Stanford Faces Tennessee In Opening Round At Maui Invitational

Aug. 12, 2004

Maui, Hawaii - Stanford will go to most any place to play a basketball game. This time, the stage is set for the beautiful island paradise of Maui as the Cardinal faces Tennessee in the opening round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational on Nov. 22. Stanford will be among eight of the nation's top teams that will play three games in three days (Nov. 22-24) at the Lahaina Civic Center, just a short distance from the Pacific Ocean. The Stanford-Tennessee game will tipoff at 6:30 p.m. (Hawaii time) and will be televised on ESPN2. Other first round games are Texas vs Chaminade (9:30 a.m., 11/22/04), Iowa vs Louisville (Noon, 11/22/04), and North Carolina vs Brigham Young (4:00 p.m., 11/22/04), ESPN will offer live coverage of the tournament with a minimum of nine games, including the championship game on Nov. 24 (4:30 p.m.). The EA Sports Maui Invitational is traditionally one of the strongest tournaments during the collegiate season. This year is no exception. North Carolina and Texas will be Top 5 pre-season teams, while Stanford, Louisville, Brigham Young, Iowa and Tennessee will be teams that will could be ranked in the Top-25 during the pre-season. Tennessee, Stanford's first round opponent, returns all five starters from a team that went to the NIT last year. The Vols have been to the post-season six of the last seven years, and this year feature the 1-2 scoring punch of 6-foot-5 guard Scooter McFadgon, who averaged 17.6 ppg last year, and 6-foot-10 forward Brandon Crump, who averaged 14.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. If Stanford were to beat Tennessee in the opening round game, the Cardinal would face either BYU or North Carolina on Tuesday, November 23, at 4:30 p.m. That game would be televised on ESPN. Stanford returns ten lettermen including three starters (Chris Hernandez, Rob Little, Nick Robinson) from a team that chalked up a 30-2 record and a tenth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. Tickets for this year's tournament are currently available with the purchase of a travel package or through participating schools. Remaining All-Day Tickets, as well as Booster Tickets for all eight schools, will go on sale August. 17, 2004, at 8 a.m. Hawaii time (10 a.m. Pacific time) via the official tournament website at www.mauiinvitational.com, and through Oahu Travel, the official tournament travel agency, which can be reached at (800) 826-3822.Cardinal Catalogue
This will be only the second meeting between Stanford and Tennessee ... Their first meeting took place during the 1956-57 season with the Vols scoring a 51-47 victory in Nashville ... This will be the second straight game that Stanford will have played against a Southeastern Conference (SEC) school ... Alabama handed Stanford a 70-67 loss to end the Cardinal's 2003-04 season at the NCAA Tournament in Seattle ... Dan Grunfeld's father, Ernie, enjoyed a stellar career at the University of Tennessee ... Ernie is Tennessee's all-time leading scorer (2,249 points) and helped the United States win the gold medal in basketball at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal ... Ernie Grunfeld also played several seasons in the NBA, and is currently the President of Basketball Operations for the NBA's Washington Wizards ... This will be Stanford's third trip to the Maui Invitational ... Stanford's previous appearances were during the 1987-88 and 1992-93 seasons ... Stanford begins the 2004-05 season on Nov. 19 against USF at the Pete Newell Challenge in Oakland ... Tipoff is 8:30 p.m. ... Stanford's tentative schedule is now available at www.gostanford.com™

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