Stanford Back On The Road - AGAIN

Dec. 28, 2004

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Stanford (6-4 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) at Washington State (5-4 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)
Friday, Dec. 31, 2004, 5:00 p.m., The Spokane Arena (12,000), Fox Sports Bay Area

Stanford at Washington (10-1 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)
Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005, 12:30 p.m., Bank of America Arena (10,000), Fox Sports Bay Area

Stanford Cardinal Starters (6-4 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)
F - Matt Haryasz, 6-11, 230, Junior, Page, Az (9.8 ppg, 8.1 rpg)
F - Nick Robinson, 6-6, 205, Senior, Liberty, Mo (6.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg)
C - Rob Little, 6-10, 260, Senior, Hampton, Va (10.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg)
G - Dan Grunfeld, 6-6, 215, Junior, River Hills, Wi (16.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg)
G - Chris Hernandez, 6-2, 190, Junior, Fresno, Ca (13.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.8 apg)

Washington State Cougars Starters (5-4 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)
F - Shami Gill, 6-7, 225, Senior, Mission, British Columbia (3.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg)
F - Jeff Varem, 6-6, 240, Senior, Benue, Nigeria (7.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg)
C - Robbie Cowgill, 6-10, 200, Freshman, Austin, Tx (5.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg)
G - Thomas Kelati, 6-5, 194, Senior, Walla Walla, Wa (12.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg)
G - Kyle Weaver, 6-5, 185, Freshman, Beloit, Wi (4.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg)

Washington Huskies Starters (10-1 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)
F - Bobby Jones, 6-6, 215, Junior, Compton, Ca (12.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg)
F - Mike Jensen, 6-8, 240, Junior, Covington, Wa (7.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg)
G - Tre Simmons, 6-5, 200, Senior, Seattle, Wa (16.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg)
G - Will Conroy, 6-2, 195, Senior, Seattle, Wa (10.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 7.6 apg)
G - Nate Robinson, 5-9, 180, Junior, Seattle, Wa (19.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 5.45 apg)

Series Story
Seventeen straight wins against Washington State has given Stanford a 59-52 advantage in the series with the Cougars ... The Cardinal has won nine straight games at Washington State, but this year's game is being played in Spokane ... Last year in Pullman, Matt Lottich hit a desperation 35-foot shot as time ran out to give the Cardinal a dramatic 63-61 victory over the Cougars ... The Cougars led 61-56 with 25 seconds left before Dan Grunfeld cut it to one point (61-60) with a rare four-point play, hitting a long three-pointer and getting fouled (he made the free throw) ... With 17.2 seconds left, WSU could not inbound the ball, and turned it over on a five-second violation ... As time was running out, Lottich fired a wild shot that sailed through the basket for the Cardinal win ... Stanford scored the final seven points of the game ... Stanford has won 13 of the last 15 games against the Washington Huskies to take a 64-55 lead in the series ... Last year in Seattle, the top-ranked Cardinal lost for the first time in the 2003-04 season, falling to the Huskies 75-62 ... The loss broke Stanford's 26- game winning streak, and prevented Stanford from going through the Pac-10 season unbeaten ... Stanford finished at 17-1 ... Chris Hernandez scored 21 points in the Stanford loss ... Five Washington players scored in double figures led by Tre Simmons with 16 points ... A week later in the Pac-10 Tournament championship game, Stanford scored a 77-66 victory as Lottich scored 20 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out five assists.

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 85-78 (first season at Stanford, five seasons at Nevada).

League Ledger
The two-time defending Pac-10 champion Stanford Cardinal opens another year of competition in the Pac-10 with games at Washington State (12/31/04) and at Washington (1/2/05) ... In recent years, the Cardinal has been among the top contenders for the Pac-10 title ... Stanford has finished either first or second in the Pac-10 in the last eight seasons ... In the last seven seasons, Stanford's Pac-10 record is 104-22 (.825) ...

Travel Time
Back on the road ... After this weekend's play is over with games at Washington State (12/31/04) and Washington (1/2/05), Stanford will have played nine of its first 12 games away from Maples Pavilion ... 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 ... 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).

Home Hoopla
Stanford did quite well during its recent three-game homestand, all victories ... During that span, the Cardinal shot .526 from the floor, .500 from three-point territory, .793 from the free throw line, and scored 75.7 points per game ... Stanford won its three games by an average scoring margin of 15 points, and outrebounded its opponents in all three games ... Stanford has won 18 games in a row at Maples Pavilion, the longest current streak in the Pac-10 ... The Cardinal is nearing the school record for consecutive wins at Maples Pavilion which is 20 (last game of 1995-96, 12 games in 1996-97, first seven games of 1997-98) ...Stanford has won 27 of its last 28 games at Maples Pavilion dating back to the 2002-03 season.

Stanford Story
Stanford is 6-4 overall with five games played on neutral territory, two games on the road and three home games ... Stanford returned home on Dec. 18 to the $30 million renovated Maples Pavilion and scored a 72-62 victory over UC Davis ... Stanford shot .633 from the floor ... The Cardinal hit 15-of-22 field goal attempts in the second half for .682 ... The Cardinal then followed up with a 71-54 decision over Dartmouth (12/22/04) and a 84-66 verdict over Montana (12/23/04) ... Dan Grunfeld remains the team leader in scoring at 16.7 ppg (#4 in the Pac-10) ... Grunfeld also is averaging 5.8 rebounds per game, second-best on the team and 11th in the conference ... Chris Hernandez checks in at 13.1 ppg (#13 in the Pac-10) while Rob Little is Stanford's third leading scorer at 10.0 ppg ... Little is the team's leading shooter at .577 (#5 in the Pac-10) ... Matt Haryasz is the team's leading rebounder (8.1 rpg, #4 in the Pac-10) and shot blocker (18, #2 in the Pac-10) ... Nick Robinson leads the Pac-10 in steals (2.20 spg) ... Tim Morris has hit 16-of-17 free throw attempts to lead the team at .941.

Minute Memorandum
Stanford's starting lineup has proven to be made of iron ... Three players are averaging more than 30 minutes per game ... Chris Hernandez is averaging 33.5 mpg, followed by Dan Grunfeld at 31.3 mpg, Nick Robinson at 30.5 mpg, Matt Haryasz at 28.7 mpg and Rob Little at 23.7 mpg.

Maples Memo
The Stanford basketball team finally moved back into the new Maples Pavilion with a Dec. 18 game against UC Davis ... Stanford 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 has produced eleven straight winning seasons at Maples Pavilion ... Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford has chalked up a 126-21 (.857) record at Maples Pavilion ... During that time, Stanford is 51-3 (.944) vs non-league opponents and 75-18 (.806) against Pac-10 schools.

Cardinal Catalogue
Chris Hernandez and Nick Robinson are serving as Stanford's co-captains this year ... Hernandez, a junior guard, gained All Pac-10 honors last year ... 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 ... Hernandez is also a candidate for the Bob Cousy Award, symbolic of the nation's best point-guard ... Mark Bradford, who played in two games this year and nine last season, has decided to leave the basketball team to concentrate on football fulltime ... Bradford was Stanford's third leading receiver in 2004 with 34 catches for 482 yards and one touchdown.

The 2004-05 Stanford Basketball Varsity

#22 Kenny Brown, 6-1, 190, Freshman, Guard, Southlake, Tx
Added to the Stanford roster shortly before the start of the season ... Hails from Carroll High school in Southlake, Texas where he averaged 20 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals as a senior ... Gained all-state, all-county and all-league honors during his high school career ... Helped his team to the third round of the Texas state tournament playoffs during his junior season ... Served as student body president, and a member of the school's Honor Roll and National Honor Society.

#31 Taj Finger, 6-8, 185, Freshman, Forward, Mt. Kisco, NY
One of two freshmen on the varsity roster ... Has played double-digits in minutes played in six of ten games played ... Scored a season-high four points in games against Brigham Young (11/23/04) and Santa Clara (11/28/04) ... Grabbed four rebounds in the season opener against USF (11/19/04).

#20 Dan Grunfeld, 6-6, 215, Junior, Guard/Forward, River Hills, Wi
Has gone from a 3.5 ppg average last year to the team's leading scorer this year (16.7 ppg, #4 in the Pac-10) ... Has scored 20 or more points in three games and double-digit in points in eight of ten games ... Scored a career-high 26 points (8-for-11 from the floor, 9-for-9 from three throw line) at Santa Clara (11/28/04) ... Shooting .514 from the floor, second-best on the Cardinal ... In the last three games, has hit 18-of-31 shots for .581 ... Stanford's second-leading rebounder (5.8 rpg, #11 in the Pac-10) ... Recorded a career-high eleven boards in the season opener against USF (11/19/04) ... Added ten rebounds at Denver (12/13/04) ... Averaging 31.3 minutes per game.

#32 Jason Haas, 6-2, 190, Junior, Guard, Spring Mills, Pa
Has played double-digit in minutes in six of the ten games, including a season-high 20 minutes against Dartmouth (12/22/04) ... Scored a career-high nine points (3-for-3 from the floor) along with three assists and a steal against Montana (12/23/04) ... Has hit 6-for-6 free throw attempts this year.

#52 Matt Haryasz, 6-11, 230, Junior, Forward, Page, Az
Has moved into the starting lineup this year, and is the team's leading rebounder (8.1 rpg, #4 in the Pac-10) ... Began the year with a career-high eleven rebounds against USF (11/19/04) ... Added ten rebounds at Santa Clara (11/28/04) ... Has grabbed six or more rebounds in all ten games ... Averaging 9.8 ppg ... Has scored in double figures in six games, including a season-high 18 points along with eight rebounds, four assists and three blocks against Louisville (11/24/04) ... The team leader in blocks (18, #2 in the Pac-10) ... Has 64 career blocks, tied for ninth-best in school history with Mark Madsen (1996-00).

#11 Chris Hernandez, 6-2, 190, Junior, Guard, Fresno, Ca
A pre-season John Wooden All-America candidate ... Also a candidate for the Bob Cousy Award, symbolic of the nation's best point-guard ... A co-captain along with Nick Robinson ... In his second season as the starter at point-guard ... The team leader in minutes played (33.5 mpg, #5 in the Pac-10) ... Has played 30 or more minutes in eight games ... Stanford's second-leading scorer (13.1 ppg, #13 in the Pac-10) ... Started the year with a career-high 30 points (6-for-9 from the floor, 17-for-18 from the free throw line) against USF (11/19/04) ... Hitting .811 (43-53) from the free throw line, ninth-best in the Pac-10 ... Averaging 3.8 apg (#8 in the Pac-10) ... Dished out a season-high seven assists at Santa Clara (11/28/04) ... The team leader in three-point field goal percentage (.419, 18-for-43) and three-pointers made (18).

#42 Rob Little, 6-10, 260, Senior, Center, Hampton, Va
In his second season as a starter at center ... Averaging 10.0 points and 4.1 rebounds per game ... Stanford's top shooter at .577 (#5 in the Pac-10) ... In the last three games, has hit 13-of-21 shots for .619 ... Scored a career-high 19 points (9-for-11 from the floor) along with six rebounds and three steals against Louisville.

#15 Evan Moore, 6-7, 235, Sophomore, Forward, Brea, Ca
Joined the basketball team on Nov. 30 after playing wide receiver on the Stanford football team ... Stanford's second leading receiver this year with 39 catches for 616 yards and six touchdowns ... Has played in four games with the basketball team ... Joins a long list of two-sport athletes who have played football and basketball at Stanford ... 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).

#10 Tim Morris, 6-4, 215, Redshirt Freshman, Guard, Atlanta, Ga
Has emerged as one of Stanford's better players during his redshirt freshman season ... Stanford's fourth leading scorer at 6.8 ppg ... Has played double-digit minutes in nine of ten games, and has played 20 or more minutes in six games ... Scored a season-high 13 points (6-for-9 from the field) against UC Davis (12/18/04) ... Grabbed a season-high seven rebounds at Santa Clara (11/28/04) ... Leads the team in free throw percentage (.914, 16-for-4-17).

#55 Peter Prowitt, 6-10, 250, Freshman, Arlington, Va
Has played double-digits in minutes played in three games ... Played a season-high 21 minutes against Michigan State (12/11/04) ... Scored a season-high in points (7, 7-for-8 from the free throw line) against Michigan State (12/11/04), and rebounds (5) and blocked shots (4) against Dartmouth (12/22/04) ... Has been strong at the free throw line, hitting 11-of-14 shots fro .786.

#21 Nick Robinson, 6-6, 205, Senior, Forward, Liberty, Mo
A co-captain along with Chris Hernandez ... In his second season as a starter ... Averaging 6.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game ... Leads the team in steals (22, #1 in the Pac-10) ... Has 82 career steals, 18th-best in school history ... Scored a season-high eleven points at Denver (12/13/04) ... Grabbed a season-high eight rebounds against Brigham Young (11/23/04) ... Averaging 30.5 minutes per game.

#44 Fred Washington, 6-5, 210, Sophomore, Forward, Los Angeles, Ca
One of Stanford's top reserves ... Scored a season-high eight points in 15 minutes of play against Dartmouth (12/22/04).

#3 Carlton Weatherby, G, 6-1, 180, Junior, Tacoma, Wa
Is out of action indefinitely after breaking his foot in practice on Dec. 7 ... Underwent successful on Dec. 10 at Stanford Hospital.

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