TV: FSNBA (PxP: Ted Robinson, Analyst: Mike Montgomery)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (4-1, 0-0 Pac-10) opens a three-game, eight-day homestand on Tuesday night when it welcomes Yale (1-1, 0-0 Ivy League) to Maples Pavilion. Later in the week, the Cardinal hosts Colorado State (3-1, 0-0 Mountain West) as it continues non-conference play. Stanford, which plays six of its eight November games at home, is coming off a road trip that included a win over Northwestern before an upset loss at Siena two days later.
Both of this week's games can be heard live on KNTS 1220 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com. Dave Flemming handles the play-by-play duties while John Platz provides color commentary. KZSU 90.1 FM will also provide coverage of both contests. In addition, Tuesday's game against Yale will also be televised on Fox Sports Net Bay Area. Ted Robinson serves as the play-by-play announcer while Mike Montgomery offers analysis.
Yale (1-1, 0-0 Ivy League) opened its season with an 82-71 win over Sacred Heart before dropping an 89-80 decision at Massachusetts. The Bulldogs are in the midst of a four-game road swing that also includes contests at UCLA and Holy Cross. Four players are averaging double-figure scoring, led by Matt Kyle's 21.0 points per game. Yale shoots 47.6-percent from the field, 34.9-percent from three-point territory and averages 38.5 rebounds per game. Tuesday's game represents a homecoming for senior Eric Flato, a native of Piedmont who is also a unanimous first team All-Ivy League selection.
Stanford All-Time vs. Yale
The two schools have met four times, with the series dating back to 1948. Stanford has claimed four victories, including a 79-56 triumph in the most recent contest back on Dec. 30, 2002. In fact, Stanford has won all four meetings by double-digit margins. Stanford established a school-record 129 points during a 129-108 victory over Yale on Dec. 6, 1985.
Scouting Colorado State
Colorado State (3-1, 0-0 Mountain West) enters a stretch where it will play five of its next seven games on the road. The Rams are coming off a BP Top of the World Classic tournament championship, defeating Portland State 64-63 in the title game. Stuart Creason, who earned tournament MVP honors, is averaging 12.0 points and 7.7 rebounds so far this year. Colorado State, led by first-year head coach Tim Miles, finished 17-13 last year while taking sixth in the Mountain West at 6-10.
Stanford All-Time vs. Colorado State
Stanford owns a 4-2 record all-time against Colorado State. The Cardinal has won four in a row against the Rams. These two squads have not hooked up since Dec. 3, 1988 when Stanford posted a 63-49 victory at Maples Pavilion. Stanford is 3-0 in home games against Colorado State. The Rams earned their wins in the first two games of the series.
Cardinal Splits First Road Trip of the Year
Stanford's first road trip of the year resulted in a split. Robin Lopez enjoyed his most productive game of the year to date, tallying 16 points, seven rebounds and five blocks in a 71-60 win over Northwestern on Nov. 15. Anthony Goods added 19 and Landry Fields chipped in with 16, including four 3-pointers. The win put the Cardinal off to a 4-0 for the first time since the 2003-04 season when it won its first 26. Two days later at Siena, Stanford was upset 79-67. Josh Duell scored a game-high 16 points to pace Siena, which knocked off its first nationally-ranked opponent at the Times-Union Center. Siena's victory brought back memories of its 80-78 upset over Stanford in the 1989 NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal was led by Kenny Brown's 12 points.
Five games in nine days to begin the year will test your depth. And with only 11 available players, Stanford's reserves are getting their opportunity to make an early contribution. 10 different players are averaging at least 13.0 minutes of playing time per game, with Josh Owens close behind at 9.4 per contest. Head coach Trent Johnson has employed the same starting lineup for the first five games.
...And Everyone Scores
Statistical oddities are common during the early portion of the year and one category on the Cardinal's statsheet might trigger a double-take. Nine of the 11 players are averaging at least 5.0 points per game, an area that highlights Stanford's offensive success. Starters, reserves, it doesn't matter- everyone is getting into the act. Chalk it up to hot shooting, as six players are shooting at least 50-percent from the field. Stanford is connecting at a 49.5-percent rate from the field while scoring 82.6 points per game.
Stanford is averaging 82.6 points per game during its 4-1 start. That includes a 111-point outing against Harvard in the season opener, representing the Cardinal's highest point total since a 117-point showing against UC Irvine in 1990. In that game, Stanford led 63-28 at halftime, signaling the first time the Cardinal reached the 60-point mark in any half since getting 65 during the first half at home against New Hampshire on Dec. 29, 1999.
Stanford's work on the glass has also been impressive. The Cardinal is averaging 44.0 boards per game while limiting the opposition to just 28.4 per contest. Five different players are averaging at least 4.0 rebounds per game, led by a 6.0 clip from Robin Lopez. Stanford has outrebounded its opponent in each game so far this year, with the current margin standing at +15.6. The biggest discrepancy came in the season opener against Harvard, when a taller, physical Stanford squad finished with a 50-19 advantage.
It's All Goods
Anthony Goods has been one of the Cardinal's most consistent players so far. The junior guard is averaging a team-best 14.4 points per game and is shooting 44.6-percent from the field and 38.2-percent from beyond the arc with a team-best 13 triples. He has scored in double-figures three times so far, including a 23-point outing against UC Santa Barbara that earned him the MVP award of the Basketball Travelers Classic.
Lopez Productive In The Post
Known best for his emphatic shot-blocking ability and intimidating presence, sophomore center Robin Lopez is coming off a solid two-game road trip in which he averaged 12.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks. His 9.8 points per game ranks second on the club while his 6.0 rebounds are a team-best. Lopez is shooting 57.1-percent from the field and now ranks eighth on the program's all-time blocks list with 85.
Floor Leader Helping In Other Areas
Junior guard Mitch Johnson has enjoyed a solid start to the season. Johnson is best known for providing his teammates with scoring opportunities, as evidenced by a 4.6 assists per game clip through five games. But he is also scoring and helping out on the glass. Johnson has scored in double-figures twice already, matching his complete output from last season in that category. He is averaging 9.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.
Fields Contributes Early On
Projected by many for a breakthrough season, sophomore guard Landry Fields has been a steady contributor early on. Fields has played in all five games, averaging 9.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. He poured in a career-high 16 points in a win at Northwestern last week, hitting a pair of key triples down the stretch to seal the win.
Shiller Back On The Court
After sitting out last year due to NCAA transfer rules, sophomore guard Drew Shiller has made an immediate impact since returning to the court for the first time since the 2005-06 campaign. In 14.6 minutes of playing time, Shiller is averaging 9.0 points per game and reached double-figures in both of the first two games. No matter where he shoots from on the floor, he's been impresive. Shiller has made 54.5-percent (12-22) from the field, 56.3-percent (9-16) from three-point territory and a perfect 12-12 from the foul line. In fact, Shiller has made his last 20 free throws dating back to his freshman year at San Francisco when his last miss came against Saint Mary's on Jan. 30, 2006.
Fifth The Spot In Challenging Pac-10
Stanford has been picked to finish fifth in this year's competitive Pac-10 race according to the preseason media poll. The Cardinal, which finished last year 18-13 overall and sixth in the Pac-10 at 10-8, received 205 total points in the poll. Defending conference champion UCLA is again the favorite, totaling 339 points in addition to gathering 33 first-place votes. Washington State is tabbed for second with 273 points and one first-place vote, followed by Oregon in third with 240 and Arizona in fourth with 238. The Cardinal returns 12 letterwinners and its entire starting lineup from last year's NCAA Tournament squad.
Dildy, Paul To Redshirt The Season
Head coach Trent Johnson announced that sophomores Da'Veed Dildy and Will Paul will redshirt the upcoming season. Dildy played in 11 games as a reserve last year, averaging 1.1 points and 0.3 rebounds in 3.4 minutes per game. Paul appeared in 17 contests off the bench, averaging 1.2 points and 1.4 rebounds in 5.7 minutes.