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Stanford 2007 NCAA Tournament Capsule

Stanford Cardinal - Pac-10 (18-12, 10-8)

Seed: #11 - South Region

Big Wins: 1/7 at Virginia (76-75), 1/13 Washington State (71-68), 2/17 Oregon (88-69)

Bad Losses: 12/16 Santa Clara (46-62), 1/3 California (63-67), 2/11 at Washington (52-64)

Last NCAA Appearance: 2005, First Round loss to Mississippi State

Coach: Trent Johnson (2-2 in 2 NCAA appearances)



Probable Stanford Starters:

  • Mitch Johnson, Sophomore, Guard, 4.5 ppg, 3.4 apg

  • Anthony Goods, Sophomore, Guard, 13.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg

  • Fred Washington, Senior, Forward, 8.2 ppg, 3.7 apg, 5.2 rpg

  • Lawrence Hill, Sophomore, Forward, 15.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.1 bpg

  • Robin Lopez, Freshman, Center, 7.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.4 bpg

 

Key Roleplayers for Stanford:

  • Landry Fields, Freshman, Guard, 4.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg

  • Brook Lopez, Freshman, Forward, 12.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.8 bpg

  • Taj Finger, Junior, Forward, 4.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg

 

Why They Can Surprise:
The Lopez twins have taken the Bay Area by storm and the rest of the country is soon to follow. Brook and Robin combine for 20.1 points, 11.6 rebounds and 4.2 blocks. The defensive presence under the basket was expected from the 7-0 footers from Fresno, but it is their offensive prowess that has catapulted Stanford into the post-season.

Along with the Lopez twins, 6-8 forward Lawrence Hill and 6-5 forward Fred Washington make the Cardinal one of the nation’s best rebounding teams. Not only does Hill grab 6.0 boards per game, he also leads the team with 15.9 points per contest. That is not too shabby for a guy who only averaged 4.7 points and 3.4 rebounds last year. Washington will not put up huge numbers in the scoring column very often, although he is quite capable, but he can pass, rebound, shoot and do the dirty work.

 

Why Stanford Can Disappoint:
With all the quality forwards and centers on the floor, one would think that Stanford would shoot well from the floor. Yet, they only shoot 44.9 %. The numbers do not get any better from behind the arc or at the charity stripe either. While all the big guys will help out in the rebounding department, it does the opposite trying to create turnovers. The Cardinal average just 4.7 steals per game, ranking a bleak 9th in the conference.

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Who To Watch:
There is a backcourt in Palo Alto. Mitch Johnson runs the show and is a good team leader. He is not a dynamic scorer, but is a solid defender and distributor. Anthony Goods will spend some time at the point and the two guard spot. Goods is not afraid to take the long ball and is the team’s best option from behind the arc. In fact, seven of his eleven shots per game come from long range.

 

By the Numbers:

Scoring Offense: 69.9 (149th in nation, 6th in conference)

Scoring Defense: 66.8 (122, 6)

Field-Goal Percentage: 44.9 (144, 7)

Field-Goal Defense: 41.2 (57, 3)

Free-Throw Percentage: 69.1 (171, 7)

Rebound Margin: 5.8 (24, 3)

Assists Per Game: 15.0 (70, 3)

Turnovers Per Game: 14.6 (167, 8)

 

Joel’s Bracket Says: First Round loss to Louisville

 

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