Tuesday, March 20, 2001

Stanford star knows UC's game


All-American Jacobsen has played with Huggins, Logan

By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SAN DIEGO — Casey Jacobsen plays on the West Coast and only occasionally catches the University of Cincinnati on television, but Stanford's first-team All-American knows first-hand what to expect from the Bearcats.

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Casey Jacobsen
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        He has played for UC coach Bob Huggins.

        And he has played with UC guard Steve Logan.

        Jacobsen, a finalist for all the major national player of the year awards, leads the top-seeded Cardinal against No.5 seed UC in Thursday night's West Regional semifinals in Anaheim, Calif. (approximate 10:15 p.m. tipoff).

        Last summer, the 6-foot-6 sophomore guard played for a USA Basketball Select Team that scrimmaged against the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic team before the international competition. Huggins was an assistant coach for the Select Team.

        “I thought he'd be a guy that cussed all the time,” Jacobsen said of Huggins. “Maybe because it was the Dream Team thing, he was a little bit more mellow. But he was a class act, he really was. I look forward to playing his team.”

        Jacobsen said Huggins, the defensive coach, was “just all over the place, getting after guys, making sure they're playing defense.”

        “I like him a lot,” Jacobsen said. “... Coach Huggins was a very positive coach. He wants nothing but the best for his kids.

        “You see him on the sideline, and he does yell and scream, but he wants his kids to play 100 percent,

        leave everything out on the floor, and I respect guys like that. He doesn't get mad if you make a mistake as long as you're hustling. That's what I took away from Coach. I could definitely see myself playing for him.”

        Last season, Jacobsen became the first freshman to lead Stanford in scoring in 14 years (14.5 ppg). He also leads the Cardinal this season (18 ppg).

        He scored 3,284 career points at Glendora High School — second-most in California prep history — and was a McDonald's All-American.

        “He's a great guy to coach,” Huggins said. “Casey comes to play every day and really loves to play. I think playing against those (NBA) guys was great for him. He's got guard skills and great size; we've got guys with guard skills and no size. His size will bother us.”

        Jacobsen, who turned 20 Monday, was Logan's teammate on the 1999 U.S. Junior National Team that won a silver medal at the FIBA Junior World Championships in Lisbon, Portugal. Logan, Cincinnati's leading scorer, was the sixth man on that team.

        “I know what he's about,” Jacobsen said. “He's a tough guy, and he's a winner. When the game's on the line, he wants the ball. He's a really physical defender. Sometimes he gets dirty, but that's just his nature. We're going to have our hands full with him, but they're gonna have their hands full with us, too.”

        Jacobsen wanted it clear the “dirty” comment was a compliment.

        “He does it in a way that he rarely ever gets the fouls called on him,” Jacobsen said. “He's just physical and he gets in your head and knows how to do it like that.”

        Cincinnati probably will defend Jacobsen with 6-foot-4 Immanuel McElroy and 6-6 Leonard Stokes.

        Jacobsen said it's doubtful he will match up with Logan much because of his 6-inch height advantage.

        “It's hard for me to play a guy who is that low and dribbles that much,” Jacobsen said. “He can go right by me.”

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