Stanford Hosts Dartmouth, Montana in Holiday Hoops Tilts
Dec. 22, 2004
Stanford (4-4 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) vs Dartmouth (3-5 overall, 0-0 Ivy League)
Wednesday, December 22, 2004, 7:00 p.m., Maples Pavilion (7,233), Comcast
Stanford vs Montana (4-6 overall, 0-0 Big Sky)
Thursday, December 23, 2004, 7:00 p.m., Maples Pavilion (7,233), Comcast
Stanford Cardinal Starters (4-4 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)
F - Matt Haryasz, 6-11, 230, Junior, Page, Az (10.4 ppg, 8.6 rpg)
F - Nick Robinson, 6-6, 205, Senior, Liberty, Mo (6.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg)
C - Rob Little, 6-10, 260, Senior, Hampton, Va (10.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg)
G - Dan Grunfeld, 6-6, 215, Junior, River Hills, Wi (16.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg)
G - Chris Hernandez, 6-2, 190, Junior, Fresno, Ca (12.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.3 apg)
Dartmouth Big Green Starters (3-5 overall, 0-0 Ivy League)
F - Calvin Arnold, 6-9, 210, Junior, Sebastopol, Ca (6.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg)
F - Chuck Flynn, 6-7, 210, Freshman, Indianapolis, In (7.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg)
C - David Gardner, 6-10, 244, Senior, Minnetonka, Mn (9.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg)
G - Johnathan Ball, 6-4, 205, Freshman, Memphis, Tn (7.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg)
G - Michael Giovacchini, 5-11, 155, Freshman, Salt Lake City, Ut (6.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg)
Montana Grizzlies Starters (4-6 overall, 0-0 Big Sky Conference)
F - Kamarr Davis, 6-7, 255, Senior, Milwaukee, Wi (11.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg)
F - Lamarr Farr, 6-4, 205, Junior, Beloit, Wi (5.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg)
C - John Seyfert, 6-10, 245, Junior, Stevensville, Mt (4.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg)
G - Kevin Criswell, 6-2, 200, Junior, Colstrip, Mt (11.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg)
G - Matt Martin, 6-1, 175, Freshman, Spearfish, South Dakota (8.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg)
Stanford holds a 4-1 lead over Dartmouth ... Not since the 1971-72 season has Stanford played the Big Green ... That season, the Cardinal scored a 102-85 victory at Maples Pavilion ... Stanford holds a 23-8 margin of victory over Ivy League schools ... The Cardinal has not lost to an Ivy League school since the 1981-82 season when Stanford lost a 71-63 verdict to Penn at Maples Pavilion ... Stanford and Montana will be meeting for the fourth time ... The Cardinal holds a 2-1 edge ... During the 2002-03 season, the Grizzlies scored a 70-68 victory over the Cardinal at Maples Pavilion at the Stanford Invitational ... Stanford is 7-1 agianst Big Sky schools.
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 83-78 (first season at Stanford, five seasons at Nevada).
The Cardinal played their first seven games of the 2004-05 season on the road with the final road contest on Dec. 13 at Denver ... The Cardinal is finally back home, and opened the 2004-05 slate at the new Maples Pavilion with a 72-62 victory over UC Davis (12/18/04) ... Maples Pavilion underwent a $30 million renovation project that started a day after the conclusion of the last home game of the 2003-04 season ... 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, a Dec. 11 contest vs Michigan State in Auburn Hills, Mi, and the road trip concluded with a Dec. 13 game at Denver ... This was 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 40-16 (.714).
Stanford is 4-4 overall with five games played on neutral territory, two games on the road and one home contest against UC Davis ... Stanford returned home on Dec. 18 to the $30 million renovated Maples Pavilion and scored a 72-62 victory over the Aggies ... Stanford shot .633 from the floor ... The Cardinal hit 15-of-22 field goal attempts in the second half for .682 ... Four Cardinal players hit in double figures led by Dan Grunfeld with 18 points (7-for-11 from the floor) ... Rob Little added 14 points (7-for-9 from the floor) and added six rebounds and three steals ... Tim Morris came off the bench to score a career-high 13 points (6-for-9 from the floor) in 20 minutes of play ... Grunfeld remains the team leader in scoring at 16.8 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) and 20 points against Brigham Young (11/23/04) at the EA Sports Maui Invitational ... Grunfeld tallied 26 points (8-for-11 from the floor) at Santa Clara (11/28/04) ... Grunfeld also is averaging 6.1 rebounds per game, second-best on the team ... Chris Hernandez checks in at 12.5 ppg while Rob Little is Stanford's third leading double-digit scorer at 10.6 ppg ... Little is the team's leading shooter at .591 ... 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 ... Matt Haryasz is the team's leading rebounder at 8.6 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) ... Hernandez has hit 13 straight free throws to increase his free throw percentage to .826 ... Tim Morris has hit 12-of-13 free throw attempts to lead the team at .923.
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 ... Stanford's players are still adjusting their new roles this year ... Stanford has experience 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).
Matt Haryasz has a team-leading 12 blocks this year to give him 58 for his career ... Haryasz is nearing the tenth spot all-time at Stanford which is held by current Stanford associate head coach Eric Reveno (1984-89) with 61 ... Four of Stanford's five starters are averaging 29 minutes or more per game ... Chris Hernandez is the team leader at 36.1 minutes per game ... Dan Grunfeld has produced career numbers in points (26 vs Santa Clara, 11/28/04) and rebounds (11 against USF, 11/19/04) this year ... With a team-leading 18 steals this year, Nick Robinson has 78 career steals in four seasons at Stanford which moves him into the school's Top 25.
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).
The Stanford basketball team finally moved back into the new Maples Pavilion with a Dec. 18 game against UC Davis ... The Cardinal faced the Aggies 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 finished ahead of schedule ... The renovation, financed entirely through private donations, includes 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 also includes 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 features a new lower seating bowl that will take the place of the old floor and loge sections ... The new lower seating bowl includes chair-back theater seats that replaces the wood bleachers ... The building's new 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 125-21 (.856) record at Maples Pavilion ... During that time, Stanford is 50-3 (.943) 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 25 of its last 26 home games.
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).
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.
Cardinal CatalogueChris 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 ... Reserve guard Carlton Weatherby is out of action indefinitely after breaking his foot in practice on Dec. 7 ... Weatherby underwent successful on Dec. 10 at Stanford Hospital.
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.