Guard, Lakewood, Ca
Childress can create his shot off the dribble and has deep range ... Childress' game is likened to former NBA all-star George Gervin ... Stanford's fourth leading scorer at 9.3 ppg ... Childress was 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 has scored in double figures in eight games, including a season-high 21 points against Purdue (11/24/01) ... Childress hit 9-of-14 shots against the Boilermarkers ... Scored 19 points along with nine rebounds at Oregon State (1/10/02) ... Childress can also rebound ... Averaging 4.9 rebounds per game, second-best on the Cardinal ... Tallied a season-high nine boards against Southern Utah (11/20/01), California (1/6/02) and at Oregon State (1/10/02).

#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 notched his first collegiate double-double with 19 points (8-for-10 from the floor) and ten rebounds against Brigham Young (12/22/01) at the Las Vegas Showdown ... Davis then followed with 12 points (5-for-6 from the floor) along with four rebounds against Michigan State (12/29/01) at the Pete Newell Challenge ... Davis started the season hitting 7-of-10 shots in wins over New Mexico (11/17/01) and Southern Utah (11/20/01) ... Collected ten points and eight rebounds in the season opener at New Mexico (11/17/01) ... Shooting a team-leading .629 from the floor ... Has hit 29-of-43 shots (.674) in the last eleven games ... Has upped his season-average to 6.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

#25 Tony Giovacchini, 6-2, 180, Senior, Guard, Salt Lake City, Ut
Stanford's starting point-guard ... A co-captain along with Casey Jacobsen ... Giovacchini's assist-to-turnover ratio is good at 41-to-20 ... In 12 of 15 games, had two turnovers or less ... 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 tallied ten points (3-for-4 from three-point territory) and grabbed a season-high six rebounds against Portland State (12/19/01) in the championship game of the Stanford Invitational ... Dished out a career-high eight assists against Southern Utah (11/20/01) ... Tallied seven assists with no turnovers against Belmont (12/18/01) at the Stanford Invitational.

#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 15 games with a season-high 23 minutes against Washington State (1/17/02), 22 against Washington (1/19/02), 21 against Oregon (1/12/02) and 20 minutes against Oregon State (1/10/02) ... Has played double-digits in minutes in nine games ... Hernandez tallied ten points, four rebounds and three assists against Belmont (12/18/01) ... 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 ... A co-captain along with Tony Giovacchini ... Stanford's leading scorer at 19.7 ppg (#2 in the Pac-10) ... Jacobsen has expanded his game with his rebounding average (4.3 per game, grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds against Purdue) and is also the team's leading assist person with 51 (dished out a career-high eight assists in the season opener at New Mexico) ... Ninth in the Pac-10 in assists at 3.40 per game ... Tenth in the Pac-10 in assist/turnover ratio (1.42) ... Jacobsen scored a career-high 32 points (4-for-4 from three-point territory) at Oregon (1/12/02) ... Scored 28 points along with four assists and two steals against Brigham Young (12/22/01) at the Las Vegas Showdown ... Jacobsen recorded his first collegiate double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds against Purdue (11/24/01) ... Jacobsen scored a game-high 25 points against Belmont (12/18/01) ... Tallied 24 points and nine rebounds against Portland State (12/19/01) in the championship game of the Stanford Invitational to earn tournament MVP honors ... Scored 23 points along with four assists in 32 minutes of play against Long Beach State (12/15/01) ... His shooting percentage has been good over the last three games ... Has hit 26-of-46 shots (.565) from the floor during that time, and 9-of-15 (.600) from three-point territory ... 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 2001 Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year, played an integral part in the success of the nationally-ranked Stanford football team in 2001 ... Johnson was Stanford's second leading receiver during the 2001 regular season with 38 catches for 565 yards and seven touchdowns ... Johnson joined the basketball team on a full-time basis after playing his final game of the 2001 season at the Seattle Bowl (12/27/01) against Georgia Tech ... Johnson caught six passes for 45 yards, including one touchdown catch of four yards from quarterback Chris Lewis in the Seattle Bowl against the Yellow Jackets ... Johnson suited up and played seven minutes (four points, 2-for-3 from the floor) against Long Beach State (Dec. 15) ... Johnson practiced with the football team on Dec. 18, then suited up for Stanford's basketball game against Belmont (12/18/01) that night with seven minutes of action ... The following day, practiced with the football team, then suited up and played five minutes against Portland State (12/19/01) and grabbed three rebounds ... The last time a Stanford athlete played both football and basketball at Stanford was John Paye, who quarterbacked the Cardinal from 1983-86 (#3 all-time in school history in passing with 7,669 yards) and played point-guard on the basketball team (1983-86, 88 games, 33 as a starter) ... Johnson is one of four Pac-10 players who has made the transition from football to basketball ... The other Pac-10 players who have exchanged a helmet for a basketball are Mike Bush (Washington State), Charles Frederick (Washington) and Peter Hansen (Arizona) ... Johnson scored eleven points (3-for-3 from the floor, 4-for-5 from the free throw line) and grabbed five rebounds against Washington (1/19/02) ... Scored nine points along with three rebounds, two assists and a block against Washington State (1/17/02) ... Grabbed a career-high seven rebounds at Oregon (1/12/02).

#00 Joe Kirchofer, 6-9, 245, Sophomore, Forward, Elk Grove, Ca
Returned to the Cardinal varsity after redshirting the 2000-01 season ... Kirchofer gives the Cardinal rebounding strength and good defense ... Has played in 14 games, and has hit 9-of-16 shots for 56 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 played double-digits in minutes in nine straight games ... 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 ... Has played double-digits in minutes in eleven games ... Little played a season-high 23 minutes 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 scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds against Belmont (12/18/01) ... Tallied seven points along with three rebounds against Washington State (1/17/02) ... Little is hitting .600 from the floor.

#3 Kyle Logan, 6-5, 202, Senior, Guard/Forward, Hagerstown, Md
A stress fracture in his left shin has sidelined the senior ... Logan had appeared in four games ... Logan scored a career-high six points (3-for-3 from the floor) in four minutes of play against Long Beach State (12/15/01) ... 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 13 games, including a career-high 12 points (5-for-7 from the floor, 2-for-4 from three-point territory) against California (1/4/02) ... Scored six-points, and grabbed three-rebounds against Belmont (12/18/01) at the Stanford Invitational ... Lottich also enjoyed a six-point effort against Brigham Young (12/22/01) at the Las Vegas Showdown, and another six points in 12 minutes of play against Washington State (1/17/02) ... Tallied a five-point effort in eight minutes of play against Portland State (12/19/01) in the championship game of the Stanford Invitational ... Lottich added five points, three rebounds and two assists against Washington (1/19/02) ... Lottich gathered in a three-point effort in three minutes of play at New Mexico (11/17/01) in the season opener, and a three-point effort against Long Beach State (12/15/01).

#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) ... Scored six points and grabbed two rebounds in six minutes of play against Washington (1/19/02) ... Has played double-digits in minutes in four games.


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