Dec. 2, 1997
Nationally-Ranked Stanford Faces Georgia
Teams Meet in John Wooden Classic
Stanford (4-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) vs Georgia (5-1 overall, 0-0 SEC)
The John Wooden Classic
Saturday, December 6, 1997, Noon, The Pond (Anaheim, Ca)
Stanford head coach Mike Montgomery
"It's a great honor to be in the John Wooden Classic. It's a high profile tournament that has had great teams in the past. The fact that John Wooden lent his name to the tournament is enough for us. It's great competition, a great facility (The Pond), great exposure and Stanford is happy to be a part of it.."
"My parents went to UCLA. We had several opportunities to meet coach Wooden on several occasions. He epitomizes what college basketball is all about. He was able to recruit great talent and get them to play the way he wanted them to play, which is the way the game should be played. And to do that is great feat.
The proof is all the national championships. He is a bright man, a very articulate man. He is knowledgable in so many other areas. He is a great example for coaches to follow in terms of things they want to do with their lives."
Stanford Starters (4-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)
F - Mark Madsen, 6-8, 235, Sophomore, Danville, Ca (15.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg)
F - Peter Sauer, 6-7, 225, Junior, Pittsburgh, Pa (7.8 pg, 5.5 rpg)
C - Tim Young, 7-1, 245, Junior, Santa Cruz, Ca (10.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg)
G - Kris Weems, 6-3, 195, Junior, Kansas City, Ks (13.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg)
G - Arthur Lee, 6-0, 175, Junior, Los Angeles, Ca (12.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 4.3 apg)
Georgia Starters (5-1 overall, 0-0 SEC)
F - Jumaine Jones, 6-7, 210, Freshman, Camilla, Ga (16.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg)
F - Michael Chadwick, 6-4, 200, Junior, Pheix City, Al (11.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg)
C - Lorenzo Hall, 6-9, 272, Senior, Suitland, Md (6.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg)
G - Ray Harrison, 6-3, 175, Junior, Litonia, Ga (14.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg)
G - G.G. Smith, 5-11, 178, Junior, Tulsa, Ok (12.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg)
Stanford is 9-5 vs SEC schools, but has never played Georgia.
Head coach Mike Montgomery
Stanford head coach Mike Montgomery on Georgia
"Georgia is an excellent basktball team. They had a great season last year and return all five starters. Their style of play will be diffcult for us.
Georgia is very athletic. They have a new coach (Ron Jirsa)
but he was there with Tubby Smith, so anything they did that he
liked, he probably picked up and added some of his own things.
It will be a big challenge for us."
Mike Montgomery is in his 12th season at Stanford ... He is Stanford's second winningest basketball coach with a record of 209-127 ... His career record (8 seasons at Montana and 11-plus seasons at Stanford) is 363-204 ... Montgomery has coached Stanford to five NCAA and four NIT appearances during his tenure at Stanford ... Montgomery is 0-0 vs Georgia ... Ron Jirsa is in his first season at Georgia ... Jirsa had been Georgia's associate head coach the previous two seasons ... Jirsa is 0-0 vs Stanford
Three victories and Stanford is the 1997 champion of the Big Island Invitational ... Stanford opened play in the Big Island Invitational with a 98-49 victory over Hawai'i Hilo (11/28) ... This was Stanford's biggest win since a 89-39 victory over San Jose State during the 1988-89 season ... Stanford outscored the Vulcans, 54-17, in the second half ... Mark Madsen led the Cardinal with 16 points and seven rebounds ... David Moseley, Jarron Collins and Ryan Mendez scored 34 points off the bench ... In the second game, Stanford beat Valparaiso (11/29) 70-65 ... Timely free throw shooting down the stretch led Stanford to victory ... Fourteen of Stanford's final 16 points came via free throws ... Nine of those free throws came in the final 59 seconds of the game ... Tim Young led the Cardinal with 17 points (9-for-11 from the free throw line), grabbed seven rebounds and blocked two shots ... Mark Seaton continued his excellent play with ten points, six rebounds and a block off the bench ... In the championship game, Kris Weems scored a career-high 29 points en route to a 99-86 victory over Butler (11/30) ... Stanford started the game with a 20-6 lead, and maintained the lead throughout ... Madsen tallied 17 points and nine rebounds, Peter Sauer added 16 points, eight rebounds and three assists, while Lee added 15 points and a career-high eight assists ... Madsen and Lee were named to the all-tourney team ... Stanford shot a season-high 56 percent from the floor.
"I like our personnel, and I like our depth."
-- Stanford head coach Mike Montgomery
The 1997-98 Stanford frontline is the tallest in school history ... Eight players are 6-foot-7 or taller ... Ryan Mendez and Peter Sauer are 6-foot-7, Mark Madsen at 6-foot-8, Jarron Collins, Mark Seaton and Pete Van Elswyk (all 6-foot-9), Jason Collins at 6-foot-10, and Tim Young at 7-foot-1 ... The 1987-88 Cardinal had seven players 6-foot-7 or above including 6-11 Greg Butler and 6-10 Derek Bruton ... The 1988-89 varsity had six players 6-foot-7 or above, including 6-10 Derek Bruton and three players at 6-9, Paul Garrett, Adam Keefe and Langtry Meyer ... The 1991-92 Cardinal had eight players over 6-foot-7.
Mark Madsen is putting together an All-America season thus far in 1997-98 ... Madsen leads the nation in shooting .952 (20-for-21) ... Madsen hit 7-of-7 shots against USD (11/18), missed his first shot in the next game against Hawai'i Hilo (11/28), and has since hit his next 13 shots against the Vulcans (11/28), Valparaiso (11/29) and Butler (11/30) ... Off the court, Mark Madsen is outgoing and is popular with his teammates, the news media and with Stanford fans ... On the court, he is known as "Mad Dog" ... Watch him play and the description fits ... Madsen is talented, tough and a winner ... The 6-foot-8, 235-pound sophomore leads the team in scoring (15.5 ppg) and rebounding (6.3 rpg) ... Madsen hit 7-of-7 shots, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out two assists and stole a pass in 20 minutes of play in the season opener against the University of San Diego (11/18) ... Against Hawai'i Hilo (11/28), Madsen hit 6-of-7 shots for 16 points along with seven rebounds ... Madsen then scored 11 points and grabbed three rebounds against Valparaiso (11/29) ... In the championship game of the Big Island Invitational, Madsen scored 17 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and dished out five assists against Butler (11/30) ... Madsen has been compared to former Cardinal All-American Adam Keefe ... Keefe played in a school record 125 games, finished as the school's all-time rebounder (1,119) and #2 all-time scorer (2,319).
"Mark Madsen is going to cause a lot of problems for defenses. He's tough, a great competitor and close to becoming an excellent player."
-- Stanford head coach Mike Montgomery
Fg-Fga pct Ft-Fta Pct Pts Rebs
USD 7-7 1.000 4-6 .667 18 6
Hawai'i Hilo 6-7 .857 4-7 .571 16 7
Valparaiso 1-1 1.000 9-14 .643 11 3
Butler 6-6 1.000 5-8 .625 17 9
Arthur Lee has inherited the point-guard position in 1997-98 and is off to a good start ... Lee is averaging 12.0 ppg, shooting 65 percent from the floor, and dished out 4.3 assists per game ... Against the University of San Diego (11/18) in the season opener, Lee hit 4-of-4 shots, scored eleven points and dished out three assists in 17 minutes of play ... Against Hawai'i Hilo (11/28), Lee scored eleven points along with four assists and a steal ... Lee scored eleven points, including two free throws in the final 13 seconds against Valparaiso (11/29) ... Lee tallied a season-high 15 points and dished out a career-high eight assists against Butler (11/30) in the championship game of the Big Island Invitational ... For his efforts, Lee gained all-tourney honors ... The Stanford coaching staff recruited Lee three years ago with the purpose of stepping in and replacing All-American Brevin Knight when he graduated ... Knight has taken his skills to the NBA, and Lee is now the man in charge ... Lee is ready to run the Cardinal offense.
"I'm ready for it. I've been waiting for so long. Brevin Knight was a great person
to play behind and learn from. He is the epitome
of a point guard as far as I'm concerned."
-- Stanford point guard Arthur Lee
Lee started 12 games last year, including a start at point-guard against Navy ... Lee responded with 18 points (6-for-8 from the floor, 2-for-3 from three-point range, 4-for-4 from the free throw line), dished out two assists and blocked two shots in 33 minutes ... Stanford utilized a three-guard offense last year, and that enabled Lee to gain valuable playing time in preparation for assuming fulltime duties in 1997-98 ... Lee's best game in 1996-97 certainly was a 26-point (career-high), four rebound, two assist, and two steal performance in 32 minutes of play off the bench at USC ... For the season, Lee averaged 7.6 ppg, and hit 79 percent from the free throw line ... Lee realizes that the focus of the offense will be to push the ball inside, and that is fine with the junior.
"I know I'm capable of doing a lot of good things just like Brevin was capable of doing a lot of good things. Brevin Knight was a great player, no doubt, but all I can do is be Arthur Lee, go out and play my game and enjoy it."
-- Stanford point-guard Arthur Lee
Kris Weems enjoyed his best game of the young season against Butler (11/30) in the championship game of the Big Island Invitational ... Weems tallied a career-high 29 points (four 3-pointers, 9-for-9 from the free throw line), grabbed five rebounds (career high) and dished out four assists ... Weems has now upped his season average to 13.5 ppg, second-best on the Cardinal ... Once again, Stanford is hitting free throws with a high frequency ... The Cardinal, which has finished first in the conference in free throw percentage the past three seasons, is hitting .772 from the line ... Four of Stanford's starters (Kris Weems, Peter Sauer, Arthur Lee and Tim Young) are hitting 80 percent or better.
Season tickets are still available for Stanford Basketball 1997-98 ... However, single game tickets for games against Arizona, California and UCLA are sold out ... For ticket information, call (650) 723-1021 or (800) Beat Cal.
The Stanford basketball team will leave for Anaheim on Thursday, December 4, at 9:20 p.m. from San Francisco on United Airlines flight #1593 with arrival in Orange County at 10:42 p.m. ... The team will stay at the Anaheim Hilton & Towers ... The phone number is (714) 750-4321 ... The team will fly home on Saturday, December 6, at 6:45 p.m. from Orange County on United Airlines flight #1916 with arrival in San Francisco at 8:05 p.m. ... Bob Vazquez, Media Relations Director, will travel with the team.
The Ticket 1050 is the new home for Stanford Basketball ... Veteran broadcasters Bob Murphy and John Platz provide the play-by-play ... KZSU (90.1 fm), the Stanford campus station, will also provide live broadcasts with Cameron Tana and Khary Burke providing the broadcast chores.
Eighteen of Stanford's 27 regular season games will be televised ... Games will be televised on CBS, Fox Sports Net, Fox Sports Bay Area, and fx ... The Stanford-Georgia game will be televised live nationally on Fox Sports Net with Steve Physioc, Bill Walton and Paul Sunderland
Several national pre-season magazines have tabbed Stanford as among the top teams in the nation and a contender for the Pac-10 title.
9th - Street & Smith's
11th - Blue Ribbon College Basketball
11th - Inside Sports
12th - ESPN/USA Today
12th - Dick Vitale's College Basketball
12th - Slam Magazine
13th - Sport Magazine
13th - Ultimate Sports Magazine
14th - Associated Press
14th - Sagarin
17th - Sports Illustrated
20th - College Basketball
22nd - The Sporting News
22nd - Playboy
22nd - USBWA
23th - College & NBA '97 Preview
24th - Basketball Times
Several national pre-season magazines have tabbed Stanford as a contender in the Pac-10.
2nd - Athlon's Magazine
2nd - The Sporting News
3rd - Pac-10 Media
3rd - Playboy
3rd - Street & Smith's
3rd - Dick Vitale's College Basketball
4th - College Basketball Magazine
15th - Nov. 17
15th - Nov. 24
12th - Dec. 1
13th - Nov. 17
13th - Nov. 24
11th - Dec. 1
The number of games Hank Luisetti fouled out in four seasons. At the time, four fouls, rather than five at present, disqualfiied a player.
The number of twin brothers participating in sports at Stanford. They are the Collins twins (Jarron & Jason) in basketball, the Hauser twins (cross country & track and field), and the Bryan twins (Bob & Michael).
The number of Stanford players 6-foot-8 or taller.
The number of birthdays of Stanford basketball players during the 1997-98 season.
The number of minutes apart the Collins twins were born.
The current win streak at Maples Pavilion. The school record is 18.
The number of victories Mike Montgomery has recorded over California.
The number of blocks needed by Tim Young to become Stanford's all-time shot blocker.
A just discovered fact. Hank Luisetti scored 46 points vs Oregon during the 1937-38 season. Earlier in the year, Luisetti scored a school record 50 against Duquesne.
The number of wins needed for Mike Montgomery to become Stanford's winningest basketball coach.
The number of NCAA championships won by Stanfod athletic teams.
Stanford is in its 83rd season of intercollegiate basketball in 1997-98.
The number of games in which all-time leading scorer Todd Lichti scored in double figures. Lichti played in 124 games at Stanford.
The number of victories by Stanford over Pac-10 schools.
The number of members in the Sixth Man Club, Stanford's rabid student cheering section.
The year Hank Luisetti scored a school record 50 points against Duquesne, and a spectator was Cardinal administrative assistant Paul Rundell.
The Bulldogs are ranked 21st in the Associated Press poll and 22nd in the USA Today/Cnn poll ... Georgia is 5-1 ... After a season-opening loss to North Carolina State, 47-45, the Bulldogs have scored wins over Texas (89-87), Mercer (78-58), Charleston Southern (116-59), Georgia Southern (96-74) and a rematch with Texas (94-76) ... Freshman Jumaine Jones leads the team in scoring at 16.2 ppg and in rebounding at 7.5 rpg ... Georgia is shooting 40 percent (55-137) from 3-point territory.