Stanford Journeys To Michigan State And Denver

Dec. 8, 2004

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Stanford (2-3 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) vs Michigan State (4-2 overall, 0-0 Big 10)
Saturday, December 11, 2004, 3:51 p.m. (et), The Palace of Auburn Hills (22,076), CBS

Stanford at Denver (3-2 overall, 0-0 Sun Belt)
Monday, December 13, 7:00 p.m. (mt), Magness Arena (7,200), Fox Sports Bay Area

Stanford Cardinal Starters (2-3 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)
F - Matt Haryasz, 6-11, 230, Junior, Page, Az (11.4 ppg, 8.8 rpg)
F - Nick Robinson, 6-6, 205, Senior, Liberty, Mo (5.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg)
C - Rob Little, 6-10, 260, Senior, Hampton, Va (10.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg)
G - Dan Grunfeld, 6-6, 215, Junior, River Hills, Wi (19.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg)
G - Chris Hernandez, 6-2, 190, Junior, Fresno, Ca (14.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg)

Michigan State Spartans Starters (4-2 overall, 0-0 Big 10)
F - Alan Anderson, 6-6, 220, Senior, 6-6, 220, Senior, Minneapolis, Mn (13.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg)
C - Paul Davis, 6-11, 267, Junior, Rochester, Mi (12.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg)
G - Maurice Ager, 6-5, 195, Junior, Detroit, Mi (16.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg)
G - Shannon Brown, 6-4, 205, Sophomore, Maywood, Il (12.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg)
G - Chris Hill, 6-3, 197, Senior, Indianapolis, In (10.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg)

Denver Pioneers Starters (3-2 overall, 0-0 Sun Belt)
F - Antonio Porch, 6-6, 190, Sophomore, Denver, Co (10.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg)
F - Andrew Carpenter, 6-2, 205, Junior, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (9.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg)
C - Yemi Nicholson, 6-10, 240, Junior, Aurora, Co (16.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg)
G - Erik Benzel, 6-1, 175, Senior, Spokane, Wa (14.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg)
G - Rodney Billups, 5-10, 165, Senior, Denver, Co (8.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg)

Series Story
Stanford and Michigan State will be playing for the sixth time in this series ... The Spartans hold a 3-2 edge ... However, their last meeting saw Stanford score a 75-64 victory at the 2001 Pete Newell Challenge ... Saturday's game against Michigan State will be on a neutral court (The Palace of Auburn Hills) ... Both of Stanford's victories in the series against Michigan State have been on neutral territory ... Besides the 2001 win at the Pete Newell Challenge in Oakland, Stanford captured a 81-80 double overtime decision at the Los Angeles Tournament during the 1960-61 season ... Stanford is 22-25 against Big 10 teams ... Stanford holds a 4-2 margin over Denver ... Their last meeting took place during the 1973-74 season when Stanford scored a 108-82 victory ... Stanford is 2-1 against Sun Belt Conference schools.

Did You Know ...
*** Stanford has played only three games in the state of Michigan in the 90-year history of Cardinal Basketball ... The last time occured during the 1991-92 campaign when Stanford lost a 72-62 decision to Michigan State in East Lansing.
*** Stanford has not visited the state of Colorado since the 1990-91 season when the Cardinal lost a 89-79 verdict at Colorado.

Coaches Corner
Trent Johnson is in his first season as head coach of the Stanford Cardinal ... Johnson is the 16th men's basketball head coach in Stanford history ... Johnson, a Stanford assistant coach for three seasons from 1996-99, had been the head coach at Nevada for the past five campaigns (1999-2004) ... During the 2003-04 season, Johnson led Nevada to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in school history as the Wolf Pack tied a school record with 25 wins (25-9) ... During his first tenure at Stanford as an assistant coach, the Cardinal made an appearance in the NCAA Final Four (1997-98), reached the NCAA Sweet 16 (1996-97, 1997-98), captured the Pac-10 title (1998-99) and chalked up a 78-20 (.796) overall record ... Johnson is 81-77 (first season at Stanford, five seasons at Nevada).

Travel Time
Stanford's home, Maples Pavilion, is nearing completion of a $30 million renovation project that started a day after the conclusion of the last home game of the 2003-04 season ... The first men's basketball game at the new Maples Pavilion will be Dec. 18 against UC Davis ... Until that time, the Cardinal will play seven games away from Stanford ... That includes five neutral court games and two road games ... Stanford started its 2003-04 season with a 93-83 overtime win over USF (11/19/04) at the Pete Newell Challenge in Oakland ,.. Stanford played three games (Tennessee, BYU, Louisville) at the EA Sports Maui Invitational (Nov. 22-24), then a Nov. 28 game at Santa Clara, and now a Dec. 11 contest vs Michigan State in Auburn Hills, Mi, and a Dec. 13 game at Denver ... This is the longest string of road or neutral court games to start the season since the 1934-35 campaign when Stanford played its first eleven games on the road ... Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 64-13 (.831) on the road ... Stanford has done well on neutral courts during the last several years ... Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 40-15 (.727).

Stanford Story
Stanford is 2-3 overall with four games on neutral territory and one game on the road ... Dan Grunfeld is off to a fast start with a team leading 19.4 ppg ... Grunfeld began the 2004-05 season with a career-high 23 points along with a career-high eleven rebounds against USF (11/19/04) at the Pete Newell Challenge ... Grunfeld also followed up with 19 points against Tennessee (11/22/04), 20 points against Brigham Young (11/23/04) and nine points against Louisville (11/24/04) at the EA Sports Maui Invitational ... Grunfeld then tallied 26 points (8-for-11 from the floor) at Santa Clara (11/28/04) ... Grunfeld also is averaging 6.8 rebounds per game ... Chris Hernandez checks in at 14.5 ppg while Matt Haryasz is Stanford's third leading double-digit scorer at 11.4 ppg ... Haryasz also is the team's leading rebounder at 8.8 per game ... Hernandez began the season with a career-high 30 points (17-for-18 from the free throw line) along with a career-high six rebounds against USF (11/19/04) ... Haryasz scored 18 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots in 38 minutes of play against Louisville (11/24/04) ... Rob Little leads the Cardinal in shooting at 60 percent (24-for-40) ... Against Louisville (11/24/04), Little hit 9-of-11 shots in chalking up a career-high 19 points along with six rebounds and three steals in 35 minutes of play.

Scouting Stanford
Three starters are among ten lettermen returning on the 2004-05 Stanford varsity ... The ten players helped Stanford to a 30-2 record, a 17-1 Pac-10 championship record, a #1 national ranking for four weeks and a school record tenth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament ... Stanford lost Matt Lottich, Justin Davis and Joe Kirchofer to graduation, and Pac-10 Player of the Year Josh Childress to the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, but the Cardinal seems well equipped to handle the transition, thanks to strong upperclass leadership and a familiar coach in Trent Johnson, a former Stanford assistant ... Stanford's experience starts in the frontcourt where senior center Rob Little averaged 9.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last year while forward Nick Robinson brings explosiveness and strong leadership to the team ... Matt Haryasz has taken over as a starter at power forward and has the talent to rank among the top scorers and rebounders in the Pac-10 ... All Pac-10 guard Chris Hernandez possesses perhaps the best shooting touch in the Pac-10, having led the conference in both free throw percentage (.914) and three-point field goal percentage (.460).

National Notation
Stanford began the 2004-05 campaign ranked 25th in the USA Today/ESPN poll, and 26th in the Associated Press poll ... Several pre-season magazines also tabbed the Cardinal as a nationally-ranked squad ... The list includes The Sporting News (21st), Street & Smith's (25th), Basketball News (25th) and Lindy's (29th).

Maples Memo
Dec. 18 is the date that the Stanford basketball team will move back into its home, Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal will face UC Davis after playing its first seven games on the road ... On March 1, 2004, Stanford University began a $30 million renovation of Maples Pavilion ... The project was expected to be completed on Jan. 1, 2005, in time for the opening of the Pac-10 season, but construction is ahead of schedule ... The renovation, financed entirely through private donations, will include a new covered 29,000 square foot concourse around the exterior of the seating area, state-of-the-art concession and restroom facilities with speaker systems, in addition to a new center-hung scoreboard with video and replay capability ... The renovation will also include a new playing court floor, upgraded locker rooms, a strength and conditioning room, a training room, a news media center and meeting rooms ... The seating configuration will feature a new lower seating bowl that will take the place of the old floor and loge sections ... The new lower seating bowl will include chair-back theater seats that will replace the wood bleachers ... After the renovation is complete, the building's capacity will be 7,233 ... Stanford completed its 36th season playing in Maples Pavilion during the 2003-04 season ... Stanford has produced eleven straight winning seasons at Maples Pavilion ... Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford has chalked up a 124-21 (.855) record at Maples Pavilion ... During that time, Stanford is 49-3 (.942) vs non-league opponents and 75-18 (.806) against Pac-10 schools ... The Cardinal has a 16-game home court winning streak, currently the longest streak in the Pac-10 ... Stanford has won 24 of its last 25 home games.

Gridiron Gossip
It's not uncommon for Stanford athletes to compete in two sports ... Several Cardinal football players have played basketball during their four years on The Farm ... This year, Stanford has two football players on the basketball team, Mark Bradford and Evan Moore, who both joined the team on Nov. 30 after they enjoyed successful seasons as starters at wide receiver ... Moore was Stanford's second leading receiver this year with 39 catches for 616 yards and six touchdowns ... Bradford was Stanford's third leading receiver with 34 receptions for 482 yards and one touchdown ... The football-basketball list includes wide receiver Justin Armour (1992-93 season), wide receiver Chris Burford (1957-60), wide receiver Teyo Johnson (2000-02), quarterback John Paye (1983-86), and wide receiver David Shaw (1993-94).

Player Profile
Stanford has added a player to its 2004-05 varsity roster ... Kenny Brown is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound freshman guard who will wear uniform #22 ... Brown hails from Carroll High school in Southlake, Texas where he averaged 20 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals as a senior ... Brown gained all-state, all-county and all-league honors during his high school career ... Brown helped his team to the third round of the Texas state tournament playoffs during his junior season ... Brown was student body president, and a member of the school's Honor Roll and National Honor Society.

Exhibition Episode
Stanford played one exhibition game this year, and the results were highly successful ... Chris Hernandez and Dan Grunfeld combined for 45 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds to power Stanford to an 88-64 victory over Concordia University of Irvine (11/13/04) ... The game was played at Santa Clara's Leavey Center ... Hernandez scored a game-high 23 points in 31 minutes of play ... Hernandez hit 5-of-9 shots from the floor, including three 3-pointers in five attempts ... Hernandez was perfect from the free throw line (10-for-10) and added seven assists, two steals and a blocked shot ... Grunfeld added 22 points (10-for-13 from the floor), seven assists, six rebounds and a steal in 29 minutes of play ... Nick Robinson added 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds along with two assists, two steals and a block in 30 minutes ... Senior center Rob Little added ten points (5-for-7 from the floor) along with two blocks ... The Cardinal shot .596 (34-for-57 from the floor).

Cardinal Catalogue
Chris Hernandez and Nick Robinson will serve as Stanford's co-captains this year ... Hernandez, a junior guard, gained All Pac-10 honors ... Robinson, a senior forward, is a two-year captain and a two-time All Pac-10 Academic selection ... Hernandez is one of 50 players named a pre-season candidate for the 2004-05 John R. Wooden All-American team ... Hernandez is one of six Pac-10 players nominated as pre-season Wooden All-American candidates ... The list includes Ike Diogu of Arizona State, Channing Frye of Arizona, Leon Powe of California, Nate Robinson of Washington and Salim Stoudamire of Arizona ... In mid-January, the Wooden Award committee will release the Midseason Top 30 ... In late March, the ten player Wooden Award All-American team will be announced ... Josh Childress, who now plays for the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, was named to the Wooden All-American team last year.

Pac-10 Potpourri
Each year, the Pac-10 honors a former coach or student-athlete with induction to the Pac-10 Hall of Honor ... The induction will take place at the 2005 Pacific-10 Tournament ... Rich Kelley is Stanford's inductee this year ... Kelley's school career rebound average of 12.4 per game may never be broken ... During the 1974-75 season, Kelley won the conference title in rebounding (11.5 rpg) and free throw percentage (.832) ... Kelley, who was the first 7-footer to play at Stanford, set a school record with 27 rebounds against Kentucky during the 1973-74 season ... During the 1972-73 campaign, Kelley set a school record by averaging 13.2 rebounds per game ... His 944 career rebounds is fourth-best in Stanford history ... The three-time all-conference selection averaged 18.6 ppg during his three-year Stanford career, fourth-best in school history ... Kelley was a first round selection of the then New Orleans Jazz in 1975 and played eleven seasons in the NBA ... The other inductees are Arizona's Pete Williams, Joe Caldwell of Arizona State, Cal's Darrall Imhoff, Oregon's Blair Rasmussen, Ed Lewis of Oregon State, UCLA's Gail Goodrich, USC's John Rudometkin, Jack Nichols of Washington, and Gene Conley of Washington State.

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