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11 Stanford
Grant Wahl
November 20, 2000
The Cardinal wants to make up for recent tournament failures—and look good doing it
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November 20, 2000

11 Stanford

The Cardinal wants to make up for recent tournament failures—and look good doing it

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STARTING LINEUP

POS.

PLAYER

HT.

CL.

KEY STAT

SF

Ryan Mendez

6'7"

Sr.

9.7 ppg

PF

Jarron Collins#

6'11"

Sr.

11.0 ppg

C

Jason Collins

7'0"

Jr.

6.1 rpg

SG

Casey Jacobsen#

6'6"

So.

14.5 ppg

PG

Michael McDonald#

6'11"

Sr.

4.7 apg

1999-2000 record: 27-4

Final rank (coaches' poll): No. 5

#Returning starter

When you're a trio of summer interns in San Francisco's KGO-TV sports department, you learn that ground-bound guards and banging big men don't make for the sexiest highlights. Which may explain why budding Fourth Estaters Casey Jacobsen and Jarron and Jason Collins are predicting a lot more airtime—literally and electronically—for this year's Cardinal. "We're going to get more dunks," crows Jacobsen. "It'll be a little more exciting to watch Stanford basketball."

We've heard such talk before, but there are reasons to believe the Cardinal could match last year's 27-4 record, while also shedding its derisive nickname, Standford. Jacobsen spent the summer improving his mid-range game, learning to pull up for jumpers or dish to an open cutter in the lane. The Collins twins attended Pete Newell's Big Man Camp, where they gained confidence in facing the basket.

Not that the Cardinal has abandoned its stolid strengths. Jacobsen and senior Ryan Mendez combined to shoot 42.9% from three-point range last season, and with only the graduated Mark Madsen and David Moseley gone from last year's Pac-10 co-champs, Stanford figures to hold opponents near their 35.2% shooting of last season, an NCAA record. The Cardinal will control the boards again in almost every game. Yet if Stanford hopes to make it past the NCAA tournament's opening weekend after two straight second-round flops, it will need an as-yet-undiscovered leader in the Madsen mold. Who will that cardinal Cardinal be? Who knows? All Jason Collins hopes is that he doesn't have to hear the same old question again from his barber next year: "Man, what happened in the tournament?"

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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