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Stanford hosts Eastern Washington Tuesday at 8 p.m. PT at Maples

 


STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford continues its season-opening homestand Tuesday as Eastern Washington comes to The Farm for an 8 p.m. tip-off at Maples Pavilion in the first ever meeting between the schools.

STRONG START
Stanford has opened the season 2-0 for the fourth consecutive year and seventh time in the last eight years, after wins over Cal Poly and Pacific. The Cardinal opened the 2016-17 season 4-0. 
 
POST PRESENCE
Stanford’s starting post players, forwards Reid Travis and Michael Humphrey, have combined to average 37.5 points and 22.5 rebounds per game this season. Travis is is fifth in the Pac-12 in scoring with a team-best 24.5 ppg and sixth in the conference in rebounding with 9.0 rpg average. Humphrey is averaging a double-double with a Pac-12 leading 13.5 rpg and 13.0 ppg. The duo leads the conference in combined rebounding average and is second in combined scoring average.


Pac-12’s Post Players in 2017-18

School Players Combined Scoring Combined Rebounding
Stanford Travis/Humphrey 37.5 22.5
Oregon State Tinkle/Eubanks 40.0 13.0
Washington State Chidom/Franks 33.0 18.0
USC Boatwright/Metu 31.0 16.0
California Lee/Okoroh 24.5 20.5
UCLA Welsh/Golomon 14.0 14.0
Washington Timmins/Dickerson 19.5 16.5
Arizona Ayton/Ristic 32.0 20.5
Arizona State Lake/Shibel 28.0 16.0
Oregon Brown/McIntosh 24.0 9.0
Colorado King/Miller-Stewart 23.0 14.0
Utah Collette/Rawson 33.0 16.0

LAST TIME OUT
Senior Michael Humphrey scored 26 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds to help Stanford beat Pacific, 89-80, Sunday at Maples Pavilion. Junior Reid Travis added 23 points and six rebounds. Stanford led by as many as 25 points and shot nearly 50 percent from the field in the first half, before holding off the Tigers down the stretch.   

THE STARTING FIVE
Tuesday’s contest is the third in a stretch of five games in 11 days. Stanford already has wins over Cal Poly and Pacific. Following Tuesday’s game, the Cardinal hosts Northeastern Friday and defending NCAA champion North Carolina next Monday. It’s the longest homestand since hosting seven consecutive games from December to January of the 2015-16 season. Last year, Stanford played its fifth home game on Dec. 16 after a 22,132-mile journey that included games in Lawrence, Kan., Orlando, Fla. and Shanghai, China.

VETERAN GROUP
Boasting the fifth-most experienced roster in the nation in terms of games played (514 total), Stanford brought back four starters and five of its top six scorers from last season. The Cardinal welcomed back a good portion of its offense in Reid Travis (17.4 ppg), Dorian Pickens (12.6 ppg) and Michael Humphrey (9.4 ppg) back for their fourth season on The Farm.   
 
WHAT RETURNS
• 78.4 percent of last year’s scoring (1,694 out of 2,162)
• 80.3 percent of last year’s rebounding (857 out of 1,067)
• 60.0 percent of last year’s assists (251 out of 421)
• 64.7 percent of last year’s roster (11 out of 17)
• 100.0 percent of last year’s coaches and support staff (11 out of 11)
 
PRESEASON HONORS FOR REID TRAVIS
Redshirt junior Reid Travis, the Pac-12 Conference’s leading returning scorer (17.4 ppg) and rebounder (8.9 rpg), enters the season with several preseason accolades.
 
• Naismith Trophy (National Player of the Year) preseason watch list by the Atlanta Tip-off Club
• Lute Olson Award (National Player of the Year who played two seasons) preseason watch list
• Oscar Robertson Trophy (National Player of the Year) preseason watch list by the USBWA
• Karl Malone Award (Power Forward of the Year) preseason watch list by Naismith Hall of Fame
• Preseason All-America selection by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman
• Voted 29th best player in the nation by ESPN’s college basketball analysts
• Voted 30th best player in the nation by CBS Sports’ college basketball analysts
• Consensus preseason First Team All-Pac-12 selection
 

 
SNAPSHOT OF TRAVIS’ STANDOUT 2016-17 SEASON
• First Team All-Pac-12 selection by the coaches
• National Association of Basketball Coaches Second Team All-District selection
• Only player in the Pac-12 and one of only five individuals in the top six conferences to finish last season ranked in the top five of his conference in both scoring and rebounding
• One of two players in the Pac-12 to rank in the top six in scoring, rebounding and FG%
• Led Stanford in nine categories, including scoring (470, 17.4 ppg), rebounding (239, 8.9 rpg), offensive rebounding (93, 3.4 orpg), defensive rebounding (146, 5.4 drpg), field goals made (176), field goal attempted (304), field goal percentage (.579), FTs made (118), FTs attempted (181)
• Ranked in the top seven in the Pac-12 in seven categories, including scoring (17.4 ppg, fourth), rebounding (8.9, fifth), offensive rebounding (3.4, first), field goal percentage (.579, sixth), double-doubles (9, seventh), FTs attempted (181, second) and FTs made (118, third).
• Ranked 20th nationally in offensive rebounding, 32nd in FG percentage and 59th in rebounding
• Posted nine of his 10 career double-doubles in 2016-17
• Career-high 29 points and nine rebounds at No. 4 Kansas
 

 
AGAINST EASTERN WASHINGTON
Tuesday marks the first ever meeting between Stanford and Eastern Washington on the hardcourt.
 
AGAINST THE BIG SKY CONFERENCE
Stanford owns a 17-2 record against teams currently in the Big Sky Conference. The Cardinal’s most recent Big Sky opponent was Weber State. Stanford defeated the Wildcats, 67-49, at Maples Pavilion on Nov. 17, 2016.

WHITE POSTS BEST DEBUT MARK SINCE 1977 (AGAINST FAMILIAR OPPONENT)
Freshman Isaac White‘s 17-point performance against Cal Poly on Friday was the second-most points by a true freshman in his collegiate debut in the 103-year history of the program. The mark is only topped by Mark Pitchford’s 28 points on Nov. 25, 1977, also against Cal Poly.  
 


Top scoring totals by a freshman in their collegiate debut

Name Points Date Opponent
Mark Pitchford 28 Nov. 25, 1977 Cal Poly
Isaac White 17 Nov. 10, 2017 Cal Poly
Todd Lichti 15 Nov. 26, 1985 George Washington
Chasson Randle 15 Nov. 11, 2011 Central Arkansas

 
FRESHMAN FOCUS
Despite one of the most veteran rosters in the nation, Stanford’s freshman class has contributed valuable minutes. Three freshmen – Daejon Davis, Oscar Da Silva and Isaac White are averaging more than 20 minutes per game. White ranks third on the team in scoring with 11.0 ppg. In Sunday’s win over Pacific, the Cardinal started a pair of freshmen in Daejon Davis and Isaac White at the two guard positions. It’s the first time two true freshmen guards have started in the same game since John Paye and Novian Whitsitt started against Cal on Feb. 10, 1984.  

TOP-TIER RECRUITING CLASS
Stanford signed a consensus top-25 national recruiting class and one of the highest rated classes in school history this off-season. Standout guards Daejon Davis (Seattle, Wash.) and Isaac White (Adelaide, Australia) signed in the spring, after the fall signings of Oscar da Silva (Munich, Germany) and MaxPreps High School All-America selection Kezie Okpala.

PETER SAUER CAPTAINSHIP
Head coach Jerod Haase announced the establishment of the Peter Sauer Captainship in September, naming Reid Travis, Dorian Pickens and Michael Humphrey captains. The three will wear patches on their uniforms honoring the legacy of the late Peter Sauer, a team captain and leader of Stanford’s 1998 Final Four team.

 

EFFECTIVE AT THE FREE THROW LINE
Stanford owns the best free throw percentage in the Pac-12, shooting 83.9 percent (52-62) from the line in the first two games. The Cardinal was 35-of-39 from the FT line last time out against Pacific. 

CARDINAL UNDERWAY IN SECOND YEAR OF JEROD HAASE ERA
Head coach Jerod Haase, who has appeared in the NCAA Tournament 19 times as either a player or coach in his career, looks to lead the Cardinal back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since Stanford’s 2014 NCAA Sweet Sixteen run. Haase owns a 96-70 career record in his sixth season (four at UAB and two at Stanford) as a head coach.
 
THE FOURTH-YEAR CLASS
The four members of Stanford’s fourth-year class – Reid Travis, Dorian Pickens Michael Humphrey and Robert Cartwright – accounted for 62.6 percent of the team’s scoring and 55.4 of the team’s rebounding last season. Pickens and Humphrey are true seniors, while Travis and Cartwright have each had their medical hardship waivers granted and are redshirt juniors with two years of eligibility remaining entering the 2017-18 season. Cartwright missed the entire 2015-16 season with a compound fracture of his right forearm sustained in preseason practice on Nov. 2, 2015. Travis was forced to miss the final 22 games of the 2015-16 season with a right leg injury. 
 
PICKENS ON TARGET FROM BEYOND THE ARC
Dorian Pickens, the only player to start all 31 games last season, posted at least one three-pointer in all but four games, with multiple three-pointers in 19 contests during his junior season. He ranked ninth in the Pac-12 in three-point field goals made in conference play (39, 2.2) and 11th overall (67, 2.2) last year. Pickens was Stanford’s leading three-point shooter (67-of-169, 39.6 percent). The forward registered a career-high seven three-pointers (7-of-10) against Idaho last season. He connected on the game-winning trifecta against Indiana State with 2.0 seconds left. Pickens’ 0-for-5 performance from three-point range in Friday’s season opener was only the second time in the last 11 games he did not post at least one three-point field goal in a game.       
 

HUMPHREY CONTROLLING THE GLASS
Michael Humphrey, who was among the Pac-12 leaders in rebounding last season, leads the conference in rebounding this season with an average of 13.5 rpg. He posted a career-high 18 rebounds against Pacific on Sunday.
 
FIFTH IN PAC-12 PRESEASON POLL
Stanford has been selected fifth in the Pac-12 Conference preseason poll voted on by the media, the league announced on Thursday.
  
WHAT’S NEW AT MAPLES: Stanford Concessions is bringing new flavors during the 2017-18 season to enhance the fan experience in Maples Pavilion. Some highlights include Maples carvery sandwiches, slow smoked brisket sandwich, Vietnamese Pho, Buffalo Chicken Breast Wrap, and Punjabi Potato Pea Samosas. Gameday favorites and soup specials will be back, including grilled bratwurst sausages, New England-style clam chowder and Brisket chili bow. For those looking to sip on something warm or fans with a sweet tooth can enjoy the Harvest Beverage and Dessert Bar which features spiced apple sider, Ghiradelli hot chocolate, and crème brulee cheesecake, warm apple caramel crisp and more! Please note: The new menu will roll out throughout the season, and items will vary depending on game time.
 

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